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Neighbors confront burglary suspect on Big Island

Photo provided by Hawaiʻi Police Department
Photo provided by Hawaiʻi Police Department

A Pāpaʻikou man faces burglary and theft charges, thanks in part to neighbors who confronted him at a construction site.

On Friday (December 2), Puna District officers responded to a report of a burglary on 25th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. Arriving officers learned that neighbors, including an off-duty police officer, had confronted the suspect at a home under construction, where more than $2,000 worth of building materials and construction tools had been removed over a two-day period.

The suspect, 28-year-old Chas Akiona of Pāpaʻikou, was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while officers from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. During the investigation, some of the stolen goods were recovered, valued at about $1,000.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Akiona was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and two counts of contempt of court. His bail was set at $20,650.


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Police: Car Thief Attempts to Run Over Owner, Shots Fired, Search Underway

Photo courtesy: Scott Davidson
Photo courtesy: Scott Davidson

Anchorage police are asking the public for help locating a stolen vehicle that was shot at this afternoon in the Value Village parking lot located on Northern Lights Blvd.

The vehicle is a Maroon 1999 GMC four-door truck with the license plate “DVT426”. The vehicle has a custom pin paint on the driver’s door that says “Robyn” with faded gold graphic stripes. The front driver’s window has been shot out and there is a bullet hole in the front windshield. The truck was occupied with a male driver that was described as a Native male in his late 20s, skinny with a thin mustache and short black hair. There was an older native female passenger in the vehicle as well. The vehicle had been reported stolen to police on December 2, 2016.

Just before 1:00 p.m. today, APD Dispatch received a report that shots were fired at a stolen vehicle that was in the parking lot of the Value Village on Northern Lights Blvd.

It was reported that the registered owner of the vehicle had located it in the parking lot. When she was approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver started driving at her; the female fired two shots at the vehicle which took off westbound on Northern Lights. It is unknown if there were any injuries to the driver or passenger of the vehicle as a result of the shooting.

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TORNADO WATCH: Georgia, Florida & Alabama


At 9 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, issued a Tornado Watch for 30 Georgia counties and 19 localities in Florida and two Alabama counties.

According to the notice from the Weather Service, the tornado watch will remain in effect until 5 a.m. for the following counties:




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Blizzard Warning: Montana & North Dakota, -20F Wind Chills

Photo Courtesy: P199
Photo Courtesy: P199

At 6:48 p.m. CST Monday, the National Weather Service office in Bismark, North Dakota issued an urgent Blizzard Warning for much of western and central North Dakota, as well as far eastern portions of Montana.

According to the weather service, residents in the region can expect blizzard conditions, including northwest wind gusts of 50 m.p.h. and falling snow.

The combination of falling snow and snow already on the ground being swept with 50 mph winds will cause zero visibilities, according to the weather service.

“Some roads may become blocked due to blowing snow – conditions will not improve until Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists are forecasting heavy snowfall, between 10-13 inches accumulating over parts of north central North Dakota into the James River Valley.

Other areas of the two states can expect between 5 and 9 inches of snow.

“Travel will be dangerous, if not impossible — especially in rural areas.  If you must travel, carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle and check the latest weather and road conditions before heading out,” advised the National Weather Service.

In addition to creating zero visibilities, the 50 mph wind gusts will also result in incredibly dangerous wind chill temperatures — reaching as low -20F Tuesday.

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The Attack on Free Press Is Underway, Beware of the term “Fake News”

Signing of US Constitution
Signing of US Constitution

If you’ve been paying attention at all over the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed a tidal surge in talking heads and established media giants using the term “fake news.”  Suddenly, it’s everywhere — without any warning and in a matter of days, this term went from being something no one had heard of to being an issue of international security.

Though it is undeniable that the Internet has been filled with hoax websites from day one and that the line between really good satire and fake news has often been blurred in the online world, the recent rush to label any and all non-liberal, online news sites and blogs as “fake news” is a frightening realization and has the potential to serve as a great threat to the Bill of Rights and the constitutionally protected responsibility of journalism.

To the best of my research, the calls for censorship of “fake news” can be traced to an NPR article that was published on November 23, 2016.

In the article, which was also aired on “All Things Considered”, NPR staff “tracked down a fake news creator” named Jestin Coler.  Somehow, NPR convinced Coler to allow them to feature him and his company, Disinfomedia on the world wide show — revealing to the entire planet his scam.

According to the article, Coler makes money from the ads on his websites and though he wouldn’t share the exact figures, he stated that some fake-news proprietors are making between $10,000 and $30,000 a month.

Two things I found most interesting about Coler and his website, however, are the facts that Coler is a registered Democrat and that he did not believe that fake news swayed the election.

