Hawaii News Digest, 19 January 2018, 1425 UTC, Post #16270.
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Here are today’s to 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.
Katherine Kealoha cleared of ethics claims despite charges
The attorney for the man who filed an ethics complaint against embattled lawyer and Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha has called for the removal of the leader of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel because he cleared Kealoha of wrongdoing.
Ex-con charged with sexually assaulting minor
A 55-year-old Volcano man with a felony record dating back to 1987 is accused of sexually assaulting a minor.
Hilo man accused of assaulting officers
The case of a 29-year-old Hilo man accused of assaulting two police officers Saturday night after allegedly refusing to pull over during a traffic stop will be heard in Hilo Circuit Court.
Power generation up but number of Big Island permits down
Although more solar power than ever was generated statewide last year, the number of solar customers droppedthroughout Hawaii Island.
State’s missile alert program rife with problems, Kim says
Mayor Harry Kim says the state needs to reassess everything about its missile warning program, not just what led to lastweek’s false alarm that caused panic across Hawaii.
Raises approved: Mayor, County Council, others get big hikes
The Salary Commission approved raises of up to 34.6 percent Thursday, while a County Council member has introduced acharter amendment to try to slow down the money train.
Stand Up for Your Rights: Saturday event in Hilo observes 1st anniversary of Women’s March
Hundreds of East Hawaii residents are expected to convene Saturday for a 1.1-mile, peaceful march and demonstration on theone-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Police: Firearms stolen in HPP burglary
Police are investigating a reported theft of firearms in connection with a residential burglary in Puna.
Puna man faces sex assault charges
Police have charged a 55-year-old Puna man with sexual offenses in connection with an assault reported on Dec. 30.
Police: Man torched parcel with meth-stuffed Muppet head
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.
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