Police / Fire


POSTED: Thursday, January 08, 2009

Kahului man victim in fatal stabbing

A Maui man stabbed to death Monday has been identified as John Shaniyo, 33, of Kahului.

An autopsy revealed that he died as a result of a single stab wound to his abdomen, which severed a main artery, according to Maui police.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Monday on West Kauai Street.

Rachel Berta, 23, described by police as an acquaintance of Shaniyo, was charged with second-degree murder. She is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.



Revenge suspected in man's beating

Family and friends of a 20-year-old Hauula beating victim allegedly broke into the home of her boyfriend, 20, and beat him.

Police said the woman was allegedly abused by her 20-year-old boyfriend at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman suffered a severe laceration above her eyebrow during an argument with her boyfriend. When she went to her mother's home, her family saw it and “;decided to take matters into their own hands,”; police said.

The woman's sister, 25, brother, 25, and two male friends, 27 and 21, forcibly entered the boyfriend's home in Hauula, and the three men allegedly assaulted him after the boyfriend was released by police.

He received numerous bruises and a possible concussion, police said.

All four were arrested yesterday on suspicion of burglary, and the three men were also arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault.

The boyfriend, who was initially arrested on suspicion of abuse of a household member, was released on bail, then later arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault after a physician's report showed the woman had substantial bodily injuries.



Industrial park suffers another fire

Arson is suspected in a scrap fire that took several hours to extinguish Tuesday night at Campbell Industrial Park.

At about 10 p.m. a Schnitzer Steel Hawaii employee discovered a fire in a pile of shredded material and a pile of drift nets.

Fire spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig said about 35 firefighters contained the blaze at 12:30 a.m. and extinguished it by 4 a.m. There were no injuries.

A fire investigator determined the cause to be intentional, and police have opened an arson case. The company said the pile had no value because it was going to be incinerated anyway.

This was the second fire within a month at the facility. The other occurred Dec. 19 in a pile of scrap metal. There were no injuries, and it was extinguished in five hours. The cause of that fire is still undetermined.