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Drink driver with 13 previous!

By 7 December 2010

A 52-year-old Gowrie man has been caught for the 9th time over the limit in the ACT. He also has five previous drink drive convictions in NSW.

Bimberi review kicks off

By 7 December 2010

Joy Burch has announced a review for the troubled Bimberi youth detention centre, which has been in operation now for two years.
Ms Burch said the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services had engaged
the services of Daniel O’Neil, Director of Youth Services with Richmond Fellowship, to work
with both the staff and the young people during [...]

Police Wrap – 6 December 2010

By 6 December 2010

[First filed: Dec 6, 2010 @ 9:17]
1. Idiot:
ACT Policing’s Specialist Response and Security (SRS) officers, with the assistance of ACT Policing Operations, have rescued a man and his three children after their kayak upturned on the Murrumbidgee River today (December 5).
Around 5.24pm police received a phone call from the man claiming to be lost in [...]

Progress measurement – Crime, Sports, and Safety

By 6 December 2010

The ACT Government’s Measuring Our Progress site has spat at some new data. So here we go:
– Offences against the person/property shows a gloomy red down arrow with the news: The number of property offences has increased slightly over the reporting period.
– Participation in sports/physical recreation: gets a blue both ways arrow but has this [...]

Does the Children and Young People Act 2008 need changing?

By 6 December 2010 FEATURED ARTICLE

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On 25 November the above email was sent in, instructing us to remove stories which the Department of Disability, Housing, and Community Services considered to be in breach of the Children and Young People Act 2008.
Those stories have now been removed.
But the larger issue is that they were doing nothing other [...]

Hume Hilton full to the brim

By 6 December 2010

It is without much astonishment that we read in the Canberra Times that the Alexander Maconochie Centre, functionally operational for just a year, has run out of capacity and needs to either be expanded or to start bunking up the inmates.
Sold as a 300 bed facility it turns out the operational capacity is just 250 [...]

Police Wrap – 4 December 2010

By 4 December 2010

1. Fyshwick blagging:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred yesterday (December 3) at the United Service Station in Fyshwick.
About 9.22pm the offender entered the service station on Canberra Avenue brandishing a knife and demanded money from the 38-year-old male attendant. The attendant opened the register and handed over a sum of [...]

Stilletto stabber wows Justice Gray

By 4 December 2010

The ABC has a good story on the importance of dressing up for court.
Three years ago Rachel Larkin gouged the eye of another young woman with the heel of her stiletto shoe at Gungahlin skate park.
For that she was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months of periodic detention.
But appealing to the ever merciful Supremes, [...]

Police Wrap – 3 December 2010

By 3 December 2010

[First filed: Dec 3, 2010 @ 9:27]
1. The ever astonished Mark Colbran:
During November ACT Policing detected 185 drivers with an excessive blood-alcohol reading, the highest number of positive readings for any month this calendar year (2010).
The highest result of the month was returned by a 48-year-old man in Chisholm on November 13. His reading [...]

Police Wrap – 2 December 2010

By 2 December 2010

1. A step up from a white commodore:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a spate of burglaries which occurred in the early hours of this morning, 1/12/2010, in the Weston Creek and Woden areas.
Between 1.30am and 3.30am numerous businesses were burgled. Police believe the incidents to be related. A silver coloured Subaru Impreza [...]

Kelvin Mark Skeers adds malingering to his credits

By 2 December 2010

Kelvin Mark Skeers has been a fraudulent mortgage broker and a court shopper in his ongoing efforts to game every system he encounters.
The ABC reports that, of the 250 hours of community service he was required to complete in a year as part of his sentencing, he has managed a mere 50.
The ACT Supreme Court [...]

The new drink and drug driving laws explained

By 30 November 2010

TAMS have posted a lengthy and occasionally over-optimistic Drink and drug driving laws for the ACT web page.
The new laws take effect at midnight.
The big changes appear to be the knee jerk removal of the sensible .02 BAC for special drivers (so we can shout about zero tolerance without understanding successful zero tolerance campaigns).
And [...]

Police Wrap – 29 November 2010

By 29 November 2010

[First filed: Nov 29, 2010 @ 9:05]
1. Foreshore gets a tick:
The Foreshore Summer Music Festival wrapped up late yesterday (Saturday, 27 November), with police praising the overall good behaviour of those that attended.
ACT Policing was responsible for patrolling the outer perimeter of the venue which was sold out. Approximately 16,000 people attended the concert, held [...]

Police Wrap – 27 November 2010

By 27 November 2010

1. DFO ram raid!
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a ram raid at the JB Hi Fi store in the DFO complex, Fyshwick, this morning (Saturday, 27 November).
About 5am, police responded to an alarm at JB Hi Fi at Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. Upon arrival police found the roller door to the loading dock severely damaged.
CCTV [...]

Police Wrap – 26 November 2010

By 26 November 2010

1. Pulp Rolled!
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie.
Police were called to the restaurant in Edgar St, Ainslie at 11:40pm last night (25 November) after reports that two men, one armed with a firearm and another with a knife, had entered the restaurant and demanded money.
The offenders [...]

Looking for Zeal1, graff tagger.

By 26 November 2010

I have been working shift work lately. So I have to park my van around an industrial area late at night. Dodgy stuff, and in the dodgy part of town. Anyway, I got back to it late one night about a week ago. There on the side is a tag from some vandal. ZL1. Bloody [...]

