Maui Police have released the details behind the lockdown of some Central Maui schools Friday – and it was quite serious.
Around 11:12 a.m. Friday, Police were assigned to a reckless driving complaint on Waiale Road in Wailuku. The caller witnessed a white colored Toyota Tundra swerving all over the road, eventually parking within the Kehalani Longs Drugs parking lot.
The first Officer arrived at the scene and observed the vehicle Toyota Tundra parked unattended within the parking lot. A second Officer arrived at the scene and approached the Toyota Tundra. The Officer observed a male dressed in a red t-shirt and shorts walk towards the Toyota Tundra. The male suspect, identified as Kalama Harry, 31, from Waiehu, noticed the second Officer immediately and entered the Toyota Tundra followed by another male suspect in a black t-shirt as the passenger.
The first Officer, at the scene, maneuvered his patrol vehicle behind the Toyota Tundra, as Harry’s attention was focused on the second Officer. Harry reversed the Tundra without looking, His truck then struck the police vehicle behind him.
The first Officer sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision as he was still in the vehicle. Harry then intentionally hopped the Longs Drugs parking lot curb and accelerated towards the second Officer. The second Officer jumped out of the way in fear of being struck. Harry fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
A pursuit was initiated for the Toyota Tundra being operated by Harry. The pursuit ended on Pu’umakani Street in Kahului when Harry and the other suspect fled on foot abandoning the Tundra.
Maui Waena Elementary School, Lihikai School and Ala Lani Preschool were placed on lock down as a precaution.
Other divisions of the Maui Police Department assisted in a search of Harry and the other suspect.
Checks of the white Toyota Tundra , plate number 921-TRV revealed it was an unreported stolen vehicle. The Toyota Tundra was seized, pending the application of a search warrant. A moped which fell from the Toyota Tundra while in pursuit revealed it was also stolen. The moped was also recovered as evidence.
Kalama Harry was eventually located and arrested for the offenses of:
He was taken to the Wailuku Police Station where he is currently being held. The other suspect has not been apprehended, however, investigators are looking into leads of his whereabouts and possible identification.
In spite of the pursuit, no damages were reported to any property. This incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.
By Jeff King
A decorated Maui Police officer, arrested for theft on October 1, has a new charge added to his list: Bribery of a Witness and Hindering Prosecution. Read the original report here.
But he’s not alone.
Tuesday this week, 36 year-old Damien K. Kaina, Jr., from Wailuku, visited the victim of the theft and offered an undisclosed amount of cash in exchange for the victim to withdraw the criminal complaint against Officer Maldonado.
On Wednesday, the victim reported the incident to police and turned over the cash given to him by Kaina.
Yesterday morning at about 8:51 a.m., Officer Anthony Maldonado, 26, from Makawao, was arrested for Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree. Maldonado was released pending further investigation and has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Three hours after that, at 12:35 p.m., Damien K. Kaina Jr. was arrested and charged for Bribery Of A Witness and Hindering Prosecution In The First Degree.
Kaina was released after posting $10,000.00 bail.
WAILUKU – The Dept. of Parks and Recreation announces that the Coach Spencer Shiraishi Memorial Pool in Kahului will be closed Saturday, Oct. 10, for maintenance and deep cleaning. Wailuku, Kokua and Sakamoto Central pools will be open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for public swim.
The hours are as follows: Thursday, Sept. 24: Closed noon – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27: Closed all day Monday, Sept. 28: Open 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Fran Yamamoto at 270-6138 or Duke Sevilla at 270-6135. For general pool information, visit www.mauicounty.gov/Aquatics.
WAILUKU – Due to the partial closure of Kaahumanu Avenue on Thursday, September 24, to accommodate the Maui Fair Parade, Maui Bus service will be re-routed and specific stops eliminated, the County of Maui Department of Transportation announced.
The changes are as follows:
Lahaina Islander (Lahaina Bound)
Kahului Loop Route #5
Kahului Reverse Loop Route #6
Wailuku Loop Route #1
Wailuku Reverse Loop Route #2
The remaining bus routes will operate as normal with some deviation in street routing, but will continue to serve all other existing bus stops. Passengers are asked to expect delays in pick-up times due to the increased traffic during the parade.
Additionally, Maui Bus Commuter parking, normally allowed at the War Memorial Stadium parking lot, will be relocated to the Kahului Boat Ramp during the Maui Fair from Tuesday, September 22 through Sunday, September 27.
Maui Bus is a service provided by the County of Maui and operated by Roberts Hawaii. For more information, contact Roberts Hawaii at 871-4838 or the County of Maui Department of Transportation at 270-7511. General bus schedule information can be found on all County buses, and is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/bus.
WAILUKU – The County of Maui Dept. of Environmental Management, Solid Waste Division, announced that due to a staff shortage, residential refuse collection routes in the Wailuku area were not picked up today.
All missed pickups are expected to be completed tomorrow, on Saturday, September 5.
AFFECTED AREAS IN THE WAILUKU AREA ARE:
The Solid Waste Division apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the community’s understanding and cooperation.
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