In brief | Big Island 091313


Some cable customers to get credit for August

Hawaii Oceanic Time Warner customers who subscribed to The Movie Channel, Showtime, Flix Digital and Smithsonian HD will get a credit for August, when those channels were unavailable, officials said Thursday.

Oceanic suspended programming for those premium channels during a dispute between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable. Oceanic bills subscribers in advance for cable services, so subscribers of those channels paid for August but did not receive the service.

If the subscriber had one movie channel, the credit would be approximately $15.95. If the subscriber had two movie channels, the credit would be approximately $25.90. Oceanic subscribers who subscribe to TMC or Showtime should see a bill credit on their next bill. Oceanic subscribers affected by the suspension of service can make billing inquiries by calling 643-2100 statewide.

Army opening training areas to bow hunters

Army officials are opening several training areas for bow hunting. From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, training areas 1-4, will be open for bow hunting of mammals only. Hunters are allowed one pig, one goat and one sheep, per day, in keeping with state bag limits. Shooting sheep with blue collars is not permitted.

All hunters must check in and out at one of the following hunter’s check-in stations: Kilohana, located on Saddle Road between mile markers 43 and 44, or Puu Huluhulu, located at the intersection of Mauna Kea Access Road and Saddle Road near mile marker 28. Check out time is no later than 7:30 p.m. each day.

Hunting passes will be provided at the check-in stations beginning Friday after 5 p.m. These passes must be signed and placed on the vehicle’s dashboard. Hunters who do not have a signed hunting pass on their dashboard will be barred from hunting for 30 days.

Hunter access to training areas 1-4 is through any of gates 1-10 on Saddle Road. Motorists should be advised that military vehicles may be traveling on Old Saddle Road.

For more information, call the PTA hunter’s hot line at 969-3474 or visit garrison.hawaii.army.mil/pta and click on the “Hunting” tab.

Second Hale Nani escapee captured

Big Island police have in custody 23-year-old Robert Carlos Garcia, who escaped Sept. 4 from a minimum security correctional facility in Hilo.

Acting on a tip, police located Garcia around 10:25 a.m. Thursday at a home on Ohai Street in Hilo, accordingto the Hawaii Police Department. Garcia allegedly tried to flee police, but was apprehended following a brief foot pursuit.

At 4:17 p.m., police charged Garcia with the escape offense. His bail was set at $10,000.

Garcia was one of two inmates who escaped from the Hale Nani Correctional Center in Hilo. On Sept. 6, 27-year-old Andrew Marshall Wanat, who has no permanent address, was arrested in Kailua-Kona in connection with the escape.

Police investigating restaurant robbery

Big Island police are investigating a robbery Wednesday night at a Kailua-Kona restaurant.

Around 10:30 p.m., after the restaurant had closed, an unknown man entered the premises near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway, approached a female employee from behind, threatened her with a weapon, forced her into another room and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled on foot in an unknown direction.

He is described as Caucasian, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds in his mid-20s to early 30s. He was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black athletic shoes with a white “Nike” emblem. He may have had khaki shorts under his pants.

Anyone with any information about this case should call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646 ext. 238 or wahmow@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 329-8181 in Kona or 961-8300 in Hilo and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

By local sources