Hawaii News Digest, 18 January 2018, 1435 UTC, Post #16267.
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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, published in Hilo, Hawaii. Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents unless otherwise stated.
A 42-year-old Hilo man is accused of receiving a Federal Express package that contained more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” packed inside the toy head of a “Sesame Street” character — and then attempting to torch the parcel as authorities closed in to arrest him.
Police are looking for a missing 29-year-old Puna man.
A woman shot by police in Hilo almost two years ago is suing the county, alleging the officers who shot and killed herhusband and injured her used excessive force. The civil suit, filed Jan. 12 in Hilo Circuit Court by Nikita Nakamoto, seeks unspecified damages for herself and her twominor children, one of whom is the natural child of her late husband, Ronald Barawis Jr.
A physician who is training to become an internal medicine specialist says she plans to return home to practice medicine on Hawaii Island — a big win for a nonprofit that’s fighting the doctor shortage.
Keaau-Pahoa Road is now reopen after several months of work to widen the roadway ended Tuesday.
A 23-year-old Hilo man faces six felony theft charges for allegedly stealing tires and custom rims from Toyota pickups and SUVs last month in Hilo — including two incidents at a car dealership lot — according to court documents filed by police.
On the heels of a tumultuous summer special session that raised the transient accommodations tax by 1 percent, the state’s local governments and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim are pushing for a bigger slice of the pie.
HONOLULU — State lawmakers opened the 2018 Legislative Session on Wednesday with vows to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness. They also pledged to make sure the state never again experiences a false alarm missile alert like last weekend’s.
KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige praised Mayor Harry Kim and Hawaii County’s swift response to correct Saturday’s erroneous ballistic missile threat alert that was issued to the public statewide.
HONOLULU — Nearly 40 terrifying minutes passed between the time Hawaii officials fired off a bogus alert about an incoming missile over the weekend and the moment the notice was canceled. The confusion — and panic — raised questions about whether any state should be solely responsible for notifying the public of such an event — especially as Washington and North Korea trade insults and threats.
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