Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that four of Hawaii Island’s 71 warning sirens failed Monday’s monthly test. Mento says sirens are mechanical devices subject to failure and there is no island that gets 100 percent of its sirens operable at on etime. The sirens that failed to work included those at Papaikou, Carvalho Park, Hawaiian Beaches on North Puna Makai Street, and one covering the Ainaloa subdivision.
A resolution asking the state for authority to temporarily restrict fireworks during emergencies passed the Hawaii County Council bya 6-3 vote. South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” the measure gives the council some latitude during emergencies. Ford believes the state legislature could act on the resolution if it gets to lawmakers soon.
The Hawaii County Council has questioned the wisdom of placing public safety facilities on land bought through the 2 percent open space fund. According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, several council members were unsure the 2 percent land fund could be used to buy property that may include police and fire stations, restrooms, public access, and emergency facilities. The question arouse during discussions about a property known as the Kingman Trust, which consists of three parcels along Alii Drive in Kailua-KOna.
The Hawaii State Senate has passed three measures that will greatly improve marijuana laws in the state. The first bill would allow counties to license medical marijuana dispensaries. A second bill would increase the ratio of plants, ounces, and caregivers allowed for each medical marijuana patient. The final bill would remove criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and replace them with a civil fine of up to $300 for the firs toffense. Eric McDaniel, a legislative analyst with the Marijuan Policy Project, says these votes show that Hawaii’s Senate supports sensible marijuana policies that will serve the best interests of state citizens.
Hawaii Island police are holding a Kona man after he allegedly threatened three people with a pipe on Wednesday. According to police reports, SonnyCabuag is being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of burglary and three terroristic threatening charges. Cabuag allegedly entered a Kalaoa home armed with a metal pipe-like object and threatened two men and a woman.
According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Police have found and arrested a man who allegedly broke into a car Tuesday in Kailua-Kona. Police officers responded to a car break in report near the Lyman’s surf area around 1:11 a.m. A witness gave police the license plate number of the getaway vehicle and officers later found the SUV and its owner at the Kahaluu state housing complex. 27-year old Kory S. Une of Hilo was arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock.
The Hawaii Police Department will hold a community meeting from noon to 2 p.m., March 17th, at the Pahala Community Center. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss police-related concerns with the chief and commanders who supervise operations in the Ka’u District. For details, call Police Captain Andrew Burian at 939-2520.
The custodian at Hookena Elementary School tells “West Hawaii Today” that thieves have taken two 10 by 20 foot tarps from the school. Shane Domingo says the tarps were bought by the school’s parent-teacher organization. Domingo says the tarps provided shade for picnic tables that students used for lunch and reading activities.
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