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Big Island News, 24 July 2009


Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says, for the first time ever, that the County of Hawaii mass transit system exceeded 1 million passenger trips for the fiscal year that ended June 30th.  Kenoi noted that transit ridership grew by 28 percent.  More buses are expected to be added with help from the federal stimulus program.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says he’s troubled that the state may close a Big Island prison because of a state budget shortfall without involving the community and elected island officials in the discussion.  State Senate Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee Chairman Will Espero tells the associated press an announcement about the Kulani Correctional Facility could come as early as today.

As the 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament enters its final day, the Malibu Marlin Club continues to lead 41 teams with 1,367 points.  Weigh-ins will be conducted this afternoon a 4 along the Kailua-Kona Pier.

Kailua (Oahu) eliminated the Hilo American All-Stars in little league play by slipping past the Hilo team 908 at the Aiea Annex Field on Oahu.  Hilo’s 11 and 12 year olds went 0-2 for the tournament.

A Hilo man was knocked out, tied up, gagged, and robbed in his home by an unknown intruder on Thursday afternoon.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the robbery took place while the victim’s grandchildren were playing in the Kinoole Street home.  Anyone with leads should call police.

Honolulu attorney Arthur Park and Hilo attorney Robert Marx have filed a complaint against a paroled murderer, who became the choir director at a Pepeekeo church and later attempted to molest a 12-year old girl there. The subject of the suit is Peter Bailey, who allegedly commited the act on July 22, 2007 at the Hamakua Coast Assembly of God Church.