Community speaks out against jail expansion

Officials from the state Departments of Public Safety and Accounting and General Services came to Hilo Thursday night to brief the public about the planned new housing module at Hawaii Community Correctional Center’s Punahele Street site.

Leilani standoff suspect acquitted by mental irresponsibility

A 34-year-old Pahoa man who abducted his children’s mother, shot a man who was with her, and then held off police with a rifle for several hours before ending the standoff by shooting himself in the face two years ago was acquitted on Jan. 3 of all charges by reason of mental irresponsibility.

HMSA settles Hilo discrimination case

Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health insurance company, has agreed to pay $180,000 and provide injunctive relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced Tuesday.

Work begins on farmers market canopy

Visitors to Hilo Farmers Market on Monday found the produce area moved from its usual spot adjacent to Reuben’s Mexican Food to the Keaukaha side of Mamo Street.

Traffic fatalities down in 2019

Despite a deadly November in which seven people died on Big Island roads, official traffic fatalities in Hawaii County were significantly down in 2019 from the previous year.