Man who killed kitten is sentenced
WAILUKU - A Pukalani man was ordered to do eight hours of Maui Humane Society volunteer work as part of his sentence for throwing a kitten against a wall.
Douglas Agabin, 37, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Wailuku District Court after pleading no contest to second-degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.
The Gas Co. has increased its storage capacity by 25 percent with the addition of new tanks in Kahului. A dedication was held Wednesday.
He had been charged with first-degree animal cruelty, a felony, when he was arrested at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday. Agabin was arrested after he threw a playpen containing kittens against a wall at his residence, injuring one kitten who hit the wall, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The kitten suffered a concussion, he said.
Agabin didn't realize the kitten was in the playpen when he threw it, said Deputy Public Defender Gene Evans. He said the kitten was alive when Agabin was arrested, but he was told it later died.
Agabin was given credit for the time he spent in jail.
High-surf advisory extended to today
The National Weather Service extended a high-surf advisory until 6 a.m. today for the east-facing shores of Maui and Molokai.
Forecasters expect surf to reach 6 to 8 feet, subsiding early this morning.
For more information, call (866) 944-5025 or go online to www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
'Netra's News' to focus on canoes
Maui canoe culture programs, past and present, will be discussed beginning at 7 p.m. today on "Netra's News" on cable Channel 53.
Kimokeo Kapahulehua will be on the show, which is hosted by Netra Halperin.
Viewers can call in during the live show to 873-3430.
The Gas Co. boosts propane storage
KAHULUI - The Gas Co. has added 180,000 gallons of propane storage - or an increase of 25 percent - to its Kahului facility.
"This new facility represents TGC's commitment to reliability of service and improved energy security for Maui," said Mustafa Demirbag, general manager of The Gas Co. in Maui County. "It enables us to meet the growing demand for clean gas energy while providing ample supply for customers' needs."
The new tanks mean that The Gas Co. can hold a five-week supply of propane on Maui, he said in a news release.
During the dedication ceremony for the expanded facility Wednesday, the company recognized Demirbag on the anniversary of his 18 years of service to the company. The company also made a $5,000 donation to Hale Makua Health Services at the ceremony.
The Gas Co. has been on Maui for the last 47 years and employs 23 island residents, a news release said.