During the stepped up enforcement of a two week campaign on distracted driving, Maui Police issued a total of 764 tickets. That’s an average of 54.6 tickets per day, costing drivers a total of more than $183,000.
Members of the Maui Police Department Traffic Section along with assistance from patrol officers conducted the operation targeting drivers not paying attention to their driving.The campoaign – nationwide – was titled National “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” Campaign. Officers were assigned to look for and cite drivers who were using mobile electronic devices on public roadways, including school and construction areas.
The primary goal of the operation was to make the roadways of Maui County safer by reducing the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers.
Of those 764 citations, 618 citations were for mobile electronic device violations (distracted driving). The citations are broken down as follows:
As is often the case when making traffic stops, investigations by Officers resulted in the discovery of other crimes committed. During the two week period, Officers assigned to the enforcement detail made arrests for 10 felony offenses, 15 misdemeanor offenses, one operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant cases and 9 outstanding warrants. Officers also assisted in the apprehension of a shoplifting suspect, seized drugs including: Crystal methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and diazepam and recovered a stolen shotgun with ammunition.
While the national campaign ends this month, enforcement of distracted driving along with other offenses such as speeding and seatbelt violations will continue. Those caught using a mobile electronic device while driving face fines starting at $297. For those caught using their devices in school or construction zones, the fine goes up to $347.
For more information on the effects of distracted driving, please visit www.distraction.gov.
Maui Police have released more details in a missing person case. Gerald Matthew Pritchard. He was reported missing on April 8 by his family who last saw him sometime in April, 2014 in Walnutport, Pennsylvania.
In a new pressw release today, MPD says that on Monday this week, at about 8 a.m., Pritchard was seen in the Paia area. He was wearing a fluorescent orange t-shirt and holding a tan backpack (unknown brand). Pritchard also has been seen in the Kihei area near Welakahao Street near the Kihei Baptist Church.
Pritchard appeared to be in good health according to witnesses, however, he has failed to contact police. If anyone has any information about the location of Pritchard, contact Detective Nelson Hamilton at 244-6421 or dispatch at 244-6400.
Pritchard is most likely going by the name Matt. He is described as being about 6′ tall, 180 lbs, blue eyes and light blond hair. Pritchard is 25 years old.
Two hundred and twenty Law enforcement officers graduated today from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 249th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations.
Two Maui Police Department officers were among the graduating class. On March 16th, 2014, Sterling Kiyota was promoted to the Rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Lahaina Patrol Division Commander. On February 1, 2015, Ricky Uedoi was promoted to the Rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Molokai Patrol Division Commander.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director James Comey, was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
The graduating officers will be represented by the class spokesperson, Michael Dahl, Captain, with the Washington State Patrol, in Olympia, Washington. A total of 47,898 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July, 1935. Of this number, approximately 16,233 are still active law enforcement work.
On April 1 Maui Police Department Lieutenant Clyde Holokai was promoted to the Rank of Captain and will be assigned to the Technical Services Section of MPD.
Holokai began his career with the Maui Police Department in 1993, in the 45th Police Academy Class. After graduating from the academy, he worked in the Lahaina, Wailuku and Kihei Patrol Divisions.
In 1999 Holokai was assigned to Baldwin High School as the School Resource Officer where he served for four years before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was transferred to the Wailuku Police Station’s Receiving Desk. In July, 2004, Holokai was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division until June of 2009, where he was transferred to MPD’s Plans, Training, Research and Development Section.
In May, 2011, Holokai was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the Molokai Patrol Division where he served a one-year term in that district. Following that, Holokai was transferred to the Wailuku Patrol Division until April of 2014, when he was transferred to the Vice Division.
During his tenure in the Maui Police Department, Holokai has been involved in teaching Arrest and Defensive Tactics, is a Taser Master Instructor, former Gang Investigator as well as being the Commander of the Department’s S.P.E.E.D. Team.
In his personal time, Holokai runs a faith-based Jiu-Jitsu program called Fight For Life for youths as well as adults.
Maui Police have 56 year-old Etuate Fauhiva in custody today after raiding his Wailuku residence earlier his week. Fauhiva is charged with a variety of crimes after a warranted search recovered a large stash of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia, cash and firearms.
Tuesday this week, members of the MPD Vice Division, Special Response Team and Crime Reduction Unit executed three State of Hawaii Search Warrants at a Wailuku residence. In executing the warrant; 290.26 grams (10.24 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine was recovered, along with 8.12 grams of marijuana vegetation, more than $19,000 in United States currency, empty plastic packets, digital gram scales and firearms.
The MPD press release made it clear: “The suspect and subject of this executed warrant is identified as Etuate Fauhiva (56) of Wailuku.”
Fauhiva was arrested and charged for:
Bail for Fauhiva was set at $32,900.
Kahului murder suspect Keoni Vinuya Tomas was officially charged today with Murder in the Second Degree in the January death of Gail Otsuka.
Tomas was arrested at 11:15 a.m. today while serving on a no-bail bench warrant issued by the Honorable Judge Rhonda I. L. Loo.
The suspect was transferred from Maui Community Correctional Center to the Wailuku Police State for processing. He was booked and returned to MCCC without incident.
Tomas is also being held on $1,000,000 bail for his suspected involvement in the death of his mother, Kimberly Vinuya who was beaten and stabbed to death March 10 at the home they shared in Kahului.
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