State, county report violations of COVID-19 directives

The state and county are reporting numerous violations of Gov. David Ige’s stay-at-home directive, self-quarantine orders and park closures during the COVID-19 emergency.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources officers cited 34 people statewide, including two on the Big Island, the DLNR said Wednesday.

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Hawaii Island Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement officers cited 28-year-old Hanna Stauffer of Kailua-Kona for allegedly loitering at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, which was closed by the Division of State Parks.

In addition, 31-year-old Sergey Bulgutenko of Russia was cited for violating terms of the state’s self-quarantine order. According to DLNR, a DOCARE officer spotted Bulgutenko operating a small dinghy in an erratic manner at Waiakea Public Fishing Area in Hilo.

Bulgutenko arrived in Hilo aboard a sailing vessel and was ordered to self-quarantine by the state Department of Transportation, according to DLNR.

The Hawaii Police Department reported Wednesday that during the week of April 1-7, its officers arrested 14 people, cited 32 and initiated criminal cases against four people, for a total of 50 violations of the state’s stay-at-home order, which is in effect until April 30.

The breakdown by district is as follows:

• South Hilo: eight arrests, 13 citations, two criminal cases initiated.

• Kona: two arrests, four citations.

• North Kohala: two arrests, three citations, two criminal cases initiated.

• Puna: one arrest, five citations.

• South Kohala: seven citations.

• Ka‘u: one arrest.

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Police said offenses that prompted the police response and subsequent arrests include: burglary, theft, trespassing, contempt of court, open lewdness, obstruction of public passage, violating a protective order and DUI.

Behavior that prompted citations, according to police, include disregarding repeated warning by police, public disturbance, reckless driving and congregating or loitering at a closed park or beach area.

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