Kahului man charged in theft
A 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing a bank card and an electronic benefit transfer card late last year, police said.
Chad Meyer of Kahului was charged with second-degree theft, theft of a credit card, and two counts each of fourth-degree theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $2,400.
On Nov. 8, the victim was arrested and detained at the Maui Community Correctional Center and asked Meyer to deliver a duffel bag containing his belongings to his wife, police said. Meyer, who was a family friend, reportedly gave some of the items to the wife, but kept the two cards.
Within a period of nine days, he used the cards at Foodland in Kahului ($146) and the Safeways in Kahului ($42) and Lahaina ($12), police said. Additional charges at the grocers and for gas were rejected.
Police opened an investigation in February and arrested Meyer at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday in Kahului.
Two rescued after boat loses power
Two Makawao men were rescued Tuesday afternoon after their boat lost power in the waters fronting the McGregor Point lookout near Maalaea.
The 19- and 20-year-old men were returning to shore after spearfishing off Olowalu when the engine of their rigid-hulled inflatable boat lost power about a mile south of the lookout. As their boat drifted south toward Kahoolawe, the men dialed 911.
At approximately 5:15 p.m., air and fire personal watercraft rescue units located the men in the 15-foot boat and towed it to Maalaea Harbor.
Both men were in good condition and did not require medical attention.
Hawaiian Homes meetings set
The Hawaiian Homes Commission will hold meetings on Molokai at 9:30 a.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Kulana 'Oiwi Multi-Purpose Conference Room.
On Monday evening, the annual Hawaiian Homes Commission Moloka'i Homestead Community meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Lanikeha Community Center in Hoolehua. Representatives from DHHL divisions will be available for one-on-one consultations and to answer any questions, a news release about the meeting said.
For more information, contact the information and community relations office on Oahu at (808) 620-9590.
MECO asks for tight grips on balloons
As the graduation season gets underway this week, Maui Electric Co. urges celebrants to hold on tight to those metallic balloons.
A metallic balloon entangled in a power line could lead to a power outage.
MECO urges graduationgoers to ensure that each metallic balloon is attached to its own weighted object, double-check that each string or ribbon is tied securely to each balloon at its sealing point, use only nonmetallic ribbons to tie or decorate balloons, dispose of metallic balloons and ribbons by deflating prior to untying from their weighted object, and never release a metallic balloon into the sky.
If a metallic balloon or any object is caught in power lines, do not attempt to remove it. Call Maui Electric at 871-7777 on Maui or (877) 871-8461 on Lanai or Molokai to report it.
Old Maui High group to meet
The Friends of Old Maui High School will hold its annual meeting at 4 p.m. today at Kaunoa Senior Center, Room 12. For more information, call 579-9287.
Gas company isn't asking for deposits
HAWAI'I GAS is alerting customers to a scam involving someone impersonating a company employee to get money from unsuspecting residents.
The company reports that there was a least one instance in which a customer in Kalihi on Oahu was approached by someone identifying himself as "Richard Koizumi" and claiming to be a HAWAI'I GAS employee. The impostor told the customer the company would be upgrading and exchanging gas meters in the area and sought a $1,000 cash deposit.
Company employees wear an identification badge and drive vehicles with the HAWAI'I GAS logo, the company said.
"Customers are reminded not to provide personal, confidential or financial information to any unidentified individual, be cautious when responding to phone calls and report any suspicious activity to their respective police department," the company said.
HAWAI'I GAS is Hawaii's only government-franchised, full-service gas company, manufacturing and distributing gas in the state. It has offices on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.