Man placed on probation for violating court order

The Maui News

WAILUKU — After spending nearly four months in jail, a Kihei man was placed on two years’ probation for violating a court order by confronting his former girlfriend at her residence.

Harrison Bliss, 33, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and participate in domestic violence intervention classes.

He had pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal trespassing and violating an order for protection.

Despite the court order, Bliss decided to go to his former girlfriend’s home in Kihei at 4:45 a.m. April 19, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas. Bliss entered the residence and confronted the woman, who has children with Bliss, Temas said.

“The catalyst may be alcohol,” he said.

Bliss had posted bond in the case to be released before he was arrested again when he allegedly went back to the residence in a pending case, he said.

Second Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo said Bliss would face prison if he didn’t address his alcohol program and follow court orders.

“You got two kids to think about,” she told Bliss at his sentencing Friday. “You got your career to think about.”

Bliss was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs and to stay away from the woman’s residence.

In another sentencing Friday, a 55-year-old Lahaina man was ordered to pay $2,351 in restitution for the unauthorized use of gas cards while he was working for a limousine company.

Karl Fujimoto was placed on one year’s probation and was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

He had pleaded no contest to fraudulent use of a credit card.

The Maui Oil gas cards were kept in Aloha Maui Limousine vehicles when Fujimoto used them for other gas purchases from Sept. 1 to Oct, 19, 2015, said Deputy Prosecutor Temas. The cards were used to charge more than 181 gallons of gasoline and a car wash in an “abuse of trust,” he said.

Because Fujimoto was on parole at the time, he could have faced more serious penalties if the charges had been brought sooner, Judge Loo said.

“You’re on the teeter-totter today,” she told Fujimoto. “You slip off, I’m going to slide you right to prison.”

He was ordered to stay away from the limousine company based at 400 Hana Highway in Kahului.

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