Nine are charged in gambling case
WAILUKU - Nine people were charged with gambling offenses last week when police vice officers executed search warrants at a Wailuku residence, police said.
Police reported executing the warrants at 10:40 p.m. Aug. 16 at 119 Kaikai St. A card game was being held in the living room of the home at the time, police said.
Khanhnha Vanhtha, 35, who lives at the residence, was charged with second-degree promotion of gambling and possession of a gambling device. His bail was set at $400.
Also arrested and charged with gambling were Justin Chock, 21, of Wailuku; Lyle Richards, 51, of Kula; Scott Rosario, 42, of Waikapu; Cary Rosario, 42, of Waikapu; David Yokoyama, 24, of Kahului; Gavin Petrie, 45, of Haiku; Thomas Borges, 52, of Kihei; and Clyde Imai, 59, of Kihei. Bail was set at $200 each.
According to police records, three others were arrested and released pending further investigation.
Police said the cases were referred to the prosecutor's office.
Skull found in Kula there for decades
WAILUKU - A human skull found near Waiohuli Hawaiian Homes in Kula is estimated to have been in the area for about 25 years, Maui Police Department officials said on Wednesday.
Police recovered the skull after it was found Saturday by hunters who were in some kiawe just below the subdivision, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
He said forensic testing will be done to try to determine the age and gender of the deceased. Police also are investigating reports of missing people.
Before the skull was recovered Saturday, detectives were called to the same area March 4 when a different group of hunters reported finding a skull, Rego said. But the hunters couldn't remember exactly where the skull was, and detectives couldn't locate it.
Woman reported missing is rescued
Maui firefighters rescued a 56-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon near Keanae.
The woman was not injured and required no medical attention, said Fire Department spokesman Lee Mainaga.
The victim's boyfriend reported her missing after the two became separated while snorkeling. The department's Rescue 10 experts and their Air 1 helicopter later spotted the woman on a cliff and airlifted her to safety about 5 p.m.
No-kill conference to be held Saturday
WAIKAPU - Nathan Winograd, president of a consultant agency for animal shelters and rescue groups working toward no-kill programs, will be keynote speaker at a no-kill conference Saturday hosted by 9th Life Hawaii.
The conference, which 9th Life says is the first no-kill animal conference in the state, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nahele banquet room of the Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu.
Along with Winograd, who heads No Kill Solutions, speakers will include Diane Blankenburg of the Nevada Humane Society and Ryan Clinton of No Kill Austin, Texas.
Leaders of the no-kill movement will share success stories of making municipal open-admission shelters no-kill, according to 9th Life, which runs a cat sanctuary on Maui.
The cost, including a buffet lunch, is $50 a person in advance and $75 at the door.
To register for the conference, call 572-3499 or go to the website www.9thlifehawaii.org.
Flu vaccinations offered at Safeway
The Safeway pharmacies in Kahului and Kihei are now offering flu vaccinations to the public.
The flu shots are available during pharmacy business hours on a walk-in basis. No appointments are required.
The pharmacies also are able to provide flu shots to young people 14 to 17 years old if they provide a prescription.
Pharmacies have a high-dose flu shot available for patients ages 65 years and older as well as doses with regular strength and those that are preservative-free.