Rising pump prices leave Maui officials out of gas
WAILUKU >> Maui officials are curtailing the use of government vehicles because rising prices have caused the county to run out of money budgeted for gasoline and diesel fuel.
As of Friday, nonessential vehicles were no longer being refueled at the county's gas pumps. On April 30th, with two months remaining in the county's fiscal year, the Department of Public Works and Waste Management was almost $40,000 over budget for gas and diesel fuel. Except for police and fire, Public Works supplies all county departments.
Public Works Director Gilbert Coloma-Agaran said he expected the cutback to be temporary as his department looked for additional money.
Coloma-Agaran blamed the problem on rising fuel prices and a static fuel budget.
"Like any other petroleum consumer in Hawaii, we've seen the cost go up a lot more than we've budgeted," he said.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Detectives take over search for missing man
Big Island detectives have taken over the search for a 51-year-old South Kohala man who has been missing since March.
The man was identified as Michael Anthony Elenes, of no permanent address, but who reportedly frequents Puako and Waikoloa in South Kohala.
Elenes is described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds, and having brown eyes, brown hair and a thick mustache. He also is described as having a scar on his chest.
Elenes was last seen on March 25 in Puako, where he had been picking up his mail.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Acting Lt. Llewellyn Fukui of the West Hawaii CIS at 326-4203 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
Big Isle police search for missing teen girl
Big Island police are looking for a 15-year-old Hilo girl reported missing May 19.
Chyann Andrews is described as being about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 132 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the teenager is asked to call Officer Kelly Moniz of the South Hilo patrol at 961-2213 or 935-3311. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.
2 men sought after knifepoint robbery
Police are looking for two men who robbed two Japanese visitors at knifepoint in Waikiki.
The two men from Japan had just left an ABC Store on Kalakaua Avenue at 1:14 a.m. Thursday and were walking back to their hotel on Kanekapolei Avenue, when they were confronted by the suspects in the parking lot of the Food Pantry at 2370 Kuhio Ave., police said.
The suspects allegedly took their wallets and other personal belongings and then fled toward Kuhio, police said.
Patrol officers drove victims around to try to find the suspects, but were unsuccessful.
One suspect is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 110 pounds, with a dark complexion and crew cut. The other is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, about 300 pounds, with a dark complexion, crew cut and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark blue knee-length pants.
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers