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‘Pull yourself together,’ Tara Costigan’s sister told

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tara Costigan

“Yep you need to pull yourself together and help your sister.” These were among the words spoken by the Triple Zero Ambulance operator to Rikki Schmidt, the sister of Canberra mother Tara Costigan when she called the emergency line as Ms Costigan lay dying after her former partner, Marcus Rappel, had struck her with an [...]

Tip-offs lead to arrest of alleged car wash burglar

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Community-supplied information has enabled police to arrest a 20-year-old Theodore man in relation to multiple burglary and property damage offences that occurred at three self-serve carwashes located in Calwell, Tuggeranong and Belconnen earlier this month.
ACT Policing sought the public’s help to identify the alleged offender after releasing CCTV of a man trying to break into [...]

Recalcitrant drivers plague Gundagai police

By 11 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Gundagai police had to contend firstly with a Learner driver leading them on a chase on the Hume Highway on Friday then on Saturday with a man who they caught twice driving an unregistered car while disqualified – he was later caught a third time at Goulburn and arrested.
About 6.35pm on Saturday, police from [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for solicitor for wills

By 7 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hello,
I am seeking recommendations for local ACT Solicitors proficient in preparing Wills and Living Wills. I have searched RiotACT and not found an answer to this specific request.
Nothing too complex required – wills and living wills prepared for a married couple. I would also appreciate an idea of what this service costs.
Thank you [...]

Alleged burglar caught in Forde backyard

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 19-year-old woman will face court today for property, burglary and assault offences after a resident caught her in his Forde back garden yesterday afternoon.
About 3pm yesterday, the man returned to his home to discover the woman in his back yard. A struggle ensued with a neighbour assisting the man to restrain her until police arrived.
The offender was arrested a few minutes [...]

Reid man caught with knife, steel post in Dickson after tip-off

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 25-year-old Reid man who was found with a knife and a steel bar in Dickson will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning on six charges after a member of the public tipped police off.
About 3.50pm yesterday, police attended Dickson Place shopping complex in response to a report of two men acting suspiciously.
On arrival, [...]

Contract summary for courts project released

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
law courts

The contract summary for the new law courts precinct was released on Thursday by attorney-general Simon Corbell.
Construction for the ACT government’s first public-private partnership project started in April and work on the precinct is expected to be completed by September 2018.
Corbell said the project had delivered an excellent result for the people of the ACT.
“This project will [...]

Outgoing police chief warns of terrorism, cybercrime threats

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell and Rudi Lammers

The ACT’s outgoing Chief Police Officer has today warned Canberrans of the threats cybercrime and terrorism present to the territory during a speech to mark the announcement of his retirement.
Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers, who will retire at the end of the calendar year, said that while the capital was one of the safest places to [...]

Two-thirds of Canberrans support 3am last drinks

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
drinking

Two-thirds of ACT residents support the ACT Government’s recent proposal to introduce 3am last drinks for pubs, clubs and bars across the ACT, according to a phone poll conducted on behalf of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
FARE commissioned market research specialist ReachTEL to undertake the poll to gain an understanding on [...]

Man to be extradited to NSW on murder charge

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody this afternoon following the murder of a man in Fairfield East, New South Wales, in December last year.
New South Wales police made a formal request for assistance from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations after reports the man was residing in the ACT.
Detectives located the man at an address [...]

Man to face court over sex with a minor

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old Franklin man over an alleged sexual relationship with a person under the age of 16.
Officers executed a search warrant at his residence, where several items were located and seized.
The man was scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday) charged with seven counts of sexual intercourse [...]

Man to face court on drug charges

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A 36-year-old man was arrested on drug-related charges after police executed a search warrant in Wright on Monday.
At about 9.45am, officers from Woden apprehended the man after he was acting suspiciously and located in possession of valium and drug paraphernalia.
Further investigations revealed the man was involved in the trafficking of methylamphetamine. Subsequently, a search warrant [...]

Audi stolen at gunpoint in broad daylight in Civic found ablaze in Gungahlin

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre carpark

An Audi station wagon surrendered by its female owner to a man threatening her with a shotgun in the Canberra Theatre carpark on Tuesday afternoon has since been used in a retail hold-up at Fyshwick and discovered ablaze in Gungahlin.
Police responded to a report of a vehicle fire in Carver Lane early yesterday morning and [...]

Ransomware email scam targeting AGL Energy customers

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
billscam

An email has been going around recently, purporting to be from energy company AGL, that represents a fake bill, then sends you to a fake webpage to download a copy. What you get instead is a .zip file that when opened, encrypts your entire machine and prevent you from using it until a ransom is [...]

Boy dies after alleged stabbing near Wagga

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A teenage boy has died after being found with multiple injuries at Kooringal, near Wagga Wagga, overnight.
About 8pm yesterday, police and emergency services were called to Acacia Street, Kooringal, responding to reports of a stabbing.
On arrival, officers found a 16-year-old teenage boy in a house suffering multiple injuries.
The boy was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics [...]

Missing teen Brionee Scowcroft found safe and well

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brionee Scowcroft

A teenage girl who had been missing since yesterday afternoon has been found safe and well after police put out a missing persons alert this morning.
The earlier alert read as follows:
Police seek assistance to locate missing teen
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a missing 15-year-old girl, Brionee Scowcroft (Wednesday, 8 June).
Brionee was [...]

