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Police search for missing Big Island couple

Anika Young-Adams

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police are searching for a man and woman who were reported missing.

The woman, 21-year-old Anika Young-Adams, was reported missing in September. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old John Hamrick, was reported missing in December. Both were last seen when they moved out of their Hawaiian Paradise Park home in September.

Hamrick is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.
Young-Adams is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

They may be in a Silver 2004 Nissan Frontier and they may be living on the beach.
Police ask that anyone with information on their whereabouts call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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Big Island charging for plastic bags

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A new fee on plastic bags went into effect on the Big Island, with shoppers paying a nickel for each plastic grocery bag they use.

At the Hilo Farmers Market, there were signs that said it would cost shoppers extra for a plastic bag. But at least one shopper didn't pay the fee. "No I didn't," said Randi Okatani, laughing. "He gave it to me for free. He was so nice."

There were a handful of shoppers who brought their own bags, but there were still a lot of plastic bags that were seen.

The fee is meant to encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags under the county's Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance. "Considering some fishes and turtles might be injured, I guess it's justifiable," said farmers market vendor Kenneth Namba. "Because when I was small there was no baggie, and things was working out."

Big Island surfer hospitalized from shark attack

NORTH KONA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Kiholo Bay doesn't get waves year round but it was hitting Wednesday.  However it is also known to be frequented by sharks as surfer Paul Santos found out.

The two surfers were on the north side of the Kiholo Bay on the Big Island at 5:00 Wednesday.  They were between sets and waiting for waves.  Instead a tiger shark took 43 year old surfer Paul Santos for a ride.

"They mentioned to each other that they hadn't seen any turtles in the last 15 to 20 minutes and within a minute of saying that the shark hit him," said Adam Atwood, Dr. Earl and Doris Bakken Estate General Manager.

Santos was about 200 yards from shore and the shark wasn't letting go.

Fisherman missing after fall from cliff

SOUTH POINT, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Rescue crews are searching for a man who fell from a cliff Sunday night while fishing off Ka Lae Point in South Point on the Big Island.

The National Guard, Coast Guard and Big Island Fire and Rescue crews continued their search on Monday for the 67-year-old man.

Officials say the man fell 20 feet from the cliff; he was last seen by other fishermen in the area. They lost sight of victim approximately 50 yards offshore because of darkness.

Rescue crews were called to the scene just before 11 p.m. but could not find the man.

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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona nonprofit wants to take over 8 Hawaii public hospitals

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The state is in discussions with an Arizona nonprofit hospital chain that's interested in taking over operations of eight public hospitals on Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii News Now learned Friday.  It's a development that could have major implications for medical care for tens of thousands of neighbor island residents and affect the employment of thousands of hospital employees.

Sources said the Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health has made an "initial conceptual offer" to the state to take over operations, including Maui Memorial Medical Center, Hilo Medical Center and Kona Community Hospital.  Other hospitals whose operations could be transferred to Banner from the state are in Kau, Kohala, Hamakua, Kula and on the island of Lanai. 

Banner Health owns 23 acute-care hospitals in seven states with more than 26,000 employees. 

Kona father charged with manslaughter

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have charged 38-year-old Pedro Peter of Kailua-Kona with 10 offenses Friday after he ran over a 3-year-old boy with his pickup truck earlier this week.   

Peter was charged with manslaughter, no operator's license, no no-fault insurance, four counts of no child restraint, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. 

He remains at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $52,125 bail pending his initial court appearance on Monday.

Police say Joel Peter, the 3-year-old, fell out of the cab of a pickup truck and then was run over on the shoulder area leading to the driveway of a retail establishment off Route 190 on the 73-4000 block in Kalaoa, North Kona.

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Suspect in Big Island police officer shootings released from hospital

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Keaka D. Martin of Hilo, 31, who was in police custody at Hilo Medical Center following his arrest for a shooting January 2 that injured two officers, has been discharged from the hospital.

Martin is being held at the Hilo police cellblock with no bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.

Martin was charged on January 4 with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree reckless endangering, place to keep a firearm, possessing a loaded firearm on a highway, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, ownership/possession of a firearm prohibited, and altering the identification markings on a firearm.

Martin was initially hospitalized in critical condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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