Man, 42, arrested in knife attack
KAHULUI - Bail was set at $10,000 for a 42-year-old man arrested for threatening and injuring another man with a knife during an argument Sunday in an empty lot on Kane Street, police said.
Nena Mike, who gave no local address, was charged with first-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.
Police were called at 6:27 p.m. after Mike and the victim argued and fought in the lot next to the Family Life Center, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said that Mike brandished a 4-inch-long folding knife and swung it at the victim while threatening to kill him.
The victim was cut on the left side of his chest below his armpit, suffering a cut that was 7 inches long and three-quarters of an inch deep, Rego said. The victim was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated and later released, Rego said.
He said that Mike ran after the attack and was apprehended by a Wailuku patrol officer at Kamehameha and Lono avenues. Mike had discarded the knife, which was recovered at the scene, Rego said.
Swimmer injured going under boat
KAANAPALI - A swimmer was injured Tuesday morning when she was caught in the current and was swept under the hull into the propeller of a sailboat that was waiting to board passengers at Kaanapali Beach, police and medics said.
The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. while the boat was moored on shore, said Capt. John Jakubczak, commander of the Lahaina Patrol District. He said that the swimmer was nearby and, after being caught in the current, was dragged toward the vessel. After colliding with the vessel, the 65-year-old Waynesville, N.C., woman suffered lacerations to her right foot and right forearm, Jakubczak said.
Medics, who were on scene at 11:11 a.m., reported the injuries were consistent with having been caused by a collision with the propeller. Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the Maui County Paramedics Association, said the woman was transported by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
MECO upgrades computer system
Maui Electric Co. will begin using an upgraded computer system to maintain customer records and to manage billing at the end of this month.
Customers will receive a new account number and their bills will look slightly different. Customers who are using automatic bill payment do not need to take any action.
E-bill customers who view their bills online will need to re-register to continue this service and will be emailed instructions on how to re-register.
A brochure explaining the new bill format will be included with June electric bills.
Customers are encouraged to email questions through the online service center at www.mauielectric.com.
Wind advisory for summit continued
HONOLULU - The National Weather Service has continued the wind advisory for the summit of Haleakala until 6 a.m. today.
This advisory is for 6,000 feet elevation and higher on the mountain. A wind advisory means that winds of 30 mph and gusts of 50 mph are expected.
Haleakala is being buffeted by easterly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph through early today.
Strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, the National Weather Service said. Loose objects need to be secured as well.