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Police are searching for a Hamakua man wanted on a warrant


Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 43-year-old Hāmākua man who is wanted on a bench warrant.

Dan Vanells, who also goes by the names Dan Van Ells and “Danno,” is wanted for contempt of court. He is also wanted for questioning in connection with another incident.

He is described as 5-foot-10, 175 pounds with hazel eyes, blond hair and possibly a goatee. He was last known to live in Waipio Valley.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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