Man sought for not returning to MCCC
Authorities are looking for a 32-year-old man who didn't return to the Maui Community Correctional Center on June 30 after being allowed to leave the Wailuku jail on a resocialization pass.
Daniel Holcombe is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 185 pounds.
Holcombe was less than a year away from being considered for parole, said state Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz. She said he had been on work furlough status and was working Monday through Friday outside the jail.
On June 30, Holcombe had a resocialization pass to leave at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m., Schwartz said. She said he didn't return.
According to court records, Holcombe was sentenced in August 2007 to a 10-year prison term for first-degree burglary. As a repeat offender, he was ordered to serve at least three years and four months of the term before being eligible for parole.
Anyone who sees Holcombe is asked to call police at 244-6400 to report the escapee.
Haleakala wind advisory expires today
The National Weather Service has posted a wind advisory for the higher elevations of Haleakala through 6 p.m. today.
A strong ridge building at the surface and in the atmosphere will produce strong easterly winds across higher elevations of Maui and the Big Island. The winds are expected to be 20 to 35 mph with localized gusts of more than 50 mph.
The high winds may spread to lower elevations in Maui County tonight.
Motorists should exercise caution due to falling tree branches. High-profile vehicles also may be affected by the wind.
Missed route due to mechanical issues
Mechanical problems led the county Solid Waste Division to miss a trash route in Kula on Tuesday.
The affected areas were along Copp Road, Haleakala Highway, Holomakani Drive and Place, Kamehamehaiki Road, Kekaulike Avenue, Kolohala Drive, Lower Kula, Naalae and Pulehuiki roads, and all surrounding streets.
Crews are expected to make the trash pickups today.
Ace, Ben Franklin stores being renamed
Ace Hardware stores in Lahaina, Kihei and Pukalani and Ben Franklin Crafts in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center will be changing their names to HouseMart.
The rebranding was announced by Maui Varieties Ltd., parent company of Ben Franklin Crafts and Ace Hardware Hawaii, last week. The stores will be marking their name change July 20.
The family business, currently run by third-generation owners, began in Kahului as K. Kamitaki Store, which sold dry goods, fabrics and aloha shirts. In 1951, the second generation of the owners expanded the business by acquiring its first Ben Franklin variety store. The Ace franchise was added later to the business.
Maui Varieties currently operates six Ben Franklin Craft stores and 25 Ace Hardware stores in four states.
The third-generation owners of the company are Wayne and Guy Kamitaki, Paul Mizoguchi and Lynn Ushijima.
For more information, go to the websites www.hmstores.