It was a busy day at Maui Community Correctional Center Tuesday…and not “busy” in a good way. Two people escaped the facility and – so far – only one has been captured.
Early Tuesday, Tasha Gonsalves was reported missing during a 5:30 a.m. headcount. Read that account here. She was arrested by Maui Police less than 10 hours later. Gonsalves was being held pending trial on forgery, theft and credit card misuse charges. Now an additional escape charge will likely be added.
Then between 1 and 2 p.m. yesterday, 26 year-old Lief Valdez – who also uses the alias Lucas Rauh – escaped from MCCC. He is described and light complected, standing five feet, six inches tall. He weighs 160 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.
If seen, do not approach the suspect. Instead, call 9-1-1.
MAUI – Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) pre-trial detainee Tasha Gonsalves was reported missing from the 5:30 a.m. headcount today. Maui Police were immediately notified. How she escaped is under investigation.
Gonsalves is 29 years old. She is 5’1” tall, weighs 125 lbs., and has brown hair and brown eyes. She was awaiting trial for theft, forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Her bail was set a $15,000. Gonsalves is a community custody detainee housed in a minimum security dorm on the perimeter of the facility. When caught, it is likely a Escape 2 charge will be added.
If you see her, please call 9-1-1.
By Jeff King
In just a few days, the 2015 Hurricane Season will begin here in the Central Pacific Ocean. In fact, today Maui weather guru Glenn James is on O’ahu attending a briefing on the storm outlook for this season.
However, there are two systems already catching the eyes of meteorologists:
1. A nearly-stationary area of low pressure located about 1500 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California is producing disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms well east of the circulation center. Upper-level winds are expected to become less favorable today and significant development of this system is not expected.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…10 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days..low…10 percent
2. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located several hundred miles south of the coast of Mexico are associated with a trough of low pressure. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this system during the next several days, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week while the system moves slowly west-northwestward to northwestward.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…high…80 percent
Later today, the National Weather service is expected to release the long-range outlook for the Pacific Hurricane Season. For storms that form in the Central Pacific Hurricane Center‘s area of responsibility, encompassing the area between 140°W and the International Date Line, all names are used in a series of four rotating lists. The next four names slated for use are Ela, Halola, Iune and Kilo.
The first Pacific-wide forecast for the 2015 season was released on April 10. the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) issued its first outlook for the Pacific hurricane season, expecting a total of nineteen named storms, eleven hurricanes and four major hurricanes
The Memorial Day holiday weekend saw cooking fires along beaches and in parks across the State. But here on Maui, there were at least two fires more than anyone likely wanted.
The first flared up Saturday evening in Kahakuloa. The rapidly building fire caused $550,000 in damages to the one-story residential structure, and $5,000 to its contents. The home, located near mile marker 8 on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway, was almost entirely destroyed and vacant at the time.
At 5:38 p.m. Saturday, three fire companies, three water tankers and a battalion chief from Wailuku, Kahului, and Wailea responded to the blaze. Wailuku firefighters arrived at 5:58 p.m. and reported defensive fire conditions, indicating that a vast majority of the home was on fire. The fire was brought under control by around 6:40 p.m. and extinguished at 11:30 p.m.
A narrow driveway and overgrown foliage made it difficult for crews fighting the fire to make access. The area has no fire hydrants, so the fire department helicopter was brought in to provide water drops on the home and in the event flames spread to nearby brush. Their quick work saved nearby homes and property from sustaining any damage. Fire investigators were unable to determine the fire’s cause.
The second unwelcome fire happened very early Monday – 12:19 a.m., to be precise – when Maui Fire Department crews responded to reports of flames coming from a structure on Awalau Road, in the Haiku area of East Maui. Makawao firefighters arrived at 12:36 a.m and found residents using garden hoses to control flames coming from a shed structure. Firefighters brought the fire under control within 3 minutes, and called it extinguished at 1:06 a.m.
Residents living at the front of the property were awakened by crackling and popping sounds coming from the fire. Damages to the 20 by 40 foot shed structure were estimated at $3,000 to structure and $7,000 to contents. The shed housed a workshop for making and repairing horse-riding saddles. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: Can someone register a cat colony in a residential area? If so, what is the limit of cats and what (if any) can the neighbors do to prevent them from invading their property (yards, garages, vehicles, etc.)? I cannot see spending my hard-earned money to prevent a neighbor from being a responsible pet owner.
A: Yes, it is possible for an individual to voluntarily register with the Feline Foundation of Maui as a caretaker for a cat colony in a residential area. It is not illegal to maintain a colony on one’s own property; however, the animals should be contained on that property, not allowed to roam, and either spayed or neutered. If the cats do wander to a neighbor’s property, the neighbor may humanely trap and transport the cat(s) to the Maui Humane Society (MHS). As with many other neighborhood issues, however, it’s best if neighbors can attempt to work things out together before resorting to other tactics. While there is no “official” registry of cat colonies, there are approximately 300 known colonies of feral cats being monitored by volunteers on Maui. This means that it is essential that cat owners and caregivers make sure their cats aren’t reproducing and adding to the number of feral cats in our community. MHS further encourages people to keep their cats indoors, especially if they refuse to have the cats sterilized. For more information on responsible pet ownership and other animal control-related topics, visit the MHS website at www.mauihumanesociety.org.
Dear Mayor Arakawa:
Q: Why are they re-paving Mokulele Highway when it seemed to be in good driving condition before? There seem to be many other Maui roads that need resurfacing more than this one.
A: This is a State Dept. of Transportation (DOT) project that involves resurfacing Mokulele Highway from Kuihelani Highway to the vicinity of the Maui Humane Society near Mehameha Loop, to extend the life of the existing pavement. State DOT informed me that longitudinal cracking in the pavement showed that preventive maintenance was needed. Long cracks can lead to serious defects as water seepage and continual vehicle traffic breaks the asphalt into small chunks over large slab-sized sections of pavement, rather than in smaller-diameter potholes. To best protect the pavement from weathering, periodic resurfacing of the entire roadway is necessary. Construction is anticipated to be completed in June. To view a photo of the cracked roadway before construction began, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Mayor and click on the “Mayor’s Update” tab on the left.
Q: Why have we not built a desalination plant on Maui? The increase in the economic flow would most likely make up for the cost in a few years. Israel is so far ahead of us in that. So are several other countries. Water, water, everywhere….!
A: At first glance, it might appear that desalination could be a useful way to obtain a seemingly endless supply of fresh water. However, in speaking with our Water Director, it is clear that desal is not currently a viable option for Maui County for several reasons. There are environmental issues on how to dispose of the residual salt brine, and the process requires the use of a substantial amount of energy. These reasons make it difficult to justify, especially given the fact that Maui is actually blessed with an abundance of fresh water—the real issue is having adequate infrastructure to harvest it at the source and distribute it to residential areas.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.
A young Wailuku Woman died Friday night near La Perouse Bay in South Maui. Maui Police say that, at 8:16 p.m., first responders were summoned to the area after reports of an unresponsive female there. The victim, 32 year-old Chana Mari Ichinotsubo, did not respond to cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts attempted by her companion.
According to the companion, the two were hiking and taking photographs in the area along the shore when a weave swept Ms. Ichinotsubo into the ocean. Her friend brought the victim in to shore and began CPR, then called for assistance. Despite life saving measures, the victim died at the scene.
Cause of death is pending autopsy results.
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