Man charged with assaulting an officer
A Waiehu man has been charged with assaulting a police officer who was punched in the face while trying to break up a fight in a Kahului parking lot early Saturday, police said.
Chance Barretto Jr., 20, of Waiehu was released after posting $2,000 bail on charges of first-degree assault of a police officer and first-degree escape.
The fight was reported at 2:13 a.m. in the Zippy's restaurant parking lot on Hookele Street, according to police records.
A police officer who was working off-duty at the restaurant was trying to break up a fight when he was punched by Barretto, who then fled, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal
Investigation Division. He said the officer wasn't seriously injured.
He said Barretto was arrested and charged when he turned himself in Saturday evening at the Wailuku Police Station.
$7.1K bail set in incident with hammer
Bail was set at $7,100 for a Wailuku man who was arrested Friday night after using a hammer to smash the windows and windshield of his former girlfriend's pickup truck and grabbing her cellphone as she was trying to call 911, police said.
Glendale Kiili, 53, was charged with abuse, first-degree criminal property damage, interfering with reporting of an emergency and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.
Police were called at 8:45 p.m. Friday after the victim drove to a residence on Mokuhau Road to see Kiili. After she twice intentionally backed her pickup truck into the moped he was on, Kiili became upset and grabbed the hammer from the bed of the pickup, police said. The woman was in the truck when Kiili began using the hammer to smash the windows and windshield, police said.
As the woman tried to call 911, Kiili grabbed the phone and broke it, police said.
Kiili was arrested shortly afterward at his residence.
Lanai fire damage estimated at $350K
Damage was estimated at $350,000 in a Lanai City fire Saturday that destroyed a home and three vehicles, a fire official said.
After an investigation, the cause of the fire at Jacaranda and Third streets was undetermined, said Capt. Paul Haake, acting Fire Department public information officer. He said the general area where the fire started was identified as the garage area, though it hadn't been confirmed that the fire was started by vehicles in the garage.
On Saturday, Lanai firefighters responded to the 7:45 a.m. alarm and found that more than half the residence was engulfed in flames. The burned vehicles included a new Hummer, fire officials said.
The damage estimate included $250,000 to the structure, $50,000 to its contents and $50,000 to miscellaneous vehicles within the property including the Hummer, Haake said.
Man turns himself in, sought in attack
A 55-year-old man sought in connection with an attack on another man Sunday morning at a residence on Molokai Akau Street in Kahului turned himself in Monday afternoon, police said.
The suspect, Edward R. Martin, had not been charged as of Monday afternoon.
Police had put out a description and a photo of Martin on Monday, after opening an attempted murder investigation in the assault, which was reported at 5:42 a.m.
The victim, who is in his 50s, was preparing to leave the multifamily residence with Martin's estranged wife when he was attacked from behind with a machete, said acting Lt. Wendell Loo of the Criminal Investigation Division.
When police arrived, Martin had fled the area, Loo said.
Police found the victim covered in blood with lacerations to his hands. The victim also was shot with a pellet from a pellet gun, police said. The victim remained hospitalized Monday with injuries that weren't life-threatening, police said.
Police recovered the machete used in the attack.
HAWAI'IGAS warning residents of scam
HAWAI'IGAS has warned Hawaii residents of a scam involving an individual impersonating a company employee to gain access to customers' property.
The company reported an instance in the east Honolulu area where a customer was approached by an individual wearing blue coveralls who arrived in a white unmarked truck.
The impersonator claimed to be from a company called Hawaii Star Energy and said he was hired by HAWAI'IGAS to read the customer's meter.
The impersonator then requested access to the property.
Hawaii Star Energy is not an actual company, and HAWAI'IGAS does not hire third-party entities to read meters.
HAWAI'IGAS reminded its customers that all of its employees wear a HAWAI'IGAS patch on their coveralls and carry a HAWAI'IGAS ID badge. Employees also drive vehicles clearly branded with the HAWAI'IGAS logo.
HAWAI'IGAS encourages customers to call customer service at (808) 535-5933 if they suspect suspicious activity or have any questions.
County GOP set to host social
The Maui County Republican Party will host a "pau hana social" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kono's on The Green at the Elleair Golf Course in Kihei.
Political conservatives and Republicans are invited to attend and meet others for a "talk story."
For more information, contact Paige Fontaine at 269-2967.