Man arrested, charged in assault case
A 47-year-old Lahaina man was arrested for an assault Wednesday morning on another man at a Lahaina residence, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Richard Hazen, who was charged with second-degree assault.
Hazen was arrested Thursday for the assault, which occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday when the other man was hit with an object, police said.
The victim, 44-year-old Jason Baker, said that he was treated with 10 staples to the back of his head after being attacked by Hazen.
"I was putting the key in my door, and he came around the corner and hit me in the head with an aluminum baseball bat," Baker said. "He was right on me."
Baker said he took two steps into his residence before falling down.
Baker was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated before being released later Wednesday.
Baker said that Hazen is the son of the owner and takes care of the property where Baker lives.
Birds cause of power loss for customers
More than a hundred customers in Kaunakakai lost power at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday when birds came into contact with electrical equipment, Maui Electric Co. said.
Power was restored to the majority of the 116 customers within 30 minutes, with full restoration at 10:17 a.m., MECO said.
Design guidelines slated to be discussed
The county Cultural Resources Commission will hold public meetings beginning Thursday to discuss revisions to the design guidelines for signs in the Lahaina Historic District.
The first meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Planning Department Conference Room in the Kalana Pakui building in Wailuku.
The commission will discuss revising the guidelines for clarity and consistency. The panel also aims to allow a broader choice of materials and design elements to facilitate enforcement, an announcement said.
Commercial signs in the Lahaina Historic District require permits issued by the Department of Planning. Exceptions can be granted by the commission.
To view the proposed guidelines, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Planning, then select "Draft Lahaina Sign Design Guidelines" under the "Hot Topics" header.
For more information, call the Department of Planning at 270-7735.
Fire crews free man's leg pinned by tree
A Makawao man, whose leg was pinned against an embankment when a tree trunk became loose while he was hiking, had to be freed by firefighters Thursday in Piiholo, according to a Maui fire official.
Makawao fire and rescue crews received the call at about noon. A 44-year-old man was hiking with his female friend about three-quarters of a mile north of the Piiholo water treatment plant in the Makawao Forest Reserve, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The male hiker suffered an injury to his lower right leg when a large tree trunk became loose and pinned his leg to the side of dirt-rock embankment, he said. Firefighters used a chain saw and pry bar to free the man.
The man was given first aid and packaged on a backboard. Due to the rough terrain, the Fire Department's Air One helicopter was called in to airlift the patient to a landing zone, Mainaga said.
The hiker was then transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center by medics in stable condition with no life-threatening injuries, said Mainaga.
Miss Maui Filipina pageant on Saturday
The 55th Miss Maui Filipina Scholarship Pageant will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Baldwin Auditorium.
Contestants vying for the crown are Jessie Sagadraca of Wailuku, Reyna Bateman of Haiku, Emalee Cabading of Lahaina, Amber Sarmiento of Wailuku, Hulali Brown of Wailuku and Erinn Baysa of Kahului.
The five phases of the competition include pre-pageant night interview, swimsuit, talent, terno/speech and onstage question.
Entertainment includes Jordan Segundo, Maui Academy of Performing Arts professional dance company Ampersand and La Galeria: Compania Baile Filipino. The event will be emceed by Paul Douglas and former Miss Maui Filipina Tara (Lagat) Spangler.