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Police Wrap – 6 August 2010

By 6 August 2010

1. Calwell Fail:
ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old Calwell man after he was allegedly caught driving with a high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) last night (August 5) on two separate occasions.
About 11.20pm on Thursday 5 August Police stopped the man on Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. The man was subjected to a roadside screening test which returned [...]

RAPID Rising

By 5 August 2010

Simon Corbell is letting us know that two more vehicles fitted with the RAPID system (Recognition and Analysis of Plates Identified) are hitting the road.
A successful trial of RAPID during the first half of 2009 saw:
– 2,348 individual vehicles and people of interest being identified;
– 1,820 infringements being issued; and,
– 200 suspensions or disqualifications [...]

Murray Colin Stubbs guilty only of using the internet offensively

By 5 August 2010

The NZ Herald is taking an interest in the welfare of fake 14 year old Kiwi “Roxanne” and her smutty interlocutor Canberra’s Murray Colin Stubbs (45, former teacher).
In the end the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charge of using the internet to procure sex. But he has been found guilty of [...]

Police Wrap – 5 August 2010

By 5 August 2010

1. Starting young:
ACT Policing has arrested a 17-year-old male over the robbery at the IGA supermarket in Ainslie last month.
Around 12.20am on Friday July 23 three males approached an employee after closing and threatened him with a knife, forcing him to re-open the store. The offenders stole an amount of cash and cigarettes and [...]

Break out the metal detectors, there might buried treasure!

By 4 August 2010

The Canberra Times has a story on Rishi Khandewal of Harrison who is suspected of stashing $1.4 million of tax fraud money somewhere…
$180,000 of hidden loot has allegedly already been found:
The ACT Magistrates Court heard police found $60,000 in cash in the man’s workstation, more than $9,000 in a shoebox in his bedroom and $110,000 [...]

Police Wrap – 4 August 2010

By 4 August 2010

1. Kambah represent!
ACT Policing arrested a 25-year-old Kambah man overnight for multiple offences after the vehicle he was driving allegedly had collided with a garbage skip outside an apartment complex in Aspinall Street, Watson.
Police were called to the location around 8.40pm last night (Tuesday, August 3) after receiving a report of the collision involving [...]

Reducing Indigenous over-representation in the justice system

By 3 August 2010

Yesterday Simon Corbell announced he had signed an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Agreement with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.
(It might surprise you to learn we have an ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, which might have something to do with them managing to put out one media [...]

Murray Colin Stubbs caught in a sting

By 3 August 2010

The ABC has the unfortunate tale of local public servant Murray Colin Stubbs who started talking sexy to a 14 year old on the internet without realising she was actually a creation of the New Zealand police.
Stubbs was arrested in January 2008 at the Jolimont Interstate bus terminal, when he went to meet the teenager [...]

Police Wrap – 3 August 2010

By 3 August 2010

1. The mystery box of Yarralumla:
ACT Policing is appealing to members of the community to help solve a long-running mystery surrounding the location of a large wooden box found partially buried in bushland in Yarralumla.
Police were called to the secluded location on February 25, after a Royal Canberra Golf Course greens keeper initially alerted [...]

Police Wrap – 2 August 2010

By 2 August 2010

1. Death in Lyneham:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in Lyneham this afternoon (Sunday, August 1), in which a vehicle veered off Mouat Street and through a nature strip before coming to rest in the front yard of a residence on Brigalow Street.
The 59-year-old male driver and single occupant of the vehicle [...]

Stolen bag and the Lyneham IGA / St George blackspot

By 1 August 2010

Last week in the evening someone stole my handbag from my kitchen. To cut a long story short I was cooking dinner and had the back door open. I walked out of the kitchen for about 3 minutes and when I returned my bag was gone.  Naturally I felt terrified that someone had been in my [...]

Police Wrap – 31 July 2010

By 31 July 2010

1. Gotcha!
An off-duty member of ACT Policing Operations yesterday (Friday, July 30) identified two suspects sought by police in connection with an armed robbery in Queensland, with the pair subsequently arrested and held pending extradition proceedings.
ACT Policing received information from Queensland Police on Wednesday, July 28, that a 26-year-old male and a 28-year-old female [...]

Police Wrap – 29 July 2010

By 29 July 2010

[First filed: Jul 29, 2010 @ 9:30]
1. Tree rustlers nabbed:
ACT Policing have arrested two males over the theft of 12 Dragon trees from the National Canberra Arboretum.
The trees were stolen between 6pm (Monday July 26) and 6.30am (Tuesday July 27). Five of the trees have been recovered and returned to the National Canberra Arboretum.
A [...]

Police Wrap – 28 July 2010

By 28 July 2010

1. Bad publicity:
A 17-year-old male will face the ACT Children’s Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery.
Police will allege the young person was involved with another male on the aggravated robbery committed at the Caltex Service Station in Kaleen on Monday July 26.
ACT Policing received multiple calls from the Canberra community identifying the male [...]

Bushfire litigation pushes ever further out

By 27 July 2010

The ABC brings word that resolution of the dim and distant 2003 bushfires litigation has receded even further.
Today the hearing was adjourned until October to allow the parties to resolve procedural issues and categorise more than 700 plaintiff documents into historical and operational evidence, including who was present during the fires and what their [...]

Police Wrap – 27 July 2010

By 27 July 2010

1. Electrical street fire in Gordon:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a fire that occurred in Gordon early this morning (Tuesday July 27).
About 1.45am residents in Lewis Luxton Avenue, Gordon were awoken by a loud bang. Upon investigating the noise residents saw the electricity box located at the end of the laneway on fire. [...]

