Firefighters rising in the ranks
Firefighters Mark Pokini and Kris Sakamoto have been promoted to the rank of captain.
Pokini began his firefighting career in 1990 at the Lanai Fire Station. Since 1991, he has worked at the Kahului Fire Station as a firefighter II rescue technician and as a firefighter III fire apparatus operator with the rescue company.
With his promotion, he is being assigned to the Hoolehua Fire Station "B" Watch.
Sakamoto joined the department in 2001, when he was assigned to the Hana Fire Station. He later transferred to the Kahului Fire Station. He has worked as a firefighter II rescue technician and also as a firefighter III fire apparatus operator with Kahului tanker, engine and rescue companies.
Sakamoto is being assigned to the Training Bureau.
The promotions took effect Monday.
Police launch probe in beating
Police have opened an attempted murder investigation into the beating of a 54-year-old man who was found unresponsive at a Kihei residence Saturday morning.
Kihei patrol officers were called to the home on Keala Place at 6:32 a.m., finding the man gasping for air, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
A witness reported he had seen the victim attacked by four or five men in their 20s between 3 and 4 that morning, he said. But when the victim said he was OK, the witness left before returning to find the victim unresponsive and calling police.
The victim, a homeless man who had been allowed to stay at the Keala Place residence at times, remained in the intensive care unit Monday at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Rego said. The man suffered a head injury, three fractured ribs, a broken right ankle, a broken nose and an orbital fracture around his eyes.
Man allegedly threatens attack
A 76-year-old Pukalani man was arrested after he told a sheriff's official he would blow up his house if deputies showed up to evict him, police said.
Edward A. Smith was released after posting $1,000 bail on a charge of first-degree terroristic threatening, police records show.
A sheriff's lieutenant reported Thursday afternoon that he talked to Smith about a notice Smith had received to vacate his residence and remove his belongings by Wednesday, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. Smith reportedly told the sheriff's lieutenant that if deputies came to the house, he would "rig the house and blow it up."
When deputies went to the home, they found something resembling an explosive device but that turned out not to be one, Rego said.
An all-points bulletin had been issued for Smith, who was located and arrested Friday evening, he said.