A litany of charges has been filed against the operator of a motorcycle that impacted a moped in Waiehu Monday – causing the death of the moped driver, Earle Maielua, 47, of Wailuku.
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Maui Police Department Vehicle Homicide investigators arrested a 25 year-old male from Waihee. The suspect was arrested and released pending further investigation for the following charges:
The investigation related to this arrest is still ongoing. Police declined to identify the suspect. Read the original accident report here.
By Jeff King
Iao School, Wailuku Elementary and other area schools have been notified of the escape on a MCCC inmate today. Maui Police say 26 year-old Reid I.L. Kauha’aha’a escaped during a work detail around noon today along Honoapi’ilani Highway near the Waikapu on 30 Restaurant.
Police say their are working on leads and canvassing the area. Kauha’aha’a is described as five feet six inches in heights, 130 pounds. He has brown eyes, long brown hair and tattoos on each side of his neck. Was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange T-shirt.
Conflicting reports of lockdown have been rumored. As of 2 p.m., neither school has reported being locked down. Kauha’aha’a remains at large at this hour.
The escapee was in Community Custody status (meaning he is allowed to work in the community. Community Custody is lower than Minimum Custody). He was in the work furlough program.
Kauhaahaa was serving 5 years for Burglary and Theft in t5he Second Degree. His next parole hearing was scheduled for February 28, 2014. When captured, escape will also be added to his charges.
Anyone with information is asked not to approach Kauhaahaa, but to call police.
A Haiku man is free on bail today after he allegedly shot another man with a BB gun Friday night.
Maui Police say 41 year-old John Amoral threatened a neighbor with the gun, then fired – slightly injuring the victim. Police got the call at 11:09 p.m. Friday and took Amoral into custody. He was charged with two counts of terroristic threatening and one count of assault in the third degree. A published report says Amoral was released after posting $2,000 bail.
The investigation continues.
An traffic accident near Kihei Canoe Club and the North Kihei Road intersection closed South Kihei Road to traffic early this morning.
The accident occured around 6:30 a.m. with no details yet made available by Police. Traffic was detoured around the area until 7:45 a.m. That’s when officers completed their on-scene investigation and reopened South Kihei Road in both directions.
The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.
The suspect — who sources said had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted at about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured during the pursuit.
“This appears to be an isolated incident,” said Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine. “Both scenes are under control.”
President Barack Obama was briefed about the harrowing incident, which came in the midst of the government shutdown that has created a tense atmosphere on Capitol Hill.
It started at 2:18 p.m. (8:18 a.m. HST) when the woman in a black car tried to breach White House security at 15th St. and E, law-enforcement sources said.
She did not get through and was chased at high speeds for about 12 blocks, the sources said.
Her car hit a Capitol Police vehicle at Second St. and Constitution Ave. and then crashed into barricades a few blocks away, Dine said.
Law-enforcement sources said she began firing and was shot. The child was reported to be safe.
Her motive was unknown but Dine said there was no reason to think it was an act of terrorism.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, who was on the balcony talking to his colleagues, described a “burst” of gunfire from the House side of the Capitol, towards the House office buildings.
“It was like the first volley in a 21-gun salute,” Rep. Matthew Cartwright told MNSNBC.
Travis Gillbert, who watched the chase from the roof of the Newseum, said vehicles involved “had several close encounters with other vehicles during the case.”
“It was very dangerous,” he said.
An NBC satellite truck operator saw several police cars with lights flashing near the gardens below the Capitol when he suddenly heard rapid-fire shots. Several police cars could then be seen chasing the black car, he reported.
The FBI responded to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol to medevac the injured officer.
A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to “shelter in place,” but that order was lifted a short time later.
The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.
Though it was over quickly, nerves were still jangled.
“Shaken is a good word to describe how I’m feeling,” said Peter Plocki, a government worker furloughed during the shutdown who was on Capitol Hill to take a tour of the Supreme Court building and heard the shots.
Congress has been locked for the past week and a half in a contentious debate over funding the government, a disagreement in which contributed to a government shutdown that began Monday.
Last night, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy, R, was the victim of a “minor incident” outside of the Capitol complex.
“A random individual, unknown to the Congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” a spokesperson for Duffy said in describing the incident. “Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time.”
On September 16, a deadly shooting occurred blocks south of the U.S. Capitol complex which contributed to a partial lockdown of the Capitol at that time.
A shooting on July 24, 1998 left two Capitol Police officers dead. And at a constituent event in her district in January 2011, then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was seriously injured and six others were killed in a shooting.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement:
“I want to thank the Capitol Police and all law enforcement agencies involved for their brave and swift response. All staff and members of the Hawai‘i delegation are out of harm’s way and accounted for, and we followed the appropriate procedures for this type of emergency. Mahalo to everyone in Hawai‘i who reached out to make sure that we are safe.”
By Jeff King
A Lahaina man – the subject of a two-day search after going missing missing Wednesday inside Haleakala Crater – was found safe Friday. Despite being tired and cold, Haleakala park officials say the man was unhurt.
Richard Scheidman of Lahaina was reported missing by his wife after failing to return from a crater hike. He began his trek shortly before noon, Wednesday, at the 8,000 foot level. He was expected home around 7 p.m. A search began Wednesday night with Maui Fire and rescue crews and Air-1. His car was found in the parking lot – with his cell phone on the seat. The incident was turned over to National Park officials Thursday.
Scheidman, in his 60s, was located Friday around 4:45 p.m. near Hosmer’s Grove campground. Medics attended to him but he was reportedly not hospitalized.
Ground teams from the National Park Service and Maui and Honolulu police and Maui fire crews and helicopters searched for Scheidman during daylight hours Thursday and Friday. Friday’s search had been suspended around 2 p.m, and officials were deliberating whether to conduct another search this morning when Scheidman was found, park officials said.
Maui Police Lt. Jayson Rego said Scheidman was found outside the park fenceline after becoming lost while trying to make his way back to his car. He emerged from brush near a Hosmer Grove campsite and was calling for help, Rego said. Tourists assisted Scheidman and called police.
Scheidman was “alert and coherent” and “soaking wet” after a storm Wednesday night and rainshowers Thursday morning, Rego said. Scheidman reported hearing helicopters searching for him but was unable to signal them.
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