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Virtual Court Dead On Arrival

By 10 September 2010

The Canberra Times has a story on the demise of the little understood “virtual court” proposed by Simon Corbell, after the Greens said no.
The ACT Government’s proposal to add a third tier to the Canberra court system is dead in the water despite having allocated $900,000 for the idea in this financial year.
Attorney-General Simon [...]

What is going on at Bimberi?

By 10 September 2010

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is stamping her feet that Labor’s Joy Burch has nothing to say about the troubled Bimberi youth detention centre:
“Bimberi opened about 18 months ago, but already there is a litany of serious incidents, the latest being one involving serious self harm,” Mrs Dunne said.
Mrs Dunne noted there have been:
· [...]

Police Wrap – 9 September 2010

By 9 September 2010

1. Not a good weekend for going on the lash:
ACT Policing will join Australian and New Zealand police forces to present a united stand against alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour this weekend.
Following the success of last year’s Operation Unite, a strong and focussed police presence will flood the streets of every Australian State [...]

Taking a knife to court

By 9 September 2010

The ABC has the good news that a woman bringing a hunting knife into the magistrate’s court has been detected , questioned by police, and cautioned.
Good work everyone!

Police Wrap – 8 September 2010

By 8 September 2010

1. School bus beats Lancer:
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation team is attending a two vehicle collision which occurred in Gowrie today (September 7).
Police first attended the incident around 3.47pm on Ashley Drive at the intersection of Statton Street where a rural school bus and a Silver Lancer had collided.
Three males from the Silver Lancer, all [...]

Police Wrap – 7 September 2010

By 7 September 2010

1. Police investigate fire at Gold Creek:
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire at Gold Creek High School in Nicholls.
Police were called to the location around 11.30am today (Tuesday 7 September) in response to a report of a fire starting in the boy’s toilet block.
The fire has been extinguished by the ACT Fire Brigade.
At [...]

Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries

By 7 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 6, 2010 @ 9:35]
[Proof drivers can achieve tight groupings over time]
I do not want the Canberra Chronicle delivered.  The only reason it is delivered free is because it makes enough revenue from advertisers to be economically feasible to publish and deliver.
My reasons are: – the cost to cut the trees down, [...]

Stolen over the weekend

By 6 September 2010

All,
Above is a picture of a very unique bike, only one in Canberra that I know of. It was stolen over the weekend (possibly during the 23 hours of service that I put in helping people during the weather event with the SES!)
If you see this Triumph TT600 Sports Bike (Rego: 75112) please call Crimestoppers [...]

Police Wrap – 6 September 2010

By 6 September 2010

1. Bingle on Macarthur and Miller, again:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a collision which occurred in O’Connor last night (Sunday September 5).
About 6.10pm Police were called to a collision at the intersection of Macarthur Avenue and Miller Street, O’Connor. The collision involved 2 vehicles with one driver being taken to Calvary Hospital with chest [...]

Dead on the road in Griffith

By 6 September 2010

The SMH has a snippet on a 56 year old man being found dead on Captain Cook Crescent in Griffith last night.
Not thought to be suspicious apparently.
UPDATE: The AFP media release is now online and begs the question: Shorts in this weather?
ACT Policing is currently investigating the death of a fifty-six year old male [...]

Did I hear right? Stanhope defending the pokies …

By 4 September 2010

I couldn’t believe my ears this morning – on 666, Stanhope – I’ve never heard him so animated! – on the topic of pokies.
He committed to defending the clubs and their pokies to the hilt.
Now, I have an issue with the argument that “community groups and clubs will suffer if we regulate the [...]

Rhys Brown and poor impulse control

By 3 September 2010

Rhys Brown is awaiting sentencing for taking a machete to Woden Plaza and threatening to kill another man.
He’s trying to convince the court that he needs to be out of prison because custodial life has got him using drugs again.
So it’s a little surprising to read on the ABC that he’s thrown a jug of [...]

Police Wrap – 3 September 2010

By 3 September 2010

1. Kaleen knocking shop:
ACT Policing has exposed an illegal brothel operating within the suburb of Kaleen.
In May of this year information was received from members of the public through the Crime Stoppers web site about suspicious activity at the Kaleen address. Last night (Thursday September 2) ACT Policing obtained and executed a search [...]

He can run, but can he hide?

By 3 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 2, 2010 @ 9:42]

If there’s one thing the above photo tells us, it’s that you don’t need to do much more than 204km/h to get out of the frame of speed cameras.
Here’s the story from the AFP:
ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to a motorcycle travelling at high speed on the [...]

Ben Aulich & Associates – Dedicated to Criminal Law.

By 3 September 2010

[First filed: Aug 30, 2010 @ 7:52]

In recent months, challenges to the ACT drink driving laws have created much hype in the ACT community. Off the back of this controversy, the ACT Government has released the Roadside Drug Testing Bill for public comment, ahead of its recent introduction into the Legislative Assembly.
Ben Aulich & Associates [...]

Don’t you know who I am son? Better make it a caution when it’s a superintendent?

By 2 September 2010

Exfeds has drawn our attention to a story in the Herald Sun on the operation of the AFP when it comes to ticketing senior members for serious speeding offences:
A decision handed down this week by Fair Work Australia raises allegations that junior officer Richard Curie was pressured to withdraw a speeding ticket he issued to [...]

Police Wrap – 2 September 2010

By 2 September 2010

1. Mugging the security guard:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a robbery that occurred in Wanniassa last night (Wednesday September 1).
About 8.30pm last night a SNP security guard was conducting security foot patrol at the Erindale Shopping Centre when he was assaulted and had his money stolen.
The victim had recently withdrawn money from the ATM [...]

