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Russian visitor cited for loitering in lava zone and for flying drone

The state issued another citation on Thursday to a man for loitering and flying a drone in a closed disaster area in Puna, bringing the total number to 83 since the Kilauea eruption began.

State Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers found Roman V. Andryushkin, 43, of Russia, in a closed disaster area near the Nanawale Forest Reserve and Lava Tree State Park.

Some informants with permission to be in the area reported seeing Andryushkin operating a red-colored drone while in the closed area. DOCARE officers cited Andryushkin for loitering in a disaster area and confiscated his drone as evidence. More charges involving the use of the drone are pending, state officials said, after further investigation.

Gov. David Ige issued a supplemental proclamation earlier this month, allowing fines of up to $5,000, and up to one year in jail, for people convicted of loitering in restricted areas due to the continuing East Rift Zone eruption.

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