Hawaii Island News 09/10/2019

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Arrested protesters ID’d

Authorities identified the two Thirty Meter Telescope protesters who were arrested Friday and charged with obstruction of a government operation as an unpermitted structure was demolished on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands property near Puuhuluhulu on Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

White takes stand in attempted murder trial

A 40-year-old Waimea man on trial for slitting his friend’s throat in the latter’s Waikoloa apartment more than five years ago described the victim as a “young punk drug dealer” and “sort of a gangster wannabee.”

Tour companies trying to hang on

Maunakea tour companies are restructuring and selling off equipment as the closure of the access road and inability to conduct stargazing tours stretches into the ninth week.

Police seek suspect in June sex assault

Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man wanted for questioning in a sexual assault investigation regarding a June 15 incident on Banyan Drive in Hilo.

Obituaries for September 8

Richard Basque, 84, of Hilo died Sept. 3 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired truck driver for the former Keaau Sugar, Hilo Coast Processing, Hamakua Sugar, and Ka‘u Sugar companies and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14) at House Hilo Assembly of God Church, 2282 Kanoelehua Ave. Celebration of life will at 11 a.m. Inurnment service noon Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by daughters, Deborah Mercado of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Kathleen Basque of Oklahoma, Donna Mae (Byron Sr.) Smith of Hilo and Mary (Andre) Randall of Menifee, Calif.; sons, Clifford (Mary) Basque of Oklahoma, Richard Maldonado, Anthony “Tony” Maldonado and Rodney Maldonado of Hilo; sisters, Lorinda “Dolly” Abis of Keaau, Leonora LaVoie of Hilo and June Hernkind of Washington; brother, Joe Basque of Oahu; sister-in-law, Rita Basque of Keaau; 26 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Council seeks amendments to energy code

Concerns about the impact of a strict new energy code on the cost of housing had the County Council on Tuesday vowing to look at ways to minimize costs on the Big Island.

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