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Kona police detective honored for his efforts in murder investigations

A Kona police detective was recently honored by a West Hawai‘i organization for his meticulous work in connection with murder investigations on both sides of the island.

As a result of his exhaustive efforts, Hawai‘i Police Department Detective Anson Caceres was named the Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Month for December. Caceres received the honor during an awards ceremony Dec. 7 in Kona.

Between May 17 and June 7, detectives with the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Section in Area I in East Hawai‘i and Area II in West Hawai‘i were investigating two murder cases in Kona and two attempted murder cases in Hilo. While each detective conducted a thorough investigation, Caceres distinguished himself with his work after volunteering to conduct video surveillance recovery and review.

Recovering video of the first murder scene in Kona from the closest video system, a big-box store 100 yards away, Caceres began the exhaustive task of reviewing its contents. As he began, it became apparent that he would be limited by video quality and reach. Nonetheless, Caceres spent several days methodically reviewing the video surveillance in great detail.

Noting a peculiar reaction of a passerby the morning of the murder, Caceres began the painstaking process of reviewing all recovered video and images in the area, breaking them down into smaller sequences until the suspicious passerby could be seen walking toward the old industrial area in Kailua-Kona.

Caceres contacted multiple businesses in the area and recovered numerous videos. By analyzing and piecing those videos together, he was able to follow the path of the suspicious passerby until he obtained a clear image of the individual. This process led to the identification of a suspect in the investigation.

With information from Kona Patrol, and assistance from Community Policing and Special Enforcement Units, Area II detectives were able to locate and arrest the 24-year-old suspect. Police determined the suspect was also responsible for two separate stabbings in May 2022 in the Hilo area.

The suspect was subsequently charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. His bail was set at $1.5 million.

“Detective Caceres’ unwavering determination was an integral part of this investigation, delivering the proverbial ‘big break’ in the case,” says a media release from the Police Department. “His dedication to duty and thoroughness is an excellent example of the department’s commitment to providing the highest quality police service, to make Hawai‘i Island a safe place to live, visit and conduct business.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee each month honors a police officer in West Hawai‘i as its Officer of the Month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors from the various police districts and a winner is selected by the committee’s board of directors.

All officers selected as Officer of the Month are eligible for the Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Year award.

The suspect was subsequently charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. His bail was set at $1.5 million.

“Detective Caceres’ unwavering determination was an integral part of this investigation, delivering the proverbial ‘big break’ in the case,” says a media release from the Police Department. “His dedication to duty and thoroughness is an excellent example of the department’s commitment to providing the highest quality police service, to make Hawai‘i Island a safe place to live, visit and conduct business.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee each month honors a police officer in West Hawai‘i as its Officer of the Month. Officers are nominated by their supervisors from the various police districts and a winner is selected by the committee’s board of directors.

All officers selected as Officer of the Month are eligible for the Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Year award.

 

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Whether in the supermarket aisle, or the corporate suite, a lot of people are expecting a recession – even if there’s no certainty there will be one at all.

Survey after survey shows fears of recession are high. It’s easy to see why.

The Federal Reserve is increasing interest rates in the most aggressive fashion since the early 1980s as it races to bring down inflation. And a recession is often the consequence when the central bank starts raising borrowing costs.

The prospect of recession is certainly scary. But even if the U.S. is headed for one, it’s worth keeping in mind that no two recessions are alike.

A recession could be blip-ish, like the short, pandemic-induced one in 2020, or more like the economic tsunami that followed the 2008 housing meltdown.

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The suspect in the overnight fatal shooting that left three people dead in Yakima, Washington, has died after taking his own life, the Yakima Police Chief said Tuesday.

Police were pointed to the suspect’s location after getting a 911 call from a woman who had lent the suspect her phone near a Target store in Yakima, Police Chief Matt Murray said in a Tuesday evening news conference.

Officers responded immediately and, within minutes, arrived at the scene, according to the chief.

The suspect apparently shot and killed himself and that was prior to officers’ arrival. There were officers who heard the shots, but no one saw him actually do that,” Murray said.

Officials tried to save his life but he was later pronounced dead, according to Murray, who had earlier Tuesday indicated that the suspect had been taken into custody.

The chief said officials will need to go through the formal process of identifying the suspect, “but I can say with pretty good confidence that we believe that this is the person who was involved.”

The police department had earlier identified the “presumed homicide suspect” as Jarid Haddock, 21, a Yakima County resident, according to a Facebook post.

Police earlier had a house surrounded where they thought the suspect was when they learned he was in the area of a Target store in Yakima, the chief said.

There, the suspect asked a woman to borrow her phone and called his mom and “made several incriminating statements including ‘I killed those people,’” Police Chief Matt Murray said.

The woman heard the man say he was going to kill himself and called 911, according to Murray.

“I listened to that call. It’s pretty harrowing, and I have to really thank her again because she was very courageous in getting us there,” the chief said.

Murray said responding officers founding the man near a marijuana retailer, but did not provide information on whether he was inside or outside the business where he allegedly shot himself.

The suspect had “a large amount of ammunition” and a firearm when officers found him, the chief said.

Murray told Tuesday that the suspect pulled into the ARCO/ampm gas station and “tried to get into the lobby,” but found the doors were locked.

“He then walked across the street to the Circle K,” Murray said. “As he’s walking into the store he pulls out his gun and there are two people getting food and he shoots them.” Both people died, Murray said.

The suspect then walked out of the store and shot another person, who also died.

Murray said the suspect went back across the street to the ARCO/ampm gas station and shot into a car and drove off.

“We later learned it was his car and that he shot the window of that car in order to get inside because he had locked his keys in the car,” Murray said.

The motive behind the shooting remains under investigation but Murray said the attack appeared “very much random.”

“There was no interaction between him and people,” the chief said. “They were just sitting there getting food and got surprised by this person who came in and … literally as he was opening the door, he started shooting these people.”

Justin Bumbalogh, who was working at Elite Towing and Recovery, next door to the Circle K, said he was half asleep when he heard gunshots. Police said the shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. local time.

 

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Osterholm served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, including the last 15 as state epidemiologist. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance, including foodborne diseases, the association of tampons and toxic shock syndrome, and hepatitis B and HIV in healthcare settings. Osterholm was also the principal investigator and director of the National Institutes of Health-supported Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (2007-2014) and chair of the Executive Committee of the Centers of Excellence Influenza Research and Surveillance network.

An RSVP is required by visiting the event page. Zoom coordinates will be sent to attendees the day of the event. For more information, email cas.events@nyu.edu or call 212.998.8100.

Free and open to the public, the Bentson Lectures have, for nearly 10 years, showcased current and visiting faculty and other guests. Funded by the Bentson Family Foundation, recent Bentson Lecturers have included NYU Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, the New York Times “Ethicist” columnist, on “The Ethics of Work”; NYU Anthropology Professor Rayna Rapp on “The Implications of the Growing role of Genetic Testing”; Karen Adolph, professor of psychology and neuroscience at NYU, on early childhood development in her lecture “Learning to Move and Moving to Learn”; and Brooke Kroeger, an NYU journalism professor emeritus, on “What We Can Learn about Allyship Today from ‘Suffragents’.”

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