Archive for the ‘HI’ Category

October 21, 2007

Leeward, Hawaii

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin of October 21, 2007

Police investigate death of Waianae woman, 46

DeMello is the fourth person killed in the Leeward area this year.

In March, 28-year-old Jason Sylva was shot in a gunfight when he and another man allegedly forced themselves into a Waianae home, where the battle ensued. The resident, 55-year-old Keith Kuraoka, has claimed self-defense and has not been charged in the killing.


September 25, 2007

Huelo, Hawaii

From Honolulu’s of September 25, 2007

Man Shot in Abdomen During Alleged Burglary Attempt

A man suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen during an apparent burglary attempt in Huelo Monday night.

Maui police responded to a reported gunshot coming from a home on Door of Faith Road in Huelo at about 8:45 p.m.

A preliminary investigation shows a man and two young boys entered the house to steal some items.

According to police reports, the owner of the house confronted the intruders with a gun and, at some point, at least one shot was fired, striking the adult intruder in his abdomen.

The three intruders fled the area, but the adult suspect later sought treatment at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The man was undergoing surgery Tuesday morning and is listed in critical condition, but is expected to recover.

The owner of the house is also undergoing surgery for severe and multiple facial fractures. He is listed in satisfactory condition.

Police found the two boys later and arrested them.

March 13, 2005

Kahuku, Hawaii

From the Honolulu Advertiser of March 5, 2005

Farm thefts sharply decline

Farm thefts —once a chronic problem here — have decreased dramatically since a man reportedly stealing from a farmer was shot and killed nearly six months ago, farmers and police said.

No theft reports have been made at Kahuku farms since Marcelino Pacheco Jr. was shot near Khamxath Baccam’s farm on Sept. 7.

Baccam, 48, was charged with second-degree murder. His trial is set for the week of July 25.

Police have said Baccam told investigators he shot Pacheco, 38, because he believed that Pacheco had been stealing equipment and produce from his farm.

Baccam’s attorney said his client will plead self-defense.

Bouabanh Piasourapany, 49, said recently that other farmers tell her they haven’t had any problems since September.

“Everything quiet for now, since September — but next month, I don’t know,” said Piasourapany, who was weeding in a field of eggplants in Malaekahana Valley.

Piasourapany, whose 13-acre farm is next to Baccam’s, said Baccam was repeatedly robbed of his produce and equipment.

Police were called, but “police cannot do anything,” she said.

Piasourapany said thieves stole from another farm that she and her husband operated in Kahuku but she has not had a problem in her present location because it is more secluded.

Police said thieves are still ripping off tourists’ cars but the September shooting might have been a wake-up call for people stealing from farmers.

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We will follow this gentleman’s trial as best we can. We notice a tendency, particularly in blue states like Hawaii, for convictions in such instances to be considered newsworthy, while acquitals are not.