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Posted at 1:56 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Third man charged in Maui country club fire

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU, Maui — Maui police arrested a third man today in the Pukalani Country Club arson.

Dayton Valoroso, 18, of Ha'iku, was charged with first-degree criminal property damage, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Already charged in the case are King Kekaulike High School seniors Maxwell Webster and Richard Acorda, both 18. Valoroso is a former King Kekaulike student.

All three are expected to make their initial court appearances today at Wailuku District Court.

Police said security camera footage captured the trio setting fire to a golf cart around 5 a.m. Friday. The fire spread to the clubhouse, which sustained more than $1 million damage to its cart barn, pro shop, kitchen, bar and restaurant.

The Pukalani Country Club, a private club open to public play, remains closed while management works to establish phone service to enable the golf course operation to resume. General Manager Yasuo Nishida said it will take much longer for the restaurant to reopen.