MAUI – At approximately 8:40 a.m. Monday, Maui Community Correctional Center inmate Edward Morgan was cleaning inside the front gatehouse. He managed to slip out the front door behind a civilian who walked in. Two corrections officers pursued Morgan and caught him a couple blocks from the facility.
The incident began around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. A traffic stop was conducted by Wailuku Patrol Officers on a Sports Utility Vehicle along Lower Main Street and Hookahi Street in Wailuku. As soon as the SUV was stopped, an adult male passenger immediately exited the vehicle and fired a weapon at Police. An exchange of gun fire ensued.
Investigation revealed that the passenger exited the vehicle and shot at the police officers first while fleeing. The officers returned gun fire striking the responsible. The shooter was taken to the Maui Memorial Medical Center in critical condition for treatment.
The man was treated, however, later expired. Cause of death is pending autopsy results. The name of the responsible is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. It may appear a formality – but the man who fired on police will be charged with attempted murder.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody for questioning and later released pending further investigation.
No injuries sustained by police officers or bystanders as a result of this incident.
Haleakala National Park Rangers found themselves in a unique position Wednesday when they held an armed man in connection with a burglary case.
According to a Maui Police Department spokesman, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hana Patrol Officers received a call from Kaupo residents regarding a suspicious male at the Kaupo Store, who was wanted for questioning by Police regarding a Burglary case were a firearm was stolen.
While in route to Kaupo, officers were advised that the suspicious male, 45 year-old Devon Traxinger of Makawao, was being detained by Haleakala National Park Rangers. When they arrived, police discovered that Traxinger was found to be in possession of a stolen firearm in connection with the Burglary case.
Traxinger was subsequently placed under arrest by Hana Patrol Officers and charged with the following offenses:
Total Bail for Traxinger was set at $15,600. He is currently at the Maui County Correctional Center. Per Sergeant Quintero of the Hana Patrol District, “The apprehension and subsequent arrest of Devon Traxinger was a cumulative effort of the Kaupo Community working together with Police and National Park Service Rangers.”
For the second time in 2015, a Maui County police officer has been arrested to DUI and for refusing to submit to blood, urine or saliva tests.
The most recent infraction happened yesterday afternoon. Three-year Maui Police Department veteran officer John Salomon, a 39 year-old Pukalani resident, was arrested for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and Refusal to Submit to Breath, Blood, or Urine Test. The stop happened at 1:53 p.m.
Salomon’s credentials and firearm(s) have been surrendered and he is currently on personal leave. He was released after posting bail in the amount of $1,350.00.
On May 31, Officer Rachel Garvin was arrested for the same charges – including the field test refusal.
In April of this year, Honolulu Deputy Prosecutor Jon Riki Karamatsu resigned his post after being arrested for the same charges – including the refusal. It was his second OVUII arrest.
Officer Salomon has made the news twice before. In September, 2014, Salomon was among the graduating class of MPD’s Crisis Intervention Training, a comprehensive course designed to aid officers in the field to reach non-violent ends to situations that otherwise may have ended badly.
Also, Salomon was the first officer to respond – just three days before the graduation – when a car pulled up to the Lahaina Police station with a very pregnant woman inside. Salomon and three other officers assisted with the delivery on the scene.
A Maui Police Officer has been arrested on charges of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant and Refusal to Submit to Breath, Blood, or Urine Test.
Sunday night at about 11:12 p.m. 33 year-old Rachel Garvin of Haiku, was arrested and charged. Garvin is an eight-year veteran with the Maui Police Department, currently assigned to the Receiving Desk. Her credentials and firearm(s) have been surrendered.
arvin was released after posting bail in the amount of $1,100.00.
A week ago, today, on May 22 at 1:13 p.m. a most gruesome discovery happened at the Kahului Wastewater Treatment Plant. A county worker observed what appeared to be a human fetus in the wastewater catchment receptacle.Police responded to the location and confirmed that it was a fetus.
The fetus was approximately seven inches in length, however, the gender was undetermined. The location of where the fetus originated from is also unknown.
The MPD Criminal Investigation Division took over the investigation and conferred with the Prosecutor’s Office. The case was deemed non-criminal in nature. According to the Hawaii Revised Statute (707-700) the definition states that a “Person” means a human being who has been born and is alive.
Maui Police say a full autopsy could not be conducted on the fetus due to its size. An examination by the Medical Examiner’s Office determined the fetus could not have survived outside of the womb. Its presence at the Waste Water Plant was most likely the result of a miscarriage being flushed into the sewage system.
No other information is available.
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