Three arrested in North Kohala for Emergency Proclamation Violations

The Hawai`i Police Department arrested three people over the weekend in North Kohala for Emergency Proclamation violations that involved not wearing face coverings.

On Saturday, 47-year-old Scott Alan Souza of Kurtistown was arrested and charged for Prohibited Acts Emergency Management, Section 127A-29 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes after he refused to comply with Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 11, which requires that all persons wear non-medical grade face coverings while in public settings.

Police contacted Souza at the Kapaʻau Police Station after observing his vehicle parked in a disabled parking stall without displaying disabled parking placard. During the interaction, police asked Souza multiple times to put on a face covering which he refused to do.

Souza was also arrested for Driving Without a License, Refusal to Provide Identification, and Unsworn Falsification to Authorities. His total bail was set at $3,025 and he remained in the Kona Cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Monday.

On Sunday, 40-year-old Marie Fabienne Kerbyof Keaʻau and 37-year-old Rosalia Maria Bruner of Hakalau were arrested for Prohibited Acts Emergency Management, Section 127A-29 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes after both women refused to comply with Mayor Kim’s Emergency Rule No. 11, which requires that all persons wear non-medical grade face coverings while in public settings.

Police contacted the women after responding to a report that more than ten people were gathered fronting a Hāwī business and no one was wearing face coverings. Both women were released from custody after posting $2000 bail, each.

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