Man being held in sex assault on child
WAILUKU - A 55-year-old man is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail after being indicted on a charge alleging he sexually assaulted a child in 2003.
Victor Ruano Gonzalez, who gave police a Kihei address, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree sexual assault of the girl. A June 23 trial is scheduled for him in 2nd Circuit Court.
Gonzalez was arrested last week.
During his bail hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Kim Whitworth asked that the bail amount be maintained. She said Gonzalez has no verifiable residence or employment and is a Guatemalan national.
Judge Rhonda Loo kept Gonzalez's bail at $250,000.
Gonzalez has been ordered to stay away from the victim, who is a minor.
Kahoolawe wind advisory issued
A wind advisory has been issued for Kahoolawe until 6 p.m. today, the National Weather Service said.
Strong northeasterly winds of 15 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph are expected to blow today.
A wind advisory means that sustained winds of at least 30 mph, or gusts of at least 50 mph, are expected.
Car wash, cookie sale planned today
A car wash and cookie sale is being organized by Roselani Place from 8 a.m. to noon today.
Roselani Place is located at 88 S. Papa Ave. in Kahului.
The cost for the car wash is $5 for cars and $6 for trucks.
Cookies baked in the Roselani Place kitchen will be $5 a bag. Bags will have white chocolate, macadamia nut or chocolate chip cookies.
For more information, call 871-7720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer school set for kindergartners
Wailuku Elementary School is offering a pre-kindergarten summer school for incoming kindergartners who have not attended a preschool.
The free program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays from July 1 to 19.
The goal is to help children learn social skills, classroom routines and preview academic skills they will learn in kindergarten.
Parents who have sent their children to this program in the past have given it high ratings for preparing their child for the first year of school, the news release about the program said.
Application forms are available from the school office and at wailuku.k12.hi.us. For more information, call 984-5622.
Preschool subsidy program offered
A state subsidy program that can help eligible low- and moderate-income families send their children to a licensed preschool is accepting applications until Wednesday.
The Department of Human Services' Preschool Open Doors program is accepting applications to be considered for the upcoming preschool year between July 1 and June 30, 2015.
Effective this August, a child must be 5 years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten. Families affected by the new entry age are encouraged to apply, the state announced.
Underserved or at-risk children born between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009, will receive priority consideration for the 2014-15 school year.
Applications may be obtained by calling (800) 746-5620. Or visit www.patchhawaii.org.