Maui Electric Company reports that electrical service has been restored to most of Molokai. As of 8:40 a.m., according to a press release issued by MECO, electrical service has been restored to the East Side of Molokai. Customers in the Kaluakoi remain without power at this time. MECO crews remain on the scene and are working to restore power to remaining customers as efficiently and safely as possible.
An update will be provided as soon as more information becomes available. No original press release was issued, so it is undetermined what time the lights when out or what caused the outage.
An early morning Kapalua fire call to snuff a small brush fire wound up saving a home – thanks to the quick action and observation skills of Maui Fire Department crews. That fire is now being called “intentional” and a criminal investigation has begun.
At 2:42 a.m. today, Napili and Lahaina fire fighters were dispatched to a brush fire just North of DT Fleming Park. Crews arrived on scene and found a small brush fire along side the roadway. While extinguishing this brush fire, fire personnel noticed that the garage wall and kitchen entry way of a house at 6245 Honoapiilani Highway was involved in flames. Both fires were quickly brought under control by 3:04 a.m. The structure fire was called extinguished at 3:52 a.m. A search of the home showed that it was unoccupied at the time.
Fire Inspectors and Police CID responded to the scene to conduct the Investigation. Investigation showed that the fires were intentionally set and damages to the structure were estimated to be $3,000.00. No other information will be released until the investigation is completed.
HONOLULU – In recognition of a Day of Remembrance for President John F. Kennedy, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the National Flag and Hawaii State Flag shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
President Barack Obama today proclaimed Friday as a Day of Remembrance and called for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff. The presidential proclamation reads:
“A half century ago, America mourned the loss of an extraordinary public servant. With broad vision and soaring but sober idealism, President John F. Kennedy had called a generation to service and summoned a Nation to greatness. Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his enduring imprint on American history…”
HONOLULU—Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Hawaii together with Toyota Hawaii honored Maui, Kauai and Big Island County police officers for their outstanding efforts and dedication to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking at its annual Law Enforcement Awards on November 18, 19 and 20, 2013.
“Statistics show that almost half of all traffic fatalities in Hawai’i involve alcohol,” said Abigail Nickell, State Executive Director of MADD Hawaii. “It’s imperative that we honor the victims and families affected by this horrendous crime by acknowledging the officers that put their own lives on the line each day to help keep impaired drivers off the road.”
Individual Awards and Community Service Awards were presented to:
Kihei: Officer Ryan Ehlers
Wailuku: Office Duke Pua
Lahaina: Officer Joshua Kalb
Lanai: Officer Kunal Chopra
Molokai: Officer Daniel Imakyure
Hana: Officer Gershom Slonim
Top Cop: Traffic: Officer Carl Eguia
Traffic Enforcement Unit: Officer Keith Nacis
Puna Patrol: Officer Shea Nactor
Kona Patrol: Officer Nicolas McDaniel
Top Cop: South Hilo Patrol: Christopher Kapua-Allison
Community Service Award: Cynthia Honma of Hilo
Community Service Award: Sergeant Christopher Gali of Hilo
Traffic Safety Section: Officer Shawn Hanna
Hanalei: Officer Rolland Peahu
Waimea: Officer Marnie Fernandez
Top Cop: Lihue: Officer Hanson Hsu
Community Service Award: Kira Seabury
Community Service Award: Kimberly Nizo
Community Service Award: Delissa Nobriga
“This is the third year Toyota Hawaii has partnered with MADD Hawaii on the annual Police Recognition Luncheon to honor officers for the many lives they saved in 2012,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President for Toyota Hawaii. “We are honored to take part in an event like this that raises awareness about the critical need to stop drunk driving.”
Drunk Driving Statistics and Alcohol Information (courtesy MADD.org)
• In 2012, 41 percent of traffic deaths were drunk driving related in the state of Hawaii (51 reported drunk driving deaths).
• About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
• Males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive drunk.
• The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).
• In 2011, 226 children in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving crashes. Of those, 122 (54 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
• In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
• In the United States, the number of drunk driving deaths has been cut in half since MADD was founded in 1980.
• Every day in America, another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
• Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
• The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.
• A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.
Kahului — A $15,000 donation from Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., presented to the Maui Food Bank recently by HC&S management, will help fund new, energy-efficient refrigeration and freezer units to increase the amount of fresh produce, dairy and other refrigerated foods which can be collected, stored and distributed.
Providing fresh food is a commitment the Food Bank is emphasizing via an effort titled “Fresh 4 All” making fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh dairy and other proteins available to agencies and individuals who rely on donated food.
This is A&B’s third donation to the food bank for major improvements. In addition to volunteer leadership by company managers including HC&S’s Garret Hew, A&B has supported the Maui Food Bank since 1988, with previous donations for trucks, freezers, refrigerators, building improvements and operating support totaling well over $150,000.
A veteran Maui Police officer has been arrested and charged with abuse of a family and household member. Officer Nelson Johnson, an 18-year veteran of the Maui force, was arrested for slapping his daughter, causing her to fall – sustaining a concussion. Johnson has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
Tuesday this week, at 9:40 p.m., the mother of the victim reported that her 13-year old daughter of Wailuku was slapped by her father following a verbal argument, which caused the victim to fall backward and hit her head on a wall mounted air conditioning unit. The fall resulted in injuries requring that the victim be transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment. Examination revealed she had sustained a concussion. The victim was later released from the hospital in good condition.
Today, at 11 a.m., the victim’s father, identified as Maui Police Officer Nelson Johnson (46 years old), was placed under arrest and charged for Abuse of Family and Household Member, with his bail being set at $1,000.00. The original MPD release indicated bail had been set at $2,000.00. Officer Johnson was also placed under arrest for the offense of Assault in the Second Degree; however, was released pending investigation for this charge, as this case is still being investigated.
Johnson posted bail and was released.
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