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Hawaii Island police continue to ask for the publics assistance in the search for Benjamin Benny Rapoza, a missing 6-year-old Hilo boy.
KAILUA-KONA A contested hearing over doctors reports regarding the fitness of a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been set for late January.
A 55-year-old homeless Puna man accused of the Dec. 4 beating death of an acclaimed artist has been indicted by a Hilo grand jury.
Legislation passed by lawmakers earlier this year that decriminalizes the possession of three grams or less of marijuana and allows such past possessions to be expunged from criminal records will take effect early next year.
KAILUA-KONA A teen accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a South Kohala campground this summer has been found fit to stand trial.
KAILUA-KONA A man whose alleged threats triggered a six-hour standoff with police in Kalaoa in October has been deemed unfit to proceed in an earlier, unrelated case, and committed to the Hawaii State Hospital.
The Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency is taking the next steps for a new bus hub in Pahoa and will seek additional funding for the project from the County Council.
Although Big Island Dairy has satisfactorily completed all closure requirements set forth in an agreement with the state Department of Health, others have shown interest in the Ookala property for future dairy operations.
Hawaii Island continues to lead the state in population growth, but some of the 42 small towns that dot the island have seen population drop, according to detailed estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Police have arrested and charged two Honokaa women with drug and firearms offenses after officers allegedly smelled marijuana in a car at a DUI roadblock in Waimea.
Police arrested a 32-year-old man wanted for the arson last month of a vacation rental home on Pukeawe Circle in Volcano Golf and Country Club subdivision in Volcano.
No injuries were reported Thursday evening after firefighters extinguished a house fire in Volcano.
The Hawaii County Police Commission on Friday found insufficient evidence to support the allegations in a complaint made by a retired Hawaii Police Department sergeant concerning enhanced traffic enforcement that occurred on Daniel K. Inouye Highway between Aug. 15 and Thursday.
Although the Maunakea Access Road is reopened to the public, protest leaders are preparing for a possible confrontation with the state next week.
A brief look at other news from throughout the state.
The county said today in a statement that because of a high-wind warning expected at 6 p.m. tonight, the Mass Transit Agency is cancelling the Hele-On Bus 7:15 p.m. route from Hilo to South Kohala and the 11:05 p.m. return bus tonight.
A Hilo attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree theft and second-degree forgery in connection with a narrow piece of land containing an easement road in lower Puna.
The Hawaii County Police Commission is slated to hear a complaint today by a retired police sergeant who alleges the Hawaii Police Departments operations around the blockade of Maunakea Access Road by protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project is institutionalized police misconduct.
David Benjamin Cordeiro, a 37-year-old Mountain View man, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to possessing ammunition after having been previously convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, Kenji Price, U.S. Attorney for Hawaii, said in a statement.
HONOLULU Longshot presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is facing some heat in her heavily Democratic home state of Hawaii for voting present on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
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