Man arrested in car theft, burglary
A man with no local address was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing a car last week and breaking into a Maalaea home, police said.
George Platone was charged with first-degree burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $6,000.
The theft occurred around 10 a.m. Oct. 24 when a 1994 Ford Ranger was reported stolen from outside a home, police said. No suspects were found in the vicinity.
At 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to a burglary at a home on Maalaea Bay Place. Neighbors reported seeing Platone in a nearby rental home. They tried to get him to leave for 45 minutes, police said.
Platone claimed he had permission to be at the home and gave a fake name to the neighbors, police said. When police arrived, they found the stolen car outside the home and arrested Platone.
Man accused of theft in forgery case
A Wailuku man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly buying two motorcycles from Cycle City Maui with a counterfeit check, police said.
Reno Thompson, 39, was charged with first-degree theft and second-degree forgery. His bail was set at $25,000.
The incident occurred at 4 p.m. Sunday when Thompson wrote a $22,000 cashier's check for a 2013 Honda motorcycle and 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle, police said. Three days later, company officials discovered the check was counterfeit and notified police.
Police recovered the motorcycles, shortly after, and arrested Thompson at his residence on Palani Place.
Bomb threats made to Kahului stores
Two Kahului stores were evacuated after they received bomb threats Friday morning, and the incidents contributed to traffic congestion nearby, police and other officials said.
No bombs were found.
The first threat was made to Kmart employees around 10:24 a.m. Police said that an associate received a phone call from an anonymous male. He demanded money be added to prepaid Green Dot Visa cards, police said.
The store was evacuated after police arrived and spoke to a manager.
As officials responded to Kmart, a second threat with a similar demand was made around 10:55 a.m. to employees at Walgreens on Kamehameha Avenue, police said. That store was evacuated until it was determined there was no danger.
No money was lost in either incident. Police were continuing to investigate.
The incident at Kmart led to traffic congestion for motorists in the vicinity of Kahului Airport, Maui District Airport Manager Marvin Moniz said.
Line trouble hits county phones
A glitch in one of the main phone lines to the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku put some phones out of service for about an hour Friday, said Lois Whitney of the Office of the Mayor.
The outage started before 11 a.m., and a system reset resolved the problem a little before noon, she said.
Some county offices at the War Memorial Complex also were affected, officials said.
It wasn't known how many phones were temporarily out of service, Whitney said.
Kahoolawe waters open for trolling
The waters around Kahoolawe will be open for trolling today and Sunday as well as Nov. 23 and 24, the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission announced.
All vessel operators interested in trolling around the island must register annually with the commission before entering the reserve. Registered vessels are required to file a catch report with the commission, whether fish are caught or not.
There is a $25 permitting fee.
Boaters' access to the reserve is restricted to protect marine life and to exercise caution with the ongoing presence of unexploded ordnance.
To register or for more information, contact Dean Tokishi at 243-5889, send email to email@example.com or go to kahoolawe.hawaii.gov. Registration packets are available at the state Division of Boating and Recreation at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road.