A Kona man has been charged with five firearms offenses after allegedly carrying a loaded shotgun on a public highway in Kealakekua on New Year’s Day.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday a driver reported seeing a local man in a red hooded sweatshirt carrying what appeared to be a rifle while walking on the side of Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) in the area of Hale Kii Street in Kealakekua.
Responding officers located a man fitting that description and holding what appeared to be a rifle, police said. When the officers approached him, the man fled into brush area behind Pualani Terrace. The officers found and arrested 39-year-old Ioster Henly of Kailua-Kona and found a loaded shotgun. Police seized an additional 16 rounds of shotgun ammunition found on Henly’s person.
The following day, Henly was charged with possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep loaded firearm, place to keep ammunition, registration mandatory and permit to acquire. His bail was set at $13,000, and his initial court appearance was scheduled for Thursday.