Monthly Archives: November 2015

Police investigate following stabbing – Goulburn

Police are investigating after two men were stabbed in Goulburn yesterday.

About 10.40pm (Saturday 28 November 2015), emergency services were called to a home on Ballanya Avenue, Goulburn, after reports someone had been stabbed.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command attended and found a 35-year-old man with wounds to his arm, leg, chest and back.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to Goulburn Base Hospital.

Another man, aged 29, presented himself at Goulburn Base Hospital with a wound to his neck.

The two men are known to each other.

A crime scene was established at Ballanva Avenue and examined by specialist forensic officers.

Later the same day, the men were released from hospital and taken to Goulburn Police Station.

Both men were charged with affray and reckless wounding, they were given conditional bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday 16 December 2015.

Teen injured in mountain bike accident – Wagga Wagga

A teenager has been seriously injured following a mountain bike accident near Wagga Wagga yesterday.

About 10.45am (Saturday 28 November 2015), emergency services were called after reports a 16-year-old girl had fallen from her bike at Pomingalarna Reserve.

Officers from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command, with assistance from NSW Ambulance Paramedics, attended.

The girl was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Canberra Hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

Inquires into the incident continue.

Tesla Superchargers Now In Gundagai – Sydney To Melbourne Complete

Tesla has declared the Sydney to Melbourne route along the Hume Highway complete, with the establishment of its latest Supercharging station in Gundagai.

The Gundagai facility, located next to the iconic ‘Dog On The Tuckerbox’, joins facilities in Goulburn and Wodonga which launched last month.

Along with a temporary site in Euroa, Victoria, the Hume Highway is now populated with Superchargers to the point where a Tesla Model S owner can achieve a virtual ‘non-stop’ trip from Sydney to Melbourne (or vice-versa).

Unlike the wall-mounted or plug-in chargers supplied with each new Tesla, the Supercharger can achieve a ‘half charge’, or up to 270km of range, in around 30 minutes. Tesla Superchargers are free to use for Tesla owners for the life of the car.

Therefore, even owners of the 60 or 70kWh Model S variants, which offer the shortest range, can safely travel between Superchargers and top up with electric juice along the way – eliminating the need for an extended stop to recharge the battery pack.

An extended stop is also possible should the driver so choose, and a full charge can be achieved in just over an hour; depending on the variant.

With the Gundagai facility established, Tesla owners can also include a trip to Canberra in their Sydney to Melbourne route but Canberra itself is yet to see any Superchargers (although Tesla ‘Destination Charging’ is available in Canberra).

To celebrate the milestone in Australia, Tesla organised a ‘Supercharger Rally’ to encourage owners to try out the new Sydney to Melbourne facilities on route to Gundagai for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

From here, the electric vehicle-maker plans to continue its East Coast Supercharger network with new facilities to eventually connect Sydney to Brisbane. Stay tuned for more.

Man charged with kidnapping following domestic incident – Cessnock

A man has been charged with kidnapping and other offences following a domestic-related incident at Cessnock.

About 8am yesterday (Friday 27 November 2015), a man forced entry to a home on Maitland Road and confronted a family member, a 77-year-old woman.

The man allegedly threatened the woman before forcing her into his vehicle and driving to a building in Cessnock.

He fled the scene and the woman wasn’t injured.

Police were alerted and officers from Central Hunter Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene at the home.

Following inquiries, a 48-year-old man was arrested at a home on Harle Street, Abermain, about 2.45pm yesterday.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station where he was charged with aggravated break and enter; common assault; intimidation; damage property with intention to endanger life; and kidnapping.

The local man was bail refused to appear at Maitland Bail Court today (Saturday 28 November 2015).

Two men arrested by Child Exploitation Internet Unit – Newcastle / Lake Macquarie

Two men have been arrested and charged following separate investigations by the Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU), with assistance from Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie Local Area Commands.

In May of this year (2015), specialist detectives from the CEIU commenced an investigation into the online behaviour of a man who had allegedly been using social media applications to contact a teenage boy.

Using the assumed online identities of teenage boys, CEIU detectives commenced online conversations with the man.

Police will allege in court that during these conversations the man made a number of sexually explicit comments and requests. He also transmitted a number of pornographic images.

Yesterday (Friday 27 November 2015), CEIU detectives arrested a 30-year-old man at a home in Charlestown. A search warrant was also executed at the man’s house, with officers seizing a number of electronic items.

The man was taken to Belmont Police Station, where he was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age and using a carriage service for child pornography. He was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court today (Saturday 28 November 2015).

