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Hawaii County police arrest man in fatal stabbing - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Hawaii County police arrest man in fatal stabbing
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaii County police arrested a 34-year-old man today after a 32-year-old man was stabbed multiple times and died in Puna. Officers responded at 3:20 p.m.
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Hawaii police found the unresponsive victim at Pilo Street in the Eden Roc Subdivision.  He had multiple stab wounds.  Police arrested an older man on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder.  He was first taken to the Hilo Police Cellblock and then to the Hilo Medical Center for the treatment of minor injuries.  Aloha, Russ.

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Explorers Wrap Up Four-Month Mock Mars Mission in Hawaii - NBCNews.com

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Explorers Wrap Up Four-Month Mock Mars Mission in Hawaii
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Six crew members on a mock Mars mission are preparing to come back to the real world at the end of the week.
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The second Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Mission (Hi-SEAS 2) ends on Friday, completing a four-month simulated Mars exploration on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii Island.  Hi-SEAS is a program designed "to operate a simulated environment to test what will be necessary for future astronauts to live on the surface of Mars for an extended period of time."  During the experiment, scientists living in the confined dome conducted numerous research projects and experienced limited contact with "the outside world."  Even communications were delayed 20 minutes to simulate the time it would take for radio signals to reach Mars.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pahoa man pleads not guilty to second-degree attempted murder.

Gilbert Henry Waiau will stand trial on 15 December 2014.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Twenty-two-year-old Gilbert Henry "Hana" Waiau pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree attempted murder and several other charges stemming from an incident in the Puna District almost 15 months ago.  A Hilo grand jury indicted Waiau on 09 July 2014 with attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-and second-degree assault, attempted first-and second-degree property damage, and first-degree terroristic threatening.  According to Hawaii police, the incident occurred on 30 April 2013 on Kahakai Boulevard at Puni Mauka Loop in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.  The victim was a 23-year-old woman, identified as Keonaona Tam.  The indictment states that Waiau tried to run over Tam with a car.  The indictment also says Waiau damaged property belonging to Tam and a car belonging to Kalani Porter.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hilo man found guilty of welfrare fraud.

The guilty party is the same man who has posted signs on his pickup truck parked near Hilo's Lincoln Park.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Sixty-four-year-old James George Borden has been granted a deferred sentence for illegally receiving food stamps from the state Department of Human Services.  Borden pleaded no contest on 09 July 2014 to third-degree theft.  Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara sentenced Borden to a year probation with 30 days in jail, with credit for time served and the remaining jail time stayed if Borden complies with his probation, which includes 50 hours of community service in a manner approved by his probation officer.  Borden has been the subject of numerous letters to the editor in recent years for signs he has posted from the back of his pickup truck in a Kinoole Street parking space to Lincoln Park in downtown Hilo.  Dozens of local residents have complained about the signs, calling them racist for statements against Muslims and President Barack Obama.  Aloha, Russ.

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Bee-killing Pesticides Banned in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Wildlife Refuges by Fish and Wildlife Service

 Bee-killing Pesticides Banned in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington Wildlife Refuges by Fish and Wildlife Service http://t.co/ZZKQRfxVHN
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According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in natural wildlife refuges in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington State.  These pesticides are implicated in the loss of bee colonies around the world and are banned by the European Union.  The Wildlife service will phase out this class of pesticides by January 2016.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pilot for aerial ad company arrested after flying over Oahu - Hawaii News Now

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Pilot for aerial ad company arrested after flying over Oahu
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At issue is the company's practice of flying advertisements in Oahu's airspace - a move that is prohibited by law in Hawaii.
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At issue is the company's practice of flying advertisements in Oahu airspace--something prohibited by Hawaii State Law.  Aerial Banners claims it has FAA approval and believes changes in federal rules overrides state and local laws.  Company owner Bob Benyo says this is also a matter of "free speech."  Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the FAA "has already sided with the city and several court rulings do too.."  Benyo says "You've got a mayor who clearly uses the power of the police to his advantage."  Aloha, Russ.

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How To Make A Poke Bowl Like A True Hawaii Local - Huffington Post

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How To Make A Poke Bowl Like A True Hawaii Local Huffington Post To find that out, we went to the land from which it came (Hawaii) and asked the experts: Al Cobb-Adams, owner of Da Poke Shack, currently number one on Yelp's Top 100, and chef Andres...
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Nice tasty treat from the "Huffington Post" about one of my favorite island delicacies--poke.  Following the example of Al Cobb-Adams, the owner/operator of "Da Poke Shack", you should have no trouble making one of these delicious treats.  Yummy!  Aloha, Russ.

