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Man arrested after crash in stolen vehicle

A Wailuku man was arrested Sunday morning when he was found behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle that crashed into a traffic signal fronting Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului, police said.

Kunane Ganal, 32, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $1,000.

Ganal was arrested after the crash at 10:24 a.m. A witness reported seeing the vehicle speeding on Kaahumanu Avenue before striking the traffic signal, said Lt. Derrick Lopez, head of the Property Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division.

He said the vehicle had been reported stolen after being parked at 10:10 a.m. in a dirt area about 100 feet from the Kanaha Beach Park lifeguard tower. The owner had the vehicle unlocked and the key in the ignition while unloading gear from the vehicle when he saw the vehicle being driven away, Lopez said.

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Man under investigation for burglary

A 24-year-old Kihei man is being investigated in the burglary of a Wailuku residence and the theft of a pickup truck, police said.

The burglary occurred the morning of Nov. 23 at a home on Mokuhau Road, said Lt. Derrick Lopez, head of the Property Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said that the keys to a 2011 Ford Explorer Sport Track were stolen, along with tools and jewelry valued at $846.

Through investigation, the suspect and two women were tied to the burglary and vehicle theft, Lopez said.

“Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division are continuing to investigate,” he said.

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Missed trash to be picked up today

A mechanical problem prevented residential refuse collection in Pukalani on Monday, the county Solid Waste Division said.

The missed pickups are expected to be completed today.

The affected areas included Iolani, Alalani, Aliiolani and Loha streets; Old Haleakala Highway; Hiwalani and Kamelani loops; Awea Place and surrounding streets and roads.

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District spelling bee set for Jan. 26

The 2017 Maui District Spelling Bee, with 34 student participants, will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Baldwin High School Multipurpose Room.

Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. A practice round will follow.

The top two district finishers advance to the 2017 Kama’aina Kids Hawaii State Spelling Bee on March 17 on Oahu.

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