Three arrested in payroll theft probe
Three men were arrested Sunday in a theft investigation involving former employees of a transportation company collecting paychecks in exchange for kickbacks, police said.
The theft of more than $20,000 was reported March 20 by a company representative, said Lt. Derrick Lopez of the Criminal Investigation Division Property Crimes Unit.
He said it was reported that a former company manager had altered the payroll so three former employees continued collecting paychecks after they stopped working for the company, in exchange for kickbacks.
On Sunday, Wailuku patrol officers located and arrested the former manager, a 43-year-old Kahului resident, and two of the former employees, a 42-year-old Pukalani resident and 24-year-old Waiehu resident.
The three were later released pending further investigation of first-degree theft.
A fourth man was being sought in the investigation.
Sewer line work set to start Wednesday
Sewer line work along Waiale Road at the Kuikahi Drive-Maui Lani Parkway intersection is to begin Wednesday and will create traffic delays, the county Department of Environmental Management says.
There will be alternating traffic weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with access to residences and businesses in the area maintained. Maui police will be directing traffic through the area, and the traffic signal at the intersection may be out during work hours.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes when possible and to follow traffic control signs.
The work is expected to take two weeks.
The contractor, Goodfellow Bros., can be reached at 879-8868.
Civil Defense test planned for today
The Civil Defense monthly outdoor siren warning system test will be held at 11:45 a.m. today.
The siren test will be coordinated by a live audio broadcast test of the Emergency Alert System.
The siren test is a steady one-minute tone. The steady tone alerts the public to emergencies that may pose a threat to life and property. Besides natural hazards, the Emergency Alert System could be used for terrorist incidents or acts of war.
To report siren operational issues in Maui County, call 270-7285.
Tests of civil defense sirens and the Emergency Alert System are conducted simultaneously, normally on the first working day of the month, in cooperation with Hawaii's broadcasting industry.
Civil Defense also reminds residents that this month is Tsunami Awareness Month and reminds everyone to be better prepared and to check emergency plans and kits. For information on Tsunami Awareness Month events and activities, visit www.scd.hawaii.gov.
Alaska fugitive arrested on Maui
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say a 32-year-old man is under arrest after he removed his ankle monitor and fled to Hawaii.
KTUU reports that Joshua Leigh cut the monitor off at an hardware store and left the state on a flight to Maui. A monitoring agency told police that the monitor was last reported to be at a hardware store.
A warrant was issued Saturday for Leigh, who was awaiting trial on felony charges.
Police obtained an extraditable warrant, and Leigh was stopped by Maui police after the plane landed.
Leigh was returned to Anchorage. He's charged with violating conditions of his release and criminal mischief. Online court records don't list a lawyer for Leigh in this case.