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Kulani receives its first inmates.

Twenty-one inmates return to the formerlly closed facility.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The state Department of Public Safety announced Friday that 21 inmates arrived at the renovated facility, located on the Stainback Highway.  The Kulani Correctional Facility was closed in 2009 as a result of state budget cuts.  Currently, there are 56 staff working at the facility.  Sixteen new corrections officers started training on 30 June and will begin their jobs at Kulani upon graduation in August.  Kulani's 200 low-risk inmates will return in phases.  The rest will return in increments over the next five months.  Aloha, Russ.

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Top Scientists Warn World Health Organization Not to Stub Out E-Cigarettes

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London: A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organization not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favour applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products.In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were
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Here's more on the continuing battle to legitimize e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke.  In an open letter to World Health Organization (WHO) General Margaret Chan, scientists from Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America argued that "low-risk products like e-cigarettes were 'part of the solution' in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem."  In the letter, scientists called e-cigarettes one of "The most significant health innovations of the 21st century--perhaps saving hundreds of million of lives."  WHO says it will study the letter and render an opinion at a later date.  Aloha, Russ.

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Navy investing in Kaneohe wave energy testing - Hawaii News Now

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Navy investing in Kaneohe wave energy testing
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HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii says the U.S. Navy is investing $9 million more in a Kaneohe wave energy development project.
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According to the University of Hawaii, the funds will help the Manoa campus' Hawaii Natural Energy Institute conduct additional underwater surveys with its partner Sea Engineering, Incorporated.  The funds will also benefit divers and remotely controlled underwater vehicles.  Kaneohe is expected to become the first wave energy test site in the nation to connect to an active power grid.  The Navy began testing wave energy devices in Kaneohe Bay several years ago with a test berth in about 100 feet of water.  This year, the Navy plans to establish two additional test berths at depths of of about 200 feet and 260 feet.  Aloha, Russ.

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Rain floods Oahu homes, affects other islands - Hawaii News Now

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Rain floods Oahu homes, affects other islands
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HAUULA, Hawaii (AP) - Remnants of a broken-up tropical storm brought rainy weather to Hawaii, flooding windward Oahu homes and affecting areas of the Big Island and Kauai.
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According to the Associated Press, the remnants of tropical storm Wali brought heavy showers and flooding to windward Oahu homes.  Water rose about 13 inches inside Holly Smith's Hauula home, causing about $100,000 damage.  Smith told police that "It was acutally bubbling up through the termite holes, the foundation of the house, coming through the walls of the house."  Honolulu fire officials received 13 flood calls in 36 hours.  Fire Captain David Jenkins said firefighters had to rescue a woman and her son after their vehicle was flooded.  Windward Oahu got most of the rain left over from the weakened storm system, about one foot over 24 hour.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii surveying female veterans statewide.

Female veterans suffer from high rates of PTSD.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

The Hawaii Office of Veterans Services is surveying female veterans to see how to better meet their needs.  A Hawaii female veterans' task force recently concluded that female veterans suffer from high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Many also suffer from the effects of sexual harassment or sexual assault.  They are disproportionately jobless and homeless.  The state estimates that 14,000 female veterans are permanent residents of Hawaii.  The state will provide survey data to health care providers and other who work with women veterans.  Respondents won't provide personal information unless they want to.  The survey is available at the Spark Matsunaga VA Medical Center on Oahu and at veterans' services offices on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island sports briefs.

Hilo High School football, Keaukaha volleyball program, and coaching vacancies.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The Hilo High School Viking Football coaching staff will be holding a mandatory parent meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the school cafeteria.  Program expectations and details about the season will be discussed.  For details, call Vikings head coach David Baldwin at 769-0107.

 

The Keaukaha Sports Youth Volleyball Program will be accepting registrations for ages 13-14 for participation in the upcoming P & R volleyball league.  If you are interested, call Tene at 333-7232.

 

Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii is looking for applicants for the following positions:  Assistant coach (cheerleading)  and Assistant coach girls middle school volleyball.  The closing date is 23 July 2014. To apply, visit http://www.ksbe.edu/careers.

 

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Hilo girls headed to RBI World Series.

Hilo slips past Arizona, 302 at Compton, California.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Matt Gerhart.

