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Cheryl Rico

Help sought in locating woman

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old woman who was reported missing from her Wailuku residence Wednesday.

Cheryl Rico is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall. She may have a facial droop on the left side.

She is known to frequent Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, where she often takes the bus to the Kihei area.

Anyone who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call Detective Dennis Clifton at 244-6433 during regular business hours or 244-6400 after hours.

Calls also can be made to Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966.


Owner of recovered kayak sought

The owner of a partially submerged yellow kayak recovered in Kahului Harbor on Friday was being sought by the U.S. Coast Guard.

A bystander noticed the kayak, which was reported to the Coast Guard at about 1:50 p.m. through the Maui Fire Department, the Coast Guard said.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point searched the area and Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

There currently are no reports of missing people in the area.

The kayak has two black paddles with the word “Nash” labeled on one of them. The paddles were stowed in the scuppers, which were opened.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.


Man moving gun causes lockdown

A 45-year-old man who moved his air rifle from the back seat to the trunk of his car to make room for his daughter triggered a lockdown at Lokelani Intermediate School in Kihei after school Friday.

At 2:15 p.m., police received a report of a man holding a rifle next to a Toyota sedan parked at the Kihei school, police said. Officers contacted school officials who ordered a lockdown.

Police conducted a preliminary check, set up a perimeter around the school and began a building-by-building search, police said.

A man matching the description of the suspect returned to the parked vehicle and was detained by officers. The man gave police permission to search his vehicle, where an air rifle was found in the trunk.

The man told police he came to the school to pick up his daughter and moved the air rifle from the back seat to the trunk in clear view to make room for her, police said.

The man was warned, reprimanded and released. The school reopened at 2:45 p.m., and parents were allowed to pick up their children, police said.


Fallen tree knocks out power in Kula

About 1,685 customers in the Kula area lost power Thursday night as a tree came down on a span of power lines along Haleakala Highway, according to Maui Electric Co.

The tree came down during high winds around 9:18 p.m. The majority of customers had their power restored by 10:32 p.m., with the remaining 193 customers brought back online by 2:25 a.m. Friday after crews completed repairs to the damaged equipment.


DIRECTV drops Honolulu station

KFVE-TV has been dropped by DIRECTV because no deal has been reached between the Honolulu television station and the national cable provider, according to a news release from KFVE.

K5 The HomeTeam was dropped at 6 p.m. Thursday.

KFVE-TV said that it will continue to attempt to negotiate with DIRECTV and hopes a deal will be reached to return the station to DIRECTV viewers.

The station is available via antenna, is carried by other providers and streams online at