Police and Fire


POSTED: Saturday, April 11, 2009


Hilo man accused of trying to kill cop


Big Island police charged a 47-year-old Hilo man Thursday with the attempted murder of a police officer for allegedly crashing into a police car during a police chase.

Police said the incident began Wednesday night when two undercover officers approached Valentin Solis in the parking lot of the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.

Solis fled in his car, nearly running over one of the officers, police said. Officers pursued Solis at what they described as “;normal speed”; through Panaewa and onto Highway 11 toward Volcano, police said. Near Stainback Highway, Solis rammed a police vehicle from behind and kept going, police said.

He allegedly hit another vehicle near Macadamia Road, then a guardrail, and ended up in the median of the highway.

Police said there were no serious injuries reported by Solis or the people in the cars he hit.

An officer in the police car was treated and released from Hilo Medical Center.

Police charged Solis with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal property damage, first-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, resisting an order to stop and reckless driving. He was being in lieu of $250,000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.


Containers prompt Army response

An Army explosives unit and the Kauai Fire Department hazardous-materials team removed two suspicious containers from the Coconut Marketplace yesterday morning.

A security guard discovered the containers at about 10 p.m. Thursday.

The area was barricaded overnight, and an explosive ordnance disposal unit from Schofield Barracks arrived on Kauai yesterday morning to help dispose of the items.

The Army unit examined the packages and took steps to allow the Kauai Fire Department to handle and remove the containers.

After determining that it would be safe to move the containers, the hazmat team brought the containers to police headquarters in Lihue for further testing.



Traffic stop leads to woman's arrest

A routine traffic stop led police to an auto theft suspect in Kaneohe Wednesday.

Police said an officer pulled over a white Mercedes for an alleged traffic violation on Kamehameha Highway near the H-3 freeway overpass at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The officer checked the car's vehicle identification number and learned that the car had been reported stolen from a 64-year-old woman.

The officer arrested the driver, a 42-year-old Palolo man, for investigation of auto theft, driving under the influence, driving without a license and for an open container of alcohol.

A 41-year-old female passenger in the car was arrested for investigation of second-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.


Waimanalo woman arrested in theft

Police arrested a 31-year-old Waimanalo woman who was caught allegedly driving a stolen mo-ped.

Police said an officer saw the woman driving the mo-ped in Waimanalo at about 5 p.m. Thursday and pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation.

The officer then learned that the mo-ped had been reported stolen. The officer arrested the woman for investigation of auto theft.



Man, 27, accused of choking wife

Police arrested a 27-year-old Waipahu man Thursday who allegedly choked his wife.

Police said the suspect and his wife, 25, were arguing at about 9:30 p.m. when he choked her so hard that she had difficulty breathing.

The woman called police, and officers arrested the man for investigation of felony abuse.