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‘Castle John’ found guilty by jury | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A 60-year-old Kalapana Seaview Estates man was convicted Friday of all charges related to a burglary of a home he once owned in the subdivision.

Source: ‘Castle John’ found guilty by jury | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/castle-john-found-guilty-jury).

Accessed on 16 October 2016, 16:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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On Friday, a Hilo jury found “Castle John” Williams guilty of first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and two count of second-degree terroristic threatening stemming from an incident at a home Williams once owned in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision.

Williams, who claims to be a citizen of The Hawaiian Nation, said he returned to his former home “to clean it out and occupy it”, saying the home was seized by the U.S. Government and “the banksters.”

Williams faces a possible 10-year prison term with the possibility of parole.


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Furlough violator gets 10 years for armed confrontation with police | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A 27-year-old prison furlough violator who was apprehended last December after an armed confrontation with police in Hilo was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Source: Furlough violator gets 10 years for armed confrontation with police | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/furlough-violator-gets-10-years-armed-confrontation-police).

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

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Hilo Circuit Judge Glenn Hara ordered a 10-year prison sentence for 27-year-old Joshua Lopes-Keli, which will run “consecutively to the 10-year-term he’s serving for a 2010 robbery conviction.”  Keli will have to serve a minimum of 40 months before becoming eligible for parole.  In the furlough-jumping case, police arrested Keli for first-degree terroristic threatening and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


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Former cop indicted for crash that killed cyclist | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A former police officer who allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in what the Hawaii Fire Department called a hit-and-run collision last year in South Kohala has been indicted by a Kona grand jury.

Source: Former cop indicted for crash that killed cyclist | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/former-cop-indicted-crash-killed-cyclist).

Accessed on 14 October 2016, 15:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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A Kona grand jury has indicted former Hawaii police officer Joey Buddemeyer with “first-degree negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and making a false report to law enforcement authorities.”

According to a follow up investigation, Buddemeyer was on duty and driving east on Waikoloa Road on 01 March 2015 when his vehicle hit and killed 63-year-old Jeffrey C. Surnow.

Buddemeyer was arrested the same day on suspicion of negligent homicide and released from custody pending further investigation.

According to reporter John Burnett, Buddemeyer “was terminated from the department for removing physical evidence from a crime scene and providing false information after being involved in a traffic collision.”


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Judge takes charge; Rosario screens potential jurors in Kenoi trial | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


On the first day of jury selection in the theft trial of Mayor Billy Kenoi in Hilo, the judge took matters into his own hands Monday.

Source: Judge takes charge; Rosario screens potential jurors in Kenoi trial | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/judge-takes-charge-rosario-screens-potential-jurors-kenoi-trial).

Accessed on 11 October 2016, 15:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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During the opening moments of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial, Honolulu Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario took the unusual step of screening potential jurors for the trial. When judge Rosario finished his questions, 30 of the 44 original jurors were asked to return on 17 October 2016 “when they will presumably be questioned by the lawyers.”

The remaining 14 jurors were dismissed for various reasons, saying “they could not put aside their current feelings about the mayor–good or bad–the charges against him or the legal proceedings and be fair and impartial arbiter of fact.”

The charges against Mayor Billy Kenoi stem from a year-long investigation by the state attorney general’s office into the mayor’s alleged misuse of a county purchasing card or pCard.

Judge Del Rosario said the jury selection should be completed by 17 October 2016.


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Probation, restitution ordered in semi-trailer rampage | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A 31-year-old homeless man who went on a meth-fueled rampage in a stolen tractor-trailer March 30 in Hilo was sentenced Wednesday to probation and ordered to pay almost $80,000 in restitution.

Source: Probation, restitution ordered in semi-trailer rampage | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/probation-restitution-ordered-semi-trailer-rampage).

Accessed on 08 October 2016, 04:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura also sentenced Solomon Aloha Kepano to 18 months in jail with credit for time served since his arrest on 30 March 2016.

According to reporter John Burnett, Kepano who has no previous criminal record, could be released after serving at least six months in a drug-treatment program.  He has been in jail since the night of the incident.

In a deal arranged by county prosecutors, Kepano pleaded no contest in September to first-degree theft, second-degree property damage, and three counts of second-degree reckless endangering. Kepano’s lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Patrick Munoz told the court that Kepano is “very remorseful for his actions…and sincerely wants to get the treatment that will help him change.”


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Kenoi trial requires massive jury pool | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Summons have been sent to 1,600 potential jurors for Mayor Billy Kenoi’s theft trial, which is scheduled to start Monday in Hilo.

Source: Kenoi trial requires massive jury pool | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/kenoi-trial-requires-massive-jury-pool).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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According to Ken Lawson, a faculty member of the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, seating a jury for Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s trial “is going to be hard.”  Summons have been sent to 1,600 possible jurors for Kenoi’s trial, which begins on Monday, 10 October2016.

Lawson says having 1,600 persons in the jury pool “is an indication  there’s an underlying belief that it’s going to be hard to seat a jury.”

State Judiciary spokeswoman Tammy Mori says “if a case is high-profile, 300-500 jurors usually receive summons.”  Mori adds “We want to ensure we have a fair and impartial jury.”  The large jury pool will be reduced to 12 jurors and four alternates.


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Man accused of threats in Target | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A 33-year-old Pahoa man is in custody after having allegedly threatened to start killing customers Tuesday afternoon at the Target pharmacy in Hilo.

Source: Man accused of threats in Target | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/man-accused-threats-in-target).

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:35 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Hawaii police have arrested 33-year-old Jonathan Michael Doherty for allegedly threatening to kill customers at the Target Store pharmacy on Tuesday, 04 October 2016.

According to reporter John Burnett, Doherty faces charges of second-degree terroristic threatening after he allegedly pointed a “green-colored laser” at off-duty police officer Corina McLellan.  McLellan said she called in the incident because she feared for the safety of herself and others in the area.

Doherty has two prior shoplifting offenses, plus convictions for contempt of court and failure to appear.  Doherty’s bail has been maintained at $2,000.  Doherty is scheduled to be in court for trial on 19 October 2016.


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