Police seeking Puna man
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 26-year-old Puna man.
Zairon Leon Frazier was last seen in the Seaview Estates area in late July and has not been seen since, according to the Hawaii Police Department. He is described as African-American, about 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 350 pounds with brown eyes. Although he usually wears dreadlocks, he may have cut them off.
Anyone with information on this case should call department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Liao located in good health
Police located Janshon Liao, 58, of Hawaiian Beaches, who had been reported missing.
She returned home in good health on Saturday, according to the Hawaii Police Department.
Man wanted on Utah warrant found in Oregon
Police said Wednesday a 38-year-old man wanted on an extradition warrant has been located in Oregon.
Jaycen Robert Munoz, who is wanted by the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake in Utah for unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old, was found Tuesday, according to the Hawaii Police Department. He will be extradited back to Utah. Police thought he may have been in Hilo.
No steam released during Puna geothermal plant shutdown
Puna Geothermal Venture was back online Sunday after it unexpectedly shutdown earlier in the day, company officials said.
The trip was caused by a malfunctioning electrical switch gear, said Mike Kaleikini, PGV’s senior director for Hawaiian affairs, noting the power plant is supposed to shutdown when such an issue occurs.
Steam produced by the plant wasn’t released, he said.
That was confirmed by Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira, who is notified anytime there is a shutdown or release at the plant, located off Kapoho Road.
The shutdown occurred a day after the plant returned from a weeklong planned closure for maintenance. Kaleikini said the startup Saturday didn’t appear to be connected to the problem Sunday.
Oliveira said fire crews also responded to the 38-megawatt plant during a steam release the week before.
Kaleikini said the release occurred Aug. 18 during the start of the planned shutdown. It lasted for about two hours and it was caused by malfunctioning steam turbine equipment, he said.
Kaleikini said the release didn’t present a risk to the public.
PGV also had steam releases March 13 and April 4.
Kaleikini said the plant is not experiencing more incidents than usual. The public may be more aware of them since it is now protocol for fire crews to respond to any release or unplanned shutdown, he said.
Toddler dies after being backed over by vehicle
HONOLULU — A toddler is dead after being hit by a vehicle in Honolulu.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported police said a woman driving a Toyota RAV4 backed out of a private lane in Moiliili Wednesday morning and then started driving forward, hitting the 2-year-old boy playing on the sidewalk.
Lt. Robert Towne said the 37-year-old driver was taking her child to school at the time.
The boy was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Police have opened a negligent homicide investigation.
By local and wire sources