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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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Scientists warn against risky behavior where lava meets the sea

A photo taken by a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist shows a person standing on a lava delta. Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Thousands of people are drawn to the creation of new land on the Big Island of Hawaii, courtesy of Kilauea Volcano. However, the U.S. Geological Survey is very concerned about some of those people getting too close to the action.

A photo taken by a scientist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory in mid-March shows a person standing on an active lava delta, where molten rock is entering the ocean. Meantime, a video showed some daredevil kayakers paddling within feet of the hot lava.

Scientists saw the footage on Hawaii News Now last month. "Since then, some of the scientists out in the field, mapping the lava flows and monitoring the hazards, have seen people standing right on lava deltas," said Janet Babb, an HVO geologist. "And it's extremely dangerous because the delta can collapse without any warning at all."

Hawaii unemployment down to 4.9% in April

HONOLULU (AP) - State officials say Hawaii's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in April, its lowest rate since October 2008.

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Thursday that the rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.1% in March. The rate is 1.2%age points lower than the 6.1% unemployment rate seen in April last year.

The slight drop in unemployment from March was not because more people had jobs, but because some left the workforce.

State officials say 100 fewer people had jobs in April compared with March, while 1,550 left the workforce.

Unemployment rates in the counties in April were 3.9% in Honolulu, 6.6% in Hawaii County, 5.7% in Kauai and 4.8% in Maui. The county rates aren't seasonally adjusted.

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