18, pregnant, charged in relation to a murder, and now done for shoplifting. Meet Camilla Krutsky

By 25 November 2010

[First filed: Nov 11, 2010 @ 16:03]
The Canberra Times has the sad tale of Camilla Krutsky.
Camilla is 18, pregnant, and facing a string of charges in relation to the murder of Andre Le Dinh in Belconnen’s Oracle Apartments.
But being on bail hasn’t prevented a shoplifting spree in Belconnen Mall:
Camilla Krutsky, who first appeared [...]

ACT Court Makes Domestic Violence Victims Homeless

By 25 November 2010

A family friend Janet and her children recently fled home to escape her violent husband Ian. Real names have not been used in this story.
Janet married Ian who seemed nice but as time progressed Ian revealed an abusive side. His behavior worsened due to spiraling substance abuse and his rage became directly at the family. [...]

Estuardo Ioberto Pazmino and the racy world of massage

By 25 November 2010

The Supreme Court brings a lengthy description of accusations against masseuse Estuardo Ioberto Pazmino.
There seems to be a lot of Canberra women not wearing any underpants.

Police Wrap – 25 November 2010

By 25 November 2010

1. White Ribbon Day:
Police Commissioners from every State and Territory in Australia will stand together today and ‘swear’ for the first time in support of White Ribbon Day – the campaign to eliminate violence against women.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus will lead the White Ribbon Day ‘swearing ceremony’ with White Ribbon Foundation Chair [...]

Canberra gets a Family Violence Court

By 25 November 2010

Simon Corbell brings the sad news that Canberra is so infested by gutless thugs we need a dedicated Family Violence Court just to clean up the detritus.
“The Family Violence Court will be a specialised criminal court dealing with domestic violence offences, operating under the umbrella of the ACT Magistrates Court,” said Mr Corbell.
“A Family [...]

Police Wrap – 24 November 2010

By 24 November 2010

1. Kaleen Scout Hall torched:
ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire which occurred at the Kaleen Scout Hall early this morning (November 24).
About 2.14am ACT Fire Brigade and police were called to a report of a fire at the Scout Hall on Maribyrnong Avenue. The fire was extinguished and appears to have been deliberately lit.
No [...]

Police Wrap – 23 November 2010

By 23 November 2010

1. Seeking Applause:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to aggravated robbery at a fitness centre in Greenway in which a member of staff was assaulted and a small sum of cash was stolen from the till.
Police were called to the premises in Scollay St, Greenway around 12.18am today (Tuesday, November 23) where a 56-year-old woman was [...]

Police Wrap – 22 November

By 22 November 2010

1. School rampage:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to several instances of property damage to schools in Stirling, Duffy and Waramanga over the weekend (20-22 November).
Early Sunday morning (21 November) police responded to a report of an alarm activation at the Arawang Primary School, Waramanga. Police gained entry to the school and found a fire [...]

Police Wrap – 21 November 2010

By 21 November 2010

1. Rescue!
ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol has successfully found a 41-year-old man who went missing around 5.50pm yesterday (November 21) in the area of Murray’s Corner Paddy’s River Road.
The man had been riding trail bikes on fire tracks in the area with a friend when he injured his leg. His 25-year-old friend went to get a [...]

Police Wrap – 20 November 2010

By 20 November 2010

1. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer:
ACT Policing has arrested a 28-year-old Wanniassa man following an alleged aggravated burglary which occurred yesterday (November 18) in Isabella Plains.
Around 12.40pm the alleged offender attended an Isabella Plains residence where he forced entry. The alleged offender then brandished a knife towards the three male victims in the [...]

Last chance to drink drive under the old laws

By 19 November 2010

Chief Minister Stanhope is warning that drink driving is better done over the next ten days than after 1 December when new laws come into force.
Tough new drink driving laws will come into effect on 1 December 2010 in an effort to curb the reckless drink driving culture needlessly endangering the lives of Canberrans [...]

Police Wrap – 19 November 2010

By 19 November 2010

1. Say Something Day:
ACT Policing and Crime Stoppers ACT are participating in a national phone-in day today (Friday November 19). This is part of a nationwide offensive – codenamed Operation Unification – against amphetamine production and distribution.
The national Crime Stoppers campaign kicked off on Monday, November 8 ) as the lead-up to “Say [...]

Roozbeh Araghi and Luke Dorsett fight the man and win

By 18 November 2010

The Canberra Times informs us that complicated house and land packaging are set to cost the ACT Government millions after a Crace couple had a win in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal arguing that stamp duty should only be levied on the value of the land.
Now the ACT Commissioner for Revenue is assessing [...]

Changes to bail and more

By 18 November 2010

Simon Corbell with his Attorney-General’s hat on has announced he’s having a fiddle with the much maligned bail system in Canberra.
“Under the proposed reforms defendants will be allowed to make two bail applications in the Magistrates Court and both defendants and informants will need to fully explore bail in the Magistrates Court before going to [...]

Police Wrap – 18 November 2010

By 18 November 2010

1. Rush Hour busted?
A 43 year-old Fraser man was among a number of drink drivers caught between 8 and 15 November, recording the highest Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading for a 0.02 limit of 0.204 – ten times over the limit.
ACT Policing conducted more than 600 breath tests over the period in which 49 returned [...]

Police Wrap – 17 November 2010

By 17 November 2010

1. Fyshwick servo rolled:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the United Service Station in Fyshwick this morning (Wednesday November 17).
About 2.05am, a man entered the service station, approached the counter and threatened the male attendant with a knife, demanding cash.
The male attendant opened the register, and the offender reached over [...]

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