Fire damages Lahaina house
Firefighters responded to a house fire Monday morning in Lahaina that caused about $100,000 in damage to the structure and contents, fire officials said.
At 6:04 a.m., crews from Lahaina, Napili, Wailuku and Kahului responded to reports of a fire at 321 Front St. Upon arrival, they found smoke coming out of the roof of the home, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said that the fire, which was located at the rear of the home, was centered in the floor between the first- and second-story patio and extinguished by firefighters at 8:18 a.m.
No injuries were reported, and no one was displaced by the fire, Mainaga said.
He said that the cause of the fire could not be determined and is classified as accidental.
Man arrested after driving toward police
A 20-year-old Makawao man was arrested Sunday after resisting arrest and nearly hitting three police officers with his car the day before, according to police.
Logan Franco was charged with three counts of first-degree attempted assault, resisting arrest, reckless driving and contempt of court. His bail was set at $65,400.
At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, officers tried to execute a bench warrant for Franco's arrest, arriving at his residence and identifying him standing near his truck, police said. Upon seeing the officers, he quickly entered his vehicle, locked his doors and reversed his vehicle up his driveway. Police said he then shifted into drive and drove into the street, causing the three police officers at the scene to jump out of the way.
Police returned to his residence the following day and arrested him at 9:09 a.m. as he tried to escape out of a bedroom window.
Man arrested after reckless driver calls
A 24-year-old Kula man was arrested Sunday afternoon after evading and damaging police cars on Makena Alanui Road, police said.
Scott Baker was charged with 10 counts, including assault against a police officer, criminal property damage, first-degree reckless endangering and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. His bail was set at $29,000.
Police officers responded to numerous calls Sunday afternoon of a reckless driver heading southbound on the South Maui road, police said. The silver Toyota pickup had reportedly crashed into a wall but was still proceeding down the road.
Two police units located Baker's vehicle, which had heavy damage to its front and a flat tire, police said. The units initiated a traffic stop.
The lone male driver, who "exhibited signs of intoxication," was told he was under arrest and asked to step out of his car, at which point he uttered an expletive, police said.
Baker started his vehicle and made a U-turn, hitting the police car in front of him, and drove south toward Makena Beach & Golf Resort, police said. He was later arrested at 5:14 p.m., when his vehicle was found stuck in a sandy area on the side of the road near the resort, police said.
Man charged with burglary
A Lahaina man was arrested Saturday after he broke into a relative's residence, taking items including the keys to her vehicle, which he was seen driving, police said.
Christian Keale-Smith, 18, was charged with first-degree burglary and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $2,000.
The theft was reported at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday. Keale-Smith was arrested later that evening after he returned to the victim's residence on Ainakea Place. He ran as officers were arriving but was located and arrested, police said.
Combative man subdued with Taser
A man who was combative when officers tried to break up a fight on Front Street in Lahaina also was charged with threatening officers and their families, police said.
Bail was set at $9,000 for Robert Billianor, 32, of Lahaina. He was charged with third-degree assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Lahaina patrol officers were assigned to Front Street after a report of a disorderly man at 9:20 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived at the location near the Lahaina Public Library, Billianor had hit two people in the face, causing pain, and was continuing to fight with others, police said.
Billianor refused to comply with police orders before he was eventually arrested, police said. After he was combative and resisted, officers had to use a Taser to subdue him, police said.
While he was in custody, Billianor made several threats directed at officers and their families, police said.
Man arrested on gun charges
A 37-year-old Wailuku man was arrested Sunday morning when police found him with a gun after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance involving verbal abuse in Central Maui, police said.
Officers were at the residence when someone said that Keaka Kuhaulua had a gun, police said. Police reported finding a gun in Kuhaulua's waistband.
He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and not having a required gun permit. He also was arrested on a contempt-of-court warrant.
His bail was set at $6,500.
According to court records, Kuhaulua has prior convictions for third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
OHA is meeting on Molokai this week
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be holding meetings on Molokai this week to gather feedback on issues that are critical to Native Hawaiian communities.
Both meetings are open to the public and will be held at Kulana 'Oiwi Halau in Kalamaula.
A community meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and a board meeting the next day at 9 a.m.
For more information, go to the website www.oha.org or call (808) 560-3611.
Kipahulu meeting set for Wednesday
The Kipahulu Visitor Center at Haleakala National Park is hosting a community meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center in Kipahulu.
The public is invited to attend. The meeting will give the public a chance to visit with park staff and to get updates on park planning.
Hiker rescued after fracturing his ankle
A 32-year-old hiker from Maui was rescued Sunday after fracturing his ankle in East Maui, fire officials said.
At 1:57 p.m., firefighters and rescue crews responded to Mile Post 7 along Hana Highway and located the man about 2 miles below the road, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said.
He said the man had reportedly fallen off the side of the highway, suffering a fractured right ankle and injuries to his left ankle. The man was airlifted to a pasture on the mauka side of the highway and transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center.
His injuries were classified as nonlife-threatening, Mainaga said.