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Arson in Dickson

By 2 December 2009
Arson in Dickson

[First filed: Nov 29, 2009 @ 16:49]

This afternoon’s lunch crowd in Dickson was treated to the sight of towering fire fighting appliances, forensic examinations, and lots of crime scene tape.
Word on the street is that there was a truck torched before midnight out the back of Woolley St before midnight, and then in the early [...]

Lack of speed limit signs up to Northbourne RL/Speed Camera

By 29 November 2009

So I’m sick of writing directly to our Minister for Transport (Stanhope) every time I find what I view as a major flaw with something on ACT’s roads… I’ll still be doing that in this case, but thought I’d rant on here as well.
Northbound traffic on Commonwealth Avenue is now greeted with a sole 60km/h [...]

Speed Camera between Gungahlin Dr and Ellenborough Street

By 23 November 2009

Yes, an “I got caught question”.
Is there something wrong with these speed traps? I just received two fines in the mail today for consecutive days (15 and 16 November). The both allege I was doing 90+ on both occasions.
I find this surprising as I take this road every day and the signs pretty clearly indicate [...]

Illegal brothel and sex slaves in Canberra

By 18 November 2009

Frightening news…not clear if it was being run from Kambah or not.
A CANBERRA woman will front court today to face sex slave and trafficking charges.
Police will allege the woman, 42, also operated an illegal brothel.
The charges follow a raid by Australian Federal Police officers on premises in suburban Kambah last month.
Police will tell the court [...]

Police Wrap – 18 November

By 18 November 2009
Police Wrap - 18 November

A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.
Pacific Civic Thugees
Mugging in Civic on Sunday night, police seeking witnesses.
Gutless Bag Snatchers in Woden Friday arvo
Kids lighting fires in Tuggeranong early Monday morning.
Curtin Coles Ciggies stolen early Monday morning
Braddon Caltex knocked over in what seems very similar to last week when the Curtin Blockbuster and [...]

Dodgy neighbours and cameras

By 18 November 2009

I have a neighbour (Old Mate) who has lived in my street for as long as it has been a street.  Recently a new neighbour (Big Burly Builder) has moved into the place next door, did a knock down/rebuild and built an unapproved McMansion right up to the foot path blocking everyone in the streets view, this [...]

Police Wrap – 14 November

By 14 November 2009

1. Knocking over the Pizza Hut:
Detectives from ACT Policing’s Territory Investigations Group are seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Pizza Hut store in Phillip on Saturday night.
Police were called to the Botany Street business about 10.30pm after two males entered the store, one armed with a knife, and removed cash from [...]

Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill excused

By 11 November 2009

Attorney-General Simon Corbell’s statement on the matter
ABC interview with Ron Cahill.
ABC news report.
Who said our legal apparatus moved slowly?
[Ed] More news on this inquisition.
I look forward to being exonerated, has the ABC.
More on what Simon Corbell had to say from the CT.
And lastly from the ABC how the Chief Magistrate will be allowed to [...]

Gay unions to be legal in the ACT

By 11 November 2009

New.com.au is running this story on the passing of the Civil Unions bill in the ACT.
Should be passed later today. Let’s hope so and let’s hope that the Federal Government doesn’t use it’s powers to overturn it this time.
The bill passed just after lunchtime. So, let’s wait and see what the Feds do!

No Indemnity Insurance for Canberra Teachers?

By 11 November 2009

Mrs JTK came home last night, full of wonder and excitement regarding the new changes that will force the previously wayward children to continue in their education till they turn 17, instead of allowing the ones who don’t care to simply bail at 15 as they used to.
The conversation rapidly turned to the difficulties [...]

Big Brother Awards 2009 @ Pot Belly

By 9 November 2009

[ 11 November 2009; 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. ] The Australian Privacy Founation invites everyone to the Australian ‘Big Bother Awards’ 2009 (BBA2009), 11 November, at the Pot Belly.

The call for nominations for the BBA2009 was very successful. The Orwells are the Big Brother Awards that recognise organizations, technologies and people that have invaded or threaten to invade privacy. The Smiths acknowledge [...]

David Fearnside not guilty

By 7 November 2009

One of the intriguing aspects of the jury system is that juries have a mind of their own.
The ABC is reporting that it too just a cursory 90 minutes for an ACT Supreme Court jury to decide the AFP’s David Fearnside was not guilty of inappropriately using capsicum spray:
The prosecution alleged Fearnside acted out [...]

Police Wrap – 7 November

By 7 November 2009
Police Wrap - 7 November

1. Rolling the schools in thuggeranong:
ACT Policing is seeking assistance from members of the public who may have seen or heard suspicious activity at two schools in Tuggeranong which had been targeted by thieves in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, November 4).
In what police believe are related incidents, around 2.17am today an alarm [...]

Routine investigation or part of a broader trend?

By 3 November 2009

The ABC has the shock news that the ACT’s outgoing Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill (Due to resign in month’s time) is to be investigated by the police:
Mr Corbell says the investigation is about the administration of justice but he will not provide any details about the case.
He says he was informed of the [...]

Police Wrap – 2 November

By 2 November 2009

1. There’s a stranger in my house…
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary in Flynn this morning (October 31).
Around 6am the 37-year-old victim woke to find a man going through the draw of a bedside table next to him in his Bennett Place home. When the victim challenged the intruder the offender walked [...]

Justice denied?

By 2 November 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that the fighting between our judiciary and executive government has worsened.
Their Honours are pushing for a fifth supreme court judge and pointing out that crimes committed last year are unlikely to come to trial until 2011 under the current four judge arrangement.
Simon Corbell reckons some roster fiddling can fix the [...]

