Pukalani man is indicted in sex case
A 48-year-old Pukalani man is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail after he was indicted on charges alleging he bound and repeatedly raped a woman.
During his arraignment Monday in 2nd Circuit Court, Phillip Robbennolt-O'Connell pleaded not guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping.
He was arrested Wednesday after a 40-year-old Makawao woman reported being raped and bound by Robbennolt-O'Connell during a two-week period after befriending him Dec. 1 at the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center, police said.
The woman told police she was sexually assaulted in remote areas of Haiku and Kipahulu. She said her hands were bound with a leather belt, and she was choked until she nearly lost consciousness, police said.
A Feb. 24 trial is set for Robbennolt-O'Connell.
The woman told police the incidents ended a day or two before Robbennolt-O'Connell was sentenced Dec. 13 to one year's probation for misdemeanor assault of a 20-year-old Kula woman in June. He had been charged with felony sexual assault, kidnapping and terroristic threatening in that case, but the charges were dismissed.
Rep. Woodson to host meeting Jan. 3
Kahului state Rep. Justin Woodson will host a community meeting on Jan. 3 to discuss the upcoming 2014 legislative session, according to an announcement Monday.
The "Lawmakers Listen" meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pomaikai Elementary School cafeteria in Kahului.
House Speaker Joseph Souki, Vice Speaker John Mizuno, Majority Leader Scott Saiki, Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke, Judiciary Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads, Human Services Committee Chairwoman Mele Carroll, and Water and Land Committee Chairwoman Cindy Evans are expected to attend.
High-surf advisory for Maui, Molokai
A high-surf advisory has been posted for north- and west-facing shores of Molokai and for north-facing shores of Maui from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
The first in a series of northwest swells will build overnight, creating the high surf along north- and west-facing shores, the weather service said.
Surf will be 15 to 20 feet along north-facing shores and 10 to 15 feet along west-facing shores, the weather service said.
Large reinforcing swells are expected Thursday and during the weekend. The weather service said that it is likely the advisory will be extended.
Strong shore breaks and longshore and rip currents are expected.