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2 more cited for loitering in Kilauea eruption area

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    The state issued two more loitering citations in Pohoiki.

The state issued two more citations for loitering in the closed East Rift Zone Eruption area, bringing the total to 82 since the eruption began, according to officials.

The two individuals — Melanie A. Thomas, 45, of Waikoloa, and John Burgoon, 50, of Keaau — were cited at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pohoiki. The Hawaii County Fire Department initially spotted the pair, and state Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers were flown into Pohoiki.

Gov. David Ige issued a supplemental proclamation earlier this month increasing fines for being in areas restricted or closed due to the East Rift Zone eruption up to $5,000, with up to one year in jail.


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