Woman arrested in assault, theft
A 31-year-old Wailuku woman was arrested Monday night after she punched another woman and stole her purse, police said.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Jaime Meddings, who was charged with second-degree robbery.
Kihei patrol officers were called to a unit at Kihei Regency Apartments at 7:09 p.m. Monday when the 26-year-old victim reported being punched in the face two or three times by Meddings before she ran out of the apartment with the victim's purse, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said the victim had allowed Meddings and another woman into the apartment after having met Meddings at the funeral of the victim's boyfriend. Meddings is an ex-girlfriend of the victim's boyfriend.
The victim and Meddings got into an argument that turned physical before the victim was assaulted, Rego said. He said Meddings and the woman with her fled before police officers arrived and found the victim bleeding from her nose.
Officers later located and arrested Meddings at her residence at 9:42 p.m., Rego said.
The victim's purse, which contained items valued at $191, was located on the side of the road Tuesday morning with money and other belongings missing, Rego said.
An investigation was continuing.
UH-MC chancellor to address Rotary
The chancellor of the University of Hawaii Maui College will speak to the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise beginning at 7:30 a.m. May 15 at the Five Palms Restaurant in the Mana Kai Maui Resort.
Clyde Sakamoto will speak about the transition from a two-year to a four-year college.
He has been the leader of the Maui campus since 1991, first as interim provost, then provost and currently chancellor. He also spent two years as executive director of Project 2 & 4, which brought baccalaureate-degree programs to the U.H. community colleges.
He previously served as dean of instruction at the then-Maui Community College.
Also taking place at this meeting will be the presentation of the Capanash/Corbett Scholarship to a UH-Maui College Dental Assisting student and the presentation of a check to the UH-Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music.
The public is invited.
The cost of the breakfast is $22. For more information, contact club President Patty Hemmen at 280-8372 or see the club's website at www.kiheirotary. org.
Kihei man arrested on sex counts
A 21-year-old Kihei man was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with multiple counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl last year, police said.
During his arraignment Tuesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Kent M. Diaz pleaded not guilty to eight counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.
He was being held in lieu of $190,000 bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center, pending a bail hearing Friday.
Diaz was arrested on the warrant after turning himself in at the Wailuku Police Station on Tuesday afternoon, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said Diaz is accused of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl Sept. 13 when he was working at Kalama Heights retirement community and the girl was a volunteer there.