Monthly Archives: March 2015

Maserati impounded after speed spree

A 25-year-old has had his Maserati impounded just two weeks after he bought it for allegedly speeding in country Victoria.

Police say the driver was caught travelling at 167 kilometres per hour in a 100 km/h zone along the Hume Highway in Violet Town on Monday afternoon.

His 2014 Maserati has been impounded for 30 days and the Sydney man will be charged on summons.

Firearms, cannabis and ammunition seized – Wagga Wagga

Police from Wagga Wagga have seized drugs, guns and ammunition following a search warrant at a property in Collingullie earlier today.

Around 1.30pm (Tuesday 21 March 2015), police executed a search warrant at a home on Bristol Street.

In the property’s backyard, officers located 11 large cannabis plants, before they found a further 12 cannabis plants growing under a hydroponic set-up in the property’s shed.

An unsecured .22 rifle and a .243 calibre rifle with scope were also found during the warrant, as were large quantities of ammunition.

No residents were present during the warrant, however police inquiries into the matter are ongoing and arrests are expected to be made.

Man charged with six offences following car theft and crash – Wagga Wagga

A man has been charged with six offences following an alleged car theft and crash in Wagga Wagga earlier this year.

About 11pm (Friday 30 January 2015), a blue Holden Commodore station wagon vehicle was allegedly stolen from Wodonga, Victoria, and later reported seen in Ashmont, Wagga Wagga.

Police were notified, and, following inquiries and calls from witnesses, they located the vehicle in front of a home on Adams Street, Ashmont, where it had hit a tree.

Two women, aged 18 and 27, were found injured nearby. They were treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics and taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital with minor injuries.

Two men, aged 16 and 23, were also taken to hospital suffering minor injuries. They have since been discharged.

All four are believed to have been passengers in the vehicle.

Officers attached to Wagga Wagga Local Area Command attended and commenced investigating the incident.

Following inquiries, today (Tuesday 31 March 2015), a 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station, where he was issued a court attendance notice for:

– drive conveyance taken without consent of owner,

– drive recklessly/furiously or in a dangerous manner,

– negligent driving,

– drive vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol,

– not give particulars to police, and,

– drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

The man will appear at Albury Local Court on Wednesday 27 May 2015.

Woman charged with attempted murder – Tamworth

A woman has been charged over the alleged attempted murder of a teenager in Tamworth last night. Yesterday evening (Monday 30 March 2015), a 17-year-old girl went to a friend’s unit on Queen Street, where a number of people were present. Police have been told a verbal altercation ensued between the girl and a 19-year-old woman, before the older woman smashed a window at the premises and left the scene. A short time later, it will be alleged the pair were involved in a physical altercation outside the building, when the teenage girl suffered a stab wound to her abdomen. Emergency services attended and the 17-year-old girl was treated at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to Tamworth Hospital where she underwent surgery. She remains there in a stable condition. The 19-year-old woman was arrested at the scene and taken to Tamworth Police Station. She has been charged with attempted murder and appeared in Tamworth Local Court today where she was refused bail, with her next court date yet to be determined.

Fatal collision – Port Macquarie

Police are investigating after a fatal collision near Port Macquarie today.

About 9.30am (Tuesday 31 March 2015), emergency services were called to Hastings River Drive, about three kilometres west of Port Macquarie.

Police have been told a small sedan driving east collided with a west-bound garbage truck.

The driver of the car, a 17-year-old female, died at the scene. A young child travelling with her has been taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

No-one else was injured in the crash. However, the driver of the garbage truck has also been taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Specialist crash investigators are on scene.

Police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Twelve year old boy dies after being struck by car – Port Stephens

A 12-year-old boy has died after being struck by a vehicle in the Port Stephens area yesterday.

About 4pm (Monday 30 March 2015) the boy was travelling on a school bus when it stopped outside an address on Marsh Road, Bobs Farm.

The boy got off the bus and as he crossed the road he was struck by a Triton Ute, being driven by a 19-year-old man.

He sustained critical injuries and died on the way to hospital.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Calgary Mater Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Inquiries are continuing.

Fun, fitness and the pelvic floor at Benalla

Thursday April 16 6pm-8pm Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla (Benalla Showgrounds)

Who should attend?
Women and men at risk of pelvic floor problems. Are you at risk? The answer is YES is you:
 Are pregnant or have had a baby
 Are returning to exercise after childbirth
 Are going through menopause
 Constantly lift heavy objects (either as part of your job, at the gym or at home)
 Have a chronic cough or sneeze
 Are overweight
 Are constipated
 Have had gynaecological or prostate surgery

Sounds like you need to come along!

