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In Brief | Big Island & State | 12-18-13

December 19, 2013 - 8:00am

Father, son face charges following traffic stop

A Hilo man and his son are facing various charges after being stopped in a vehicle that was reported stolen during a Dec. 9 burglary in Hilo.

Tyson Prim, 37, and his son, 18-year-old Kyson Dameron, both of Hilo, were arrested Dec. 11 after police stopped a sport utility vehicle that had been reported stolen during a Dec. 9 burglary on Kupukupu Street in Hilo, according to the Hawaii County Police Department. Several other unidentified items were taken during the alleged burglary.

The two men were taken to the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation. On Dec. 12, Dameron was released pending further investigation.

Immediately upon Dameron’s release, South Hilo patrol officers arrested him on suspicion of fraudulent use of a credit card in an unrelated case. The card, along with jewelry and cash, was reportedly taken during a Dec. 2 burglary in the Waiakea area. The card had been reportedly used at various Hilo businesses 15 times between the time of the burglary and Dameron’s arrest.

On Dec. 13, Prim was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000, according to police.

Later that day, South Hilo patrol officers charged Dameron with first-degree burglary, 16 counts of theft, eight counts of forgery, 15 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and 15 counts of identity theft, according to police. He was also charged with two counts of first-degree burglary for alleged break-ins on Dec. 4 and 10 in Waiakea, during which a laptop, jewelry and cash were allegedly stolen. Dameron’s bail was set at $106,750.

Lawmakers salute Inouye

HONOLULU — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii joined other federal lawmakers who marked the anniversary of the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye on Tuesday by introducing a bill to rename a Honolulu defense institute in his honor. The Senate passed it unanimously.

Renaming the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies for the senator recognizes his support for the institute run by the Department of Defense, Hirono said. The center holds workshops and other educational programs for people involved with regional security.

Inouye died Dec. 17, 2012, at age 88 after serving in the Senate since 1963. He was a World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient who lost an arm during a battle in Italy.

Pilot in fatal crash is back in the cockpit

HONOLULU — One of the first things the pilot in a fatal crash off Molokai did after being released from the hospital was climb into the cockpit of an airplane.

“I guess it’s part of the healing process,” Clyde Kawasaki said Tuesday in a phone interview from his Kapolei home, describing how he sat at the controls of a Cessna Grand Caravan that’s identical to the one that crashed.

“I got back into the airplane but did not go for a flight.” he said.

Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy, 65, was onboard and died after last week’s crash. Seven other passengers survived without any major injuries when Kawasaki glided the plane to a water landing.

Flying again will require waiting for medical clearances, but Kawasaki said he is eager to get back into the sky.

By local and wire sources