MPD sergeant pleads not guilty to assault
WAILUKU - A Maui Police Department sergeant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four counts of third-degree sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
Paul Bailey, 44, of Kahului entered the pleas during his arraignment in 2nd Circuit Court. An Aug. 8 trial is set for him. He is free after posting a $100,000 bail bond.
Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen ordered Bailey to have no contact with any minor child, including the victim. He also was ordered to have no contact with immediate family members.
Bailey was indicted following allegations of sexual misconduct involving the girl on May 21.
"He's presumed innocent under the law," said Bailey's attorney, William Sloper.
Bailey, an 18-year police veteran, is on unpaid administrative leave, police said.
Council defers proposals for crosswalks
WAILUKU - A Maui County Council committee on Monday shelved proposals to add crosswalks near the War Memorial Complex and Wells Park.
The Infrastructure Management Committee deferred action on a bill that would have established crosswalks on Kanaloa Avenue fronting baseball field No. 2 and on Wells Street near the park's tennis courts.
The committee cited a recommendation against the plans from the Maui County Traffic Safety Council in its decision.
Regarding the Wells crosswalk, the safety council said it would "create pedestrian use and travel where little to no accompanying sidewalk facilities on the north side of Wells Street exists."
On Kanaloa Avenue, the safety council recommended instead creating a loading zone area between the two existing crosswalks.
High-surf advisory continues into today
WAILUKU - The National Weather Service has extended a high-surf advisory for the east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai until 6 a.m. today.
Forecasters predict surf of 6 to 8 feet, gradually declining below advisory level.
Surf heights are measured from the face, or front, of waves. Beachgoers are cautioned to stay out of the water and well away from dangerous shore breaks and rip currents.
For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.