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4 More Cited for Loitering in Lava Area

June 26, 2018, 8:29 AM HST
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The Fissure 8 lava fountain pulses to heights of 165 feet within a cinder spatter cone. Fissure 8 feeds lava into the well-established channel that flows to the ocean. PC: USGS HVO

Four more people have been cited by officers from the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement for being in a closed East Rift Zone eruption area, bringing the total to 80.

Monday afternoon, June 25, 2018, at about 4:45 p.m., four men were spotted by DOCARE officers in an area north of MacKenzie State Recreation Area.

All four were cited on two charges: loitering in a disaster area and simple trespass.

They are identified as Mitchell Shroyer, 30, of Wisconsin; Christopher McWherter, 36, of California; Nicholas Allen, 27, of California; and Joshua Allen, 32, of California.

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At least 80 people have been cited by DOCARE officers and officers from the Hawai‘i County Police Dept., since the eruption began in early May.

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Penalties, if convicted, can be fines as high as $5,000 and a year in jail.

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