 

Behind the clutch-hit single of Honokaa's Kayla Requelman, Hilo swept past Arizona, 3-2, Sunday at Compton, California to win the West Regional final of the RBI.  The Honokaa senior's hard-hit single up the middle in the seventh inning scored Alissa Kaneshiro and sent the Hawaii All-Stars "screaming out of their dugout in celebration." The girl's team will remain in Los Angeles until Wednesday and plans to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Beverly Hills during the next two days. Next stop--the upcoming RBI World Series.  In the RBI West Regional baseball final, Los Angeles beat Hilo, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium. Aloha, Russ.

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First rowers in Monterey-to-Hawaii race cross the finish line in Hawaii - KSBW The Central Coast

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KSBW The Central Coast First rowers in Monterey-to-Hawaii race cross the finish line in Hawaii KSBW The Central Coast The most direct route from Monterey to Hawaii is a little over 2,100 nautical miles, but Mother Nature's ocean conditions blow...
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After 43 days, 2 hours, and 30 minutes, team "United Nations" finally completed the 2,281 nautical mile row boat race between Monterey, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.  The team won what has been called "the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet."  Crew members called the race a "challenge for a lifetime."  Aloha, Russ.

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Honaunau man indicted for Kona shooting.

Monte Moreau faces second-degree attempted murder charge.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

A Kona grand jury has indicted 44-year-old Honaunau resident Monte Moreau with second-degree attempted murder for  allegedly shooting 52-year-old Todd Shaver on 03 July 2014.  Shaver, who lives in another apartment in the same building as Moreau, was hospitalized for his wounds at the Kona Community Hospital.  The indictment will move the case to Kona Circuit Court and preempts the remainder of the preliminary hearing.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii police continue attempted murder investigation.

Riley Jason Asuncion has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

 

Hawaii police have charged 38-year-old Riley Jason Asuncion on suspicion of attempted murder after he led police on a chase in a stolen SUV and later tried to run down officers with the vehicle.  According to a police report, Asuncion turned the vehicle around on a side road and "recklessly" drove toward two officers..  In response, three shots were reportedly fired at the SUV, which continued down the Stainback Highway.  A short time later, Asuncion abandoned the vehicle and was later captured in nearby bushes.  Police say Asuncion was alone in the SUV during the extended chase, and the female victim of an alleged domestic dispute was later found unharmed in Hilo.  Police are conducting a criminal investigation into the officer-involved shooting, as well as an administrative investigation by the Office of Professional standards, the department's internal affairs unit.  The two officers involved in the shooting incident have been assigned dest duty during the investigation.  If Asuncion is charged with attempted murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, if he is convicted of the crime.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deploy to assist with Washington wildfires - Hawaii News Now

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Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deploy to assist with Washington wildfires Hawaii News Now Three Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to Okanogan County, Washington to help with the Red Cross response to the devastating wildfires, known as the...
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Ester Lau, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu left today (Tuesday) and will help in health services.  Barbara Dove from Oahu and Cathy Lewis from Hawaii Island will leave on Wednesday and will help in staff services.  The Okanogan County fire in Eastern Washington State has scorched 379 square miles, destroyed hundreds of homes, and displaced thousands of people.  The fire is only 12 percent contained.  Aloha, Russ.

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Mayor Caldwell endorses Abercrombie for governor - Hawaii News Now

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Mayor Caldwell endorses Abercrombie for governor Hawaii News Now HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a symbolic and theatric display, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Governor Neil Abercrombie met in the middle of the Punchbowl Street crosswalk Monday as...
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This is quite a sight and a beautiful political moment.  Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie share many common ideas, so this pre-arranged campaign photo is a natural extension of their close political relationship.  A little overdone, perhaps, but effective in the over all campaign picture.  Governor Abercrombie is facing some tough competition in the primary election and he needs all the help, accidental or pre-planned, as he can get.  Politics--don't ya just love it?  Aloha, Russ.

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New development planned for Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Four parcels would be developed with 54,000-square-feet for commercial space.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The proposed 54,000-square-foot project is located on the mauka side of the Mamalahoa Highway and also connects with Lehua Lane and Keaka Parkway.  Another 12,500-square-feet would be used as an open, landscaped area for craft fairs, theater productions, and public meetings.  The applicant, William C. Foulk, wants to change the zoning from agricultural to village commercial.  The Hawaii County Council's Planning Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the request on Thursday.  The development would be adjacent to the existing Ocean View Market.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thousands have no health care in Hawaii.

Estimate placed at 75,000 with no health insurance.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

Reporter:  Oskar Garcia.

