Police: Neighbor dispute led to attempted murder charge


Police have charged a 61-yearold Kurtistown man with attempted murder following a neighbor dispute early Monday in the Tiki Gardens subdivision off Ainaloa Boulevard in Puna.

Kelley O. Calvert was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, according to the Hawaii Police Department. He’s being held in lieu of $272,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for today in Hilo District Court.


Shortly after 6 a.m., Puna patrol officers responded to a report of a 58-year-old man who had reportedly been threatened on Paradise Court by a man with a large kitchen knife, who also hit the victim with a vehicle.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.

Police say Calvert went to the victim’s home yelling about killing a dog and verbally threatened to kill the victim before leaving the area.

A short time later, Calvert allegedly returned and stopped his vehicle in front of the victim’s home, got out, threatened to kill the victim, then chased him with a large kitchen knife.

The victim retreated to his property. Calvert, meanwhile, got back into his vehicle drove directly toward the victim, striking him and crashing into a parked vehicle, police said.

After hitting the victim and the parked vehicle, Calvert again allegedly left.

When officers later responded to Calvert’s home, he retreated into the residence, police said.

According to police, officers verbally engaged with Calvert, who they say was seen holding a large kitchen knife.

Calvert initially refused to come outside, and verbally threatened officers, according to police. After negotiating with Calvert for a short time, he exited the house and was arrested.

Calvert allegedly physically resisted arrest and assaulted one of the officers, who was treated by medics.

Police are asking witnesses to contact the police department’s nonemergency number at(808) 935-3311 or call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300

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