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Maybe heading to Cash Converters the day of the burg wasn’t so bright

By 18 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man following a burglary in Griffith on Monday (December 9).
Around 3.15pm a man returned to his home to find that his residence had been burgled. A number of items were identified as missing including electronic goods and pieces of jewellery. The items were valued at approximately $10 000.
The [...]

ACT Policing getting their disco beat on

By 17 December, 2013

CPO Lammers and the team are on video getting out and about in the party crowd over the weekend.
Quite a lot of breathalysing going on too.

Did you miss out on the CSS or PSS super? It might not be too late

By 16 December, 2013

The largess of the old Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme and Public Sector Superannuation Scheme are the stuff of legend and considerable boasting by those lucky enough to have got onto it in time.
Today the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Raymond Knight who missed out on the scheme due to predictably awful management of ACT [...]

Macgregor grow house goes down

By 16 December, 2013

ACT Policing executed a warrant in Macgregor on Sunday (December 15) seizing approximately $230 000 in cash and more than 80 Cannabis plants.
These arrests are part of an eight month investigation in which detectives from Criminal Investigation’s Drug and Organised Crime Team had been observing illicit drug dealing activities of a known drug person of [...]

Chisholm loser stung doing 158kmph

By 16 December, 2013

An 18-year-old Chisholm man was caught doing nearly double the speed limit during Operation Unite, a blitz by police, on the weekend.
About 11.45pm on Friday (December 13) police were conducting laser speed checks on Adelaide Avenue, near Curtin, when they recorded a car going 158km/h within the posted 80km/h speed limit. The 18-year-old male driver, [...]

Red Hill CarBQ

By 16 December, 2013

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious carport fire that occurred early this morning (Monday, 16 December).
ACT Fire Brigade attended the scene around 3.30am after reports that two carports were on fire in Discovery Street, Red Hill.
Two carports and one car suffered significant damage as a result of the fire. A rear fence and furniture being [...]

Third time unlucky for supermarket blagger

By 14 December, 2013

A 20-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with two robberies and an attempt robbery from yesterday (Friday, 13 December).
Police will allege that a man entered the Pearce FoodWorks supermarket about midday, demanded cash while threatening staff by telling them he had a firearm. The staff member complied, handing over a [...]

Gun robbery in the Pearce foodworks

By 13 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Foodworks Supermarket in Pearce today (Friday, 13 December).
Around 12pm, a man entered the Foodworks Supermarket and threatened a staff member with what’s believed to be a firearm.
The staff member complied, handing over a sum of cash before the man fled the [...]

The baseball bats of Bonython

By 13 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 29-year-old man with no fixed abode after he seriously assaulted two people yesterday (Thursday, December 12).
Around 9am yesterday, police attend a house in Bonython after the occupants reported that they had been assaulted earlier in the morning by two men armed with baseball bats.
The two victims, a 42-year-old woman and [...]

Blotto and unlicensed in Red Hill

By 13 December, 2013

A 45-year-old Red Hill man, holding a disqualified licence, has been caught drink-driving for the sixth time.
Around 11.30am yesterday (Thursday, 12 December), police were conducting mobile patrols in Red Hill when they were flagged down by a motorist who notified them of a white utility swerving and driving recklessly near the Red Hill shops.
Police located [...]

ACT law delivers neither marriage nor equality: the High Court’s verdict

By 12 December, 2013

By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
The ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex Act) 2013 produced neither a marriage nor equality. Instead it produced inconsistency, leaving the law completely inoperative. Those who exchanged marriage vows last weekend were not legally married, as there was no law in operation under which they could wed.
Nonetheless, the High [...]

Simon’s screwed the pooch. High Court throws out Marriage Equality

By 12 December, 2013

As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.

Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]

Gun in Mawson, car stolen in Wanniassa, Phillip man arrested.

By 11 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old man following an aggravated robbery in Mawson early this morning (Wednesday 11 December).
About 6.30am, the man entered the Woolworths Caltex in Mawson and threatened a staff member with a firearm.
The man took cigarettes and a small sum of cash before fleeing in a silver Ford 4WD that was previously [...]

Video glitches, trial aborted

By 11 December, 2013

The Canberra Times has disturbing news from Canberra’s Supreme Court where an alleged kiddy fiddler has walked free (pending re-trial) after the court couldn’t manage to play the victims’ testimonies.
The trial, which began on Monday, had been continually interrupted when footage of prerecorded evidence repeatedly froze.
Alleged victims in sexual cases can prerecord evidence prior to [...]

Take it easy on the way to the coast

By 10 December, 2013

Members of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership are urging motorists not to rush these holidays when travelling on the Kings Highway. Eurobodalla Shire Council, a member of the partnership formed six years ago, fully supports the need for motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.
“For the past three summers, drivers are [...]

Blitzing drunken violence

By 10 December, 2013

ACT Policing, along with officers from across Australia and New Zealand, will be out in force this weekend (13-15 December) for Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence.
Operation Unite is a joint initiative of Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand, united in their determination to stamp out alcohol-related violence.
Chief Police Officer for the [...]

