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Police: Man said he was an officer

A Lahaina man was arrested Wednesday and charged with impersonating a police officer while robbing another man of prescription pills, police said.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Akuila Samiu, 31. He was charged with first-degree robbery and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

An all-points bulletin had been issued for Samiu after Lahaina Criminal Investigation Division detectives investigated the robbery reported at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 5. The victim told police he had left his doctor’s office after an appointment when he saw Samiu next to the victim’s vehicle.

Samiu said he was a police officer and asked the victim to get into his car and to turn over the prescription pills, police said. When the victim refused at first, Samiu displayed a paper bag containing the butt end of what the victim believed was a revolver, police said. The victim gave Samiu the pills, police said.

Samiu was arrested at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday in Kihei, according to police.


Haiku man accused in vehicle break-ins

A 55-year-old Haiku man was arrested for breaking into vehicles on Lalo Street in Kahului after Wailuku patrol officers responded to a report of a break-in occurring Thursday afternoon, police said.

Bail was set at $10,000 for Robert Corniel. He was charged with two counts of first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

After responding to the 1:49 p.m. report of the break-in, officers identified Corniel as the suspect through two witness statements, police said.

Corniel was located on Alamaha Street a short time later.


Bail $1,000 in theft of beer from boat

A Lahaina man was arrested after he was seen going onto the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Quest vessel and leaving with a can of beer early Thursday, police said.

Dayton Javier, 30, was charged with second-degree burglary. His bail was set at $1,000.

Police were called at 1:40 a.m. after someone reported seeing Javier going from the dock onto the boat at Lahaina Harbor, police said.

Before officers arrived, Javier was seen leaving the boat with an item, police said.

When officers contacted Javier near Slip 4, he had a 12-ounce can of beer that had been taken from the vessel, police said.


Baz will address Rotary on Monday

Maui County Budget Director Sandy Baz will address members of the Rotary Club of Kahului at noon Monday at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes at Maui Lani, the club announced.

Baz will speak on county spending and public participation in the budget drafting process.

Mayor Alan Arakawa appointed Baz, the former chief executive officer of Maui Economic Opportunity Inc., as budget director in January 2011. Before being employed at MEO, Baz was employed by the county’s Department of Management.

Born and raised on Maui, Baz is married and has three children. He graduated from St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School and has a Bachelor of Science in business management from Western Governors University.

The event is open to the public. Lunch costs $20 or a $5 program fee.

For more information, go to or call club President Paul Janes-Brown at 572-8000.


State senator will speak to Rotarians

State Sen. Roz Baker will provide an update on the state Legislature to members of the Kihei Wailea Rotary Club at noon Wednesday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.

The event is open to the public, costs $16 and includes lunch.

For more information, call 264-2259.