Prosecutor, police tout drop in crime with little budget raises

Deputy Prosecutor Sheri Lawson questions FBI Special Agent Edwin Nam, pointing to a cell phone tower coverage map at the 2017 preliminary hearing for brothers Eber and Marlin Miranda-Garcia accused of killing Dolores “Lolo” Borja Valle. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Todayfile photo)

Police Chief Paul Ferreira, left, and Deputy Chief Kenneth Bugado address the County Council Finance Committee on Wednesday. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Juvenile crime is down 58.5 percent over the past five years, despite heavy caseloads and limited budgets in the Office of the County Prosecutor. Crimes in other categories have also been dropping.