A very Canberra coup as the Cahill investigation is dropped.

By 2 September 2010

The ABC has a piece on the end of the Cahill affair as prosecutors give up investigating whether the former Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill interfered in an assault case involving a high profile Canberran so cosseted by the system than the public cannot be told their name.
Prosecutors have now informed Mr Cahill’s lawyers that there [...]

Police Wrap – 1 September 2010

By 1 September 2010

1. About what you’d expect from a BMW driver:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident which occurred in Weston Creek last night (Tuesday August 31).
About 9pm a 14-year-old male was walking home from a bus stop in Brierly Street, Weston when he noticed a late-model silver BMW sedan bearing black and white ACT [...]

Never to drive again

By 1 September 2010

The ABC brings word of one Mark Gremmert, 38, who likes running into things on Starke Street in Holt.
In January, Mark Gremmert collided with a motorcyclist on Starke Street in Holt.
He recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.074.
Three months later he crashed on the same street, hitting a guard rail and mounting his car [...]

Police Wrap – 31 August 2010

By 31 August 2010

1. Wasted in Weston:
A 33-year-old unlicenced driver from Weston caught with one of the highest recent readings recorded in the ACT will be summonsed to court.
About 4pm on Sunday, August 29 Woden Patrol members stopped the male on Heysen Street, Weston and performed a roadside screening test on the male driver which returned a [...]

Two employees, one tax file number? hmmm…

By 31 August 2010

The ABC has the tale of one David Tucker who used his address and TFN to create a second staff member at his employer the Fyshwick business relocation company Atlantis.
The $58,000 in wages and super covered an extravagant amphetamine habit until a new manager wondered why he never met the second employee.
David’s gone down for [...]

Kids running wild at Bimberi?

By 30 August 2010

The Canberra Times brings word of three assaults on staff in the last week at the Bimberi youth detention centre.
The incidents come as the Government struggles to adequately staff the facility, with private security guards commissioned to fill the gaps for at least the past four months.
The three violent assaults happened last Tuesday, Wednesday [...]

How to blow $140,000 on internet chat sites?

By 28 August 2010

The ABC has an astonishing story on Anglicare’s Canberra and Goulburn accounts department employee Ian Gordon Stubbings, 39, who’s going been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding his employer.
Alarming enough is that a charity can pay out $140,000 in expense claims to an employee over two years without noticing anything is amiss, or [...]

Police Wrap – 28 August 2010

By 28 August 2010

1. Gotcha!
A 25-year-old man has been charged with two aggravated robberies following a successful extradition from NSW by ACT Policing detectives yesterday (Friday August 27).
Police will allege the man committed the aggravated robbery at the Video Ezy store in Ngunnawal on May 7 and the aggravated robbery at the BP service station in Watson on [...]

Police Wrap – 27 August 2010

By 27 August 2010

1. Has any straight man ever owned a Mazda 121?
A 22-year-old man from Weston will face court tomorrow (Friday, August 27) after a drink-driving charge was added to his list of traffic offences.
The man was the driver in a single vehicle collision on Majura Road on Saturday, August 14, which almost destroyed his Mazda [...]

Total destruction in Stirling

By 26 August 2010

The following in from the ESA:
2:10 Thursday 26 August 2010 – Fire engulfs Stirling home ACT Fire Brigade responding to a house fire in Barlee Place Stirling.
First crew report property is well alight.
Update to follow.
2:35am Thursday 26 August 2010 – Update Home completely destroyed.
Damage bill estimate at least $300,000.
No one believed [...]

Police Wrap – 23 August 2010

By 23 August 2010

1. Brawling in Civic:
ACT Policing took seven men into custody in the early hours of Sunday morning (August 22) after a disturbance outside a nightclub in Civic involving around 40 people.
Around 4.20am, City Beats Teams conducting routine patrols observed a large number of males punching each other and wielding bottles as weapons in East [...]

Punching Gandhi: The Richard Mulcahy story

By 21 August 2010

[Note: This does not relate to the historic troublemaker and bongthief MLA Richard Mulcahy]
The Canberra Times has coverage of this tale before the ACT Courts, wherein Richard Mulcahy is being charged with assault causing aggravated bodily harm for allegedly punching Nicholas Gerhard and rendering him unconscious.
The defense is putting forward a position that Gerhard’s [...]

Police Wrap – 20 August 2010

By 20 August 2010

1. Getting home the hard way:
ACT Policing is investigating the robbery of a taxi driver in Stevenson Street Torrens, early today Friday, August 20 which resulted in the driver receiving minor injuries.
About 4.45am the taxi driver picked up a man from the Alinga Street taxi rank in the city. The man paid a deposit [...]

Aussie Junk in Federal Magistrates Court

By 20 August 2010

Aussie Junk Pty Ltd managing director Dennis Richter appeared in the Federal Magistrates Court this week and admitted to all claims put forward by The Fair Work Ombudsman including underpayments to Mitchell site staff of over $259,000.
In the witness chair Mr Richter stated that not only were officials from ACT Nowaste and Thiess Services aware [...]

Police Wrap – 19 August 2010

By 19 August 2010

1. 207 drivers busted doing what everyone does:
A targeted campaign by ACT Policing which began two weeks ago has resulted in 207 motorists being issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for using their handheld mobile phones while driving.
The campaign, which began on August 1, has been conducted in cooperation with the ACT government’s road [...]

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