County/In Brief

Woman charged for theft of wallet

A Kahului woman was arrested for theft for taking a wallet that another woman had forgotten at the checkout counter of a Wailuku store last month, police said.

Justine Ai, 25, was charged with second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $1,000.

The owner forgot her wallet at the store on Lower Main Street at about 6:45 p.m. Dec. 19, said Lt. Derrick Lopez, head of the Property Crimes Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said the wallet contained cash, credit cards and identification, with a value estimated at more than $1,000.

After surveillance video was obtained from the store, Ai was identified as the suspect seen taking the wallet, Lopez said.

Ai was arrested Monday morning after an all-points bulletin was issued for her arrest.

According to court records, Ai was placed on four years’ probation in June for five counts of second-degree theft in four criminal cases.

She was released from jail the following month to enter residential drug treatment, court records show.


Workshop on farm succession offered

A four-session workshop on planning for the succession of an agricultural business is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8 at the Kula Community Center.

The workshop by the Maui University of Hawaii Extension Office with funding from the county is for agricultural business owners and their spouses, children and business partners.

Topics to be covered include tax and legal planning, conflict management and transition team professionals. Speakers include Dale Bonar, advocate with the Affordable Farming Maui Project and former head of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust; Kyle Caires, Ph.D.; Kristen Spees, attorney; Kendra Wong, CPA; and Bevanne Bowers, mediator and attorney.

The cost is $40 per person and $60 per couple. The cost includes a participant manual and dinner.

Preregistration is required. To register, email Heather Greenwood-Junkermeier at or call Clarisse Baisa at 244-3242, ext. 222.

For more information, email Greenwood-Junkermeier or call 269-7396.