Neighbor Island briefs
Raw sewage spills onto Kaua'i road
'ELE'ELE, Kaua'i Roots clogged a sewer main in 'Ele'ele yesterday, causing an overflow of roughly 5,000 gallons of raw sewage at the intersection of Waialo Road and Kaumuali'i Highway.
The spill was noted at 6:30 a.m. and the blockage cleared by 8 a.m. The sewage flowed from a manhole into a highway storm drain and then onto vacant, overgrown state land. County crews washed the areas down with water and treated them with chlorine.
School meetings rescheduled
The Department of Education has rescheduled meetings on Moloka'i and Lana'i that were canceled this week because of bad weather.
The community meetings are meant to gather comments on how the DOE should implement a comprehensive system of accountability for Hawai'i's public school system.
The Lana'i meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lana'i High & Elementary School cafeteria, and the Moloka'i meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Kaunakakai Elementary School cafeteria.
Comments also may be submitted online by using an electronic form that is posted at http://doe.k12.hi.us/accountability
Bail at $341,000 in sex assault case
WAILUKU, Maui A Kahului man remained in custody at the Maui Community Correctional Center yesterday after being indicted on 39 counts of sexually assaulting a juvenile female.
Bail for Erwin Fagaragan, 37, who was arrested Tuesday, is $341,000.
A Maui grand jury indicted Fagaragan on 29 counts of first-degree sexual assault and 10 counts of third-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors allege the acts took place between June 1995 and May 1998, and involve a girl who was under the age of 14.
Further details of the case have not been revealed. Fagaragan is expected to appear for arraignment next week in 2nd Circuit Court.
Special Olympics seeks volunteers
WAILUKU, Maui Maui Special Olympics is in need of medical professionals to volunteer at the statewide bowling competition Dec. 8 at the Maui Bowling Center on Vineyard Street in Wailuku.
Special Olympics bowlers from across the state were supposed to gather in Kane'ohe at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i, but after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it was decided to have the athletes compete on their home islands.
Volunteers with professional credentials are needed to provide first-aid services from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students may volunteer with a credentialed supervisor.
For more information or to sign up, call Sandra Stearns at (808) 875-1426.
Maui designated 'StormReady'
WAILUKU, Maui Maui County has been designated a "StormReady" community, under a voluntary National Weather Service and Civil Defense program.
The preparedness program helps communities develop plans to handle severe weather threats from hurricanes, flash floods, high surf and other hazards.
Maui County is the first location in Hawai'i and the Pacific to be recognized under the program for its disaster preparedness and educational activities relating to severe weather.
StormReady certificates of achievement were presented yesterday to Mayor James "Kimo" Apana, Maui County Civil Defense Administrator Kyle Watanabe and police Capt. Glenn Miyahira.