Scout falls ill while hiking, is rescued
An 11-year-old boy was rescued Wednesday night after becoming ill while hiking with a Scout group on Waihee Valley Ridge Trail, fire officials said.
Kahului rescue and Hazmat personnel responded to the 5:12 p.m. call of a boy who was unable to continue the hike due to a medical condition, Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said. He said the group, consisting of a dozen boys and two adult chaperons, was about 3 miles into the trail when the boy needed to be airlifted to a trail parking lot.
The boy was taken by ambulance to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, Mainaga said.
Man charged in assault and arson case
A Kihei man was arrested Wednesday night after lighting a car on fire and kicking a man near the old Suda Store in north Kihei, police said.
Gregory Loftain, 59, of Kihei was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $1,300.
Witnesses reported the crime at around 7 p.m. and said they saw Loftain reaching into the car, which was not working, in a brush area near the old store, police said. Loftain then set fire to the car's gas tank and watched it go up in flames.
Upon seeing the crime, one bystander ran and tackled Loftain to the ground and attempted to subdue him until police arrived. Loftain escaped, kicking the man to the ground.
Loftain was located and arrested about an hour later at his residence on Wailana Place, police said.
The owner of the vehicle, which appeared to have been in an accident, said that the car had been left at the site "for safekeeping," police said.
Damage was estimated at $1,000.
Man, woman held in theft of leaf blower
A Lahaina man and woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly stealing and selling a leaf blower from a Maui Jim Sunglasses store last month, police said.
Christina Alapai, 33, and Jesse S. Taboada, 35, were charged with second-degree theft with bail set at $2,000 each.
The crime occurred between 1:30 and 2 p.m. June 29 when Alapai entered the store's unsecured underground garage, police said. Alapai was able to obtain a closet's keys and was caught on video surveillance systems stealing a Stihl rechargeable leaf blower and two batteries.
The investigation later revealed that the equipment, worth an estimated $740, was sold by Taboada to a pawnshop in Lahaina the same day, police said.
Taboada and Alapai were arrested at 11:53 a.m. in Lahaina.
During questioning, both Alapai and Taboada admitted to their crimes, police said.
Spence, Goode, Ridao to be part of event
Planning Director Will Spence, Public Works Director David Goode and Housing & Human Concerns Director JoAnn Ridao will be joining Mayor Alan Arakawa from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pukalani Superette as part of a County on Your Corner event.
Also joining the event will be the mayor's executive assistants John Buck and Mike Molina.
For more information, call 270-7855.
Car, booster seat inspections scheduled
Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Maui Marketplace near Sports Authority on Dairy Road in Kahului.
Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they're properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.
The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles.
Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mauichildpassengersafety.
Olinda Road brush fire keeps crews busy
Firefighters were busy early Thursday morning battling a brush fire near the top of Olinda Road.
Crews from Makawao, Kula and Kahului responded to the alarm shortly after 1:30 a.m. Upon arriving on the scene, they found a 6,000-square-foot area on fire in the heavily wooded forest, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fire was contained at 3:40 a.m.
There were no injuries or property damage reported.
An investigation into the cause is ongoing, Mainaga said.