 

According to Associated Press reporter Oskar Garcia, the rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of the federal health care law.  State Health officials said the approximately 75,000 people in Hawaii don't have health insurance, down from well over 100,000 from last year.  Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito told the AP that the rate is down from about 8 percent before the push to enroll people last year. The new numbers come as legislators discuss Hawaii's troubled health insurance exchange, which can't sustain itself financially. Interim executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state's health exchange, Tom Matsuda,  said "the state is still figuring out how to operate on a much smaller budget."   Hawaii plans to propose a central system to federal officials in August that would allow the state to help drive people to the health exchange, bypassing problems that plagued the application process earlier in the year. When the Hawaii Health Connector was first launched, it was beset with software glitches, lost applications, and other technical issues. Aloha, Russ.

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Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges - Hawaii News Now

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Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges Hawaii News Now The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Martinez, using the name David Louis, opened Heart Gallery Hawaii in 2005 and then became executive director of Florida-based Heart Gallery of...
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Louis Martinez is the former executive director of an organization that encourages adoption of foster children.  Earlier this month, he was charged with attempted sexual assault involving a girl who was 11 years old in 2011.  Last year, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, allegedly in her sleep after he gave her three to five shots of hard liquor.  The victim has received psychological treatment for suicidal tendencies.  Martinez was extradited to Honolulu from the mainland earlier this year after he fled while under supervised release.  Comment:  There must be a special place in Hades for sociopathic predators like this.  I trust a jury will render the necessary verdict.  For what it's worth, lock him up in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island police investigate officer-involved shooting - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island police investigate officer-involved shooting
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Big Island police are investigating a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in Hilo on Monday.
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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter John Burnett, a reported domestic incident resulted in a non-fatal shooting around noon on Monday.  The shooting  occurred after police officers responded to a report of a domestic incident in a pink sport-utility vehicle in the Panaewa area.  When officers found the vehicle, the driver led them on a chase going up the Stainback Highway, where the vehicle allegedly turned around and headed "recklessly toward the officers."  In response, officers fired three shots at the SUV, which continued down the Stainback Highway.  The vehicle then stopped a short distance away and the suspect fled into the bushes.  Police soon found 38-year-old Riley Asuncion of Pahoa, arrested him on suspicion of terroristic threatening, and took him to the Hilo Medical Center, where he remained in stable condition with a non-lethal wound to the torso.  Court records indicate that Asuncion has 21 criminal convictions, including one felony conviction for burglary in 2007.  The Hilo Criminal Investigations Section is conducting a formal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.  This is standard practice in any police-involved shooting incident.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii police arrest fugitive.

Kyle Koa Dawson has been taken into custody.

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Source:  Hawaii Police Department/Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Hawaii police have arrested  32-year-old Kyle Koa Dawson of Kailua-Kona, who was the subject of a public bulletin describing him as possibly armed and dangerous.  Dawson was detained on a no-bail warrant for probation violations Saturday in Keaukaha.  Aloha, Russ.

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More free lunches for needy children.

Eligibility increased for Hawaii Island students.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

 

According to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more Hawaii families could be eligible for food assistance under a new program that begins this August.  The reports says a family of four can earn $35,659 and still qualify for free meals under updated eligibility criteria.  The income limit for free meals for a family of four has been increased to $50,746.  Application forms and a letter from the state Department of Education were scheduled to be sent to homes this week.  The meals are partially supported by the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.  According to the Casey Foundation report, sixty-five percent of Hawaii Island's students qualified for the subsidized meal program in 2012.  As of this spring, just over half of students qualify for the program statewide.  The state Department of Education Food Services Branch provides meals for approximately 100,000 students and school staff at 265 schools statewide.  Aloha, Russ.

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East Hawaii gets thorough soaking from passing tropical storm.

No major damage reported from two days of heavy showers.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

The remains of Tropical Storm Wali left most of East Hawaii very wet, with reports of minor flooding, but no major damage.  Weather forecasters will most likely lift the flood watch status by 6 p.m. today (Monday, 21 July 2014).  According to meteorologist Maureen Ballard of the National Weather Service, "The worst of the weather should have passed Hawaii Island by then, though some areas could still see heavy rains or thunder showers tonight."  Conditions for Hawaii Island remained fairly calm Sunday evening, following heavy showers in windward sections on Saturday.  Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporter Tom Callis that "We have been really fortunate over the weekend."  Rainfall was heavier on the island of Oahu, where on gauge recorded 13.85 inches in 24 hours.  Aloha, Russ.  

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