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Police: Man electrocuted at Puna job site

PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal industrial accident in the Puna District on Thursday morning.

Just before 9:15 a.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics received a report of an apparent industrial accident at a job site just off Route 11 near the North Kulani Road intersection in Mountain View.

Responding officers discovered that a 56-year-old man had been inspecting the electrical system for a newly installed water tank when he apparently was electrocuted from the energized system. A 51-year-old Honokaʻa man, who was working nearby, attempted to assist the victim. He was able to de-energize the electrical system but not before sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electrical current.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives are conducting further investigation into this incident, which is classified as an industrial accident.

AAA: Hawaii gas prices drip downward

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

The Hawaii state average for regular unleaded is $4.36 per gallon, which is two cents less than last week, two cents less than last month and 25 cents less than on this day last year.

Honolulu's average price is $4.27 a gallon for regular unleaded, down three cents since last week, four cents less than last month and down 20 cents from a year ago.

In Hilo, the average gas price is $4.37 per gallon, which is unchanged since last week, four cents less than last month and 37 cents less than this time a year ago.

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

Big Island police charge father, grandmother in child's disappearance

Noah Sanchez and Katherine Ruth Hunter

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have filed charges against the non-custodial father and grandmother of a 2-year-old Lanai boy who was with them on Hawaii Island.

Detectives charged 53-year-old Katherine Ruth Hunter of Pahoa and 25-year-old Noah Sanchez of Pahoa with custodial interference.

Hunter's bail was set at $2,000. Sanchez's bail was set at $10,000. Unless they are able to post bail, their initial court appearance will be on Thursday and they will be held at the Hilo police cellblock until then.

On March 5, the child's 22-year-old mother, who is his legal custodian, gave Hunter permission to fly him from Lanai to the island of Hawaii to visit her for five days. Hunter then failed to return the child to his mother on Lanai.

Report: Vog makes for unhealthy Big Island air

HONOLULU (AP) - A new report by the American Lung Association gives the Big Island a failing grade for particle pollution in the air.

That's because one of the island's main sources of particle pollution is vog, or volcanic smog.

The association gave Hawaii County an F despite a decrease in the number of days with unhealthy particle pollution, from 23.5 days in the 2012 report to 12.5 days in this year's report.

The annual report released Wednesday grades counties nationwide for ozone and particle pollution levels.

Honolulu is the only county in the state that collected data on ozone levels. There were no days of unhealthy levels of ozone, or smog.

Maui County received healthy grades for particle pollution. According to the report, there were incomplete data available for Kauai County.

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2-year-old missing Lanai boy found on Hawaii Island; father & grandmother in custody

Katherine Ruth Hunter

PAHOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- The last time 22-year-old Alyssa Locquiao saw her son was nearly a month ago.  She had given permission to the toddler's paternal grandmother to go to Hawai'i Island for a few days, but her son was never returned.

After weeks of searching, 2-year-old Kingszon Sanchez was discovered around 3 p.m. Tuesday by Hilo Juvenile Aid Section detectives at a home in Pahoa.  Officials say he was taken from Lana'i to Hawai'i Island on March 5th by his father's mother, 53-year-old Katherine Hunter.  According to Kingszon's mother, Hunter only had permission to visit with the toddler for a few days and was supposed to bring him back to Lana'i.  Hunter is now facing custodial interference charges.

Big Island drug take back initiative this Saturday

HILO, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Hawaii Police
Department is encouraging the public to participate in a nationwide
prescription drug take-back initiative.

You can turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. in Hilo and Kona.

You can take your
medications to the following collection sites for safe, anonymous disposal:

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 3 Big Island and 8 Oahu Libraries Start April 22

HSPLS Continues Internet PC Reservations Upgrade: 3 Big Island and 8 Oahu Libraries Start April 22

The Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) will perform an upgrade to its Smart Access Management (SAM) Internet reservation system in three Big Island and eight Oahu public libraries beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.  The computers at the following Big Island libraries: Kailua-Kona, Laupahoehoe, and North Kohala, and Oahu libraries: Kahuku, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Kailua, Waimanalo, Aiea, Liliha, Kaneohe, and Waianae will be unavailable for reservations beginning today through the completion of the upgrade in each library.  Walk-up sessions may or may not be available, depending on the progress of the upgrade. 

SAM is a computer-based system that allows users to reserve and register for Internet sessions in HSPLS’s 50 public libraries; it helps HSPLS maximize the use of public Internet computers and ensures equal access for our patrons.