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July 19, 2010

Gun recovered from Maui shooting, driver identified

By Wendy Osher Maui police have released the name of the man who was driving the pickup truck that allegedly struck an officer early Sunday morning.  Maui police say 19-year-old Austin Pierman of Kihei was the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.  He was arrested for suspicion of attempted murder I and transported... Read more »
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March 17, 2010

66-year-old Pedestrian Dies in Puunene Collision

(Update:  10:30 a.m. 3/17/2010) A 66-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when he was stuck by two vehicles while crossing Puunene Avenue on foot early this morning.  The pedestrian died at the scene. Maui police say the man has no local address, and his identity is being withheld until next-of–kin can be located and notified.  The... Read more »
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March 10, 2010

Police Review Surveillance Video in Ongoing Arson Investigation

By Wendy Osher The Maui Police Department continues an investigation into a suspicious fire reported Saturday, March 6, 2010 in Kapalua.  Authorities have classified the incident as an Arson and are investigating possible evidence leading to an alleged hate crime towards the victim. Detectives with the department’s Criminal Investigation Division are looking into surveillance videos... Read more »
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February 18, 2010

Pladera Promoted to Rank of Lieutenant at Maui Police Department

The Maui Police Department today announced the promotion of Detective Jeraul Pladera to the rank of Lieutenant.  Pladera is a 17-year police veteran, most recently serving with the Wailuku Criminal Investigation Division. Pladera began his career with the Kauai Police Department before transferring to the MPD in August of 1994.  He was assigned to the... Read more »
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February 18, 2010

Preliminary ID Made on Body Recovered from Iao Valley

By Wendy Osher An autopsy will be performed later today (Thursday, February 18, 2010) on a body recovered from Iao Valley Wednesday afternoon. Preliminary identification of the victim was made based upon a driver’s license found nearby.  Authorities the autopsy will be used to confirm identity and should reveal circumstances surrounding the death. Lt. John... Read more »
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February 02, 2010

Kanemitsu Promoted to Maui Police Captain

Maui Police Department Lieutenant Donald Kanemitsu was promoted to the rank of Captain in the latest round of promotions announced by Chief Gary Yabuta today. Kanemitsu is a 20 year veteran with the department and most recently served in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, where he has served in three separate assignments as a Patrol Officer,... Read more »
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December 03, 2009

Homeless Man Reports Being Set on Fire

By Wendy Osher Maui police have launched an attempted murder investigation following a report of a homeless man being set on fire while he was sleeping. The incident was reported early this morning in Paia.  The 27-year-old male victim went to the Shell Station where he reported the incident. He was transported to the Maui... Read more »
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November 20, 2009

MPD Promotes Rickard to Rank of Captain

A 22-year veteran of the Maui Police Department was promoted this week to the rank of Captain.  Dean Rickard, earned the 2007 County of Maui Team of the Year award while serving in his most recent pot as Commander of the Plans & Training Section.  Rickard takes on his new post as Captain and District... Read more »
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October 21, 2009

Former MPD Sgt. Identified In Murder Suicide Investigation

A former Sergeant with the Maui Police Department was identified as one of two people killed in an apparent murder suicide on Maui, Monday night in Makawao.  An autopsy today revealed that 59-year-old Barry W. Alford died as a result of a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head.  His death is classified as... Read more »
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October 20, 2009

Maui Police Open Murder Suicide Investigation

Maui Police have opened a murder suicide investigation into an incident reported last night in Makawao. Authorities responded to a 9-1-1 call at 10:15 p.m. reporting domestic abuse with possible shots fired at a Makawao residence. Upon arrival, police officers discovered two bodies of a 59-year-old male and a 58-year-old female who had died from... Read more »
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October 19, 2009

Identity of Victim Released in Maui Murder Investigation

Maui Police have identified the victim in an ongoing homicide investigation as 45-year-old Alan Vegas of Kaupo. Authorities say the man died as a result of a single gunshot wound which in turn caused internal bleeding. The incident was reported Sunday morning (October 18, 2009) in the remote East Maui town of Kaupo. The male... Read more »
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September 23, 2009

Silva Named 2009 Officer of the Year

The Maui Police Department’s Sergeant David Silva is being honored as the recipient of the Officer of the Year Award from the 2009 Hawaii State Law Enforcement Officers Association.  Sergeant Silva will be honored at HSLEOA Conference banquet which will be held next Friday evening, September 25, 2009, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Kapalua.... Read more »
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July 17, 2009


The Maui Police Department announced the promotion of Captain Danny Matsuura to the rank of Assistant Chief. Matsuura will serve as Commander of the Support Services Bureau in his capacity as Assistant Chief.  He fills the void created by the recent promotion of Deputy Chief Clayton Tom with the new administration. Assistant Chief Matsuura is... Read more »
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May 19, 2009


A woman is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times at a home in Kahului Monday night. Authorities say the 30-year-old woman was stabbed an estimated nine times to her body.  Injuries also included wounds to her left arm, which police believe were defensive wounds. Maui Police from the Wailuku Patrol District responded to... Read more »
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January 16, 2009

Maui Police Seek Suspect in Kahului Bank Robbery

Posted by Wendy OSHER Maui police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a bank robbery suspect.  Authorities say the suspect entered the Bank of Hawaii Dairy Road Branch at the Maui Market Place at around 1:20 p.m. today (Friday, January 16, 2009).  Acting Lt. Brian Kaya with the MPD Criminal Investigation Division said the... Read more »
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