MCCC escapee found near Harbor Lights
A man who escaped from Maui Community Correctional Center was arrested Monday morning, while hiding in the back parking lot of the Harbor Lights Condominium complex in Kahului, state Department of Public Safety officials said.
Junior Jorju, 40, had been missing since Saturday night when he was absent for a 9:30 p.m. head count, officials said. He was last accounted for during the jail's 7 p.m. head count.
He was booked at the Wailuku Police Station on a felony escape charge, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, officials said.
It is unknown how Jorju escaped, and the Maui Police Department is investigating the case, officials said.
Jorju was serving a 14-day sentence for driving without a license and criminal contempt of court, both misdemeanor convictions. He was classified as a "community custody" inmate, which is considered the lowest-risk level, officials said.
He had been scheduled to be released Sunday.
Woman found floating in water, later dies
A 67-year-old woman was found floating facedown Monday morning in waters off Kahana, police said.
Patrice Smith of Denton, Texas, was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.
The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. when police responded to a possible drowning at a beach fronting Mahina Resort. Police and fire officials found Smith unconscious with a bystander conducting CPR on her, police said.
Witnesses told police that Smith was floating about 25 feet from shore before she was pulled out of the water by bystanders, police said.
Man arrested in alleged stabbing of man
A Kihei man was arrested Friday night after allegedly stabbing a man and threatening to kill a group people at a house in Kihei, police said.
Joshua Farmer, 27, was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $10,000.
The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. when a man called 911, saying he was stabbed with what appeared to be a kitchen knife, police said.
The man told police that Farmer was invited to the residence, where a group of friends were meeting in the living room. Farmer, who was seemingly unprovoked, became upset and yelled, "I'm going to kill all of you," police said.
Farmer stabbed the man in the left arm, leaving a 2-inch-long cut, and on the left side of his back, causing a 3-inch-long cut.
He also threatened another person in the group and put the knife to the person's neck, police said.
Farmer was arrested by police, and the victim was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.
Teen charged in vehicle theft after crash
A Hana teenager fled from police in a stolen bus late Friday night and was later arrested after crashing the vehicle into a utility pole off Hana Highway in Paia, police said.
Otto W.K. Wolfgramm Jr., 19, was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled motor vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor, prohibitions involving minors, reckless driving, inattention to driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving damages and driving without a commercial driver's license.
He posted $3,000 bail Saturday.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. when a witness reported Wolfgramm driving recklessly north on the highway near Baldwin Beach Park, Maui police spokesman Lt. William Juan said. Juan said police tried to conduct a traffic stop, but Wolfgramm fled in the bus.
A short time later, Wolfgramm lost control and struck a utility pole near Kaiholo Place and fled on foot. He was later arrested and taken into custody, Juan said.
The knocked down utility pole and lines briefly closed Hana Highway, Juan said.
Kihei man charged with burglary
A Kihei man was arrested for allegedly forcing his way into a Kihei man's residence and punching him repeatedly in the face Sunday night, police said.
KT Kin, 29, was charged with first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $1,000.
The incident occurred around 11 p.m. when police responded to a report of a fight at a residence on Namauu Place, police said.
Witnesses told police that the victim was assaulted after yelling to Kin to be quiet. Kin, who knew the man, got into an argument with the man and entered his home, police said.
The victim suffered abrasions around his eye but declined medical treatment, police said.
Work calls for water conservation
Residents in Kahului, Wailuku, Waihee, Paia, Kihei, Wailea and Makena are asked to reduce water use all day today, as contractors for the county Department of Water Supply work to connect the new Wailuku Well to the existing water system.
The shutdown of Shaft 33 and Iao Well begins at 5:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 7:30 p.m.
During the 14-hour shutdown, customers are urged to conserve water by turning off irrigation systems and other nonessential uses of water. Water pressure should not be affected.
Shaft 33 is a primary water source for Central Maui with a daily average production of 4.75 million gallons per day, water officials said in a news release. Iao Well provides about 300,000 gallons per day. This tie-in project is part of a capital improvement project to install the well pump at Wailuku Well to spread out pumping in the Iao aquifer.
The Wailuku Well is expected to be placed in service after construction is completed in 2015.
If a water problem occurs, customers should call 270-7633.
Library adds a language database
The state public library system has added 11 foreign languages to its Mango electronic language-learning software database.
Mango debuted in December with its Hawaiian language resource for library patrons on the state public library website.
The Mango Languages system offers a unique learning environment that allows patrons to take lessons at their own pace. Memory-building exercises are embedded into each unit to ensure that patrons
retain what they learn, said the public libraries website.
The additional languages, all free, are Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swahili, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern) and Arabic (modern standard).
For more information, select the "E-Learning @ Your Library" button on the Hawaii State Public Libraries website. Create a profile by providing an email address and password and follow the instructions to activate the Mango Languages account.
Free seat inspections for children
Free child car seat and booster seat inspections will be done from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Maui Marketplace near Pier 1 Dairy Road in Kahului.
Those interested in having child car seats checked to see whether they're properly installed should show up with the child, car seat or booster seat and car. An inspection takes a minimum of 30 minutes for each seat.
The inspections are done on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under state law, child car seats are required for children under age 4. Children from ages 4 to 7 are required to be restrained in either car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles.
Information about upcoming child car seat inspections is available on Facebook by looking up Maui County Child Passenger Safety at www.facebook.com/mauichildpassengersafety.