Public lewdness lands man in jail

KAILUA-KONA — A 64-year-old man was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Thursday for masturbating in broad daylight on a pathway leading to a popular keiki swimming spot earlier this month.

No special tax class for vacation rentals

There will be no special property tax classification for short-term vacation rentals under recommendations proposed by a panel tasked with revamping the county property tax code, but some people currently getting tax breaks for agriculture could take a hit.

Hilo baker exits Food Network show but lauds the experience

Maria Short, owner of Hilo’s Short N Sweet Bakery and Cafe — and one of 10 bakers competing for the $25,000 top prize on the sixth season of Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” — was eliminated during the season’s second episode earlier this week.

Handicapped lifts vandalized at Hilo county pools

Pool chair lifts used by disabled people to access Kawamoto Swim Stadium and NAS Swimming Pool in Hilo are out of service until further notice because of vandalism, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said Thursday.

No HELCO rate hike for now

The state Public Utilities Commission has declined a proposed rate hike for Hawaiian Electric Light Co. customers — for now.

Police seek leads on wanted woman

Police are seeking the public’s assistance with finding a 27-year-old woman wanted for questioning in a fraud/negotiating a worthless instrument investigation.

Police secure $76K grant for shooting simulator

KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii Police Department secured a federal grant to purchase its first shooting simulator, which will better prepare rookies and veterans alike for making split-second decisions in the heat of the moment.

Police arrest 10 for DUI

During the week of Nov. 4-10, Hawaii Island police arrested 10 motorists for DUI. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. None were younger than 21.

Ready for voting by mail?

Hawaii County Clerk Jon Henricks told state legislators Wednesday that the county will have a high-speed ballot sorting machine by February, which he said will give Hawaii Island elections workers “plenty of time” to prepare for the new voting-by-mail system that will be in place for the 2020 primary and general elections.

FEMA deadline expires

While the deadline to apply for a federal program providing individual assistance to Kilauea eruption victims has passed, other programs continue to provide support for those affected by last year’s disaster.