In brief | Big Island 092413
35 DUI arrests made from Sept. 16 through Sunday
Police arrested 35 drivers for alleged drunken driving Sept. 16 through Sunday. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two were younger than 21.
So far this year, there have been 940 DUI arrests compared with 1,024 during the same period last year, an 8.2 percent decrease.
There have been 985 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,074 during the same period last year, an 8.3 percent drop.
So far this year, there were 21 traffic fatalities on Hawaii Island compared with 30 during the same period last year, a 30 percent decline.
To date, five fatalities were related to drugs only, one to alcohol only and six to a combination of both.
DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.
Missing Puna man found
Police have located Zairon Leon Frazier, 26, of Puna, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed in Hamakua on Friday.
Kauai pesticide, GMO compromise reached
Farmers, legislators and Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Monday a compromise on the contentious issue of pesticide and genetically modified seed use on Kauai.
Hawaii will create standards and guidelines for seed and diversified agriculture companies to voluntarily comply with certain health and safety requests of the community, Abercrombie’s office said. The guidelines will include disclosure of aggregated usage of restricted use pesticides and implementation of a setback from schools and hospitals.
“Farmers will comply on a voluntary basis with temporary standards until such time as department heads and stakeholders can develop necessary rules or legislation for next session,” Abercrombie said Monday.
Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. and Kauai County Council Chairman Jay Furfaro have been notified of the state’s plan.
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed House Bill 673, which the governor in June signed into law as Act 105, requiring the state Department of Agriculture to post certain information regarding restricted use pesticides on its website. The act also requires the Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study on other states’ reporting requirements for nonrestricted use pesticides.
Volcano girl reported missing
Police are searching for a 17-year-old Volcano girl who was reported missing.
Rosa Fonseca was last seen July 21 in Volcano. She is described as Caucasian, 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair.
Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311.
Anyone who prefers to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
New law sets rules for unclaimed remains
HONOLULU — Hawaii funeral homes, mortuaries and crematories are now protected from liability if they want to dispose of unclaimed bodies.
A new state law provides procedures and legal guidelines to dispose of remains. Funeral establishments had argued the problem needed to be addressed because no regulations existed.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that without clear guidelines about what to do when remains aren’t claimed or if there are family disputes, funeral establishments had the burden of storing remains, sometimes for decades.
Hawaii was one of two states without a law specifying whose wishes take precedence when it comes to decisions about the deceased.
The new law provides a priority list of who can make decisions. At the top of the list is anyone designated in writing through a notary.
By local sources