Pump failure causes wastewater overflow
A 1,900-gallon wastewater overflow occurred early Thursday morning near the intersection of South Kihei Road and Waimahaihai Street in Kihei due to a pump failure, the county Department of Environmental Management reported.
Wastewater flowed from Kihei No. 6 pump station to the grassy area in the adjacent Kihei Fire Station lot, the department said.
About 35 gallons of the overflow entered a storm sewer fronting the pump station on South Kihei Road, about 1,000 feet away from the ocean. Bacteriological analysis currently is being conducted, but the department said it was confident that the overflow did not reach the ocean.
There were no beach closures and the spill site on South Kihei Road was cleaned and disinfected, the department said.
The overflow started at 2:05 a.m. and was halted at 2:10 a.m. It was caused by a mechanical failure at Kihei No. 6 pump station, the department said.
The malfunction was corrected and the state Department of Health has been notified.
Man accused of assault with a bat
A Makawao man was arrested for assaulting and threatening another man with an aluminum baseball bat during a confrontation Wednesday morning at Paia Bay, police said.
Kalei Thomas, 28, was released after posting $2,000 bail on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening.
The confrontation occurred at about 9:45 a.m. after a 55-year-old Kahului man had returned to his truck after fishing, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said a man, later identified as Thomas, went to the bed of the truck and began rummaging through fish that the Kahului man had caught and placed in a cooler.
When the man confronted Thomas, he became belligerent and the two men argued, Rego said. He said that the argument turned physical, with Thomas running to his truck to get an aluminum baseball bat and hitting the victim with it.
The victim used a spear to defend himself, Rego said.
The victim refused medical treatment for bruises to the back of his head and upper back.
Man arrested after firing shotgun
A Waikapu man was arrested after he fired a shotgun in the air in his yard Monday night, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Richard Taylor, 63, on a charge of first-degree reckless endangering.
He was arrested after police were called to his residence on West Makaukau Loop at 9:26 p.m., said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said police seized Taylor's firearms after he gave officers permission to search his residence.
Four of the guns seized weren't registered, Rego said. Taylor was released pending further investigation on unregistered firearm charges.
Student collecting items for shelter
For his senior project, a Kamehameha Schools Maui student will be collecting donations for the Women Helping Women shelter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Longs in Pukalani.
Aaren Soriano is seeking toiletries, laundry soap, cooking supplies and other items for victims of domestic violence and their children at the shelter. For a more complete list, go to the website www.womenhelpingwomenmaui.com/get-involved/our-wish-list.