Absentee voting to run until Nov. 3
Walk-in absentee voting began Tuesday and runs until Nov. 3.
Voting will be held Mondays to Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Office of the County Clerk, Room No. 708, in Wailuku.
Voters are reminded to bring photo identification.
Man, 62, pinned under crane, dies
A 62-year-old man died Tuesday morning when he was pinned under a crane that tilted to the side as he was operating it at a baseyard on Hana Highway, police said.
He was identified as Ronald Nakasone of Kahului.
The industrial accident was reported at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday at the baseyard of Hawthorne Pacific Corp. at 470 Hana Highway, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Nakasone, a nine-year employee and heavy equipment mechanic, had been moving equipment in the baseyard, he said. Nakasone died at the scene of the accident.
Medics called to the scene at 8:45 a.m. found the man unresponsive and pinned against the piece of equipment, according to the Maui County Paramedics Association.
Kihei man injured after ATV rolls over
A 45-year-old Kihei man was injured when his all-terrain vehicle rolled over onto him in a collision with a large deer Monday morning in Wailea, according to the Maui County Paramedics Association.
Kihei medics were dispatched to the area of 5400 Makena Alanui Road at 10:21 a.m., said Ryan Joslin, spokesman for the paramedics association.
He said friends brought the man, who had suspected chest, left arm and left leg injuries, to the roadway to meet the responding ambulance.
The man had been wearing a helmet while operating the all-terrain vehicle when the collision with the deer caused the vehicle to roll over, landing on top of the man, Joslin said.
He said the patient was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center to an awaiting trauma team.
Wailea firefighters and police also responded.
Attorney withdraws from Galaway case
WAILUKU - An attorney who had represented a California man charged with killing his girlfriend was allowed to withdraw from the case Tuesday, after 2nd Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza temporarily lifted an order suspending proceedings in the case.
Proceedings were suspended while Gerald Galaway Jr., 39, of Santa Cruz is evaluated for mental fitness by three court-appointed psychiatrists or psychologists.
Galaway is asking to withdraw his no-contest pleas to a reduced charge of manslaughter and kidnapping in the Sept. 1, 2011, killing of Celestial Dove Cassman.
The 35-year-old Santa Cruz attorney had arrived on Maui with Galaway the day before her body was found under a tree off Kahekili Highway near Nakalele Point. An autopsy showed she was strangled to death.
Wailuku attorney William Sloper, who had been retained to represent Galaway, asked to withdraw because of a breakdown in their relationship that Sloper said was "beyond money."
Another court date was set for Tuesday on whether Galaway qualifies to be represented by the public defender's office.
Playground slated to reopen on Thursday
The Hui Aloha Playground at Keopuolani Park will be closed a day longer than originally announced and will reopen Thursday, the county Department of Parks and Recreation said Tuesday.
Repairs were scheduled to be completed Tuesday with the playground reopening today, but crews needed more time to complete their work, the news release said.
The county is asking the public to stay out of the playground during the work period due to safety concerns.
For more information, call Parks and Recreation District Supervisor Pat Rocco at 270-7232.