Mental fitness hearing delayed

A 52-year-old Hilo man who pleaded not guilty to a host of charges filed in connection with the alleged September 2022 abduction and ensuing crimes committed against a 15-year-old Kona girl was in court Thursday for a mental health fitness hearing.

‘A long time coming’

The much-needed and long-planned Kukuiola Emergency Shelter and Assessment Center moved a step closer to fruition Thursday with a groundbreaking and blessing ahead of the start of mass grading of the site in Kailua-Kona.

Search for Ireland’s killer continues

Hawaii County’s police chief and prosecuting attorney issued separate statements late Thursday afternoon saying they will be steadfast in their quest to bring to justice the man who left DNA on several pieces of key evidence in the 1991 rape and murder of Dana Ireland.

Monk seal dies from injuries following shark bite

The Marine Mammal Center and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday that a juvenile female Hawaiian monk seal known as RM28 died at Ke Kai Ola, the center’s hospital in Kailua-Kona, after suffering severe shark bite trauma.

Freed after 20 years, Hawaii man reflects on case, future

HONOLULU — On Ian Schweitzer’s first morning of freedom Wednesday, he woke up in a hotel room, looked over the balcony at the ocean and took in the beauty of the island he had been away from for over 20 years while imprisoned for a 1991 killing and rape he has always maintained he didn’t commit.

Kona man charged in robbery investigation

Hawaii Island police have charged a man in with robbery, assault, and drug offenses stemming from an incident that occurred early Tuesday at a gas station in Kailua-Kona.