Canadian facing indecency charges

By 10 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 27-year-old Canadian man after he indecently filmed another man showering yesterday (December 9) morning.
Around 8am yesterday, police attended a Civic hostel after receiving a report that a man had been seen filming another man while he was showering.
Police attended the hostel and spoke to the victim. As a result, [...]

Justice Michael Wigney joining the Supreme Court

By 9 December, 2013

Most weeks the Summary of Cabinet Outcomes contains such dross as:
The Expenditure Review Committee and Budget Committee of Cabinet were convened. Treasury officials joined with Ministers to discuss matters of economic and fiscal significance.
Sometimes it hints that decisions have been made, but without hinting as to what those decisions may be.
And yet today hiding at [...]

Helen Watchirs to also be the Public Advocate

By 9 December, 2013

I’m buggered if I can see why we would have a human rights commissioner and a public advocate if one woman can do both jobs anyway.
But Simon Corbell has announced that’s what we’re doing:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, to act as the ACT Public Advocate for three months [...]

Well these persons of interest look reasonably distinctive…

By 9 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking to identify two women who were involved in the theft of a piece of a statue in Petri Plaza on Sunday (December 8) morning.
Around 12.30am the Three Fat Men statue in Petri Plaza, Civic was vandalised and the smallest ‘fat man’ taken.
Police would like to speak to the women pictured in [...]

Try not to commit any crimes if you can help it

By 9 December, 2013

Simon Corbell today asked if Canberrans could try and behave this Summer, and not commit any crimes. Nobody has simply asked everyone to follow the law before, and I hope Simon’s bold strategy pays off. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Simon also informed people that there are these guys called [...]

Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

By 9 December, 2013

The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.
The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.
Mr Zhao had [...]

Melba 7-Eleven rolled again

By 9 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven Service Station in Melba last night (Sunday, December 8).
Around 10pm, a man entered the service station on Chinner Street, armed with a large kitchen knife and threatened an employee making demands for cash and cigarettes.
The employee handing over a sum of cash and [...]

Barr’s infrastructure build

By 9 December, 2013

Andrew Barr is letting us know about his plans to build build build:
Today I released the 2013-14 Update of the ACT Government Infrastructure Plan detailing the continued significant investment being made in a range of major infrastructure developments as we move into our second century.
The Infrastructure Plan Update provides an overview of key infrastructure [...]

Shoplifting blitz

By 7 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested 23 people following a blitz on shoplifting in the Canberra’s south in the past few weeks.
Officers from ACT Policing’s Crime Reduction Team worked with loss prevention officers from various stores to identify and apprehend shoplifters.
During the operation so far 23 people have been arrested for minor theft and one person was [...]

Getting our gay marriage on

By 7 December, 2013

Simon Corbell is deriving some satisfaction from Canberra’s groundbreaking gay marriages taking place in advance of the High Court’s ruling on his legislation:
Today is a very significant moment in the ACT’s and in the nation’s history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend,Attorney-General, Simon [...]

Punching on with the cops down Verity Lane

By 7 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early this morning (Saturday, December 7).
Around 1.30am officers attended a disturbance at Verity Lane in the city and saw a large group of men behaving aggressively.
The officers identified themselves and instructed the men to move back.
At this point a man quickly advanced [...]

Belco man going down for graffiti

By 7 December, 2013

A 22-year-old Belconnen man was arrested yesterday (Friday, 6 December) in relation to a spate of graffiti incidents that occurred in Belconnen in September.
On the 27 September, police received several reports from local Belconnen businesses and government departments’ of walls and windows sprayed with graffiti ‘tags’.
Police executed a warrant yesterday on a Belconnen residence where [...]

Police on the look out for Belconnen mugger

By 6 December, 2013

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a robbery that occurred in Belconnen last night (Thursday, 5 December).
Around 8.15pm a 62-year-old woman was walking along Totterdell Street when approached by a man.
As the man walked past, he grabbed the woman’s handbag and a brief struggle took place before the man pushed her to the ground and [...]

Worst. Heist. Ever.

By 6 December, 2013

ACT Policing has arrested a 42-year-old Ainslie man after a burglary occurred at a jewellery store in Civic last Saturday night (November 30).
The burglary occurred around 10pm at a jewellery store on Mort Street, Civic where a substantial amount of jewellery was stolen. During the burglary a man wearing distinctive clothing was captured on [...]

Sharon Whitehead v. Michael Moon. A Cautionary Tale

By 6 December, 2013

The Supreme Court via Master Harper has delivered the saddest judgment it’s ever been my displeasure to encounter.
It’s a tale of public service sexual misadventure. There’s career death, attempted suicide, and in the end Michael Moon is up for a life crippling $668,856 (plus costs to come).
Considering his fragile accuser was unwilling or unable to [...]

Northside brick luggers to face court

By 5 December, 2013

After a lengthy and detailed investigation by ACT Policing, five people will face court over multiple incidents of property damage which occurred in north Canberra earlier this year.
Between February and April (2013), police received more than 30 reports of property damage to cars in the Belconnen and Gungahlin area.
Police will allege that four men, aged [...]


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