Suspected Alii Ice vandal appears in courtUPDATED 8:40 PM HST Aug 18, 2014Video Transcript
incident, call police. A 22-year old Puna man accused of vandalizing the Alii Ice facility in Hilo when ice was at a premium.. appeared before a judge today. Big Island police charged Clinton Ronald Souza in connection with the burglary and property damage reported last week Wednesday. Souza pleaded not guilty to those charges. But according to a law signed earlier this year Souza could face harsher penalties. The law which went into effect on July first, allows enhanced penalties for certain crimes if they happen during times of emergency as proclaimed by the governor or the mayor. LUCAS BURNS DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY "SOT 1" 56-117 "AS WE KNOW TROPICAL STORM ISELLE HIT AND KNOCKED OUT POWER TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN PUNA. AND THE ENCHANCEMENT S AS CHARGED IN THIS CASE, ALLOW FOR INCREASED PENALTIES FOR THEFT, BURGLARIZING A BULIDING OTHER THAN A DWELLING, AND CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE." A preliminary hearing for Souza is scheduled for tomorrow. Ali'i Ice closed after the reported vandalism. It re-opened on Friday.