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Bail set at $500K for Kihei woman

WAILUKU — Bail is set at $500,000 for a Kihei woman who was indicted on felony drug and other charges.

Donda Bird, 52, has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, first-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia, carrying a deadly weapon and possession of a switchblade knife.

The charges allege she possessed 1 ounce or more of methamphetamine on Oct. 25, 2020.

During a hearing Wednesday in 2nd Circuit Court, Deputy Public Defender Heather Wolfenbarger asked for bail to be reduced to $100,000 for Bird.

She has lived on Maui for 14 years and has a home and job, Wolfenbarger said. “Her income barely covers her living expenses,” she said.

Bird also receives state benefits, Wolfenbarger said.

She said Bird’s criminal history consists of nonviolent, nonfelony offenses.

Deputy Prosecutor Shelly Miyashiro asked for bail to remain at $500,000 based on Bird’s record and the seriousness of the charges.

Judge Richard Bissen maintained the bail amount, citing Bird’s “prior record for similar offenses.”

A Nov. 29 pretrial conference is set for Bird.

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