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POSTED: Sunday, October 25, 2009

6 men, 3 women arrested at reggae concert

Police arrested nine people Friday night for alleged drug offenses at a reggae concert at the Waikiki Shell.

Five men, were cited for second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

Four men, ages 20 to 33, posted $250 bail Friday night and were released.

An 18-year-old Kaneohe man was also cited for third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug charge, a petty misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 30 days in jail. He posted $400 bail.

Another 22 year-old Waipahu man was also cited for third degree promotion of a detrimental drug and posted $150 bail.

Three women, ages 23, 29, and 33, were also arrested on misdemeanor drug charges.

Two of the women posted $250 bail on second-degree misdemeanor drug charges. The third woman was cited for marijuana possession and also posted $250 bail.

2 men sought in assault, abduction of woman

Police are looking for two men in their 20s who allegedly abducted a 22-year-old woman from the Leeward Community College parking lot in Pearl City and sexually assaulted her.

About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the woman was kidnapped from the parking lot and taken to another area where she was sexually assaulted, police said.

About four hours later, they dropped the woman off at a Kamehameha Highway bus stop near LCC, police said. The woman had visible injuries to her face and was taken to the Sex Abuse Treatment Center.

Hiker who falls off trail rescued by helicopter

A man in his 50s was rescued by a Honolulu Fire Department crew and helicopter yesterday after slipping and injuring his leg while hiking with a group on the Pauoa Flats Trail.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the group was about a mile in on the trail from the top of Tantalus at 12:11 p.m. when the man was injured.

A fire department rescue crew rappelled to the man, put a splint on his leg and placed him in a rescue net, Seelig said.

He was flown to Booth Park at the base of Pacific Heights and taken by ambulance to a hospital. The rest of the group hiked out, Seelig said.

Paraglider seriously injured in ridge launch

A paraglider in his 50s was seriously injured when he crashed off Makapuu Ridge Friday.

Fire Capt. Terry Seelig said the paraglider, who was the last of a group to launch, called 911 about 3:20 p.m. The rest of his group was unaware he was in trouble, Seelig said.

Fire rescue personnel found the man at an area with cactus, a few feet below the launch area at 3:48 p.m. He was flown out of the area by helicopter and transferred to an ambulance.

The man received serious injuries, and had lacerations and abrasions from having fallen on rocks, but remained conscious, Seelig said.

Former teller admits guilt in embezzling

A former teller has pleaded guilty to embezzling $218,000 from Molokai Community Federal Credit Union.

Daniel K. Mahiai faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Feb. 16, U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said Friday.

Nakakuni said the 32-year-old Mahiai stole the money from his teller's drawer between January 2005 and February 2008.

To hide his acts, Mahiai made false entries in various credit union accounts to make it appear account holders had made withdrawals.

Mahiai then placed some of the accounts in “;no mail”; status, preventing the credit union from sending the members statements reflecting the withdrawals.