Star-Bulletin staff and wire

Kahului Shopping Center damage near $10M

WAILUKU » The fire that swept through a portion of Kahului Shopping Center on Maui caused an estimated $7 million in damages to the structure and $2.7 million to its contents, fire Battalion Chief David Kamalani said yesterday.

Kamalani said the fire that occurred Sunday remains unclassified and under investigation.

The fire destroyed three stores, including TJ's Oriental Food Mart, a Salvation Army Thrift Store, and the landmark Ah Fook's Supermarket.

Fire officials allowed store tenants yesterday to return to the shopping center to assess the damages. Some 20 tenants occupy spaces at the shopping center, whose landlord is A&B Properties Inc.

Mayor fills No. 2 spot at emergency services

Mayor Mufi Hannemann has chosen the former Maui County budget director to be second-in-command of the city Department of Emergency Services.

He named Danilo "Danny" Agsalog special adviser to Dr. Elizabeth Char, department director. It is one of four city departments for which the mayor has chosen to substitute a special adviser position instead of appointing a deputy director.

Agsalog was born in the Philippines and ran a marketing research firm there. A licensed electrician, he formerly supervised the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co. electrical department. He served eight years in the U.S. Air Force and 15 years in the Hawaii Air National Guard. He was campaign manager for Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa in 2002.

As Maui budget director, Agsalog expanded Maui County's unreserved "carryover" funds from $4.4 million in 2004 to $17 million in the current fiscal year, according to a city news release.

Isles get $23.1 million for counterterrorism

State and county emergency response agencies will receive $23.1 million in federal counterterrorism funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

The grants are awarded to help "first responder" departments prevent, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other potential disasters, according to a department announcement.

The money will go for training, equipment, exercises and planning in police, fire and ambulance departments and other agencies.

Since it was created three years ago, the Department of Homeland Security has allocated more than $91.2 million to Hawaii agencies and a total of $13 billion throughout the country.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man arrested for alleged sex assault

Police arrested a sex-assault suspect who they allege attacked a 19-year-old woman while she was sleeping last week.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old suspect met the victim's roommate at a party and was invited back to their place, police said.

While the victim was asleep, the suspect allegedly sexually assaulted her and left after she awoke and told him to leave.

Police found the suspect Monday night at the Park Shore Waikiki hotel at 2586 Kalakaua Ave. and arrested him for investigation of second- and fourth-degree sexual assault.


Woman, 52, allegedly threatens to kill mom

Police arrested a 52-year-old Hawaii Kai woman for allegedly threatening to kill her 80-year-old mother on several occasions.

The threats were made about 3:15 p.m. Monday at 446 Kawaihae St., police said.

Police arrested the woman for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of abuse of a household member and two probation revocation warrants.


Police look for suspect in pizza parlor robbery

Police want help locating a man who robbed a Kapiolani Boulevard pizza parlor on Feb. 20.

About 11:15 p.m., the suspect entered Papa John's Pizza at 1646 Kapiolani Blvd. with his tank top covering the lower part of his face. He demanded money and fled with cash.

The suspect is described as in his 30s, 5 feet 6 inches, about 200 pounds, with a short crewcut red hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. He has tattoos on his left bicep and upper back. He was last seen wearing a black tank top, black denim shorts, and black work shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gordon Makishima at 529-3383 or CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or by dialing *CRIME on a cellular phone.

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