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POSTED: Saturday, May 02, 2009

Suspect leaves tip for police

A man provided the evidence police needed to arrest him when he tried to deposit a cashier's check with his real name into his account Thursday afternoon before robbing the Bank of Hawaii in Kalihi.

A 45-year-old Kalihi man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery.

After presenting the cashier's check, a man allegedly passed the teller a demand note, police said. The teller complied, and the man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The robbery occurred at 12:18 p.m. Thursday. Police located the man and arrested him at 3:45 p.m. on suspicion of second-degree robbery.

Father arrested in toddler's death

Big Island detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Hilo toddler and have arrested the girl's father.

The child, identified as Iyanla Kuamoo-Andrews, was found unconscious at 8 p.m. April 24, at their Wainaku area home in Hilo.

Medics revived the girl, who was taken to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to Oahu in critical condition for further treatment, police said. The child died Wednesday at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.

An autopsy showed she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Police arrested the girl's 34-year-old father on suspicion of abuse of a family member. He was released Sunday pending further investigation.

Pot-growing raid snares 8 people

Hawaii County police officers arrested seven adults and a juvenile April 21 in connection with a marijuana-growing operation in Waikoloa.

At 11:18 a.m., Vice Section investigators, with a search warrant, recovered 335 marijuana plants, cultivation equipment, more than four pounds of dried marijuana, two “;ice”; pipes, two rifles and ammunition. Police also seized $1,651 in cash.

Seven people were charged April 22:

» Nancy Kainoa, 48, of Waikoloa, with one count each of promoting a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

» Brandon Brett, 22, of Waikoloa, with one count each of commercial promotion of marijuana and promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged on an outstanding bench warrant for criminal contempt of court. Bail was set at $20,500.

» Shane Feeney, 21 of Kohala, with one count each of promoting a detrimental drug and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,000.

» Jeremy Payne, 29 of Hilo, with one count each of promoting a detrimental drug and drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,000.

» Jonathan Contreras, 20, of Waikoloa, with one count of commercial promotion of marijuana, two counts of promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,250.

» Andrew Peterson, 23, of Waikoloa, with one count of commercial promotion of marijuana, two counts of promoting a detrimental drug and three counts of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $30,000.

» Tyler Peterson, 25, of Waikoloa, with one count of commercial promotion of marijuana, two counts of promoting a detrimental drug, three counts of drug paraphernalia and four firearm offenses. Bail was set at $32,000.