Man is arrested in roommate assault
Lahaina police arrested a 30-year-old Honokowai man after his roommate reported awakening early Tuesday to find him sexually touching her, police said.
The incident occurred at 1:45 a.m. while the 32-year-old woman was asleep in her bedroom with her children, police said. The roommate, who lived in another part of the apartment, ran outside after the woman awakened, police said.
Police arrested him, then released him pending further investigation of third-degree sexual assault.
Kaluka Maiava's trial set for Oct. 14
An Oct. 14 trial date was set in 2nd Circuit Court for Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava on charges of assaulting two men and damaging property at a Kihei bar.
Attorney Ben Lowenthal entered not-guilty pleas for Maiava, saying he is on the Mainland and waiving his presence for the arraignment Tuesday. Maiava has requested a jury trial on the misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault and petty misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal property damage.
Complaints allege that the assault and property damage occurred March 17 at Life's a Beach in Kihei Kalama Village.
Maiava, 27, of Wailuku was charged along with his brother, Ilima Maiava, 31, of Waipahu, Oahu.
Ilima Maiava's arraignment in Wailuku District Court is scheduled for Aug. 29.
Kaluka Maiava is a 2005 Baldwin High School graduate who played in four Rose Bowls for the University of Southern California. He is the only Maui Interscholastic League athlete to be drafted by a National Football League team.
Haliimaile man arrested in assault
A 36-year-old Haliimaile man was arrested Monday after he allegedly hit his landlord, who required stitches for a laceration on his forehead, police said.
Wayne McIntee was charged with second-degree assault and released after posting $1,000 bail.
The assault was reported at 4:55 p.m. at a residence on Olioli Street in Haliimaile, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said the 51-year-old victim reported confronting the tenant on his property when he was hit with an unknown object. The victim suffered a 1.5- to 2-inch cut on his forehead and was transported by medics to Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment, Rego said.
Man gets 18 years in federal prison
A Wailuku man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years and four months in federal prison for being a leader and organizer of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Honolulu.
John Lee Balberdi, 39, was arrested and prosecuted after the Maui Police Department seized more than 550 grams of pure methamphetamine from the Kahului residence of one of Balberdi's co-conspirators in February 2009, said Florence Nakakuni, U.S. attorney for the Hawaii district.
Balberdi admitted to distributing another 40 pounds of methamphetamine between March 2007 and February 2009, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
The FBI and MPD investigated the case.
State Judiciary says scam targets public
The Hawaii State Judiciary is warning the public of a possible phishing scam involving someone claiming to be a court employee.
People have contacted Judiciary officials about the legitimacy of voice mail messages left by someone purporting to be a court employee. The caller says that the receiver of the call is a respondent in a protective order case and asks for a return call for more information.
Judiciary employees do not call people to obtain Social Security numbers and birth dates over the phone. Anyone who receives a call from a person claiming to be with the court and asking for a Social Security number and date of birth should report the incident to police.
For more information, contact the public affairs office at (808) 539-4909 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tree branch brings outage to W. Maui
A tree branch that fell on power lines Tuesday afternoon caused a power outage that affected about 1,800 customers on the west side, Maui Electric Co. reported.
The outage occurred at about 1:30 p.m., with restoration of power at 3 p.m.
A branch fell on lines on Mill Street, which caused a flashover, said Kau'i Awai-Dickson, spokeswoman for MECO. The outage reached parts of Lahaina, Launiupoko and Olowalu.
Some equipment may have been damaged at the Lahaina substation as a result of the flashover, she said. Power was rerouted to restore power while maintenance crews inspected the substation, Awai-Dickson said.
Police: Man drove toward officers
A 41-year-old Waiehu man was arrested for intoxicated driving and other charges after driving toward police officers who tried to stop him after a domestic dispute Monday afternoon, police said.
Bail was set at $20,000 for Wayne Galeng. He was charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, refusing an order to stop a motor vehicle and four counts of violating a 24-hour warning citation.
Officers were called to Galeng's residence on Akulikuli Way at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday after he was involved in an altercation with his 34-year-old girlfriend, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said Galeng had threatened family members and tried to flee with the couple's 7-year-old daughter. When officers tried to stop Galeng as he was leaving, he lurched the vehicle forward so officers had to move quickly out of the way, Rego said.
He said Galeng showed signs of intoxication, possibly from narcotics, when he was later pulled over in the parking lot of the Maui Mall in Kahului.
Police impounded Galeng's vehicle.