By Lt. William Juan, MPD
Two Maui Police Department veteran sergeants have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Their promotions become effective on April 16.
Scott Migita began his career with the Maui Police Department in April, 1992. After graduating from the Police Recruit Academy, he was assigned to the Wailuku Patrol Division, the Lanai District, and then Lahaina Patrol Division, where he also served as a Bike Patrol Officer. Scott transferred to the Vice Division, Narcotics Unit as an investigator in 2006 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned as an Administrative Sergeant in the Wailuku Patrol Division. In 2007, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Property Crimes Detective and Domestic Violence Unit Sergeant. He and his wife, Dawn, have two daughters, Kayce and Torie.
Ryan Rodrigues began his career with the Maui Police Department in July of 1990. After graduating from the Police Recruit Academy, he was assigned to the Wailuku Patrol Division where he served with the Crime Reduction Unit, Field Training Officer, and a Community Police Officer. He later transferred to the Plans, Training and Research Section in 2001 as an assistant recruit class coordinator. Ryan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2009 and assigned to Lanai Patrol for a year, then to Wailuku Patrol as the Administrative Sergeant. In 2010, he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective. In 2012, he was transferred to the Internal Affairs Section and assigned to the Office of the Chief. Ryan and his wife, Dannette, have three children, Ryllah-Rae, Rory, and Raven-Lee, and three grandchildren, Roah, Liam, and Alika.
HONOLULU – Two additional Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to Snohomish County in Washington to help with the Red Cross response to this weekend’s devastating mudslide in Oso. Esther Lau, a Red Cross volunteer from Oahu, will be assisting in health services. She left Wednesday night. Trina Shepherd, a Red Cross volunteer from Maui, will be assisting in disaster mental health services and is scheduled to leave today or Friday. This brings the total number of Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deployed to four.
As people in Washington deal with the impact of the tragic mudslide and wait for information about their friends and family, the American Red Cross is with them, providing support and comfort. Since Saturday, the Red Cross has mobilized several response vehicles and nearly 100 trained workers to provide support. These workers have served 3,800 meals and snacks and handed out dozens of comfort kits. The Red Cross is working in close coordination with officials to determine how we can best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.
Honolulu – Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. recently donated $12,741.64 to the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross to aid in Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines. Half the funds were collected over a two-month period via Aloha Petroleum’s statewide customer collection canister program; the remaining funds were matched directly by the company.
“We’re happy that, through our customers’ kokua and generosity, we are able to contribute to this effort that is helping victims and their families to get back on their feet,” said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. “The Hawaii Red Cross has donated more than $1 million to aid the 16 million people impacted by this devastation, and we’re so pleased we could play a role in these efforts.”
In total, the American National Red Cross has raised $76 million for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which damaged houses, crops and the country’s water supply, in addition to people’s livelihoods. Along with medical supplies, American Red Cross donated relief items such as tarps, water cans and mosquito nets. The organization also established satellite antenna networks to ensure effective communication and coordinated efforts among the affected regions.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of Aloha Petroleum and its customers in helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan,” said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii Red Cross. “Their compassion will help support our mission of giving hope to those in need. We cannot thank them enough for their wonderful contribution to the cause of humanity.”
Aloha Petroleum has used its collection canister program to support dozens of non-profit organizations including the March of Dimes, Aloha Harvest, American Heart Association, and most recently, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
WAILUKU – On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal Judge Derrick K. Watson granted summary judgment to the County of Maui, Sergeant Russell Kapahulehua, Officer Jun Hattori and Officer Erik Losvar in a lawsuit filed by Joshua Nakagawa and Anthony Lum John. On the same day, Plaintiffs stipulated to the dismissal of all claims against Sergeant Harry Matsuura, Jr. This ruling ends the lawsuit in favor of the officers and the County.
The lawsuit alleged that the officers used excessive force in an incident that occurred on July 18, 2010 near the beach area known as “Windmills.” At approximately 4:00 a.m. on July 18, 2010, the Maui Police Department received a call that shots had been fired at Windmills. Officers responded to that call and stopped a vehicle to question the occupants.
Shortly thereafter, a truck approached the officers. Plaintiffs were passengers in the truck bed. Sergeant Kapahulehua attempted to stop the truck, which suddenly accelerated and swerved towards Officer Losvar and Sergeant Matsuura. The truck struck Officer Losvar, launching him into the air and over the hood of the truck.
As the truck continued toward Sergeant Matsuura, the officers fired at the driver in an attempt to stop him. Plaintiffs, whose presence was unknown to the officers, were struck. Plaintiff Nakagawa was struck in the shoulder. Plaintiff Lum John was struck in the hip. The truck was operated by Austin Pierman, who was charged with two counts of attempted murder.
The Court found that the officers’ use of force was reasonable based on the circumstances. Therefore, the officers and the County of Maui prevailed on all claims.
Plaintiff Nakagawa was represented by Michael Green and William Shipley. Plaintiff Lum John was represented by Hayden Aluli.
The County and the officers were represented by Moana Lutey and Richard B. Rost.
HONOLULU – Two Hawaii Red Cross mental health volunteers from Honolulu are deploying to Snohomish County in Washington to help with the Red Cross response to this weekend’s devastating mudslide in Oso. Elizabeth Norcross is scheduled to leave tonight and Ron Matayoshi is scheduled to leave on Wednesday. Red Cross volunteers are being deployed to help provide crisis counseling, support and comfort to those impacted as they deal with this tragedy and wait for information about their loved ones.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Red Cross. Just this morning it was learned that the wife and daughter of a firefighter in Oso, WA, are among the missing.
An infant girl remains in protective custody after her parents were arrested Thursday in Kahului. The baby was injured during a tussle between her parents. They remain in custody on multiple charges related to the incident. Last Thursday, March 20, medical personnel notified police of a suspicious injury to an infant girl.
Officers responded to the clinic and found that Kayzia-Ashley Washington, a 21 year-old woman from Kahului, the mother of the infant, brought her child to the clinic to be treated for an injury.
Police discovered that Washington and her boyfriend, Dane Nakama, a 20-year-old Kahului man, who is also the father of the child, were involved in an argument. As Washington was holding her daughter, the argument escalated into a struggle. The child sustained an injury as a result of Washington and Nakama struggling over the custody of their daughter.
Dane Nakama was arrested and charged for the following cases:
Assault in the Second Degree Bail: $5,000.00
Abuse of Family and Household Member (Physical) Bail: $2,000.00
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1 Bail: $5,000.00
Total bail set at $12,000.00.
Kayzia Washington was arrested and charged for the following cases:
Assault in the Second Degree Bail: $1,000.00
Abuse of Family and Household Member (Physical) Bail: $1,000.00
Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1 Bail: $1,000.00
Total bail set at $3,000.00.
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