Homeless man says he was beaten
A 28-year-old homeless man reported being beaten by three to four men Sunday afternoon at Little Beach in Makena, police said.
The man from Sammamish, Wash., was playing his guitar with friends at about 3:50 p.m., when the men punched him several times in the face, leaving him with a broken jaw and several missing teeth, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center and remains in stable condition.
Another homeless man and friend of the victim reported being punched several times and threatened with a knife at the scene, Rego said. He said the 28-year-old man from Geno, Neb., was not seriously injured and refused medical treatment.
Three Makawao men, ages 16, 18 and 20 years old, were later identified and arrested by police patrols in connection with the assault, Rego said. He said the youngest male, who reportedly struck the victim in the face with a guitar, was later released to his parents pending Family Court review.
A 27-year-old man from Wailuku also was arrested but was later released, Rego said. He said the other two men have not been charged and remain in custody, pending investigation.
Man is accused in copper theft
A 52-year-old Wailuku man was arrested last week after allegedly stealing more than a thousand feet of copper wire from Maui Electric Co., police said.
Wayne Matsui was charged with second-degree theft and theft of copper. Bail was set at $10,000.
On Wednesday, the company reported copper missing from its baseyard in Kahului and checked with local recyclers to see if it had been sold, police said.
Company officials cross-checked the copper they normally buy with the pieces that were recently sold and found a match with the copper Matsui had sold, police said.
Three variations of copper wire, totaling about 1,020 feet, were reportedly stolen, with an estimated value of about $15,000, police said.
Matsui was arrested at 7:05 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Wailuku man arrested in assaults
A 44-year-old Wailuku man was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting two women in March, police said.
Zion J. Lindsey was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal property damage. Bail was set at $13,000.
On March 25, Lindsey was reportedly intoxicated and looking for his girlfriend at the house of one of her friends, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. After repeatedly being told to leave, Lindsey kicked the door open and shoved two girls inside the home, causing one to fall and hit her head on the floor, he said.
On Wednesday, a warrant was filed for Lindsey's arrest and was executed at his residence at 5:20 a.m. Monday.
A bail hearing was set for Friday and a jury trial for July 22.
Wastewater flows from manholes
More than 200 gallons of wastewater overflowed out of manholes along Kenolio Road on Saturday morning due to grease in the mainline, the county Department of Environmental Management reported Monday.
The overflow fronting the Southpointe at Waiakoa complex was reported at 10 a.m. and was stopped at 11:45 a.m. About 275 gallons of wastewater flowed out of three manholes, then proceeded along the roadway to a nearby storm drain.
No wastewater reached the ocean, the department said in a news release.
The line was cleared, standing wastewater was removed, the spill site was disinfected and the Department of Health was notified.
For more information, contact Eric Nakagawa, Wastewater Reclamation Division chief, Department of Environmental Management, at 270-7422.
Police to host pair of meetings
Police will hold town hall meetings this month in Wailuku and Upcountry.
The Wailuku meeting will be Thursday night at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center.
The Upcountry meeting will be May 23 at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.
Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by an opportunity for those attending to speak with police officials about issues in smaller groups.
The meetings are expected to last an hour to an hour and a half.
Funds appropriated for Lipoa Point buy
An official with the state House of Representatives on Monday wanted to make clear that funds have been appropriated for the purchase of Lipoa Point in West Maui.
A report in a Honolulu newspaper initially indicated that funds were not allocated for the program, initiating queries with lawmakers from the public.
William Nhieu, communications assistant with the state House majority, explained that $20 million in general obligation bond financing for the purchase of Lipoa Point had been included in the capital improvements project bill HB200.
The funding was not included in HB270, which directed the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to purchase the land, he said.
Hikers rescued from Piiholo trail
Two hikers who became disoriented while hiking on the Kahakapao Trail in Piiholo were located by firefighters Monday night, a fire official said.
The 51-year-old man and 40-year-old woman visiting from Tucson, Ariz., called 911 just before dusk, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said that a Makawao engine company and a Kahului rescue crew were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Attempts to locate the couple by air were unsuccessful due to heavy cloud cover, Mainaga said.
He said the Makawao firefighters did a ground search and located the couple at 8:20 p.m. They were reported to be in good health and were safely escorted out of the area at 8:45 p.m.
County to be on Kaunakakai corner
Mayor Alan Arakawa will be holding a "County on Your Corner" from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center in Kaunakakai.
Joining Arakawa at the "County on Your Corner" event will be Council Member Stacy Helm Crivello and members of Arakawa's Cabinet, including Housing & Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao, the mayor's Executive Assistant Zeke Kalua and Assistant Communications Director Ryan Piros.