5 Maui men busted for prostitution
WAILUKU - Five Maui men were arrested and charged for soliciting the services of prostitutes in a two-day sting dubbed "Operation Room Service II" by the Maui County Police Department.
The two-day operation conducted by the department's Vice Gambling/Morals Unit on June 8 and 9 used a female undercover officer and targeted "johns."
The following men were arrested and charged for prostitution:
Jadon L.Y.N. Chin, 23, of Maui.
Stephen Cramer Sr., 46, of Waiehu.
Guy S. Kokubun, 39, of Kahului.
Henry Victorino, 27, of Kahului.
In addition to being charged with prostitution, Andrew S. Marcus, 56, of Haiku, also was charged with third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug.
Police did not release additional details about the operation.
All men posted bail, and the cases will be forwarded to the Maui County Prosecutor's Office, police said in a release.
Man injured in fall from coconut tree
LAHAINA - A 38-year-old Haiku man was injured Wednesday morning when he fell at least 50 feet while trimming a coconut tree at Kaanapali Plantation, police said.
The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. at the complex on Puukolii Road.
A support rope around the man and the tree apparently broke, leading to the fall, police said. The man was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was hospitalized in the intensive-care unit Wednesday afternoon.
7-Eleven meals may be contaminated
HONOLULU - Warabeya USA is recalling 1,550 pounds of 7-Eleven convenience store meals that may be contaminated with listeria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.
The recalled products include the 7-Eleven Fried Chicken Bento, 7-Eleven Teriyaki Chicken Bento, 7-Eleven Breakfast Scramble Bowl, 7-Eleven Big Bento and 7-11 Little Smokies Snack Pack.
Each package includes a best-eaten-by stamp of "06/30/11 11:30 a.m." Packages also are marked "EST. 12444" or "P-12444" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The problem was discovered as a result of testing by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and may have occurred as a result of cross-contamination in a food-scale pan.
There have been no reports of illness associated with the products.
Lottery letters are too good to be true
WAILUKU - Maui police are warning of an increase in lottery-scam letters claiming recipients have won a sweepstakes and asking them to pay an administrative fee to claim their winnings.
The letters include what appears to be a check for an amount greater than the administrative fee and an out-of-country address where the fee should be sent.
Police are warning that the checks are bogus. Anyone receiving such letters should disregard them, according to police.
Equipment taken from group's office
HAMAKUAPOKO - Computer equipment was stolen in a July 4 break-in of the Keep Hawaiian Islands Beautiful offices at Old Maui High School, organization officials said this week.
Jan Dapitan, statewide leader of the program, said a new printer, a donated laptop, a second computer and a modem were taken in the burglary.
She said she was especially dismayed by the theft because the computers contained all of the organization's documents and plans for a statewide conference on Maui next month.
"It's disappointing," she said.
Dapitan said her group would accept the return of the equipment, no questions asked, or was seeking a donor to help replace the computers. For more information, call 579-9308.
Upcountry water meter list updated
WAILUKU - The county Department of Water Supply has updated its water meter waiting list for Upcountry Maui.
The list can be viewed online by going to www.mauiwater.org and clicking on the engineering page. The update includes requests for water meters that have been added to the list since it was last updated in 2008.
Some 1,450 requests for water meters are on the Upcountry waiting list, with the oldest dating back to 1996.
For more information, call the Engineering Division at 270-7835.