Police: Man torched parcel with meth-stuffed Muppet head

A 42-year-old Hilo man is accused of receiving a Federal Express package that contained more than a pound of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice,” packed inside the toy head of a “Sesame Street” character — and then attempting to torch the parcel as authorities closed in to arrest him.

Lawsuit filed in fatal police shooting in Hilo

A woman shot by police in Hilo almost two years ago is suing the county, alleging the officers who shot and killed herhusband and injured her used excessive force. The civil suit, filed Jan. 12 in Hilo Circuit Court by Nikita Nakamoto, seeks unspecified damages for herself and her twominor children, one of whom is the natural child of her late husband, Ronald Barawis Jr.

Man accused of stealing Toyota rims

A 23-year-old Hilo man faces six felony theft charges for allegedly stealing tires and custom rims from Toyota pickups and SUVs last month in Hilo — including two incidents at a car dealership lot — according to court documents filed by police.

Counties aim for bigger cut of transient tax

On the heels of a tumultuous summer special session that raised the transient accommodations tax by 1 percent, the state’s local governments and Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim are pushing for a bigger slice of the pie.