Additional crimes mean prison term
WAILUKU - A Kihei man was sentenced to a five-year prison term after being arrested for new crimes three months after being placed on probation in theft cases.
Sione Lee Tonga, 28, was sentenced June 13 after pleading no contest to second-degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling and fourth-degree criminal property damage.
The charges are from a March 2 incident when he damaged a door and entered a Kihei residence, according to court records.
Tonga had been placed on five years' probation when he was sentenced in December for two counts of second-degree theft and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. Those charges involved the theft of a moped from Piilani Village Shopping Center and the theft of a purse containing $850.
Second Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza imposed the sentence.
Burglary suspect ID'd via Facebook
A woman was arrested for burglarizing a Kahului home after she was identified through a surveillance photo that was posted on the Maui Police Department's Facebook page, police said.
Riana Lee, 21, of Wailuku was charged with first-degree burglary following her arrest Tuesday. Her bail was set at $20,000.
The burglary occurred at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at a residence on Holua Drive. A surveillance photo showed two people leaving the home with stolen property.
After the photo was posted on the department's Facebook page, a tip from a patrol officer led to Lee being identified as one of the suspects, police said.
Kahului woman busted in car theft
A 24-year-old Kahului woman was arrested Monday after she took a relative's car without permission, police said.
Bail was set at $1,000 for Kimberly Arcilla. She was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
Arcilla took the car from a residence on Lalani Circle at 1 p.m. Monday before returning it at about 6:30 p.m. the same day, police said.
Tsutsui office lease agreement signed
A lease agreement that will allow Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui to use office space on the ninth floor of the Kalana O Maui Building was signed June 13.
Tsutsui and Mayor Alan Arakawa signed the agreement that will allow the lieutenant governor to work and meet constituents in the office space in the mayor's office. A staffer recently moved to another office, leaving the room open, according to county spokeswoman Lois Whitney.
The state will be leasing the office from the county for $1 through Dec. 31, 2014, a news release announcing the agreement said.
After pulling out a dollar and offering to foot the bill, Arakawa said: "I'm just glad we will be able to work more closely with you on joint county-state projects, and that as neighbors we can collaborate in new ways."
"This is a great partnership between the county and state and an excellent service for the people of Maui, who can now get access to their local government in one building," Tsutsui said.
The lease was approved by the Maui County Department of the Corporation Counsel and the state attorney general and authorized by a resolution of the Maui County Council.
Highway closed while car retrieved
Police closed Hana Highway near Puaa Kaa State Park in Wailua for about 20 minutes Wednesday morning while a tow truck removed a sedan that went off the side of the road Tuesday night, injuring three occupants.
The car ended up 60 feet below the road in a ravine after failing to negotiate a turn while heading to Wailuku, police said.
The crash was reported at 6:37 p.m. at Milepost 21.5 on the Paia side of the park, a fire official said. A Hana fire crew and Kahului rescue company responded along with police, with the Hana crew meeting with the car occupants - three women in their early 20s who had made their way up the ravine, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The women suffered some cuts and lacerations, with one woman sustaining an injury to her right ankle, he said. She was stabilized on a backboard as a precaution, and all three were transported by American Medical Response to the hospital.
The woman with the leg injury was initially considered in critical condition and kept overnight at the hospital for observation, police said. The other two women were treated and released.
The women were from Wailuku and Upcountry, police said.