HC&S fire results in $500K in damage
A fire that may have been started by "an alleged criminal act" at a Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. pump house in Puunene on Friday morning resulted in $500,000 in damage to the structure and equipment, fire officials said.
Firefighters received the call at 2:30 a.m. of a fire at the pump house, located off Mokulele Highway north of the Maui Humane Society, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga on Friday. The fire was under control at at 2:55 and extinguished at 3:20 a.m.
One hundred fifty square feet of the 5,000-square-foot structure was damaged, including some equipment, said Mainaga.
The fire caused about $500,000 damage to the pump control panel and structure, he said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined but "may be attributed to an alleged criminal act," said Mainaga.
Fire inspectors and Maui police are investigating.
Medics unable to revive Louisiana man
A 71-year-old Louisiana man died Thursday after unsuccessful attempts to revive him near the public beach access to the south of Kaanapali Shores, police said.
Police responded to a report of a drowning in the area at 12:37 p.m., arriving to find firefighters and medics performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man.
He died at the scene, police said.
He was identified as Brian Avenel of Mandeville.
Kihei man's body found floating in ocean
A 55-year-old man was pronounced dead after he was found floating in the ocean off Halama Street and Waiohuli Place in Kihei on Thursday night, police said.
He was identified as Daniel Duck of Kihei.
His body was found about 10 feet from the shoreline after Kihei patrol officers responded to an 11:28 p.m. report of a body floating in the water, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the body was brought to shore, where unsuccessful attempts were made to revive the man.
About three hours earlier at 8:30 p.m., a friend had called police saying he was worried about Duck, who had recently been released from the psychiatric ward at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Rego said.
He said Duck suffered some scratches, possibly from rocks in the shallow reef area. Both of Duck's arms were bandaged from injuries related to his recent hospital stay, Rego said.
An autopsy is pending. The death is classified as a miscellaneous accident.
'Get the Drift and Bag It' cleanup today
The final Malama Maui Nui "Get the Drift and Bag It" cleanup runs from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Baldwin Beach Park.
The monthlong event is coordinated in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. The Ocean Conservancy's International Coast Cleanup attracts hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to clean up trash that threatens the marine environment.
Each piece picked up is cataloged by type, providing data for the cleanup and the prevention of marine debris.
All cleanup supplies and data cards will be provided for volunteers. Water will be supplied. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and work gloves and also may bring their own reusable bags or buckets for litter pickups.
Divers are encouraged to join underwater cleanups.
The staging area will be on the front lawn of Baldwin Beach Park.
For more information, call Malama Maui Nui at 877-2524 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Maui residents to be without water
Some South Maui residents will be without water from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday because of waterline work, the county Department of Water Supply said.
Contractors will be rerouting a 12-inch transmission line around a future catch basin on Auhana Road in Kihei.
Customers on Auhana Road from South Kihei Road to the Halona Street intersection, Paulele Place, and side streets off Auhana Road (makai of Halona Street) will be without water.
Island Surf, Kanoe Resort and Kanoe Palms also will be without water during this time.
Traffic will be limited to one lane only on Auhana Road between Kanoe Street and South Kihei Road. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes and follow directions on signs.
Customers may want to flush their waterlines Wednesday morning to ensure that no sediment has accumulated in them during the project, the water department said.
Affected customers are advised to store water for the night if needed.
Customers may call the 24-hour service line (270-7633) but only if a water problem occurs.
Man on probation held for alleged attack
A Haiku man who is on probation for stabbing his mother two years ago was arrested Thursday after he attacked his father with a fishing pole, police said.
Colton Roberts, 21, was arrested after his father called police at 10:48 a.m. after going to the 4th Division Marine Park in Haiku to report the incident, which had occurred at the family home, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said the father reported being struck with the fishing pole, causing a small welt, bruising and laceration to his stomach. After being attacked, the father reported leaving the residence to get away from the son, Rego said.
Police arrested Roberts at the residence. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center for evaluation and was admitted into the psychiatric ward, Rego said.
Roberts was charged with second-degree assault and abuse, with his bail set at $2,000.
Last October, Roberts was placed on 10 years' probation after spending nearly one year in jail for stabbing his mother in the back in a November 2011 incident. At the time, his mother was calling 911 to seek police intervention because of arguments in the home, police said.
Originally charged with second-degree attempted murder, Roberts had pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of attempted manslaughter in the stabbing.