By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, March 17, 1999

Water resources panel nominees are sought

Nominees are sought to fill two vacancies on the state Commission on Water Resource Management.

The six-member commission has authority over implementation and administration of the state water code.

State law requires that each member have experience in water resource management.

The members serve without pay.

Nominations and resumes may be sent by March 26 to: Nominating Committee, Commission on Water Resource Management, P.O. Box 621, Honolulu 96809.

Isle, Japan officials to discuss health care

Officials from Hawaii and Japan's Miyagi Prefecture will exchange views on health care, trends and tourism at a conference March 29-30 at the East-West Center.

Miyagi Vice Gov. Tadashi Higashio and Miyagi University President Kazuo Noda will lead the delegation from Japan.

Besides attending the symposium, "Hawaii and Miyagi: Emerging Health and Medical Services in the 21st Century," the delegates will meet with education and health care industry representatives and other state officials. They also will tour some medical facilities.

Seiji Naya, director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, said the symposium "is an important step in developing greater strategic alliances with our friends from the Tohoku region."

For more information, call the UH Conference Center at 956-8204, DBEDT's Service Trade Branch at 587-2750, or e-mail: service@

Hindu spiritual leader will speak tonight

The Indian community in Honolulu will sponsor a public appearance tonight by a Hindu spiritual leader and author.

Dada J.P. Vaswani, spiritual head of the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune, India, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Wo International Center on Punahou School campus. "Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life" is the topic of the free lecture.

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Police, Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff


Police seek suspect in video store robbery

Police are searching for a young man who robbed a Keeaumoku Street video store last night.

The man, about 19 years old, entered Japan Video at 9:39 p.m. and bought a can of iced coffee, police said.

He then put his hand under his shirt and said: "Give me the money. I'll shoot you."

The suspect then ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.

We was wearing a white tank top, baggy white shorts and a white baseball cap, police said.

Man arrested in abuse, assault of girlfriend

Police yesterday charged a 45-year-old Makakilo man in connection with sexually assaulting his girlfriend.

William Mara Jr. was charged with first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and two counts of third-degree sexual assault, police said. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Mara met his 32-year-old girlfriend about two weeks ago, and the woman moved into his Anipeahi Street home, police said. On Saturday the woman wanted to end their relationship.

Police said Mara became angry, then allegedly abused and sexually assaulted her.

Undercover drug bust snares Halawa guard

A Halawa Prison guard was arrested yesterday for allegedly purchasing about an ounce of crystal methamphetamine, or "ice," from an undercover police officer.

The adult corrections officer was arrested at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Waiau Zippy's, police said. He purchased the drugs from the officer for $2,800.

After searching the man's vehicle, officers found "ice" and marijuana, police said.

He was booked for first-degree promoting dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree promoting detrimental drugs.

'Bulldog' move leads to student's arrest

A Kailua Elementary student was arrested for felony assault after he allegedly executed a wrestling move on another student and broke the boy's arm.

A group of boys were play-fighting during recess yesterday at 10:05 a.m. when the boy reportedly "bulldogged" the other boy twice, breaking his left arm, police said.

A "bulldog" is a move the boys learned watching wrestling on television, according to police.

The boy was later released.

Police pull Puna pakalolo plants

HILO -- Big Island police say 8,844 marijuana plants have been seized in the Puna District.

Police Lt. Chadwick Fukui said the plants were taken from the Ainaloa fern forest in Kapoho and the Pahoa area.

Witnesses sought to bus stop robbery

CrimeStoppers is looking for witnesses and three victims of a robbery that happened at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a bus stop on Kamehameha Highway and Kaahumanu Street.

Police said a man with a brick in his hand approached four women waiting for a bus and demanded their money and purses.

Three of the four women boarded a bus and left the scene as police arrived.

Detectives are looking for the three women who got on the bus and any witnesses. The suspect has been arrested.

Witnesses or victims can call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or Detective Kathleen Osmond at 529-3834.

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