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Two Arrested for Narcotic Offenses Following Pukalani Search Warrants

Maui Police Department Vice Officers executed search warrants at a residence in Pukalani on Wednesday. The execution of the warrants resulted in the arrest of two people, 31-year-old Kapua Harrell and 35-year-old Sherron Falces. Both were arrested for multiple narcotics offenses. According to MPD, the search resulted in the recovery of 533.33 grams (1.18 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, 4.97 grams …

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Hawai`i’s Unemployment at 2.7 Percent in February

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations on Thursday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 2.7 percent, the same as in January. Statewide, 656,500 were employed and 18,250 unemployed in February for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 674,700. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in February, compared to 4.0 …

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Police Request Help Locating Man Reported Missing

The Maui Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating Jason Gouveia who was reported missing on March 21. Gouveia was last seen in the area of Holomua Road in Haiku. He operates a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma with Hawaii License plates LHX 351. Authorities described 33-year-old Gouveia as 6-feet-4-inches tall and 171 pounds. He has black hair …

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16 More Inmates Identified in MCCC Disturbance Transferred to Halawa Correctional Facility

As preliminary investigative questioning of inmates continues, Maui Community Correctional Center staff were able to identify 16 additional, pre-trial inmates who participated in a smaller capacity in last Monday’s disturbance at the MCCC.  They arrived on a flight to Oahu at 10:30 a.m. and were transported to Halawa Correctional Facility by 11 a.m., without incident.  These detainees did not start …

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MFD Responds to Report of Neck Injury in Makena

At 3:14 p.m. on Tuesday Maui Fire Department firefighters from Wailea responded to an adult male who possibly injured his neck while swimming at Po’olenalena Beach Park in Makena. Upon arrival, firefighters found a bystander helping to stabilize the neck of the injured male on shore. Firefighters were able to assist medics in extricating the patient to be transported to …

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Hikers Spend the Night in Mountains Above Keanae

A father and daughter along with another adult male spent the night in the mountains above Keanae on Monday night. Maui Fire Department officials say the trio had set out about 12:30 p.m. on Monday to do some hiking and sightseeing. Their intended loop hike needed to be cut short as a landslide had prevented them from going further. The …

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Man Meets with Officers Who Saved His Life

On Thursday, March 14, Sheldon Biga met for the first time with the police officers who he credited with saving his life. In August of 2018, Sheldon was involved in an industrial accident which caused him to become unresponsive. Officers Caleb Guarriello and Cesar Desamito were first on scene and were able to move Sheldon’s lifeless body to a safe …

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Authorities Search for Man Reported Missing

Maui Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Thomas A. Gatlin, a 36-year-old Caucasian male, reported missing on March 17. Gatlin was last heard from by relatives on the mainland on December 17, 2019. Checks of his last known residence found he had moved out sometime in January 2019 to an unknown location. His current whereabouts are …

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DPS Provides Updates on Clean-Up and Recovery at MCCC

The Department of Public Safety is releasing initial photos of damage caused by inmates during last Monday’s disturbance at the Maui Community Correctional Center. MCCC maintenance staff are working extended hours to assess the damage and begin the recovery process so the modules can return to normal operation as soon as possible. Although common areas in the units are unusable, …

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Wailuku Man Charged After Stabbing Police Officer

The Maui man accused of stabbing a police officer with a pole is now charge with attempted murder. Maui News reports, it happened last Thursday in Wailuku.According to police, 55-year-old Joseph K. Pang Ching went to the ARC of Maui office and began yelling obscenities at a worker. She later locked herself in the building and called police, but when MPD tried …

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