James Burkhart talks with Deputy Public Defender William “Pili” McGrath during a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Wailuku District Court. The Maui News / LILA FUJIMOTO photo

Judge: There’s probable cause for gun possession charge

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WAILUKU — While finding probable cause for firearms charges against a man after a revolver was found in his waistpack, a judge ruled Thursday there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support a felony charge alleging the defendant threatened an off-duty police officer in a Kihei bar. James Hina ...

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A welcome reopening at Kealia Pond

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Carmon Slater of Wheatridge, Colo., inspects an exhibit about Hawaiian coots while exploring the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Wednesday afternoon. As a birder who has helped construct exhibits on the Mainland, Slater said he was impressed by the displays. The visitor ...

Fire crews save homes in Haiku

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The Maui News Firefighters successfully defended six homes from an approaching brush fire in Haiku that burned 50 acres and shut down Hana Highway in the area Wednesday night, a fire official said. The fire in the rural area was called in at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the first crews on ...

Search suspended for men in missing helicopter

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The Maui News The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its active search Thursday for two missing men whose helicopter went down off the coast of Molokai on Monday evening. Jeremy Dossetter, 27, and Oliver Kirsch, 25, remain missing. “Making the decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is ...

Hawaiian Air says it will waive change fees due to Typhoon Lan

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The Maui News With Typhoon Lan moving through Asia, Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would waive reservation change fees for flights to three Japanese airports scheduled between Saturday and Tuesday. Customers traveling on Hawaiian Airlines flights to, from or via Haneda and Narita ...

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Man arrested after police find drugs

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A 35-year-old Wailuku man was arrested Tuesday after police recovered crystal methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia in a search at the man’s business, where a 15-year-old girl was working, police said. Sheldon Fernandez was charged with second-degree promoting a dangerous drug and ...

Haiku man gets 5 years in prison

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After being given three chances on probation, a Haiku man was resentenced Wednesday to a five-year prison term. Michael Ellison, 41, of Haiku admitted that he had violated his probation by not reporting to his probation officer, not paying fees and not performing community service. He also ...

Kihei roadwork set to disrupt traffic

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Resurfacing work along South Kihei Road from Lipoa to Kauhaa streets will create contraflow nighttime traffic in the area for just over two weeks, beginning Monday, the county announced Thursday. Work will last until Nov. 2, weather permitting. Resurfacing work includes paving, readjusting ...

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Maui Baha’i plan celebration The Maui Baha’i community will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of the Baha’i faith, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku. There will be a talk on ...

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‘Fans in the stands’

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Maui High School students and supporters cheer a basket during Wednesday morning’s “Fans in the Stands” basketball game in the school gym. The game between Maui High’s two unified teams was a qualifier for the Holiday Classic State Games on Oahu in November. Setting an example of ...

Cannabis plants  are shown growing in Honolulu. The state Department of Health certified Kahului-based Pharmalab to begin testing medical marijuana by the end of the week. AP file photo

Kahului marijuana testing lab gets OK to begin operations

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Pharmlab Hawaii LLC in Kahului became the second independent laboratory in Hawaii certified to test medical marijuana produced by licensed dispensaries and is expected to begin analyzing material for content and safety by the end of the week, according to state Health Department and lab ...

Former worker slaps county with $1.63M discrimination suit

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A former Maui County employee has filed a federal discrimination complaint against Maui County, alleging, among other charges, age discrimination when he was terminated early this year at 71 years old and replaced by a “substantially younger person.” In a complaint filed Friday in Hawaii ...

Disability complaint settled for $35,000

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The Maui News A discrimination complaint involving an alleged denial of reasonable accommodation for an employee with a disability was settled for $35,000 in July, according to a settlement agreement obtained by The Maui News. Previously, the amount of the settlement and other details were ...

Police are seeking this vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision Sunday night on Waiale Road in Wailuku.

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Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a white pickup truck and its driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision Sunday night on Waiale Road in Wailuku. The collision occurred at 7:54 p.m. when the truck, which was heading north on Waiale Road, hit a man who was walking ...

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Gusty winds offer up a ‘pretty nasty’ ride

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Andy Branson of Pukalani carries his windsurfing rig to the water Wednesday morning at Kanaha Beach Park. He said recent heavy winds have made the conditions challenging as well as rewarding. “It’s been gusty and pretty nasty,” he said. “People have had fun.” The Maui News / ...

Search continues for helicopter gone missing off Molokai

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The Maui News A search continued Wednesday for two men aboard a helicopter that went down Monday night off the northwest side of Molokai, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard identified the missing men as Jeremy Dossetter, 27, and Oliver Kirsch, 25. They are believed to be Oahu ...

Kahului man convicted of abusing wife

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The Maui News WAILUKU — A Kahului man has been convicted of abusing and threatening his former wife, who testified he threw chewing tobacco spit on her, threatened her with a knife and punched and kicked her while their child was in the room. A 2nd Circuit Court jury deliberated for about ...

NTSB final report blames pilot for hard landing at Kalaupapa

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The Maui News A pilot’s “loss of directional control” during an aborted landing led to a Makani Kai Air Cessna’s hard landing earlier this year at Kalaupapa Airport, according to a final report by the National Transportation Safety Board. Pilot Bettina von Brentano of Kailua flew ...

Haiku brush fire forces evacuations

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The Maui News A large brush fire makai of Hana Highway at the intersection of Haiku Road on Wednesday night has forced evacuation of homes and closed down the road, fire officials said. At about 8 p.m., fire crews took up positions to protect a handful of homes in the rural area and were ...

Teen rescued out of Kahakuloa pond with ropes and pulleys

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The Maui News A Kahului teenager, unable to climb up a 30-foot waterfall after jumping into a pond at Makamakaole Gulch near Kahakuloa, was lifted to safety through a system of ropes and pulleys Tuesday night, fire officials said. The 16-year-old boy was unable to pull himself up with a ...