In Brief | Big Island and State | Sept. 19, 2013


26 suspected of drunken driving

Police arrested 26 motorists for alleged drunken driving between Sept. 9 and Sunday. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes and one was younger than 21.

So far this year, there have been 905 DUI arrests compared with 995 during the same period last year, a decrease of 9 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were: Kona, 11; South Hilo, six; Puna, six; Ka‘u, one; Hamakua, one; and South Kohala, one, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

There have been 956 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,049 during the same period last year, a decrease of 8.9 percent, police said.

So far this year, there have been 21 traffic fatalities on Hawaii Island compared with 30 during the same period last year, a decrease of 30 percent. Five fatalities were related to drugs only, one to alcohol only and six were related to a combination of both, police said.

Home invasion suspect caught

Police located one of the 30-year-old men previously charged in connection to a Leilani Estates subdivision home invasion robbery that occurred in July.

The subdivision is in the Puna District.

Monday afternoon, Area I Criminal Investigation Section detectives arrested and charged Mark Mc Curley on a grand jury indictment for second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and kidnapping. His bail was set at $85,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Mc Curley and Kawika Benny Kahee, 30, were scheduled to appear in court after being charged for several offenses stemming from the July 24 robbery in which a 56-year-old female victim reported three people forced their way into her home, assaulted and restrained her before fleeing from the residence with property stolen from her residence. The third assailant remains at large and has not been identified.

At the time, Mc Curley was charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and kidnapping. Kahee was charged for second-degree robbery, second-degree theft and third-degree assault.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kahee, who is described as Hawaiian, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 265 pounds with shoulder-length, straight black hair, brown eyes, tan complexion and a large build. He often wears a light mustache and goatee. He also has several tattoos, including “Trinity” on his chest, “Serenity” on his entire right forearm, and a large ornamental tattoo wrapping around his left forearm.

As a result of a grand jury indictment, Kahee is wanted on a warrant for second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree theft, third-degree promoting a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia. He also has two arrest warrants for probation revocation and a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Anyone with information on Kahee’s whereabouts or information on the identity of the third suspect should call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.