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April 5, 2013
The Associated Press

Big Isle police looking for missing tourist

HILO - Police on the Big Island are again asking for the public's help in finding a missing Japanese tourist.

Fifty-one-year-old Hiromichi Yoshino has been missing since Feb. 13. He was last seen in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at about 9 a.m. His rented vehicle described as a four-door burgundy Kia sedan was found unlocked at the end of a road at the Lava Viewing area. Police say Yoshino had been staying at a bed and breakfast in Volcano Village.

Anyone with information is being asked to call (808) 935-3311. Police say those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo and (808) 329-8181.


Man sentenced for sex assaults on minor

LIHUE - A 52-year-old man has been sentenced on Kauai for sexually assaulting a minor.

The Garden Island said Jonathan Espejo Reyes was sentenced Wednesday to two concurrent five-year prison terms as part of a plea deal.

Reyes was arraigned Aug. 13. The original charges included two counts of sexual assault against a minor, 15 counts of first-degree sexual assault, and four counts of attempted first-degree sexual assault.

Prosecutors said the sexual assaults occurred in 2002.

Reyes pleaded no contest Jan. 2 to two counts of amended third-degree sexual assault.

County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Arin says one consideration was to avoid putting the victim through the trauma of having to testify at a trial.


Bigger space for education center in Hilo

HONOLULU - A Hilo education center for the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will be moving into a larger space.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday it's partnering with the Koehnen family to move the Mokupapapa Discovery Center to the family's former furniture store in downtown Hilo.

Monument Education Coordinator Andy Collins said the new center will have five times the space. He said it will feature classroom space, a theater and a training center.

The center opened in 2003 to bring the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to the people since most people won't ever have an opportunity to visit the remote islands.



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