Pahoa man arrested after incident at Home Depot

A bizarre incident Tuesday afternoon at the Hilo Home Depot parking lot ended with the arrest of a 55-year-old Pahoa man and a video admission by a Big Island mayoral candidate he and friends used vehicles to block the parking lot to hunt for an alleged would-be abductor.

Controversial pandemic powers bill moves forward

A Big Island state senator was the lone dissenting vote in the Ways and Means Committee on a controversial measure that would give the state health director sweeping powers to declare a public health emergency and, with authorization of the governor, to screen, test and monitor travelers.

BLNR nominee Yuen grilled by Senate committee

The state Senate Committee on Water and Land took Board of Land and Natural Resources nominee Christopher Yuen into political rough water during a Wednesday hearing concerning his proposed confirmation.

Homeless encampment fire closes Singing Bridge overnight

A fire that destroyed a homeless encampment caused only about $200 in damage, according to the Hawaii Fire Department, but it shut down the Singing Bridge, the main northern entrance to and exit from Hilo, overnight on Monday.

Man facing negligent homicide sentence charged in police chase

A 23-year-old Keaau man who’s due to be sentenced today for a car crash that killed a passenger was arrested Thursday in Hilo on numerous traffic-related offenses after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Child abuse bill advances

The state Senate Committee on Human Services on Tuesday recommended passage, with amendments, of a House measure that would require the clergy, commercial film and print image processors, and commercial computer technicians to report suspected child abuse and neglect.