2 More Cited for Loitering in Disaster Area

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces that two more people have been cited by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) for being in an East Rift Zone Eruption closed area. This brings the total amount of people cited in the danger zone up to 82.

On Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018, at approximately 10 a.m. at Pohoiki two individuals were cited for loitering in a disaster area. Hawai‘i County Fire Department initially spotted the pair and DOCARE officers were picked up and flown into Pohoiki. They are identified as:

  • Melanie A. Thomas, 45-year-old of Waikoloa
  • John Burgoon, 50-year-old of Kea‘au

Under a supplemental proclamation from Governor Ige, fines for being in areas restricted or closed due to the continuing East Rift Zone Eruption can reach as high as $5,000, with up to one year in jail.


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