Civil Defense, emergency alert tests today
The Civil Defense monthly test of the statewide outdoor siren warning system and the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System are scheduled for 11:45 a.m. today.
The siren test is a steady one-minute tone on all sirens. The steady tone is used to alert the public to any emergency that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.
Problems with siren operations on Maui may be reported at 270-7285.
Funds released for Honoapiilani Highway
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has released $96,000 in capital improvement project funds for infrastructure repairs and upgrades for Honoapiilani Highway and the intersection of Kaanapali Parkway and Halelo Street.
The funds were secured by Maui state Rep. Angus McKelvey last session and released by the governor in a cooperative effort to address critical infrastructure needs in areas of high traffic and to improve safety and efficiency, according to a news release from the state House of Representatives on Wednesday.
"The roadways which will be receiving attention are essential for both visitor and commuter traffic in the Kaanapali area," said McKelvey, whose district includes West Maui, Maalaea and north Kihei. "This funding is necessary not only to improve traffic flow, but most importantly, to ensure the safety of our community at one of the busiest intersections in West Maui."
Napili man indicted in death of co-worker
WAILUKU - A Napili man has been indicted on a charge of manslaughter in the beating death of a co-worker last year.
William Ranep, 38, was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail Thursday pending a bail hearing Tuesday.
During his arraignment Thursday in 2nd Circuit Court, Ranep pleaded not guilty to the charge. His trial was set for April 29.
Police said Ranep was seen pushing 58-year-old Lahaina resident Danny Jose, who fell to the ground near the rear parking lot of Napili Plaza. Jose was on the ground when Ranep repeatedly struck Jose in the head and face and kicked him in the head, witnesses told police.
Police found Jose unresponsive on the ground at about 7 p.m. Nov. 12. He was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next morning. Police said that both Jose and Ranep had worked for a maintenance company.
Ranep told police that he had been helping Jose, who had been instructed to empty out his office, when Jose picked up a kitchen knife and threatened to kill Ranep.