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Two former Maui residents found guilty in $26 Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Following a 25-day trial spanning over seven weeks, a federal jury yesterday found George Lindell, 67, and Holly Hoaeae, 40, both formerly of Maui, guilty of eight mail fraud and two wire fraud charges in connection with their operation of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme associated with their mortgage and insurance business on Maui. Lindell was also convicted of four …

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“Click it or Ticket” nets over 2,000 citations

As a part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, “Click It or Ticket,” the Maui Police Departments Traffic Section and patrol officers conducted a two week operation targeting seat belt, child restraint, and pickup truck restriction violations. Officers were assigned to look for and cite drivers who were not using their seat belts and child restraint(s) on public roadways, …

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Near fatal accident closes Kahului intersection

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at approximately 8:40 p.m., a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred at the intersection of South Papa Avenue and Kea Street, Kahului, Maui. The collision occurred after a 2006 Toyota Corolla 4 door sedan, being operated by a 40 year old Kahului resident, was traveling south on South Papa Avenue. The operator of the Toyota sedan failed …

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UPDATE: Missing MCCC inmate Leif Valdez is confirmed to be in Maui Police custody.

Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) was notified just before 6 p.m. by Maui Police of inmate Leif Valdez’ capture. Valdez was reported missing from the 3 p.m. headcount yesterday (Tuesday). How he escaped is under investigation. Valdez is a minimum security custody who was serving a misdemeanor, 15-day sentence for Theft 4. The sentence end date is June 3, 2015. …

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UPDATE: Female Pre-trial Detainee confirmed to be in Maui Police custody.

UPDATE: Maui Police have confirmed they arrested Tasha Gonsalves at about 2 p.m. Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) pre-trial detainee Tasha Gonsalves was reported missing from the 5:30 a.m. headcount. How she escaped is under investigation. She was awaiting trial for theft, forgery and fraudulent use of a credit card. Her bail was set at $15,000. Gonsalves is a community …

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Update to Kahakuloa structure fire

A structure fire that occurred early yesterday evening in Kahakuloa, caused $550,000 in damages to the one-story residential structure, and $5,000 to its contents. The home, located near mile marker 8 on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway, was almost entirely destroyed and vacant at the time. At 5:38 p.m., 3 fire companies, 3 water tankers, and a battalion chief …

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Maui shines at 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Maui represented well at the 38th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards last night at the Hawaii Convention Center. The big winner of the night was Keali’I Reichel winning in eight categories with his latest album “Kawaiokalena”. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Reichel’s personal wins included male vocalist of the year for the fifth time, favorite entertainer for the fourth …

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Vessel makes Emergency Beaching in Wailea

At 7:06 a.m. this morning, firefighters were dispatched to a boat that reportedly ran aground on the beach fronting the Grand Wailea Resort in south Maui. A Wailea fire crew arrived on scene at 7:15 and confirmed that a vessel was indeed beached fronting the resort. An aluminum boat about 30 feet long, belonging to the dive company, Scuba Shack, …

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Wailuku woman dies off Makena shores

On 05/22/15, at about 8:16 p.m., First Responders were summoned to La Perouse Bay in Makena for an unresponsive victim. A friend of the victim initiated Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). First Responders arrived on scene and continued lifesaving efforts. Despite life saving measures, the victim died at the scene. Investigation revealed that the victim and a friend was hiking and …

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Injured hiker airlifted from Bamboo Trail

At noon today, Paia firefighters were called to the Bamboo Forest trail in Kailua, for a female hiker that injured her knee and was unable to walk out. A Kahului rescue crew aboard Air 1 located the 57-year-old female visitor from Bellevue, Washington, at the base of the 5th pool on the Bamboo Forest hike. The woman lost her footing …

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