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AAA: Hawaii gas prices tick up

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Local gas prices increased slightly in many areas over the last week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.

The Hawaii state average for regular unleaded is $4.34 per gallon, which is the same price as last week, a nickel less than last month and 20 cents less than on this day last year.

Honolulu's average price is $4.25 a gallon for regular unleaded, up a penny since last week, six cents less than last month and down 15 cents from a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.36 per gallon, which is two cents more than last week, two cents less than last month and 34 cents less than this time a year ago.

Wailuku's average is $4.51 a gallon, unchanged from last week, three cents less than last month and 38 cents less than the price last year.

Hilo man and woman charged with burglary

Scottie Yanagawa and Suzy Cho Chun

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have charged a Hilo man and woman for breaking into a home in Hilo last week.

Scottie I.K. Yanagawa, 26, was charged with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

Suzy Cho Chun, 25, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft.

On May 3 at about 5:16 p.m., police received a call from a 38-year-old Hilo woman that her home in the upper Ainaola Drive area had been broken into and several items were stolen.

Police received information that some of the items were sold to second-hand dealers in the Hilo area. Police were able to recover some of the stolen property, which led to Yanagawa's identification. He was arrested Tuesday morning and was held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Hiker dies on Big Island lava field

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- A man was announced dead on arrival Tuesday after he was found on a lava field near Kaplana Gardens subdivision.

Hawaii Fire Department units responded at 3:15 p.m. to a report of a person unable to walk in Kalapana. When they arrived on scene, a friend said the 56-year-old victim was in physical distress on a lava field, but was unable to find him. The two had been hiking all day.

A ground and air search were conducted and the man was found near Kalapana Gardens subdivision. He was transported out by chopper awaiting a medic unit where he was determined dead on arrival.

His cause of death is still undetermined.

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Man charged after Big Island crime spree

Phillip Jon Richardson

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have
charged 27-year-old Phillip Jon Richardson with several offenses in connection
with a crime spree Saturday in the Hawaiian Paradise Park area.

According to police, it
started when a pickup truck pulled up to a home on 1st Avenue and
stole a 63-year-old man's computer after forcing his way into the man's home.

After fleeing the scene,
police say Richardson slammed the truck he was driving into a 36-year-old
woman's house on 17th Avenue. He proceeded to open the window of the home where
the woman claims he stole a safe and some other items from a car parked on her

Sometime after these
events, police say the suspect abandoned the truck he was driving when he
noticed officers in the area, and fled on foot into some bushes.

Routine traffic stop escalates; three arrested on multiple charges

Chito Reno Asuncion

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- A routine traffic stop in Kona has led to the
arrests of three persons in two separate cars. 

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Donates $3,500 to Hawaii Fire Department of the County of Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Donates $3,500 to Hawaii Fire Department of the County of Hawaii

Grant to Support Aid and Treatment of Motor Vehicle Crash Victims 

HILO, HI — May 6, 2013 — Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i announced today $3,500 in grant funding to the Hawai‘i Fire Department (HFD). Funds will be used to purchase digital camera equipment, which will allow the HFD to better document injury occurrence at traffic accidents and assist medical emergency professionals in their assessment and treatment of victims.

Shoplifting suspect sought on Big Island

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police are asking for the public's help in
identifying a woman wanted for questioning in a theft case.

Merchandise valued at $226 was stolen from a retail store
on the 96-200 block of Waikoloa Beach Drive on April 8. 

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the
person pictured above to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at

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