Yesterday’s arrest followed the arrest of a Mayfield West man on Thursday (26 November 2015).

In June (2015), CEIU detectives were contacted by local police in Port Stephens who were concerned about the online behaviour of a man who appeared to be from the Newcastle area.

Employing the assumed online identity of a young teenage girl, CEIU detectives engaged the man in online conversations.

Throughout the conversations, which took place over a number of months, the man allegedly made numerous inappropriate and sexually explicit comments and requests.

Following their inquiries, CEIU detectives arrested a 36-year-old man at a home in Mayfield West on Thursday (26 November 2015).

A search warrant was executed at the property, and a number of electronic items were seized, before the man was taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with:

– Using a carriage service to procure persons under 16 years of age; and,

– Using a carriage service to transmit an indecent communication to person under 16 years of age.

Granted conditional bail, he is scheduled to appear before Newcastle Local Court on 17 December 2015.

Firefighters bring situation under control

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of luxury cars have gone up in flames after a truck carrying BMWs caught fire early on Friday.

When the Jugiong and Berremangra Rural Fire Service brigades responded to a triple-0 call regarding a truck fire on the Hume Highway around 4am, they got to work.

Despite their efforts, the B-double car-carrier laden with the precious European cargo was completely destroyed.

Diversions were established around the fire site on the Hume, just north of Jugiong, as the RFS began the clean-up and detectives initiated investigations into the fire.

Traffic diversions from the Hume Highway sent motorists onto the Burley Griffin Way through Cootamundra and Harden.

Three people linked to bikie gang arrested over dramatic Hume Highway chase

A man suspected of being linked to an outlaw motorbike gang has been charged over Monday’s dramatic police chase on the Hume Hwy.

Victoria Police’s anti-bikie Echo Taskforce and the Special Operations Group tracked down the 25-year-old man along with two other suspects — a man and a woman — at Murchison East last night.

The suspects were intercepted by heavily-armed police at the intersection of the Goulburn Valley Hwy and Dargalong Rd.

The Mooroopna man was questioned and charged overnight with theft of motor vehicle, two firearms offences and possession of ice.

He was bailed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on January 22.

The woman, 28, from Newcombe, is expected to be charged on summons with theft and drug offences.

While the 35-year-old man, from Spotswood, remains in custody for further questioning.

The police helicopter had gave chase to a stationwagon which was seen driving erratically on the Hume Hwy on Monday.

Officers lost sight when the car entered Tullamarine Airport.

The car, allegedly stolen from a Torquay address overnight on November 18, was later found abandoned in the multi-level car park.

Man arrested and charged with property offences – Newcastle City LAC

A man is due to appear in court charged with property offences in the Newcastle City Local Area Command.

About 8am today (Tuesday 24 November 2015), police attended Gregson Avenue, Mayfield West, following reports of an armed man inside a home.

Officers attached to Newcastle City Local Area Command attended and conducted a canvas of the local area, identifying a number of other offences in Cross Street and Buruda Street.

The occupant of the home, a 77-year-old man, was not injured.

Police continued to patrol the area and located a 35-year-old man in Waratah Street.

He was arrested and taken to Waratah Police Station where he was charged with 10 offences including aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, common assault, larceny (x3) and resist officer in execution of duty (x2).

He was bail refused and will appear in Newcastle Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 25 November 2015).

Woman dies in single vehicle crash – Hunter Valley

Police are investigating the death of a woman, who was the passenger, in a single-vehicle crash in the state’s Hunter Region today.

About 1.45am (Tuesday 24 November 2015) emergency services were called to Wine Country Drive, North Rothbury, following reports of a vehicle that had crashed into a telegraph pole.

On arrival, emergency services assisted an 83-year-old female passenger; however she died at the scene.

A 62-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries. He remains at John Hunter Hospital.

A crime scene has been established while a full investigation will be conducted by officers from Hunter Valley Local Area Command and Crash Investigation Unit.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Police investigate armed robbery – Queanbeyan

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery of a service station in Queanbeyan this morning.

About 4.15am (Monday 23 November 2015), a male armed with a firearm entered a service station on Yass Road and threatened a 32-year-old male employee.

He fled the scene a short time later, taking cash.

Officers attached to Monaro Local Area Command were called and established a crime scene.

A replica firearm was located at the scene, which has been seized for forensic examination.

As investigations into the incident continue, police would like to speak to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of Yass Road and Endurance Avenue about 4.15am this morning.

The male in the incident is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, of slim build, with long blond hair.

He was seen wearing a black hoodie with a green vest, black pants, white runners, and a blue baseball cap.