Bail $250,000 in West Maui assault
WAILUKU - Bail was set at $250,000 for a second suspect charged in the robbery and assault of a man who was hit with bats and kicked outside his West Maui apartment last week.
Noah Thomas-Francis, 34, of Pukalani is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and kidnapping in the attack reported at 9:24 p.m. March 21 at the Maui Sands complex on Lower Honoapiilani Road.
Police said the victim was beaten by four men, then forced to the ground, where attempts were made to bind the victim's hands and feet with zip-ties. Gasoline was thrown onto the victim in an attempt to set him on fire before the assailants fled as other residents began coming out of apartments to see what was going on, police said.
One man took the victim's keys and cellphone, police said, and some of the assailants left in the victim's car, a white 2002 BMW multipurpose vehicle. Police located the car the following morning at a beach access area in Honokowai.
Brok Carlton, 39, of Kihei also was arrested and charged in the case.
Woman charged in escape from jail
A woman arrested for allegedly trying to take a pilot boat from Kahului Harbor was arrested on another charge Monday afternoon when she ran from the Maui Community Correctional Center, police said.
Rena Andrews, 33, who is homeless, was charged with second-degree escape. Her bail was set at $1,000.
The escape occurred at 3:15 p.m. while Andrews was incarcerated at the Wailuku jail. She followed an adult corrections officer out of the premises into the gatehouse, then ran from there onto Waiale Road, police said. Adult corrections officers found Andrews hiding in an abandoned white van about 40 yards away and took her back into the jail, police said.
In her other case, Andrews is charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle after she was seen in a restricted area of the harbor trying to sail off with the pilot boat, police said.
Device lost off Maui surfaces in Taiwan
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia woman has been reunited with her camera and photos after the camera she lost during a 2007 trip to Maui washed ashore in Taiwan.
Lindsay Scallan says she was on a scuba diving trip when she lost her camera during a night dive off Kaanapali.
Scallan tells WGCL-TV she recently got a Facebook message from a high school friend saying his wife found an article on the Hawaii News Now website about a lost camera. Scallan says a China Airlines employee found the camera and says all the images were still on the memory card.
The airline has offered to pay for Scallan to travel to Taiwan to retrieve her camera and meet the man who found it.
Scallan calls the experience social media at its best.