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Police Investigating Stabbing at Kona Bar

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Police are investigating a stabbing that sent a Kailua-Kona bar bouncer to the hospital on Saturday night.

The victim worked at Ocean’s Sports Bar and Grill in Coconut Grove shopping center off of Ali‘i Drive in downtown Kona, where he was reportedly stabbed. Police confirmed the victim was transported to Kona Community Hospital but have not made any arrests at this time.

“Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which has been routed to the Area II Criminal Investigation Section,” Denise Laitinen, police department spokeswoman, said in an email.

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Staff at the restaurant referred media questions to the owner, who didn’t respond Monday to request for comment.

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Tom Hasslinger
Tom Hasslinger is a journalist who lives in Kailua-Kona. Prior to joining Big Island Now, he worked as the managing editor for West Hawaii Today and deputy editor for The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. He's worked for over 15 years as a reporter for the Oahu-based Civil Beat news outlet, as well as in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Douglas Wyoming.
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