Police Wrap – 26 July 2010

By 26 July 2010

1. Watch the schools blaze up:
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire at Orana School in Weston.
Police were called to the location around 3.10am yesterday morning (Sunday 25 July) in response to a report of multiple fires in various locations at the school. A hopper, wheelie bin, a shade cloth fence and one of the [...]

Police Wrap – 24 July 2010

By 24 July 2010

1. Ainslie armed robbery:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the IGA supermarket in Ainslie early today (Friday July 23).
Around 12.20am three males approached an employee after closing and threatened him with a knife, forcing him to re-open the store. The offenders stole an amount of cash and cigarettes and left [...]

This is not Mully Williams, this is just a tribute

By 23 July 2010

The Canberra Times is sharing the hilarious antics as described in court of James Dudley March who has been sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing a Toyota Hilux and flipping it soon after.
March stole the car after drinking a beer on the way from a bottle shop to a friend’s apartment at the Stuart [...]

The Hon. Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO hits the Supreme Court

By 22 July 2010

Attorney General Simon Corbell has announced a second acting Supreme Court Justice to sort out our local court:
The appointment today of Acting Justice Mathews to the ACT Supreme Court follows the announcement last week of former New South Wales District Court Judge, John Nield, as an acting judge of the court.
“This is the second of [...]

Police Wrap – 21 July 2010

By 21 July 2010

1. Sixth time’s a charm:
A five-time drink-drive offender caught for the sixth time was among the 59 people apprehended by ACT Policing in an intensive Random Breath Testing effort last week (Monday, July 12- Monday, July 19).
The 43-year-old Richardson man was driving south on the Monaro Highway, near Hume, when he was stopped [...]

Police Wrap – 20 July 2010

By 20 July 2010

1. Perhaps a little old for this work:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in the car park of the DFO shopping centre in Fyshwick which occurred around 11:50am this morning (Monday 19 July).
Two males approached the 69-year-old victim, a security officer, shortly after he entered the car park and forced him to [...]

NSW now bearing the brunt of bushfire litigation

By 20 July 2010

The ABC has a lengthy story (byline and subheads and all) on the withdrawal of the Tener family from the marathon litigation stemming from the 2003 bushfires.
Possibly of more interest is this bit:
The Tener family is now the fourth group of plaintiffs to pull out of proceedings within the last eight months, after the [...]

Police Wrap – 19 July 2010

By 19 July 2010

1. Weekend fatalities:
ACT Policing’s Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are investigating two fatal collisions that occurred in Canberra’s south this morning (Saturday July 17).
Around 8.55am, police were called to the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Ipswich Street in Fyshwick, where a motorcycle travelling eastbound on Canberra Avenue had collided with a vehicle travelling [...]

Lorraine Walker takes her seat on the bench

By 19 July 2010

Attorney General Simon Corbell has announced that Lorraine Walker is the ACT’s newest Magistrate:
Ms Walker has extensive experience in her 23 years in the profession including being a partner of a law firm, a crown prosecutor, a solicitor, and a legal officer in the Royal Australian Air Force…
Lorraine Walker was appointed to the ACT [...]

Magistrate Maria Doogan gets a slap

By 19 July 2010

The ABC has a story on a second reprimand for Magistrate Maria Doogan, altering sentences after stuffups:
Justice Richard Refshauge said the Magistrate intended to impose a sentence of 48 months imprisonment, but she actually sentenced Elson to 30 months.
Justice Refshauge noted that bench sheets had been amended to show the correct sentence.
He said it [...]

Police Wrap – 16 July 2010

By 16 July 2010

1. Erindale turd storm:
ACT Policing has released a series of security images taken from inside a Wanniassa liquor store during a recent aggravated burglary.
Police were patrolling in the Erindale area around 4am on Sunday, July 11, when two loud noises were heard from the direction of Denigan Street.
Two police vehicles quickly attended [...]

What happens at North Bar stays at North Bar

By 15 July 2010

The ABC brings word that Patricia Papallo has been speedily acquitted by a jury on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on one Ivana Simic at the vodka infused North Bar in Civic:
In July 2008, Ms Papallo was at North Bar when she got into an altercation with Ivana Simic.
The jury heard that [...]

Suspended drivers get a free go!

By 15 July 2010

The Canberra Times yesterday had the thrilling news that, due to the sort of cockup we’ve come to expect from the ACT Government, thousands of licence suspensions will have to be re-issued.
In his judgment, Mr Burns said that the Road Transport Authority’s delegate appeared to have taken the approach of suspending a person’s licence [...]

Crackdown on naughty lawyers

By 12 July 2010

The ABC brings word that the Law Society is getting tough and actually refusing to re-issue practicing certificates to Canberra’s worst lawyers.
Five more Canberra lawyers are facing allegations of misbehaviour.
The ACT Law Society has already refused to reissue practising certificates to two lawyers.
The Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal had earlier upheld serious complaints against [...]

Police Wrap – 12 July 2010

By 12 July 2010

1. Blast bandits in Erindale:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary in Erindale yesterday in which an improvised explosive device was used to force entry to a liquor shop.
Police were patrolling in the Erindale area around 4am on Sunday (July 11) when two loud noises were heard from the direction of Denigan [...]

Theft in Mawson: Plants and Bird Tile

By 12 July 2010

I need your help please.
Last Friday 9 July 2010, between the hours of about 10am and 4.30pm, three items were stolen from the front entrance area of my house in Mawson.
They were:
TWO PLANTS – not sure what they are called, but they have a long stem, with a large sphere of leaves [...]

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