Officer charged in assault on daughter
WAILUKU - Maui police officer Nelson Johnson has been charged with second-degree assault and two counts of physical abuse for allegedly slapping his daughter, police said.
Johnson was recently sought on a warrant, police said after felony charges were filed. Police arrested Johnson on Monday, and he was later released after posting $5,000 bail, police records show.
The Maui Police Department is seeking the public’s help in obtaining information on a 53-year-old man found dead Monday.
The 46-year-old officer was originally arrested and charged Nov. 20 for abuse of a family or household member. He posted $1,000 bail and was released.
The incident occurred Nov. 19 when Johnson slapped his daughter following an argument at her Wailuku residence, police said. The 13-year-old girl fell backward, hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioner and suffered a concussion.
Her mother called police, and the girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was later released in good condition, police said.
Johnson is an 18-year veteran of the department. He remains on administrative leave.
Police seek public's help in man's death
The Maui Police Department is seeking the public's help in obtaining more information on the 53-year-old man who was found dead early Monday morning at the Marriott's Maui Ocean Club, police said Tuesday.
The man was found by police at the resort around 6:40 a.m. He was lying unresponsive on the pavement on the resort grounds, police said.
Police classified the case as an unattended death.
If anyone has information about the man, they are asked to call police at 244-6400 or the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division at 661-0559.
Photojournalist to address club event
Maui News photojournalist Matthew Thayer is scheduled to speak to the Kiwanis Club of Maui at noon Thursday at Cary & Eddie's Hideaway Restaurant in Kahului.
Thayer has won more than 60 state and national awards for his photography and writing.
The Maui News staffer, who has been at the paper for 33 years, also is a fiction author who has published two ebooks in his "30,000 B.C. Chronicles" series, "Bordeaux" and "Tuscany," and is scheduled to release the third, "Gibraltar," later this fall. The "30,000 B. C. Chronicles" are time travel action adventures set in Europe during the Paleolithic period.
Along with sharing insights into his photojournalism career, Thayer also will explain how he navigated the challenges of writing and publishing his novels, and how the advent of ebooks has changed the publishing landscape for authors.
The meeting is open to the public, and visitors are welcome. Lunch is $12 and is required for attendees.
For more information, contact Kathy Anderson at 357-8877.