18-year-old held in Lahaina tussle case
LAHAINA - Police arrested an 18-year-old Lahaina man early Sunday after he allegedly threw another man off a Front Street seawall, police said.
The injured man, a 22-year-old Lahaina resident, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition after falling more than 10 feet onto rocks on the shoreline, said acting Lt. Micah Adams of the Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division.
He said a fight broke out at about midnight Saturday when a group of men were confronted by another group of men on the sidewalk in the 700 block of Front Street.
After being called to the scene, police obtained statements from witnesses to identify the man suspected of throwing the 22-year-old off the seawall, Adams said. He said Lahaina patrol officers arrested the suspect a couple of hours later in the Lahaina town area.
The suspect was in police custody Monday, as detectives continued an attempted murder investigation, Adams said.
Woman who injured arm on trail rescued
KAILUA - Fire crews rescued a woman who injured her arm while on the "Commando Trail" in Kailua on Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.
The fire department's Air One helicopter and Paia fire crew were able to pick up the woman from the trail and bring her down to awaiting medics, the official said.
The alarm came in at 5:14 p.m. and the operation took less than an hour, the official said. Neither the hometown of the woman nor her age was available.
Haiku man, 35, held in break-in, assault
WAILUKU - A 35-year-old Haiku man was being held on $10,100 bail at the Wailuku Police Station on Monday morning for allegedly breaking into a home, assaulting a man and preventing the victim from calling for help, police said.
Pakiuke Lau was charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and interfering with reporting an emergency, police records show.
Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, a male victim reported that a man had unlawfully entered his residence on Piikea Place in Makawao, said Lt. John Jakubczak of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The suspect then began hitting the victim in the head with a closed fist, while accusing the victim of having an affair with his girlfriend.
The victim tried to call 911 on his cellphone, but Lau grabbed it and continued to assault the victim, Jakubczak said.
Lau left the Makawao residence before police arrived and was later found at his residence in Haiku, he said.
Honoapiilani work set to cause delays
LAHAINA - Drivers should plan on a detour along part of Honoapiilani Highway in Wailuku, starting today.
The detour will be in effect between Kuikahi Road and Kehalani Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Friday. Crews will be doing work on the highway that includes asphalt trench patching and resurfacing.
Drivers are asked to use caution and follow traffic control signs and flag people while moving through the area.
For information, call Maui Master Builders at 242-8180.
2-acre fire ignites from concrete work
UKUMEHAME - A brush fire ignited by sparks from workers cutting concrete blackened about 2 acres in Ukumehame before it was contained within a couple of hours Monday afternoon, a fire official said.
No damage was reported from the fire, which was reported at 1:40 p.m. mauka of Honoapiilani Highway, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said Lahaina engine, ladder and tanker companies were the first to arrive at the scene. Also responding were two battalion chiefs, a Kahului tanker and hazmat company, Napili engine and Mini 11 truck crews, the Fire Department's Air One helicopter and a West Maui Land Co. tanker.
Fire crews remained to mop up hot spots after the fire was contained shortly before 4 p.m., Mainaga said.
He said the fire started when private workers were cutting concrete at a pump station and sparks ignited brush.