“There are many factors as to why Trump won that don’t involve fake news,” he told NPR. “As much as I like Hillary, she was a poor candidate. She brought in a lot of baggage.”

Regardless of Coler’s views, the left has almost in unison become convinced, almost overnight, that the reason Trump will soon be sitting in Obama’s chair is because of the media — online media — fake media.

Apparently, the World Wide Web has become like the wild, wild, West in recent months and as a result, no blogger or niche news site cannot be trusted to provide hard hitting and unbiased journalism.

Nope, only the established media.  Only what I call “Big Media” has the capacity to get stories right without ruining someone’s life by running with unchecked rumors.  Right?

I don’t know.  Perhaps we should ask the Duke lacrosse players how fair and balanced Big Media has been.

Or maybe the University of Virginia’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity featured in the now-retracted Rolling Stone magazine article “A Rape on Campus” may offer some insight.

If that doesn’t work, surely the journalists who were doing their jobs in the days leading up to the Iraq war, you know, the one’s who were standing on the rooftops yelling, “there aren’t any WMDs in Iraq” would be capable of providing a character reference for Big Media.  Right?

What?  Big Media wasn’t doing that in 2002?  Hmmm…  Well that’s interesting.  It would almost seem as if we now have alternative media because established Big Media has been failing to do its job properly for decades.

Interestingly, the greatest ally those in favor of curbing the First Amendment have may very well be “The Donald” himself.

Yep.  Sorry Mister “Make America Great Again” red hatter.  Your boy Trump is anything but an advocate for free speech and a free press (from the looks of it, he’s too thin skinned for real journalism).

It seems that when it comes to siding with the billions of Internet users or the handful of billionaire media executives, Trump is siding with *gasp* his fellow billionaires.  You know, the ones who put him on the big screens in the movie Home Alone 2, gave him world wrestling cameos, televised his beauty pageants, and gave him his very own reality show.

Turns out that when it comes to freedom of speech and freedom of the Internet, President-Elect Trump is actually a hardliner.

CNN quoted Trump as saying, “We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet… We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”

Strangely enough, in the height of all this “fake news” buzz — while the established media (who have been getting their tales [see what I did there?!?] whipped in recent years by those pesky creeper kids that own random dot coms) have been moaning about the terrors and dangers an unchecked press has upon our culture, just like clockwork, some crazy person holds up a pizza restaurant in DC supposedly because of a “fake news” article he had read on the Internet.

I’ll preface what I’m about to say with this statement: I’m willing to come to blows with any person who will say that the WDBJ-7 shooting or the Sandy Hook tragedy were conspiracies or some elaborate hoaxes.

With that said, isn’t the timing of this alleged event and the fact that the guy who did it is said to be an actor just strikingly odd?

No doubt in the days ahead, this event that occurred at the pizza restaurant will become a rallying cry for those wanting to further limit the organic Facebook reach of sites that do not spew the leftist talking points — or better yet, ban them altogether.

It brings to mind a quote from Obama’s former chief of staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Is this fake news inspired assault against a Washington, D.C. pizza place legitimate?  Is it a false flag?  Is there something far deeper to the story?  Beats me.  And truth be told, we’ll probably never know and that’s just it — you can’t trust everything you read on the Internet.

You never have been able to trust everything you read online *bonjour* and you never will be — especially — especially — especially if we begin ceding the American Federal government the authority to censor news it deems “fake”.

There are many individuals we should thank for our Republic surviving as long as it has — the American soldier, the farmer, the teacher and one guy that gets overlooked far too often is the journalist.

Sadly, if you’re only going to get your news from the traditional “Big Media” sources, you’re never going to read anything ever written by a journalist.  The reason is clear — all the real journalists are working at sites the establishment has deemed “fake news” sites, because there is no longer any place for real journalism in the establishment.

Do online news sites sometimes… most often… publish articles with headlines that are over-the-top dramatic? Absolutely.

Is it annoying as crap?  Absolutely.

But is it anything new and is it worthy of us giving up our First Amendment over? Absolutely not.

This is nothing new.  Long before Vice President Gore dreamed up the Internet in his Tennessee bedroom, local print publications were doing the very same thing.

Go back and read some Civil War — era newspapers from both the South and the North.  They were written more like blogs than most modern-day blogs.  But guess what?  Our country managed to survive even with their presence, just as I’m sure we can do with the likes of people like Jestin Coler in 2016.

In fact, this nation owes its very existence to biased “bloggers” with no professional journalism experience, printing what the sitting government deemed to be “fake news” — here’s looking at you Silence Dogood (Ben Franklin’s first pen name for those of you who have graduated in the past decade).

Long before the first shot was ever fired in the Revolution that would birth all future great revolutions, the embattled and attacked writers of America were waging the opening acts of the coming great war on the frontlines, bylines and headlines.

