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Police identify woman found strangled near lava viewing area

Brittany-Jane Royal from Facebook

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have identified the victim whose body was found Tuesday (May 28) in waters off Kalapana. 

She was identified through fingerprints as 25-year-old Brittany-Jane Royal, who had recently moved to Kalapana. Her last known permanent address before the move to Hawaii was in Tustin, California.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation as a murder.

Police ask that anyone who has information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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Big Island campers found safe, unaware of search

Kevin Butler and Kimberly Linder


Two killed in North Kona crash

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have identified a man and a woman who were killed Tuesday in a car crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway in North Kona. 

The driver was identified as Michelle K. Deluz, 24, of a Waikoloa address.

The passenger was identified as Gary J. Fergerstrom, 24, of a Kailua-Kona address.

Police say around 2:49 p.m. the driver, Michelle Deluz, was heading south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when she lost control of her Honda sedan and crossed the centerline.

The car left side of the road, where the vehicle rolled into a lava field. 

Weather Blog: Flood warning canceled for Oahu

HNN Interactive Radar at 9:44 p.m.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- UPDATE at 10:10 p.m. on TUESDAY:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for Oahu in Honolulu County.

  • Until 12:45 a.m.
  • At 9:36 pm Hst, radar showed heavy rain continuing over the Koolau range, and this area of heavy rain remained nearly stationary. Rainfall rates have started to lighten, but rates in excess of 1 inch over saturated areas will continue. Streams in the warning area have started to subside, but remain elevated.
  • Other locations in the advisory include but are not limited to Punaluu, Waikane, Laie, Kahuku, Kaaawa and Hauula. This advisory may need to be extended beyond 12:45 am if Heavy Rain persists.
  • The flood warning has expired

UPDATE at 9:40 p.m. on TUESDAY:

Ex-LA cop gets 20 years for wife's death in Hawaii

Dan DeJarnette

HONOLULU (AP) - A retired Los Angeles police detective has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Hawaii for the 2006 beating death of his wife.

The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Judge Ronald Ibarra said during sentencing that 59-year-old Dan DeJarnette had done the opposite in killing his wife from what earned him a commendable career in law enforcement.

In November 2006, DeJarnette told police he woke to find his 56-year-old wife, Yu DeJarnette, lying on a lava embankment near their Big Island home. She was pronounced dead from head trauma at a hospital.

An autopsy later revealed she had two gaping wounds from a tire iron.

DeJarnette pleaded guilty in March to manslaughter while under extreme emotional distress.

DeJarnette moved to Hawaii after his 2003 LAPD retirement.

Photograph of Hawaii volcanic phenomenon to go on display

"Volcanic Vortices" by Bruce Omori

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A spectacular image by a Hilo man who makes a living photographing Madame Pele's work will be recognized at the National Smithsonian.

Bruce Omori took the photo nearly four years ago. He had it all this time, but finally decided to submit the picture for consideration after much coaxing from his friends.

The image, called "Volcanic Vortices", was taken in the early morning hours in July 2009 at the Waikupanaha Ocean Entry.

Vortices are vapor funnel clouds that form off the volcano's steam plume, he says. Seven are visible in this photo, but Omori says he saw about a dozen in the same location just two weeks earlier. He missed out on that shot, but made sure he was ready the next time it happened.

Big Island police identify Puna murder victim

Big Island police are investigating a fatal shooting in the Puna District.

Police were called Monday afternoon after the victim was
found at the Maui Street home in the Nanawale Estates subdivision.

The victim has been positively identified as 40-year-old
Mateo D. Balinbin Jr. 

on a tip, police arrested 43-year-old Seon Keoni Aki of Nanawale Estates
at a home in Hawaiian Paradise Park on suspicion of second-degree murder. He is
being held at the cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

autopsy, originally planned for today, has been rescheduled for Wednesday (May

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