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No more cuffs in court? New policy says suspects can appear without shackles based on Fifth Amendment right

Sep 24 2017 - 12:05am || Comments

KAILUA-KONA — A recent federal court ruling allows criminal defendants who have not been proven guilty to appear in court without shackles, as the restraints go against their constitutional rights.

  • Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:06am

    Jaylin Kema appears with her attorney, Brian De Lima, on Thursday in Hilo Circuit Court. Kema, who is serving a 10-year probation sentence for manslaughter in the 1997 death of her son, Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr., is accused of violating her probation for a second time. According to a court filing by her probation officer, Kema tested positive for marijuana and admitted to using it on two occasions. Acting Hilo Circuit Judge Harry Freitas ordered her to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24. In July, Kema received a warning for testing positive for marijuana, being late for a meeting with her probation officer, missing another appointment entirely and changing her phone number without reporting it to authorities.

  • Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:06am

    Jaylin Kema appears with her attorney, Brian De Lima, on Thursday in Hilo Circuit Court. Kema, who is serving a 10-year probation sentence for manslaughter in the 1997 death of her son, Peter “Peter Boy” Kema Jr., is accused of violating her probation for a second time. According to a court filing by her probation officer, Kema tested positive for marijuana and admitted to using it on two occasions. Acting Hilo Circuit Judge Harry Freitas ordered her to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24. In July, Kema received a warning for testing positive for marijuana, being late for a meeting with her probation officer, missing another appointment entirely and changing her phone number without reporting it to authorities.

  • | Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:05am

    KEALAKEKUA — Anthony Beaudet-Close, who nearly beat a man to death behind a downtown gas station last October, was sentenced Wednesday morning to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

  • | Posted: Sep 15 2017 - 12:05am

    KEALAKEKUA — A Holualoa man on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to sex assault and incest charges in Kona Circuit Court.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 4:55pm

    Police are requesting the public’s assistance in finding a 31-year-old Puna man and a 25-year-old Puna woman, both considered armed and dangerous, who are wanted for questioning in a carjacking reported early Wednesday morning.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 9:58am

    A 42-year-old Mountain View man who had images of child pornography on his cellphone was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 9:58am

    A 42-year-old Mountain View man who had images of child pornography on his cellphone was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 9:00am

    A website is about to go live for bird lovers seeking the best spots from Hilo to Kona to see the diversity of the Big Island’s feathered friends.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 9:00am

    A website is about to go live for bird lovers seeking the best spots from Hilo to Kona to see the diversity of the Big Island’s feathered friends.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:06am

    A 37-year-old Pahoa man accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:06am

    A 37-year-old Pahoa man accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:06am

    KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Water Board announced Wednesday the first six members of its Permitted Action Group, an ad hoc committee the board is spearheading to investigate the widespread failure of deep well equipment throughout North Kona.

  • | Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:06am

    KAILUA-KONA — The Hawaii County Water Board announced Wednesday the first six members of its Permitted Action Group, an ad hoc committee the board is spearheading to investigate the widespread failure of deep well equipment throughout North Kona.

  • Posted: Sep 14 2017 - 12:05am

    Police are asking for the public’s help with locating a 28-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in an unrelated assault investigation.

  • | Posted: Sep 13 2017 - 2:50pm

    A Hilo grand jury indicted two men Sept. 6 with multiple offenses in unrelated cases, one for the alleged sex assault of two underage girls between two and three years ago, the other for a violent domestic incident that allegedly took place over several days last month.