Man arrested in robbery case
A 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly punching a resident on Kai Ani Lane in Kihei and attempting to steal his mountain bike early Wednesday morning.
Daniel C. Stephens, who provided no local address, was charged with second-degree robbery.
The victim reportedly heard his front gate open and saw a Caucasian male attempting to remove his mountain bike, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The victim asked Stephens what he was doing. When he attempted to retrieve his bike, Stephens punched the victim three or four times in the face and chest before fleeing, Rego said.
Stephens was later found walking near the South Kihei Road and Auhana Road intersection around 7 p.m.
Police arrested Stephens, who was later identified as the assailant by the victim, Rego said.
Police learned that Stephens already was wanted on a $3,500 warrant that included three counts of contempt of court and one count of failure to appear.
His total bail was set at $8,500.
Field backing Paia Gym closed
A portion of the play field behind Paia Gym is scheduled to be closed beginning today for construction of a backstop and foul line fencing, the Department of Parks and Recreation said Thursday.
Work on the $61,960 project is expected to take about three weeks. David's Fencing Inc. is the project contractor.
For more information, contact Paul Taylor, parks project manager, at 270-6173.
Emergency system test today
The monthly test of the Civil Defense outdoor siren warning system and the coordinated test of the live audio broadcast of the Emergency Alert System will be held at 11:45 a.m. today.
The siren test is a steady one-minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.
Contact the Maui County civil defense/emergency management agency to report siren operations issues. The phone number is 270-7285.
Tests of civil defense sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii's broadcasting industry.
Wind advisory through today
The National Weather Service has posted a wind advisory for areas exposed to trade winds on Maui, Lanai and Kahoolawe through 6 p.m. today.
A robust high-pressure system passing north of the state will produce the advisory-speed winds in exposed areas.
Winds are expected to be from the northeast, 20 to 35 mph, with localized gusts of more than 50 mph.
The winds can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult for high-profile vehicles.
Bail remains at $200K for man
A 2nd Circuit judge denied a bail reduction Thursday for a Makawao man who was indicted last week on a charge of second-degree attempted murder for an attack on a homeless woman.
Calvin Borge, 49, remained in custody at the Maui Community Correctional Center, with his bail set at $200,000.
During Borge's bail hearing in 2nd Circuit Court, Deputy Public Defender Annalisa Bernard requested his bail be reduced by $100,000. She said Borge has been a resident of Makawao for about 30 years, has no prior convictions and has been employed for more than two years.
Judge Joseph Cardoza denied the request and maintained Borge's bail. He ordered him to make no contact with the victim and witness in the case.
According to police reports, Borge slit the 53-year-old victim's neck with a letter opener at a gathering last week in a Lahaina apartment. Witnesses told police that Borge approached the woman from behind and slit the front portion of her neck after a brief conversation.
The woman was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where she was treated and released.
A jury trial is set for May 13.
Pianist Rotman set to perform
Juilliard-trained pianist Sam Rotman will perform in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kihei Baptist Chapel.
The chapel is at 1655 S. Kihei Road at the corner of Welakahao Road.
For more information, call 875-2112 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.