Woman charged in burglary
A 20-year-old Napili woman was arrested early Sunday when a homeowner found her inside an Upcountry residence, police said.
Alexandra Bruce was charged with first-degree burglary, with her bail set at $1,000. She also was arrested on warrants for failing to appear and violating conditions of her release on bail, according to police records. Bail was set at $50,500 on the warrants.
The Coast Guard is seeking the owner of this kayak found about 2 miles off the coast of Makena on Monday.
The burglary was reported at 2:55 a.m. Sunday when the homeowner found a woman later identified as Bruce inside the home on Maha Road, police said. Nothing was taken from the home.
Bruce was allowed to leave and was arrested later when police officers found her down the road, police said.
Glowing evaluation for Yabuta
Police Chief Gary Yabuta received high marks in all categories of a 2012 annual evaluation that concluded last month, according to the Maui Police Commission.
Categories included leadership in continued department accreditation, community relations, standards of professionalism and management of the department's administrative and budgetary responsibilities.
"Of special note was Chief Yabuta's commitment to the ideals of accreditation, his town hall meeting concept, his oversight of the new Kihei Police Station and his continued dedication to the community and department," according to a news release signed by then-Chairman Kirk Tanaka.
"The Maui Police Commission believes that Chief Yabuta continues to lead the police department in an exemplary manner," the news release said.
Yabuta was selected as chief in May 2009.
Governor slated to visit UH-MC
Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be at the University of Hawaii Maui College from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in a "Cabinet in Your Community" discussion session.
He will be accompanied by members of his Cabinet: Russell Kokubun, Department of Agriculture chairman; Kalbert Young, budget director; Mark Glick, state energy administrator; Jobie Masagatani, chairwoman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Loretta Fuddy, Department of Health director; Gary Gill, deputy director of the Environmental Health Administration; William J. Aila Jr., chairman of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Glenn Okimoto, Department of Transportation director; Ford Fuchigami, deputy director the airports division; and Randy Grune, deputy director of the harbors division.
The event will include breakout sessions, focused on areas of greatest importance to Maui as identified by Maui legislators and community members.
The event will be held at UH-Maui College in the Ike Lea Auditorium.
Man held in stolen arms case
A Pukalani man was arrested last week on a warrant charging him in the burglary of a home where firearms were stolen last year, police said.
Bail was set at $45,000 for Dino Malano, 43. He was charged with first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree theft and first-degree bail jumping.
The burglary occurred in February 2012 at a residence on Olinda Road. Five firearms were reported stolen from the home, and Malano was tied to three of the stolen weapons, police said.
An all-points bulletin had been issued for Malano, who was arrested Thursday.
Help sought in ID'ing kayak
The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in identifying the owner of a red-and-yellow kayak found approximately two miles off the coast of Makena on Monday.
The crew of the vessel Ilikai notified the Coast Guard of the kayak at about 7 a.m. A search for a possible kayaker in distress was launched and later suspended pending any new developments.
There have been no reports of missing people in the area, according to the Coast Guard.
Anyone able to identify the kayak is asked to call Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.
Crews aid kayakers in rescue
A search Sunday night for three kayakers off Sugar Beach ended when one kayaker was located and the other two made it to shore, a fire official said.
Wailea and Kihei firefighters, along with a Kahului rescue crew, responded to the 6:30 p.m. call reporting kayakers in distress, said Capt. Paul Haake, Fire Department spokesman.
Coast Guard personnel from Maalaea also responded. Shortly after the search began, the Coast Guard located one of the kayakers, who informed rescuers that he and two other men, each with kayaks, had gone out into the deeper waters to do some diving, Haake said.
He said the kayaker reported that two of the men had become separated from their kayaks, and all three had become separated trying to get back to shore.
The rescue mission ended at 8:45 p.m. when the two kayakers made it to shore and contacted rescuers patrolling the beach. The three men, all Maui residents, were in good condition.