Man arrested, charged in domestic case
An Alaska man was arrested Thursday night after trying to lock himself in a room and spitting in the face of a police officer responding to a domestic disturbance at a Kaanapali resort, police said.
Bail was set at $7,000 for Gary K. Souza, 55, of Ketchikan. He was charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
Lahaina patrol officers were called to Kaanapali Beach Club at 9:15 p.m. after a woman reported being locked out of her room by her husband, police said. Resort security officers reported that Souza was refusing to open the door and had requested police. According to police, Souza also refused to open the door for police officers, who had to force their way in by using a bolt cutter to cut the inside chain securing the door.
Before the chain was cut and the door was partially open, Souza spit directly in the officer's face a few times, police said. Souza refused to comply with officers, who had to restrain him to make the arrest, police said.
Man faces shoplifting charges in incident
A man who was detained for shoplifting at a Kaanapali resort was charged with other crimes after he was found with more than $300 in stolen personal property, police said.
Bail was set at $3,100 for Derrick Whitlock, 27.
The homeless man was stopped after witnesses reported seeing him shoplifting from the lobby store at Marriott's Maui Ocean Club at about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, police said. After leaving the store without paying for merchandise valued at $33, Whitlock walked outside to the valet desk, police said.
He was found with an employee's car keys, credit cards, iPhone and cash that had been in the manager's office at the store, police said.
Whitlock was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft by shoplifting, second-degree theft and theft of a credit card.
No change for prices at pump in Wailuku
Wailuku's average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline remained unchanged at $4.24 since last week, and it was 3 cents more than last month and 3 cents more than a year ago, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
The state average price for unleaded gas was $4.03 this week, 2 cents more than a week ago, 8 cents more than last month and 15 cents less than a year ago, the weekly snapshot of gas prices reported.
Honolulu's average price was $3.39 this week, 2 cents more than last week, 8 cents more than last month and 18 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the average price was $3.94 per gallon, 3 cents less than last week, 1 cent more than last month and 24 cents less than this time a year ago.
Gas prices are as of Thursday. They're derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions.
Paperless property assessments available
Real property owners now have the option to receive a paperless version of the upcoming 2014 real property assessment notice, according to an announcement Friday from the Maui County Department of Finance, Real Property Assessment Division.
To have assessment notices sent electronically via email, property owners may register by visiting the website listed on last year's assessment notice card. They must also enter the code that appears on the card.
The deadline to register is Feb. 20.
For more information, access forms, view property tax records or download county tax maps, visit mauicounty.gov/RPA.
Governor releases $800,000 for MMMC
Maui Memorial Medical Center received $800,000 in state funds to replace its air-conditioning system, according to an announcement Thursday from Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office.
The existing air-conditioning system has become prone to mechanical breakdowns and needs to be replaced, the announcement said. The new air-conditioning system will cool patient care rooms in the East, South and West wings, electrical rooms, pharmacy and laundry areas.
Lanai Community Hospital received $50,000 to replace its emergency generator with one that is no longer needed at Maui Memorial Medical Center.
The governor released more than $19.1 million for various capital improvement projects to upgrade eight Hawaii Health Systems Corp. facilities.
Kona Community Hospital, West Kauai Medical Center, Hilo Medical Center, Maluhia Hospital (Oahu), Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital (Kauai), Leahi Hospital (Oahu) and Kau Hospital (Hawaii Island) received funds for improvements.