Homeless Villages bill dies

KAILUA-KONA — A bill to fund two Big Island homeless villages died in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Tuesday after clearing its first two committees.

East Hawaii man, woman indicted on firearm charge

A 29-year-old Pahoa woman sought by police for questioning in an attempted murder investigation has been indicted on an unrelated firearms charge along with a man police say they also want to talk to in connection with the attempted murder case.

Community meeting held on GET

HILO — With a do-or-die hearing of a bill raising the general excise tax scheduled for next week, the administration and County Council are holding a bevy of last-minute community meetings to get feedback and explain their budget straits.

West Hawaii residents chime in on proposed GET hike

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim and Finance Director Deanna Sako fielded questions and heard statements Tuesday night from West Hawaii residents sharing their voices on a proposal to raise the county’s general excise tax by one-half percent.

123 arrested for DUI so far in ‘18

During the week of Feb. 5-11, Hawaii Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age of 21.

Federal funds pitched for vet treatment

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, co-chair of the Congressional Post 9/11 Veterans Caucus, announced support Tuesday for bipartisan legislation to authorize federal funding for veteran treatment courts in Hawaii and across the United States.