Police and Fire


POSTED: Sunday, May 17, 2009

Coast Guard helicopter crew saves diver near Waianae boat harbor

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on a routine patrol rescued a diver near the Waianae Small Boat Harbor yesterday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The helicopter noticed two mariners waving to them from a small boat at about noon and sent a rescue diver down to them when they couldn't establish radio contact.

A 70-year-old man on the boat was experiencing pain and had symptoms of decompression sickness. The man was taken on board the helicopter and transferred to an ambulance at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point at about 12:25 p.m.


Police arrest robbery suspect after 3 masked men steal woman's purse

Police arrested a 20-year-old man Friday with no local address who allegedly robbed a 28-year-old woman Wednesday in Mililani.

Three men, allegedly wearing ski masks and brandishing rifles, approached the woman, who was sitting her car with friends at 10:30 p.m., police said.

Police said one of the men allegedly stole her purse, and they fled on foot.

The woman may know one of the men, police said.


Big Isle detectives link car break-ins to pair of teenage suspects in Hilo

Big Island authorities charged two Hilo men in connection with a series of car break-ins last week.

John M. Pea, 18, and Ryan Hank, 19, were both charged with seven counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and one count of second degree criminal property damage. Each of the charges are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Both suspects were arrested on Banyan Drive on Tuesday after security officers witnessed one suspect use a sharp instrument to cut open the convertible top of a car to gain entry into the vehicle while the other suspect acted as a lookout, police said.

Detectives linked Pea and Hank to five other vehicle break-ins on Banyan Drive, as well as two other break-ins on Aupuni Street, police said. Bail was set at $14,000 for each man.