Man, 34, killed in paragliding incident
A 34-year-old man was killed Monday evening in a paragliding accident that closed Haleakala Crater Road.
Kula firefighters responded to the 6:37 p.m. alarm at Mile Marker 3.5 on Haleakala Crater Road, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Upon arriving on the scene, crews found the paraglider, who died at the scene.
Haleakala Crater Road was closed Monday evening between Mile Markers 3 and 4 due to the accident, a Fire Department official said.
The county sent out its road advisory at about 7 p.m. The road was still closed two hours later.
Maui police were investigating the accident, said Mainaga.
Man arrested in theft of truck - police
Police arrested a Wailuku man in the theft of a truck that was stolen Friday evening when the owner left the vehicle running while feeding feral cats at Kepaniwai Park, police said.
Michael Zurcher, 49, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000.
The theft of the gold 2008 Toyota Tundra was reported at 6:34 p.m. Friday.
The owner had left the vehicle running alongside the road when Zurcher came out of the bushes and stole it, said acting Lt. Nelson Hamilton of the Criminal Investigation Division.
The following morning, police were investigating a report that the truck was possibly located off Waiale Drive in Wailuku when officers saw someone matching Zurcher's description walking on Kuikahi Drive, Hamilton said.
He said Zurcher was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle because a cellphone was stolen from the truck.
Woman allegedly forges officer's checks
A 40-year-old Haiku woman was arrested Sunday after she forged a police officer's checks at a Wailuku business, police said.
Bail was set at $15,000 for Davelyn Mahi. She was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.
She was arrested at 8:44 a.m. while parked along North Market Street in Wailuku.
Mahi was identified after a clerk at Uptown Chevron in Wailuku reported that possible fake checks had been passed at the business, said acting Lt. Nelson Hamilton of the Criminal Investigation Division. He said officers looked at the checks and realized they belonged to a fellow officer.
Man facing charge after alleged attack
A Kahului man was arrested for assaulting another man, who was hospitalized with a fractured skull and severe concussion after the Feb. 2 attack, police said.
Michael Dennis, 22, was charged with first-degree assault following his arrest Friday morning. He was released after posting $20,000 bail, police records show.
The assault occurred at 2 a.m. at a residence on Leleihoku Street in Wailuku after Dennis found his girlfriend with the other man, police said.
Wailuku man arrested in assault on a police officer
A Wailuku man was arrested after he punched a police officer who was trying to make an arrest while breaking up a fight at a Wailuku bar Thursday night, police said.
Jesse Keahi, 21, was released after posting $9,000 bail, police records show. He was charged with first-degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing government operations.
Police were dispatched to the Watercress Sports Bar and Grill at 11:05 p.m. Thursday after a report of a fight. Officers were trying to break up the fight and were trying to take Keahi's brother into custody when Keahi pulled an officer off Keahi's brother, police said. Keahi punched the officer once in the face, police said.
The other charges were brought because Keahi was trying to stop the officer from making the arrest, police said.
Crews rescue visitor, 51, from Haleakala park trail
Firefighters rescued a woman from Halemau'u trail in Haleakala National Park after a report that she was suffering from altitude sickness Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.
Kula and Kahului firefighters were dispatched to respond to the 3:49 p.m. alarm.
A rescue crew aboard the Fire Department's Air One helicopter flew into the crater to airlift the 51-year-old visitor to a landing zone at Hosmer Grove, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. She had been on the trail about a half-mile above the crater floor and approximately 3 miles from the trailhead, he said.
The woman was transported by American Medical Response to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition, Mainaga said.