Mistrial declared in murder case

KEALAKEKUA — A 3rd Circuit Court judge declared a mistrial in the murder case against two brothers after a jury came back Thursday with the unanimous agreement they were “hopelessly deadlocked” in coming together on a verdict.

Commission gives thumbs up on vacation rental bill

KAILUA-KONA — After a full morning of public testimony and discussion that went into Thursday afternoon, the Leeward Planning Commission voted to forward to the County Council a favorable recommendation on a vacation rental bill along with some suggestions for changes from the Planning Department and the commission itself.

$96M Keahuolu Courthouse taking shape

KAILUA-KONA — The Keahuolu Courthouse is taking shape, but Kona’s first centralized judiciary complex remains about a year away from the gavel striking the block.

$250K bail for Kona assault suspects

KEALAKEKUA — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday for the three suspects accused of beating a hotel security guard earlier this week.

Old A rapist gets up to 20 years

KEALAKEKUA — A 17-year-old boy was sentenced up to 20 years in prison for the September 2016 rape of a woman at Old Kona Airport Park.

State, county sued over BEI Hawaii gas leak

A supervisor for BEI Hawaii in Hilo who suffered lung injuries as a result of a chlorine gas leak at the facility two years ago is suing the county and state for negligence, claiming response to the leak was inadequate.