WAILUKU – Maui Police are still looking for Gerald “Matt” Pritchard and have not made contact with him as of today.
A lot of greatly appreciated information regarding Pritchard has been provided. But leads have not resulted in locating him.
Read the original Missing Persons Report account here.
If anyone knows where Matt is currently staying or is in contact with him, please contact the Detective Nelson Hamilton at 244-6421 or Dispatch at 244-6400 or have Matt contact Detective Hamilton or Dispatch.
WAILUKU – The Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Maui Region will hold a public meeting regarding potential cuts in services and workforce reductions in light of a nearly $30 million dollar budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2016 which begins on July 1.
About HHSC Maui Region
The Maui Region of HHSC serves over 11,000 inpatients and sees over 45,000 people in the emergency room each year. With over 1,500 employees in three hospitals on two islands, the Maui Region is comprised of Lāna‘i Community Hospital, Kula Hospital and Maui Memorial Medical Center. The region’s flagship campus, Maui Memorial Medical Center, is the only full-service, acute-care medical facility in the County, and the only hospital outside of O‘ahu providing a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty. For more information visit MauiMemorialMedical.org.
By Jeff King
Maui Police have reclassified a recent assault in Kihei as murder. A man known to locals as “Smiley,” Michael Phillip Gray, died from injuries after a savage attack on April 11. Now the case has escalated to a murder investigation.
On April 11, at about 10:55 p.m., Michael Phillip Gray, also known as “Smiley,” succumbed to his injuries and died at Maui Memorial Medical Center. His death was a result of injuries he sustained after he was assaulted at Kalama Park five weeks ago on March 15.
One adult male from Kihei and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with this investigation. Due to Mr. Gray’s death, the case has been re-classified as Murder in the Second Degree.
The Maui Police Department is still seeking information into the assault of Michael Phillip “Smiley” Gray. Anyone with information should call Detective Jeffrey Mahoney of the Kihei Criminal Investigation Division at (808)875-5409 or Crime Stoppers.
As life returns to normal around Maui, there are still significant remnants for Sunday night’s front that are affecting life here. One of them is Iao Valley State Park.
Because of heavy downpours upslope, the Department of Land and Natural Resources has closed Iao Valley State Park for public safety today, due to heavy rain that is causing the level of Iao Stream to be very high. In fact, sources say that while the stream may seem “cross-able” now, raging down-flows could change that quickly – with potentially devastating results.
By Jeff King
UPDATE: The National Weather Service has, in fact, extended the Flash Flood Advisory for MAUI. Radar at 9:36 a.m. showed steady heavy rain over West Maui and Kahalawai. The new advisory is in effect until 12:45 p.m. today.
A brief but powerful late season cold front surprised many in Maui County Sunday night into today. Light showers last night gave way to occasional downpours overnight. Flash Flood Warnings were issued at 4 a.m. for northwest Maui as rain fell at rates up to an inch per hour. Around 7 a.m. that warning extended to north shore Maui as a cell “parked” over Haiku, where .35 inches have fallen so far.
Other significant rainfall totals from this front so far have been at Kula (.27 inches), Kaho’olawe (.35 inches) and Pukalani (.25). The largest total from this episode has been the upper Kula gage mauka of Ulupalakua where more than three quarters of an inch of rain has fallen (.78).
Kihei actually received significant amounts from this front – logging .27 inches of rain
The National Weather Service issued a FLOOD ADVISORY for the ISLAND OF MAUI in effect until 9:45 a.m. This advisory replaced the Flash Flood Warning and may be reissued if heavy rain persists. The advisory was allowed to expire at that time.
EFFECTS: At 6:45 a.m. radar showed areas of heavy showers along windward slopes of West Maui and Haleakala, and stream gages were running higher than normal. The showers were nearly stationary.
Other locations in this advisory include but are not limited to: Pauwela, Napili, Kapalua, Kahakuloa, Hookipa Beach Park, Honolua, Honokowai and Honokokau.
PRE, Kula Branch station (CAUTIONARY MEASURES: STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS, DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING. RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO PONDING, REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BREAKING ACTION. DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT. TURN AROUND, DON’T DOWN.
INFORMATION: Maui Civil Defense Agency will continue to monitor the situation. Please listen to your local radio and TV stations or NOAA Weather broadcasts for any updates. NOAA Weather broadcasts can be reached by calling 1-866-944-5025. NOAA Weather internet services can be found at www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl.
Pre-recorded advisories and notifications are available 24-hours a day on the Maui County Automated Information System (AIS) by calling 986-1200.
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard continues searching for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai, Sunday. As of 4:30 p.m. today, the Coast Guard said their search would continue.
However, at 6:30 this evening, Maui Fire Department made their last attempt to find Ron Ingraham. They said they will not resume efforts unless new developments occur.
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