Washington man extradited in fatality
A Washington state man has been extradited to Maui to face a negligent homicide charge in connection with a traffic collision in Kihei seven years ago that killed a motorcyclist.
Bail was set at $30,000 for Nicholas Thurston, 32, of Westport.
He was indicted on a charge of first-degree negligent homicide in connection with the Sept. 9, 2006, crash on South Kihei Road just south of Ke Alii Alanui near Kamaole Beach Park II.
Police said Thurston was driving a 2002 Mercedes two-door sedan that was heading south on South Kihei Road when he tried to make a U-turn in front of a 2001 blue Suzuki motorcycle at 12:01 a.m. The motorcyclist, 22-year-old Devin Elliott of Kihei, died at the scene of the crash.
An Aug. 5 trial was set for Thurston, who pleaded not guilty to the charge during his arraignment Friday in 2nd Circuit Court.
Flags to be lowered for Memorial Day
National and state flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon Monday in observance of Memorial Day under an order by Gov. Neil Abercrombie
President Barack Obama has proclaimed Memorial Day as a "day of prayer for permanent peace."
Abercrombie will give the keynote address at the annual Governor's Memorial Day ceremony Monday at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe on Oahu.
Equipment failure affects Lanai power
A more than hourlong power outage for 140 Lanai City customers around noon Wednesday was caused by equipment failure, Maui Electric Co. reported Friday.
The failure came after a part of one of the Frasier Avenue power lines detached and caused a short-circuit, according to Kau'i Awai-Dickson, the utility's spokeswoman.
The line was reattached, and power was restored to customers in a little more than an hour, she said.
The line that failed was an original copper line that had been identified for repair prior to Wednesday's power outage, Awai-Dickson said.
MECO began work about a year ago to upgrade and replace equipment on Lanai, and that work is going as quickly as possible, she said.