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Posted on: Saturday, January 13, 2001

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Two indicted in killing of Kihei man

WAILUKU, Maui — A Maui grand jury yesterday indicted two suspects in last month's murder of an elderly Kihei man.

Edward "Doc" Bird, 82, was found dead Dec. 3 in the bedroom of his ground-floor unit at the Pacific Shores on South Kihei Road. He died of strangulation and suffered head injuries. Police believe he was killed during a burglary.

Lisa H. Avilla, 30, and her boyfriend, Michael A. Pavich, 30, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and promoting a dangerous drug.

Both are being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center in lieu of $230,000 bail.

Avilla already had been arrested and charged by Maui police for Bird's slaying and was to appear at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Wailuku District Court. Yesterday's indictment means she will proceed to arraignment in 2nd Circuit Court.

Pavich was arrested yesterday at the Maui correctional center, where he was awaiting trial on theft and stolen credit card charges related to a Nov. 18 break-in at a Wailea condominium.


Kauai councilman seeks moratorium on ag subdivisions

LIHUE, Kauai — The Kauai County Council is considering a two-year moratorium on the subdivision of large agricultural parcels, to allow the county time to revamp its subdivision ordinance.

Councilman Bryan Baptiste said he will introduce a bill for the moratorium on Jan. 25. The goal is to let the county bring the comprehensive zoning ordinance into compliance with the recommendations of the newly updated Kauai General Plan.

He said the moratorium would be limited to agriculture and open-zoned lots of 100 acres or more.

There are about 100 lots in that category on Kauai, he said.

"We’re going to get strong objections from the real estate community, and some objections from business, and I don’t know where else," Baptiste said at a press conference yesterday.

The councilman said he is particularly concerned at this time because the collapse of the island’s sugar industry has put large agricultural parcels onto the market that previously have never been for sale.

"It’s a significant time in our history," he said. "We want to keep the large ag parcels intact temporarily until we decide."


Waimea man charged in assault on police officer

HILO, Hawaii — A Waimea man accused of slashing a police officer with a knife during a four-hour standoff at his home Wednesday was arraigned yesterday on seven counts of attempted murder.

Dino Healer, 26, known also as Dino Vallente, is accused of injuring police officer Matthew Paschoal and threatening several others in the incident. The incident began as a family dispute and escalated over several hours. After negotiations failed, police used pepper spray pellets to subdue the suspect.

Paschoal received 12 stitches in the head before being released from North Hawaii Medical Center.

Healer’s bail was set at $431,000.

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