Arrest in alleged assault case
A Pukalani man was arrested Wednesday in an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman that lasted two weeks, police said.
The man had not been charged as of Thursday afternoon. Police said they were expecting to file charges this morning. He was facing three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of kidnapping.
The attacks began after the woman, 40, befriended the man at the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center on Dec. 1, police said.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted inside and outside her car six times in remote areas of Haiku and Kipahulu, police said. Her hands were bound with a leather belt, and she was choked several times, police said. The woman told police she nearly lost consciousness each time.
The woman reported that the incidents ended Dec. 11 or 12, police said.
On Wednesday afternoon, she reported the attacks to police and an all-points bulletin was issued for the man's arrest. He was arrested about five hours later at a residence in Pukalani, police said.
Women arrested in mail thefts
Two Maui women were arrested Wednesday after police found mail from 11 different addresses in their vehicle, police said.
On Monday, police responded to a call of mailbox thefts and located the two suspects in a vehicle. It was impounded as police worked to obtain a search warrant, said Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan.
On Wednesday, executing a search warrant of the vehicle, police found mail from Wailuku, Haliimaile, Makawao and Pukalani addresses, said Nelson Hamilton, acting lieutenant for the Criminal Investigation Division. Drugs also were found in the vehicle, he said.
The women were arrested Wednesday on a warrant and released pending further investigation, Juan said.
TSA extends screening service
Service members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be included in the Transportation Security Administration's expedited screening services at Hawaiian Airlines starting Friday.
The Pre-Check program also will include members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, the airline said.
Those who present their Common Access Card will be able to clear security without removing their shoes, coats, belts, liquids and laptop computers for official and leisure travel.
Their Department of Defense identification number will be used as their Known Traveler Number.
The traveler's name on the reservation needs to match exactly with the name on the CAC card. For service members that are members of the airline's loyalty program, the name on their HawaiianMiles membership must match exactly with that name on their CAC card.
When booking travel on www.hawaiianair.com or by calling for reservations, the CAC number should be added to the KTN field on their itinerary or included at the time of check-in at the airport kiosk.
For unit movements that are booked via travel agencies, service members should individually ensure that their CAC card numbers are included in their itineraries.
AARP adviser scheduled to speak today
An AARP policy adviser for housing and livable communities will be speaking from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today in the Mayor's Conference Room in the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku.
Rodney Harrell, part of the AARP Public Policy Institute, will discuss "Designing the Future today - Creating Livable Communities on Maui for All Generations."
Harrell is responsible for developing AARP's policy on housing and livable communities and conducting independent research. AARP's housing policy agenda is to create a range of affordable housing options that facilitate personal independence, aging in place and engagement in the community, a news release said.
This event is co-presented by AARP, the Maui County Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition and the County of Maui.
The event is free, but registration is required and may be made online at aarp.cvent.com/mauiagefriendly or by calling (877) 926-8300. For more information about the event or NPAC, contact Coordinator Sandra McGuinness at (808) 264-7895 or email@example.com.
Makawao project to host holiday readers
Local holiday stories for children will be read from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Makawao History Project.
Readers will be Ninfa Tolentino, Makawao Public Library librarian, from 5 to 5:45 p.m.; Joanne Laird, Read Aloud America, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.; and Kathy Collins, radio broadcaster, poet and Maui News columnist, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Homemade cookies and apple cider will be served, and Santa will make a visit.
The free event at 1152 Makawao Ave., ground floor of the Silva Building, is open to the public.
The Makawao History Project is designed to present Makawao's history and to collect the community's memories in order to design a future Makawao museum.
The history project will remain open past its original Dec. 31 closing to Feb. 28 due to community donations, a news release said.
Admission to the project is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Man charged in burglary of residence
A Wailuku man was charged with burglary and theft Monday after allegedly stealing $1,000 worth of items from a Haiku residence last month, police said.
John J. Baker, 22, was charged with second-degree burglary and theft. His bail was set at $1,700.
Between Nov. 20 and 24, Baker allegedly entered a women's home off Hana Highway and stole her purse containing about $40, police said. Baker also took the women's bike, which he later spray painted to conceal the theft.
On Nov. 30, the woman found her bike in nearby bushes and was able to identify Baker after talking with neighbors, police said. When police located Baker at a residence, they found the women's purse in a shed in the backyard.
Baker was arrested Dec. 11.
Man arrested in alleged Wal-Mart theft
A Kihei man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trying to steal hundreds of dollars worth of items from Wal-Mart in Kahului, police said.
Kaleo Kubo, 19, was charged with second-degree theft. His bail was set at $1,000.
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday when Kubo began piling his shopping cart with clothes, DVDs, hygiene products, a printer and a 4-inch sickle, police said. Kubo's actions caught the attention of security guards, who followed Kubo out the Garden Department exit of the store.
The guards stopped Kubo and brought him back inside the store, where police later arrested him. The items were valued at about $660, police said.