Fundraiser has isle police on top of roof
Maui police officers are atop Walmart's roof today, seeking donations for Special Olympics Maui for the 12th annual "Cop On Top" fundraiser.
As of Friday afternoon, the officers had raised about $3,000. The fundraiser began Thursday and runs through 6 p.m. today.
People also can make donations today at Safeway in Kihei, where tables will be set up outside the store entrances. Donations may be mailed to Special Olympics Maui, P.O. Box 1842, Kahului 96733. During regular business hours next week, donations can be dropped off at the Wailuku Police Station.
Officers participating in the fundraiser are Sgt. Nick Krau, school resource officers James Terry and patrol officers Nichole Comilang, Gershom Slonim and Jonathan Honda. Terry will remain on the roof throughout the fundraiser, while the other officers have been participating as their work schedules permit.
Filipino artists will perform for benefit
A benefit performance by award-winning Filipino artists in literature, drama and creative writing will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Binhi at Ani Community Center, 780 Onehee Ave. in Kahului.
The "Three Decades of the Sakada" is a musical drama, dancing, poetry reading to honor Hawaii's pioneering Filipinos who moved to Hawaii to work in the sugar fields. It will benefit elementary and high schools in the Ilocos region in the Philippines.
Tickets cost $25.
For reservations, call Gladys Menor at 385-3951 or Rizal Fernandez at 729-4552.
No change for price at pumps in Wailuku
The average price of regular unleaded in Wailuku remained unchanged from last week at $4.53 a gallon, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch released Thursday.
The Wailuku price was 4 cents lower than last month but 11 cents more than the same time a year ago.
Hawaii's average rose a penny to $4.33 a gallon over last week. That was 2 cents more than last month and 4 cents more than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price was unchanged at $4.23 a gallon for regular unleaded. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.29 per gallon, the same price as last week.
Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country and are the combined averages of the last card swipe of the previous day.
Civil Defense tones malfunction, go off
Various Civil Defense sirens malfunctioned early Friday, sending out "audible tones" although there was no emergency, according to a county announcement.
An improper control board setup triggered false alarms of 14 sirens on Maui and Molokai, Civil Defense officials said. And, an insect infestation caused an emergency siren to go off at Pearl City on Oahu.
The sirens malfunctioned between 2:15 and 3:15 a.m., officials said.
Civil Defense officials said contractors fixed four sirens, while a representative for the siren manufacturer will fix the other 10 next week.
Man arrested in use of stolen credit card
A Kihei man was arrested Thursday on theft charges for allegedly using a stolen credit card to make more than $2,700 in purchases, police said.
Scott Chong, 36, was released after posting $7,200 bail. He was charged with theft of a credit card, three counts of second-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
The credit card was among property stolen when a vehicle was forcibly entered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 20 on Hana Highway near Milepost 8, police said. The credit card was used at multiple locations for purchases totaling more than $2,700.
Surveillance video showed someone resembling Chong using the credit card, police said. In addition, the victim's cellphone was used to call a female associated with Chong.