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Police and Fire

For Friday, August 31, 2012

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services


Maui crash injures 2 women

Two women were injured — one critically — in a head-on collision Thursday afternoon on Honoapiilani Highway on Maui on the Lahaina side of the Pali Tunnel, the Maui County Paramedics Association reported.

A pickup truck and a sedan collided at 1:35 p.m., with both vehicles sustaining major damage, the association said. Fire personnel extricated the women, who were trapped in the car, authorities said.

Paramedics transported a 46-year-old woman in critical condition with head injuries and a 48-year-old woman in serious condition to a hospital.

Dad revives baby found in pool

A 1-year-old baby girl was revived Thursday afternoon after being found unresponsive at the bottom of a community pool in Makakilo.

The baby was taken by ambulance in critical condition to a hospital, an Emergency Medical Services official said.

EMS responded to a 5:07 p.m. call of a drowning at 91-1091 Koio Drive, the official said.

When EMS arrived, the child was awake and crying, according to EMS radio communication.

The father reported to EMS personnel that the child was found at the bottom of the pool, where she may have been for five to 10 minutes, the EMS official said. The father reported performing six minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation before the child was revived, according to EMS radio communication.

Man wields knife, surrenders

A 23-year-old McCully man who allegedly threatened to kill a co-worker with a knife turned himself in Thursday to police.

Police said the man and a 25-year-old co-worker were arguing at work the night of Aug. 22, when the two men agreed to settle the dispute. The 25-year-old followed the 23-year-old outside, when the younger man allegedly pulled out a knife threatened to kill the other man. The suspect chased the older man, who fled inside the building, police said. Other employees separated the two men, and the suspect agreed to turn himself in.

The man surrendered to police at the main station, where he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. Police released him pending investigation.

Boys threaten state worker

Police arrested two teenage boys for allegedly threatening to kill a 55-year-old Department of Education employee in Kalihi.

Police said the DOE employee confronted the boys, ages 14 and 16, and asked them for identification. The boys became agitated, police said, and allegedly challenged the man to a fight, saying they were going to kill him. The employee called for backup and both teens were restrained.

When police arrived, they arrested the two on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. They were released pending investigation.


Man extradited on theft charge

A southeastern Michigan man is back on Hawaii island to face charges of embezzling a Kona coffee grower.

John "Jason" Walaskay, 41, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., was arrested this month at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club near Detroit and has been extradited to Hawaii. He has been indicted on theft and other counts.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that Walaskay stole from Kona's Best Natural Coffee while employed as comptroller. He could face up to 75 years in prison. Bookkeeper Cathy Kleger says the company lost nearly $200,000.

Walaskay pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Trial is set for Oct. 3.

Hunter missingin Volcano area

Hawaii County police are asking for help finding a 36-year-old hunter.

Police said Gabriel Olson was last seen near Pearl and Fourth streets in Volcano at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

He is described as 6 feet tall, 230 pounds, with a medium build and light hair. Police said he may have had a backpack and was hunting in Volcano.

Anyone with information may call 911 or 935-3311.

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