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Body found in Hilo identified as murder victim

Dante Peter Gilman

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A body found Friday, January 18 off Stainback Highway in Hilo has been identified as 44 -year-old Dante Peter Gilman.

Gilman was identified through dental records.

Police are withholding a cause of death pending additional forensic analysis. Police are also working with an anthropologist from the Joint POW Accounting Command/Central Identification Laboratory from the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Oahu to perform additional examinations.

Gilman was reported missing on January 10.

Big Island police have charged 19-year-old Kawena Krause and 30-year-old Claude Keone Krause

with second-degree murder in connection with the Gilman's disappearance.   

People who knew Gilman say he was a "lost soul" who bragged about hiding money on his Hawaiian Acres property, a potential motive in this case.

Prosecutors say they have a DVD that show footage of Gilman's murder

Police search for Kamuela woman who jumped bail

Crystal Marie Torres

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police are searching for 40-year-old Crystal Marie Torres also known as Crystal Torres Bolosan. 

Torres is wanted on two warrants, one for failing to appear for a traffic citation the other for bail jumping.

Torres is described as part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-6, 110 pounds  with brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. 

She is known to frequent both the North and South Kohala areas.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or email him at gesteban@hawaiicounty.gov.

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Hilo police find two bodies while searching for body of murder victim

Dante Peter Gilman

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Police have discovered two badly decomposed bodies off of Stainback Highway in Hilo while searching for the body of a man whose murder was captured on surveillance video.

The first body was found Friday, Jan. 18, shortly after 7:20 p.m., in area referred to as "ATV Trail Park."  An autopsy was performed on the unidentified remains, but due to the advanced state of decomposition, detectives are awaiting additional examination and toxicology reports before releasing the exact cause of death.

The second body was found at around 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 following an anonymous tip that led them to a location often called "Tree Planting Road."

Detectives along with scent-tracking dogs checked the area and found the body, which was also decomposed beyond recognition, police say. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

5 dead after Big Island crash south of Pahala

PAHALA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Five people, including a nine-year-old boy, have died after a fiery two-vehicle collision that closed Highway 11 for several hours between Pahala and Punaluu Black Sand Beach, police said. Officials reopened the highway just before 4 p.m. 

The dead also include three men and a woman who were killed at the scene. The boy who initially survived the crash was taken in extremely critical condition to Ka'u Hospital and then taken by helicopter to Kona Community Hospital, where he died, according to police.

Family members identified the man and woman in the pickup truck as 65-year-old Richard Taylor and 56-year-old Trini Ballesteros, both of Naalehu. They said the two were heading to Hilo in Taylor's Ford F-350 pickup truck.

VIDEO: Dolphin rescue off Kona caught on camera

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Divers in Hawaii lent a hand to a dolphin in need, and the encounter was all caught on camera. Video taken by MantaraysHawaii.com shows a bottlenose dolphin approach a diver who notices his fin is entangled in fishing line.

The diver is seen using a knife to cut away the line, and the dolphin swims away.

The group was on a night dive Jan. 11 to view manta rays off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. They say they have helped free manta rays from entanglement before and that the dolphin appeared to be approaching them for help.

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Two arrested in Waimea drug bust

Jessie Bitton

WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A West Hawaii man and woman have been charged with numerous drug offenses after their arrest in Waimea last week.

On Jan. 17, South Kohala officers responded to a disturbance at a motel on Lindsey Road in Waimea. Police found 20-year-old Robert Reed, who has no permanent address, unresponsive and in a room with 22-year-old Jessie Bitton of Kailua-Kona. Narcotics were visible in the room.

Reed was taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

During the execution of a search warrant, Vice Section officers recovered 166.5 grams of cocaine, 7 ounces of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with the use and distribution of illegal drugs, and $8,900 in cash from the motel room, as well as a small quantity of cocaine residue and 12.1 grams of marijuana from Reed's vehicle.

Incoming swell triggers new surf warning for islands

Monday at Pipeline - Courtesy: NealMiyake

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Forecasters have issued a High Surf Warning for north and west facing shores of Niihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A high surf warning is also issued for north facing shores of Maui and a high surf advisory for west facing shores of the Big Island.

The National Weather Service says a new northwest swell will build Monday afternoon and peak Monday night in most areas, bringing surf above warning levels to exposed north and west facing shores.

The west facing shores of the Big Island will see surf increasing above advisory levels tonight remaining so through Tuesday night.

Forecasters say surf along north facing shores will build to 20 to 30 feet. Surf will reach 15 to 20 feet along west facing shores.