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Hawaii Island News, 20-21 September 2009


A mixture of rage, sorrow, love, and indignation marked the Saturday funeral of a 5-year old Hilo girl who was raped and drowned.  Anthony Serges Poulin, the boyfriend of the girl’s mother , is accused of raping and killing Javieanne Win.  Poulin has been indicted by a Hilo Grand Jury on numerous offenses.  Greg Agliam, who came to pay his respects after hearing accounts of the crime, told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that he felt at a loss for words, saying “she was just too young…she had a long life ahead of her…she didn’t have to die.”

Police Lt. Richard Sherlock of the Hilo Vice Section told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that helicopters continued a series of marijuana eradiction efforts last week.  Raid netted a total of 1,821 plants in an area ranging from Fern Acres to Orchidland in the Puna District.  Raids in West Hawaii netted 1,171 plants in the Ka’u and South Kona Districts.  No arrests were made on either side of the island.


Hawaii County’s proposed “Integrated Resources and Solid Waste Management Plan–The Path to Zero Waste” claims that it is possible to recycle nearly half of the island’s garbage.  According to a “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” analysis, that level of waste recycling could cost taxpayers a lot of money in the form of higher property taxes, boosting commercial tipping fees, and charging for residential disposal.  The report says doing nothing also has its risks in the form of higher levels of greenhouse gases, a rapid filling of the island’s two landfills, and less recyling overall.

(AP)>  A group being put together by Hawaii lawmakers will study the state’s medical marijuana laws after Governor Linday Lingle said she wouldn’t do so herself.  Hawaii’s Democratic majority already overrode the  governor’s veto of the medical marijuana task force, but the Republican governor is refusing to form the study group.

Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding a suspicious blaze early Saturday morning at the Volcano Village Post Office.  According to a department press release, fire crews arrived on scene at 2:30 am and found smoke coming from under the roof and discovered damage to an exterior window.  Crews put out the fire in a few minutes.  Damage was placed at $15,000.

The unemployment rate for Hawaii County remained in double-digit figures for the fourth consectutive month.  According to a report cited by the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” there is a silver lining to this dark cloud–the rate isn’t getting any worse.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 10.3 percent is falling slowly.

The Leeward Planning Commission has approved a California developer’s plan to build a new project north of Pualani Estates near Kailua-Kona.  Ho-Ko-Pa LLC of Huntington Beach will sumit subdivision plans, including a controversial link to Hualalai Road, within six months of county council approval of the rezoning and infrastructure improvements.  According to the”Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the lots would be sold in the next two to three years.

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