West Hawaii News, Thursday, 18 January 2018

Hawaii News Digest, 18 January 2018, 1455 UTC, Post #16268.



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Here are today’s top West Hawaii news stories from “West Hawaii Today”, published in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents unless otherwise stated.

Counties push for bigger TAT share again

HILO — 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.

Police: Man torched parcel with meth-stuffed Muppet head

HILO — 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.

Hawaii lawmakers want to boost housing, prevent false alarms

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the state Legislature on Wednesday with vows to tackle the housing crisis and homelessness. They also want to make sure the state never again experiences a false alarm missile alert like last weekend’s.

Ige praises Big Island response

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.

24 arrested for DUI

During the week of Jan. 8-14, Hawaii Island police arrested 24 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Five of the drivers were under the age of 21.

Traffic shifts makai on Queen Kaahumanu Highway

Northbound and southbound traffic along the stretch of Queen Kaahumanu Highway under construction was scheduled to shift to the new road’s makai lanes overnight, with transition work expected to finish by 5 a.m. this morning.

Agency to file police reports for threats against staff

Police reports for threatened employee not yet filed

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Until next time,
Russ Roberts
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