Definitions of family and domestic violence broadened

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
law generic

Attorney-general Simon Corbell on Tuesday introduced legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly aimed at broadening definitions of family and domestic violence and strengthening protections for victims.
Corbell said the legislation would reform the ACT’s legal framework for protecting people from domestic, family and sexual violence, and improve access to legal redress for victims.
“Responses to domestic and [...]

Campbell man, 18, on rape charge

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

An 18-year-old Campbell man will face court this morning, charged with sexual assault.
Police will allege the man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman on Saturday (28 May), as she was sleeping.
The man was arrested by Criminal Investigations detectives yesterday, and was taken to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
He [...]

Belconnen woman, 19, to face court over car and petrol theft

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

ACT Policing has arrested a 19-year-old woman from Belconnen who will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning following four incidents of theft.
It is alleged the woman conducted a petrol drive off at the Coles Express Service Station in Hawker on Sunday 8 May 2016 with a Silver Holden Commodore that was reported [...]

Arsonists, vandals strike parks adding to $120K bill

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
John Knight Park playground equipment

Vandals and arsonists have wreaked a trail of havoc in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen playgrounds and public toilets in recent weeks, contributing to the ACT’s annual vandalism bill of around $120,000.
The string of incidents has included several fires affecting children’s play equipment and toilet blocks at Yerrabi Pond, Tuggerangong Town Park and John Knight Park. [...]

Ngunnawal woman dies in driveway accident, police investigating

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A police investigation is underway into the death of a 44-year-old woman on Saturday after she was struck by her own vehicle in the driveway of her Ngunnawal home.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police and ACT Ambulance service attended [...]

Inquiry called after death in custody at AMC

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

There will be an independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the care and supervision of an Alexander Maconochie Centre detainee following his death in custody today because of particular sensitivities surrounding the individual.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations are investigating the death of the 25-year-old male detainee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre earlier today.
The male detainee was [...]

ACT Revenue sleuths to hunt tax cheats

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tax investigation

The ACT Government will hire specialist investigators to track down tax cheats as part of a 2016-17 Budget initiative that is projected to recoup $27 million for an investment of $5.7 million over four years.
The specialist team in the ACT Revenue Office will have a range of programming, mathematical and statistical skills, allowing the office [...]

Former terrorism prosecutor appointed as magistrate

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Theakston

A former counter-terrorism prosecutor has been appointed to the bench of the ACT Magistrates Court.
Canberra barrister Glenn Theakston will replace magistrate Peter Dingwall when he retires in August, attorney-general Simon Corbell announced on Monday.
Theakston will start at the Civic court next week when Dingwall takes leave prior to his retirement following more than 25 years as [...]

Crime Stoppers targets local shops

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
crimestoppers

If you head to your local shopping centre this week, you may notice some new posters about the place, asking you to keep an eye out for anything unusual, and to let Crime Stoppers know if you do see anything.
It’s Crime Stoppers Week, and the crime prevention organization has launched a campaign to educate retail [...]

Man on trafficking charge after drugs, cash seized in Belconnen, Gungahlin

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
cash

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with drug-trafficking after executing a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant in Belconnen yesterday.
Members of the ACT Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team with assistance from National Canine Operations executed the search warrant at a residence in Belconnen.
During the search of the premises police seized a quantity [...]

Experienced duo to lead sentencing board

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
law generic

Attorney-general Simon Corbell on Thursday announced a new chair and deputy chair of the Sentence Administration Board, the body responsible for reviewing prisoner sentences, parole orders and breaches to community correction.
Michael Chilcott, deputy chair of the board since 2011, will move into the top position, while Donald Malcolmson will take over as deputy chair. Both [...]

Man to face court over Merc theft, meth use, fire extinguisher attack

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 25-year-old man will appear before court this morning charged with several offences relating to the alleged theft of a Mercedes C200, being under the influence of methylamphetamine and the deployment of a fire extinguisher to avoid arrest.
The charges include driving while disqualified, possess prohibited substance and fail to stop motor vehicle for police. [...]

Woman charged with drug dealing after Kambah raid

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 25-year-old woman following the execution of a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant in Kambah yesterday.
Members of the ACT Criminal Investigations Drugs and Organised Team executed the search warrant at a Kambah home as part of a joint operation with NSW Police targeting methylamphetamine supply in the ACT [...]

Man dies in Sutton Forest head-on ute crash

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
map

A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a crash at Sutton Forest yesterday.
About 5.30pm yesterday, a Great Wall utility and a Toyota Hilux utility crashed head-on on the Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest, approximately two kilometres east of the Hume Highway.
The driver of the Great Wall, a 52-year-old Figtree man, died at the scene.
The [...]

Deakin man to face Mr Fluffy-related fraud charge

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A Deakin man alleged to have falsely represented to a home owner that Mr Fluffy asbestos had been found in their residence was due to appear in court this morning, but the matter was adjourned for three weeks in his absence.
Garry John Miller, 54, had been summonsed to appear before court on charges of producing [...]

Ex-Fluffy contract worker raises looting allegations

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mr Fluffy

UnionsACT is calling for the immediate suspension of all Mr Fluffy demolition work and contracts in light of allegations by an ex-worker that his former employer looted asbestos-tainted material from homes set for demolition.
UnionsACT and the CFMEU have called on the ACT Government to conduct an urgent inquiry into the allegations and to “initiate a [...]

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