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Police find missing couple wanted for questioning

Big Island police have located 30-year-old John Curtis K. Kuhia and 36-year-old Shanna Y. L. Carvalho-Kuhia, whom police asked for help finding. The couple was wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery.

Woman charged in car theft

A Captain Cook woman is in police custody in connection with the theft of an Acura Legend sedan Sept. 12 from the Mamalahoa bypass road.

Police investigation led to the arrest Wednesday afternoon of 22-year-old Randi-Keli Banagan, who was already in custody at the Kona police cellblock on a contempt of court charge.

Criminal Investigations Section detectives charged her at 1:05 p.m. Thursday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. Her bail was set at $2,000. She remains at the cellblock pending her court appearance scheduled for today.

Man, 3 women arrested in connection with burglary

Tips from the public Monday led to the arrest of a man and three women during a burglary in progress in Hilo.

At 2:45 a.m. Monday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious truck at a home on the 2000 block of Ainaola Drive.

Responding officers found a 36-year-old Keaau man and three women with a pickup truck containing items from the property and the house.

All four were arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

Tuesday night, police charged 38-year-old Lorilei Brown of Keaau with first-degree burglary and third-degree theft. Her bail was set at $51,000.

A 37-year-old Hilo woman was released pending further investigation.

Raylad Brown, 36, of Keaau and Jeraldine Brown, 38, of Keaau also were not charged in connection with Monday’s burglary pending further investigation. However, Raylad Brown was charged with shoplifting in an unrelated case. His bail was set at $1,000. Jeraldine Brown was charged with theft and contempt of court in connection with outstanding warrants. Her bail was set at $12,500.

The three Browns were held at the cellblock until their initial court appearances Wednesday.

Missing 17-year-old girl found

Big Island police have located 17-year-old Carlierose Rodrigues-Kihe of Puna, who was reported missing.

She was found unharmed Saturday in Kailua-Kona.

Lawmakers hold health care reform hearing

HONOLULU — State lawmakers plan to hold a hearing next week on Hawaii’s insurance exchange and other Affordable Care Act health care reforms.

The hearing at the state Capitol on Wednesday will call on Hawaii Health Connector Executive Director Coral Andrews to provide an update on the insurance exchange.

The state’s insurance commissioner and Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s Affordable Care Act implementation manager are also scheduled to speak.

The Hawaii Health Connector has had a rocky debut.

As of Thursday, consumers still couldn’t see prices and plans on the connector website — two days after the Tuesday launch date.

Software problems meant consumers could only submit basic information using a form and hope they’ll be contacted in a few weeks.

Some people went directly to insurance companies to find out about plans.

By local sources