Kahului man accused of abusing member of his family while children were present
A Kahului man remained in custody Friday after being arrested Monday for physically abusing a family member in front of the family's children, police said.
Roberto Bishitashon, 47, was charged with felony abuse. His bail was originally set at $5,000.
The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. when Bishitashon hit a 48-year-old man at the man's residence in Kahului, police said.
The family's children, who are under the age of 14, were present during the altercation, which caused the crime to be charged as a felony. The man suffered minor injuries and refused medical assistance, police said.
Council committee will visit two sites offered for a new county service center
Maui County Council's Budget and Finance Committee on Monday will visit two proposed sites for a new county service center in Central Maui.
The first visit will be at 9 a.m. at the Kehalani Village Center in Wailuku. The gathering will begin at the mauka end of the vacant lot at Waiale Road and Kaupo Street at the driveway entrance nearest to Foodland. RCFC Kehalani is offering 5 acres for $6.6 million and is proposing to donate an additional 14.4 acres near the corner of Kuikahi Drive and Waiale Road.
The second visit will be at 10:30 a.m. at Maui Business Park II in Kahului, gathering at the mauka side of Alaihi Street. Alexander & Baldwin is offering 4 acres for $7.1 million along with a donation of 35.6 acres of property in Paia near Baldwin Beach Park.
The county currently leases space for the center at the Maui Mall. County administration officials have said that its lease will expire Sept. 30, 2015, and will not be renewed.
Committee Chairman Mike White encouraged interested members of the public to provide testimony at the site inspection meeting.
Testimony may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing BF-106.
The meeting agenda is at www.mauicounty.gov/committees/bf.
Price of gasoline unchanged in Wailuku but nearly a dime less than a year ago
The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Wailuku on Thursday remained at an average of $4.46 cents, the same as last week, the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch said.
The price, the highest among stations in Hilo and Honolulu, was the same as last month and 9 cents less than last year.
The state average gas price remained the same at $4.34 per gallon during the past week. The current price is 1 cent less than last month and a penny lower than a year ago.
Honolulu's average price stayed the same as last week at $4.31, which was 3 cents less than a month ago and 7 cents more than a year ago.
In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.15 per gallon, up 2 cents from last week, a penny more than last month and 21 cents less than this time a year ago.
"Oil prices have begun to drop and motorists on the Mainland are starting to see retail pump prices decline," said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida. "Usually, it takes a little longer to see gas price declines in Hawaii once prices elsewhere begin dropping, because of our limited supply sources."
Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions at more than 100,000 stations around the country and are combined averages of last card swipe of previous day.