Kihei man faces DUI, gun charges
A 31-year-old Kihei man was arrested for drunken driving and firearms offenses after he was stopped for having an expired vehicle registration early Friday in Kihei, police said.
Bail was set at $11,400 for Nicholas Chinn. He was charged with keeping a pistol and ammunition in an improper place, having a loaded firearm on a public highway, driving under the influence of alcohol and having an open liquor container in a vehicle.
When the officer contacted the driver after the traffic stop at 12:10 a.m. in the Kihei Foodland parking lot, the officer observed the driver had been drinking, police said. After conducting a drunken-driving investigation and placing the driver under arrest, the officer was patting down the driver when a loaded pistol was found in the driver's waistband, police said. The officer also recovered a loaded magazine clip from the driver's pants pocket, police said. From within the vehicle, the officer recovered a bottle of liquor.
Chinn was arrested at 12:40 a.m.
Three fires in hour thought to be arson
Three unscheduled cane fires that appeared to have been intentionally set within an hour caused an estimated $45,000 damage Thursday night and early Friday in Central Maui, fire officials said.
Several homes near Waiko Road were threatened by the first fire, reported off Honoapiilani Highway at 10:57 p.m. Thursday, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Wailuku and Kahului firefighters, including a Wailuku minitruck and Kahului tanker responded, with 4 acres burned before the fire was contained at 11:44 p.m. No homes were damaged.
Six minutes later, at 11:50 p.m., Kahului engine and tanker crews were called to another fire at Pulehu Road that burned 1 acre. It was contained at 12:07 a.m. Friday.
At 12:11 a.m. Friday, 4 acres burned in a fire at Kuihelani Highway and Maui Lani Parkway. Kahului and Wailuku firefighters responded, containing the fire at 1:50 a.m. Along with engine companies, a Kahului hazardous materials crew and two Kahului tankers responded.
In all, 9 acres of sugar cane were lost. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. employees took over firefighting efforts to extinguish the fires.
MFD continues the hunt for snorkeler
While the Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday, the Maui Fire Department continued search efforts Friday for a 56-year-old Illinois man who went missing while snorkeling Tuesday evening near Molokini crater.
The Fire Department's Air One helicopter and Kahului rescue boat were deployed Friday morning to continue the search, said Battalion Chief Allen Duarte.
Searchers have found no sign of Paul Blackburn, who had been snorkeling with his son before being reported missing. The two and a captain were aboard the sailing vessel Gauguin, which had left Oahu for a six-day cruise, police said. The vessel had stopped overnight at Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai and also traveled to Lanai before going to Molokini, police said.