5.45am Registrations
6.00pm Life of the pelvic floor
6.45pm Refreshment break
7.00pm Exercise & the pelvic floor

Presented by:
Lisa Wragg, continence nurse consultant
Terry Wesselink, pelvic floor physiotherapist
Cost: FREE Catering: Supper provided
Bookings are essential. RSVP by April 9
phone 03 9816 8266

Protestor charged near Newcastle

A woman has been charged after allegedly failing to move from railway lines in Newcastle this morning.

Just after 7.10am (Monday 30 March 2015), police were called to a railway line near Mangrove Street, Sandgate, about 10km northwest of Newcastle, following reports of a woman on the railway track.

On arrival, officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command found a woman who had an apparatus attached to her body and the railway lines.

Officers asked the woman to leave the tracks; however she allegedly declined.

Just before 10am, rescue officers released the woman, aged 54, from the apparatus. She was uninjured during the incident and arrested at the scene, before being taken to Waratah Police Station.

The woman has been charged with cause obstruction to railway locomotive, and go onto or remain on running lines. She has been granted conditional bail, to appear at 16 April 2015 at Newcastle Local Court.


The Ardlethan Country Music Festival and Talent Quest is taking place at the Ardlethan Showground in the Riverina from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 April 2015.

With plenty of space for caravans and campers, the Festival program includes a concert featuring well-known country artists Tom Maxwell, Grant Luhrs and Aimee Maree, a talent quest, weekend markets and a Kelpie howling competition!

Everyone is welcome to enter the talent quest, with categories across all age groups. There will be cash prizes for all section winners and the overall winner will also take home an acoustic electric Cutaway solid top guitar thanks to the generosity of major sponsors IBANEZ and CUSTOM MUSIC from Wagga Wagga.

Festival program:

Friday – From 7pm: Entry is $5 per person. Children under 17 are free.

Start of the talent quest and Kelpie Howling competition

Saturday – From 9am: Entry is $20 per person, $15 for pensioners, children under 17 are free.

The talent quest will take place on Saturday, with the concert featuring Tom Maxwell and Aimee Maree taking place on Saturday night. The markets will also take place on Saturday.

Sunday – From 9am: Entry is $15 per person, $10 for pensioners, children under 17 are free.

Gospel section and talent quest awards, including a special appearance by Grant Luhrs

For further information or to enter the talent quest, please visit contact Janet Popple on 02 6978 2550


Officials welcome new limit for McKoy St intersection

A motorist was caught travelling nearly 30km/h over the limit only hours after the speed at a dangerous Hume Freeway intersection was cut from 110km/h to 80km/h.

VicRoads unveiled the speed reduction at the accident hotspot on the outskirts of Wodonga, where a senior policeman was amazed no one had been killed.

The approaches to the McKoy Street-Old Barnawartha Road intersection now have an 80km/h speed limit between 7am and 7pm.

Temporary electronic signs were installed at the site yesterday and will be eventually replaced by permanent signage.

There have been 18 crashes and 31 people injured at the intersection since 2007, and Sergeant Cameron Roberts said it was only “dumb luck” there hadn’t been a death.

“We really welcome these changes,” he said.

“There have been a few times where we look at the circumstances of a crash, where if a car had have been a metre or two forward, or a metre back, it could have been disastrous.

“Ideally what we’d have here is on-ramps, off-ramps and overpasses, but that’s a fairly expensive fix.

“I think the next best option is reducing speed and making sure people stick to it.”

VicRoads is investigating long-term solutions to the problem with Wodonga Council, which may include an interchange at the site or modifications to other interchanges.

Installing an on-ramp from Melrose Drive into the southbound lanes is one option.

“One question will be, is this the right location for an interchange, or is another location a better one?” VicRoads regional director Bryan Sherritt said.

“(We’ll be) looking at other interchanges as well.

“It’s about how Wod- onga interfaces with the freeway and making it work.”

VicRoads is looking at funding from the Transport Accident Commission to upgrade the highway, which could include Wodonga.

Cr Mike Fraser said the council was also looking to install rumble strips on McKoy Street and welcomed the reduced speed.

“Anything that’s going to help make this interchange safer has to be a plus,” he said.

Police will be targeting motorists who speed along the stretch of road.