Parole granted for two Kona men

A Kona man sentenced to up to a half-decade behind bars for a 2019 shooting that injured one and triggered an 11-day manhunt was granted parole by the Hawaii Paroling Authority on Wednesday.

Fire snarls traffic

Traffic was slowed to a crawl Wednesday afternoon on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona after a brush fire broke out makai of the major thoroughfare near the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. The fire, reported about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, scorched about 5 acres before firefighters could get the blaze under control. County firefighters were assisted by volunteer firefighters and Chopper 2 in dousing the flames. No injuries were reported. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Delay crops in case of man accused of sexual assault

A 21-year-old Kona man indicted in 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor on the grounds of a South Kona public school and subsequently indicted in connection with two later, unrelated sex assaults remains in custody at the Hawaii State Hospital awaiting another competency hearing.

Scrap metal heap ignites

Multiple Hawaii Fire Department comapnies responded to a fire Friday morning at Big Island Scrap Metal on Honokohau Street in Kailua-Kona.