Special meeting set for Wednesday
The Maui County Council will hold a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers to take up final action on a bill to address a shortfall in the Department of Fire and Public Safety's current budget.
The bill would amend the current 2013 budget to allow the Fire Department to make up a $380,000 shortfall in its fire/rescue operations program that stem from overtime costs.
Funding to make up for the deficit will come from $280,000 in savings in the department's rescue operations program for helicopter services as well as $100,000 from the Department of Finance's budgeted countywide costs, insurance programs and self-insurance.
The bill passed first reading Wednesday. It needs a final approval next Wednesday in order for the current budget to be amended before the current fiscal year ends June 30.
Wailuku gas price increases 2 cents
The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku rose 2 cents in a week to $4.64 per gallon, the highest of three areas checked statewide in the weekly AAA Hawaii Gas Watch report.
Wailuku's price was 10 cents more than last month and 21 cents less than a year ago.
Statewide, the average price of regular unleaded gas was $4.35, unchanged from a week ago, 1 cent more than last month and 4 cents less than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price of $4.23 a gallon was a penny less than last week, 2 cents more than last month and the same price on this day last year. In Hilo, the average gas price of $4.32 was 4 cents less than last week, 6 cents less than last month and 11 cents less than a year ago.
The average price was a snapshot of gas costs as of Thursday. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.
Wailuku woman charged with theft
A woman was arrested for shoplifting after she was seen leaving a Kahului store without paying for merchandise Wednesday, police said.
Ray-Anna Ortiz, 34, of Wailuku was charged with second-degree theft. Her bail was set at $1,000. She also was arrested on three warrants totaling $300 for failure to appear.
Walmart loss prevention officers reported seeing Ortiz place several items into a bag between 11:35 and 11:55 a.m., police said. She left the store without paying for $321 in merchandise, police said.
Woman charged in November burglary
A second suspect was arrested Wednesday in the burglary last year of a Kahului home, police said.
Bail was set at $20,000 for Mililani Gamurot, 33, of Kihei. She was charged with first-degree burglary.
Like Riana Lee, 21, of Wailuku, who was arrested Tuesday, Gamurot was identified through a surveillance photo that was posted on the Maui Police Department's Facebook page.
The photo showed two people leaving a residence on Holua Drive that was burglarized at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5, police said.