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Pahoa man is charged in connection with sexual assault of girl | Hawaii 24/7


A 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged with 13 felony and misdemeanor offenses in connection with a sexual assault in Hilo on Monday morning (October 3). After conferring with the Hawai…

Source: Pahoa man is charged in connection with sexual assault of girl | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/06/pahoa-man-is-charged-in-connection-with-sexual-assault-of-girl/).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

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A cautionary tale for all parents–don’t let your children ride with strangers.

Hawaii County prosecutors have charged Patrick Noah Torres of Pahoa with 13 felony and misdemeanor offenses stemming from a sexual assault in Hilo on Monday, 03 October 2016).

Torres allegedly offered a ride to a female and male student who were seeking shelter from a rain storm.  Rather than take the children to school, he allegedly drove them to several Puna District and South Hilo locations where he sexually assaulted the girl.

Torres posted $35,500 bail and was released. He has a court date scheduled for 01 November 2016.


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Police charge Puna man with robbery | Hawaii 24/7


A Puna man has been charged with robbery in connection with a confrontation September 20 in Pāhoa. A 19-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he had been waiting for a ride at the southern intersecti…

Source: Police charge Puna man with robbery | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/27/police-charge-puna-man-with-robbery/).

Accessed on 28 September 2016, 15:45 hrs, UTC.

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Twenty-two-year-old Gary A. Simpkins surrendered to Hawaii police Monday afternoon, 26 September 2016, and is being held at the Hilo Police cellblock in lieu of $5,000 bail.  Detectives charged Simpkins with second-degree robbery, after he and an unidentified accomplice robbed a 19-year-old Pahoa man on Highway 130.  Simpkins is due in court today, 28 September 2016.


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Puna woman charged with 18 offenses related to a buglary | Hawaii 24/7


A Puna woman has been charged with 18 offenses in connection with a burglary last week. During the September 3 burglary, power tools, jewelry, household items, personal documents and blank check…

Source: Puna woman charged with 18 offenses related to a buglary | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/09/puna-woman-charged-with-18-offenses-related-to-a-burglary).

Accessed on 10 September 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

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Hawaii police believe 48-year-old Bella Rita Carvalho broke into a home on 15th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision and removed several items.  Investigation of the 03 September 2016 incident led to the arrest of Carvalho, who was found in the Orchidland subdivision Wednesday afternoon.

Police charged Carvalho with burglary, theft, habitual property crimes, promoting a harmful drug, forgery, and “unauthorized possession of confidential information.”

She will appear in court Monday, 12 September 2016, to answer those charges.


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Police are still searching for man reported missing since October | Hawaii 24/7


Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 48-year-old man who was reported missing. Michael Kalla was last seen in Puna in October 2015. His last known address was…

Source: Police are still searching for man reported missing since October | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/07/25/police-are-still-searching-for-man-reported-missing-since-october/).

Accessed on 26 July 2016, 16:41 hrs, UTC.

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The Hawaii Police Department is asking for your help in finding 48-year-old Michael Kalla of Honoka’a, who was reported missing in October 2015.  Kalla is known to have visited the Pahoa and Kalapana area around that time.  Kalla is 6-foot-1, weighs about 200 pounds, has a muscular build, balding blond hair, green eyes, and a scar under his chin.  Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.


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RIP, June 27 lava flow | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The lava flow that menaced Pahoa and the rest of lower Puna has come to an end.

Source: RIP, June 27 lava flow | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/rip-june-27-lava-flow).

Accessed on 15 June 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Geologists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the lava flow named after a 27 June 2014 outbreak has come to an end.  The “June 27” flow once threatened Pahoa, destroyed one home, and nearly covered parts of Highway 130–the main road connecting the Puna District to Hilo.  Geologist Janet Babb told reporter Tom Callis that the June 27 lava flow “reset itself” because of new breakouts upslope and remained fairly immobile while new activity “began siphoning its supply.”  Only one of the two new flows remains active, and that flow is heading southeast “away from populated areas.”


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‘Not a perfect bill’: Legislators field marijuana questions at meeting in Pahoa | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensary law isn’t perfect — far from it — but it’s a start, and the state needs to begin somewhere.

Source: ‘Not a perfect bill’: Legislators field marijuana questions at meeting in Pahoa | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/not-perfect-fit-bill-legislators-field-marijuana-questions-meeting-pahoa).

Accessed on 12 June 2016, 23:58 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Hawaii Island state Senator Russell Ruderman and Hawaii Island state Representative Joy San Buenaventura met with Pahoa residents Thursday and told them the new marijuana dispensary program is “not a perfect bill”, but “it’s a start, and the state needs to begin somewhere.”

Ruderman added that obvious defects in the medical marijuana dispensary bill will be worked out over time and “I think five years from now the situation is going to look dramatically different than it does now.”

Oahu Democratic state Representative Della Au Belatti, one who helped pass the original law, said dispensaries can open on 15 July 2016, but thinks that’s “unlikely.”  Belatti says there are various permits and permissions that must be obtained before a medical marijuana dispensary can open for business. She hopes some of the dispensaries can open by October 2016.

Hawaii state Representative Joy San Buenaventura says “there’s a give and take” in the bill and “hopefully we can get data )from DBEDT) to say, OK, we don’t need these (marijuana) felonies (in law)…maybe we can relax the caregiver program or maybe we should create co-ops because there really isn’t this black market like law enforcement tells us.”

Opinion:  There are some great ideas coming from this public meeting in Pahoa.  However, not much will be done until the federal government changes its stance on marijuana.  The use of marijuana is still a federal crime.


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KHNL: Video shows unprovoked attack of Pahoa homeless man


PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – Early Tuesday, a homeless man was sitting in front of Pahoa Village Museum when he was doused with cold water, shot with mace and punched several times.

Source: KHNL: Video shows unprovoked attack of Pahoa homeless man (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=dp4kcwQe).

Accessed on 11 June 2016, 05:56 hrs, UTC.

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The attack on the homeless man, identified as John Hartley, was taped on surveillance video and posted to social media.  Hartley, who’s been homeless since 2008, claims the attack was unprovoked.  Witnesses told police that the suspect is the manager of the Lava Shack Bar in Pahoa. While the manager of the bar said the situation is “regretful”, he added that  he’s “tired of homeless people congregating near his business and leaving trash everywhere.”  The bar’s owner, Chris Moore, said “we are very ashamed and disappointed on the way things were handled.”  Hartley filed a police report and indicated that he “plans to prosecute.”


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