Yes. It seems that throughout history, those sitting in authority and those who have singlehandedly possessed the power have always had it out for alternative media — a competitor that robs their death hold over a people — It is for this reason that our Founding Fathers stated in the nation’s supreme law document, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”

Perhaps rather than attempting to throw out the baby with the bathwater, we would be better served by asking ourselves how we’ve reached such a critical lowpoint in our nation that a generation has come to age that is too stupid to figure out for themselves that KFC isn’t getting their meat from a byproduct produced obtained from robot feces… even though an article ending in the suffix .dxrfds said so.   To me, solving this riddle is probably a far more important task that some kid in his underwear with a laptop.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Like Hillary, this country has a lot of problems, the chiefest of which is not online media.

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Alaska Airlines Cancels 20 Flights Into and Out of Seattle Ahead of Snow

Photo Courtesy: Gillfoto
Photo Courtesy: Gillfoto

A wintry forecast for the Seattle area is prompting Alaska Airlines to cancel 20 flights into and out of the Emerald City tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service reports cold weather is moving in and with that light snow is forecasted in the lowlands. The nearly 1,300 passengers affected will automatically be rebooked onto later flights, and are urged to check the status of their flights on alaskaair.com before heading to the airport.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air crews are prepared to respond to the changing conditions. We have a well-stocked supply of deicing solution at the airport to be sprayed on planes if it’s needed.

Snow is scheduled to fall starting at midnight and continuing through early morning, making for a possibly slick Monday commute on the roads. If you’re catching a flight to start the work week, please check the status of your flight before leaving home, and allow additional time to get to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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4.2-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pawnee, Oklahoma


The United States Geological Survey is reporting that a 4.2-magnitude earthquake shook Pawnee, Oklahoma, at approximately 9:22 p.m. CST Sunday.

Presently, no damage or injuries have been reported.

Sunday’s quake comes on the heels of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake which shook the region only a handful of months earlier.

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BREAKING: Army Corps of Engineers Deny Dakota Access Pipeline

PHOTO: Pax Ahimsa Gethen
PHOTO: Pax Ahimsa Gethen

After months of protests by activists, work on the Dakota Access Pipeline will cease after Army Corps of Engineers denies easement.

The Dakota Access Pipeline or Bakken pipeline is a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline project that had been under construction by Dakota Access, LLC, a subsidiary of the Dallas, Texas corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had been in opposition to the proposed pipeline’s pathway, issued a statement following the announcement:

“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision… We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point. When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.”

The tribe went on to state, “Treaties are paramount law and must be respected, and we welcome dialogue on how to continue to honor that moving forward. We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our Indigenous peoples.”

In a separate statement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell had the following to say regarding the U.S. Army’s decision related to the Dakota Access Pipeline:

“The thoughtful approach established by the Army today ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts, as envisioned by NEPA. The Army’s announcement underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward.”

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‘Arctic Blast’ to Sweep Across Entire Nation This Week

friday-chillThe closing days of 2016 have been relatively warm for most, however, all of this is about to change in only a matter of hours as an “Arctic Blast” will deliver a surge of frigid polar air to nearly every city in America.

According to meteorologists at the National Weather Service, air from the far-north will be carried across the nation in a southeastern direction via the jet stream, leading to the coldest December temperatures many places have seen in years.

The surge of Arctic air will first arrive in the Pacific Northwest on Monday, dropping temperatures in Montana to -20F.

Continuing its trek across the nation, frigid temperatures will arrive in Western Kentucky Wednesday, and by 1 a.m. Friday, temperatures in Lexington, Kentucky, are expected to drop to 19-degrees.

In West Virginia, temperatures will drop to 20-degrees early Friday morning, rising only to 28 for the day, before falling to 17-degrees on Saturday morning.

Adding to the chilling weather will be the strong winds, which will plummet wind chill temperatures below 10-degrees for most of Appalachia and into the teens across much of the Southeast.

Unfortunately, forecasters believe this week’s surge of chilly air will be only the first wave of what may be several blasts of arctic air that will sweep across the nation throughout December.

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BREAKING: 20-30 Inches of Snow Expected in Hawaii


The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Hawaii’s Big Island at 4:20 a.m. local time Friday morning.

According to release, “an upper level low combined with a surge of deep moisture will result in bursts of heavy snow across the Big Island summits above 11,000 feet through Saturday afternoon.”

Included in the warnings were the cities of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.

The Honolulu office, warned that the region will experience “heavy snow, low visibility and wind… new accumulations of 20 to 30 inches today through Saturday.”

The snow will create dangerous driving and hiking conditions, stated meteorologists, adding that dangers will include “heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow and freezing fog.”

Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-20s.

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