Police Wrap – 31 October

By 31 October 2009

1. doing a runner:
ACT Policing has arrested a 29-year-old Lyons man after a pursuit on Saturday (October 24) which resulted in the alleged offender’s vehicle colliding with an occupied stationary vehicle.
Around 8.17 pm, police attempted to stop a Ford Falcon on Kingsford Smith Drive for a routine traffic stop, when it accelerated away initiating [...]

Question about discrimination and renting

By 30 October 2009

I have a friend who is in a wheelchair and is on disability and the spouse works as a nurse.  They also have a small child. They are seeking to rent somewhere that is near a primary school so my friend can “wheel” her child to school.  The spouse makes just enough to disqualify them [...]

Are You Allowed to Help Dispose of the Body as Well?

By 28 October 2009

The CT has this story on Queanbeyan woman, Teneeka Beaudean, avoiding gaol time even though being convicted for being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter, when she picked her brother up after he “alledgedly” killed Danny Ralph in Queanbeyan and helped him get away from the area.
She’s obviously watched enough CSI to know [...]

Casino Parties

By 28 October 2009

With the introduction of the new Unlawful Gaming Act last week, I was wondering if anyone could clarify something for me?  I’m holding a Casino themed party for my brothers 21st and is that now technically illegal?  There’s going to be Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and a Chocolate Wheel but all the money used is going [...]

Police Wrap – 28 October

By 28 October 2009

Not a good Getaway Driver
The AFP have put out this media release on a disqualified driver trying to drive away from an RBT and run into a nearby parked car.
Canberra Grouper
ACT Policing is investigating an incident which occurred on Monday October 5, when a woman was grabbed on the breast by an unknown man.
The assault [...]

Belco Bus Station – Not Safe in Middle of the Day

By 26 October 2009

Had a pretty nasty experience today at the Belconnen Bus Station on Lathlain St. Was pushing the pram with my youngest and some shopping and shortly after I cross the road near magnet mart to wait at the station, a guy yelled at me to say that I had stolen his money. When [...]

Police Wrap – 24 October

By 24 October 2009
Police Wrap - 24 October

1. Bandanna Bandits!
ACT Policing has released CCTV footage of an aggravated robbery which occurred at a video store in Wanganeen Street, Ngunnawal, on Saturday (October 17).
Police were called to the Video Ezy store in Ngunnawal around 4pm (October 17) after it was reported a man with a red bandanna or handkerchief covering the lower part [...]

Does anyone know what happened in Page last night?

By 21 October 2009

I have heard on the news and subsequently seen in the paper news of a shooting in Page last night.  Apparently a fellow was shot in the face but escaped with grazes (It would still suck).  Anyone know anymore about this?
[Ed] The CT have this story about it.

Got any weed man?

By 21 October 2009

An interesting advert popped up in Craig’s List and I just thought some Rioters may be able to help, or comment.
[Ed] Below is the text in question in case it disappears, and no, RiotACT doesn’t approve but thought others might like the chance to comment on the Craigslist item.
You got any…. (Canberra)
Date: 2009-10-18, 11:12PM EST
Reply [...]

The problem with poker

By 20 October 2009

Last week, while the Crimes was distracted with the proposal to ban outdoor smoking at eateries, the ACT Government introduced the Unlawful Gambling Bill in to the Assembly.
The bill aims to consolidate and update the Territory’s gambling laws. So, now you know where to go to confirm whether championship Scrabble is unlawful. Seriously.
The bill proposes [...]

Police Wrap – 19 October

By 19 October 2009

1. Would you like to make it any easier for the police?
ACT Policing will summons a 35-year-old Chisholm man to court following a lengthy and reckless drink-driving incident yesterday (Sunday, October 18) in which the offender allegedly drove erratically from Queanbeyan and more than 15 kilometres through Canberra before being arrested in Torrens.
Around 12.10pm yesterday, [...]

Police Wrap – 17 October

By 17 October 2009

(Now that these things have moved to a weekly affair it appears that there’s also a lot less policing being done if the numbers of media releases is any indication)
1. Mugging on Childers Street?
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a robbery that occurred in Canberra City yesterday (Tuesday, 13 October).
About 8.20am, the female victim [...]

In pursuit of a thief

By 15 October 2009
In pursuit of a thief

This is one photograph from CCTV of an unidentified male passing my wife’s Mastercard at Isabella Plains IGA following the card’s theft earlier that day, Tuesday 29 September 2009, from our car in Kambah. Anyone seen him?
We’d like to expedite recovery rather than replacing her passport, our baby’s birth certificate and our marriage certificate, and [...]

Don’t want to vote? Pay the price

By 14 October 2009

The ABC is reporting that almost 500 Canberrans have been summonsed to court for failing to vote in last years election.
The documented $10 fine turns out to be a bit of a furphy, because many also had to pay $50 in court costs.
Around a third of those who didn’t vote managed to get off [...]

What’s happening down south?

By 12 October 2009
What's happening down south?

Is it just me, or is there lots of crime and anti-social behaviour going on around  Richardson, Chisholm, Calwell lately?

I seem to think that there is a surge in crime with so many articles in the newspapers and police reports on The RiotACT.

Police Wrap – 11 October

By 12 October 2009

1. Lancer Racing!
ACT Policing is seeking to identify the driver of a red Mitsubishi Lancer involved in a dangerous street racing incident on Parkes Way, in Acton, yesterday afternoon (October 11).
Police were patrolling in an unmarked vehicle westbound on Parkes Way around 4.50pm yesterday when they were overtaken by two Lancers, one red and the [...]

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