40 attend inaugural cleanup

Welcome to the West Hawaii News update from Hawaii News Digest.  Our main story describes how a cleanup effort at the Old Kona Airport Park is helping the homeless integrate back into the community.

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Accessed on 15 November 2019, 1455 UTC, Post 19837.



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Public lewdness lands man in jail

KAILUA-KONA — A 64-year-old man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday for masturbating in broad daylight on a pathway leading to a popular keiki swimming spot earlier this month.

Teens rescued from waters off Ka‘u Coast

KAILUA-KONA — Two teenage boys spearfishing in waters off Honuapo Wednesday were rescued after becoming distressed in the ocean nearly a quarter-mile offshore off the Ka‘u Coast.

No special tax class for vacation rentals

HILO — There will be no special property tax classification for short-term vacation rentals under recommendations proposed by a panel tasked with revamping the county property tax code, but some people currently getting tax breaks for agriculture could take a hit.

Fire hits Volcano Golf and Country Club

VOLCANO — There were but a handful of golfers on the fairways and greens of the Volcano Golf and Country Club at midday Thursday — a mere fraction of the number that normally would be there.

Police secure $76K grant for shooting simulator

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Police Department has secured a federal grant to purchase the department’s first shooting simulator that’ll better prepare rookies and veterans alike for making split-second decisions in the heat of the moment.

State readies for only mail voting

HILO — Hawaii County Clerk Jon Henricks told state legislators Wednesday the county will have a high-speed ballot sorting machine by February, which he said will give Hawaii Island elections workers “plenty of time” to prepare for the new voting-by-mail system that will be in place for the 2020 primary and general elections.

Felony sex assault case dismissed

A Circuit Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a felony sex assault and abuse case after the victim informed the state she wouldn’t testify.

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