Judge Richard Bissen on medical leave
Other 2nd Circuit judges are handling the caseload of 2nd Circuit Judge Richard Bissen while he is on medical leave, according to the state Judiciary.
Bissen "is out on medical leave and is expected to make a full recovery," said Marsha Kitagawa, spokeswoman for the Judiciary.
"The Judiciary is looking forward to his return," she said.
Suspect facing charges in two burglaries
A stolen firearm was recovered, and a 24-year-old Hana man was arrested Saturday in connection with the burglaries of two residences in Lower Nahiku, police said.
Bail for Samson Hill was set at $62,000 on charges of two counts of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree terroristic threatening.
Both burglaries occurred Friday - one between 5:30 and 9:15 a.m. and the other between 11:50 a.m. and 7 p.m., said acting Lt. Audra Sellers of the Hana Patrol District. She said a firearm was reported stolen in one of the burglaries.
Through investigation, she said Hill was identified and arrested.
There also was a report that Hill confronted someone in the area, using the threat of a firearm, Sellers said.
Hana patrol officers John Akana, Gershom Slonim, Jun Hattori, Jason Thompson and James Taylor worked on the investigation. "It was a diligent investigation," Sellers said.
A 23-year-old Hana man also was arrested and released pending further investigation, Sellers said.
DMVL offices will close due to meetings
The Kihei, Lahaina and Pukalani satellite offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing will be closing early today so that staff can attend union ratification meetings, according to a county news release.
The closing times are Lahaina, 2:15 p.m., and Pukalani, 2:30 p.m. The Kihei office closed early Tuesday.
The Kahului Service Center located at the Maui Mall will remain open with regular business hours during this period.
Car goes off cliff; two taken to hospital
Paramedics took a North Carolina man and woman to Maui Memorial Medical Center in serious condition Tuesday morning after their car went off a Crater Road embankment and down a 250-foot gulch, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga reported.
Kula and Kahului firefighters responded to the 7:42 a.m. alarm, finding the man and woman sitting on the vehicle, which was on its side, about a mile above the Haleakala National Park headquarters. Two park rangers attended to the couple.
The woman complained of neck, back and hip pain and had lacerations to her arms and head, Mainaga said. The man reported pain to his ribs and had a head laceration.
Rescuers took care to secure the woman as a precaution against a spinal injury and airlifted her with the Maui Fire Department's Air One helicopter to a landing zone at Hosmer Grove. From there, she was flown to Maui Memorial by the Maui Medevac helicopter, Mainaga said.
The man also was airlifted to Hosmer Grove. An ambulance took him to the hospital.