Posted: 3 September, 2015

Jail sentence for Sydney man over series of rapes

Court hears offender suffered from psychosexual disorder

A man who raped five girls in derelict buildings and storm drains nearly three decades ago, has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Richard Crowe pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting five girls aged nine to 17 between 1989 and 1991.

Judge Anthony Garling told the court Crowe suffered from a psychosexual disorder at the time of the attacks.

His first victim was a nine year-old girl, whom he attacked her as she walked to Sunday school in Bankstown, August 1989.

He put his hand over her mouth and dragged her into the backyard of a derelict property and abused her.

As Judge Garling described the attacks, a man shouted form the gallery "look over here scumbag."

DNA evidence from the attacks more than 25 years ago lead police to Crowe who was charged last August.

Crowe will be eligible for parole in February 2022. 

 

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Posted: 3 September, 2015

Footage Of Pilot Arrested At Deniliquin Airport

Bikies linked to drugs found on light plane

The pilot of a light plane was arrested when it landed in the NSW town of Deniliquin.



Police allege affiliates of the Descendants and Hells Angels bikie gangs in South Australia have been smuggling commercial quantities of drugs and firearms into NSW, and the drug-laden plane was part of that operation.

Police say the plane was carrying 45kg of cannabis and 4kg of a precursor used to make ice.

As part of the operation, simultaneous search warrants were executed in Hay, 120km north of Deniliquin, nine properties in Adelaide, and a number of properties on Queensland's Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

The 67-year-old pilot, from Queensland, has been charged with supplying commercial quantities of drugs. He'll face the Deniliquin Local Court on Thursday.

Four men, aged 29 to 46, were arrested in the Hay operation and charged with gun supply.

They'll also face court on Thursday.

Six men, aged 28 to 52, were arrested in the Adelaide raids. No details of any charges have been released.

There were no details of any arrests stemming from the Queensland raids.

The cross-border operation stemmed from the work of a strike force set up in January to investigate the supply of illegal firearms in the Hay area of NSW.

Over the past eight months, police have seized 38 guns, 100 ecstasy pills and small amount of ice, and also uncovered links to bikie gang activity in South Australia.

Gang Squad Detective Inspector Gavin Wood has praised the hard work of
police across three states.

Deniliquin Local Area Commander, Superintendent Paul Condon, said officers had disrupted a major supply chain of guns and drugs into his area, and further afield.

"Their work is to be commended," he said.

 

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Tags: Deniliquin, Bikies, Plane

Posted: 3 September, 2015

Driver's Flat-Pack Fail!

How NOT to drive home from IKEA

Let's face it, every decent trip to IKEA finishes with you struggling to pack all your new furniture into the back of the car.. am I right?  See- all those hours playing Tetris as a kid really did teach some vaulable life skills!

But it was a flat-pack fail for this Adelaide driver, who took the head-rests off the front seats in his car to fit a large box in.  Police fined him $210 after spotting him and the passenger with their heads resting against the box.

Police say if the driver had needed to slam on the brakes, both people would have been seriously injured, or worse.

A few tips on carrying loads from the National Transport Commission:

Most load restraint accidents occur at low speed in city areas and often only after a short distance.

A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load. The same 'g' forces are acting on both.

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Posted: 3 September, 2015

In Need Of A BAAAD Haircut

How did a sheep get into this shape, seriously!

Crack out the scissors because it's time for a trim.

The RSPCA has been forced to call in a top shearer to trim a sheep which has evaded a haircut so long its life could be in danger.

A bushwalker spotted the incredibly woolly sheep outside Canberra and called the RSPCA which mounted a rescue mission earlier this week.

ACT RSPCA chief executive Tammy Ven Dange said five staff members were needed for the job.



It appeared this sheep had become lost from his herd.

Merino sheep were bred to grow wool and if they weren't regularly groomed, the animal could suffer infections and flystrike, she said.

"This sheep obviously had not experienced much recent human contact".

A sheep of his magnitude needs expert attention so the RSPCA put out a call on social media.



Ms Ven Dange said they were fortunate that multiple shearing champion and Australian Shearers Hall-of-Fame winner Ian Elkins had answered the call.

 

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Tags: Woolly, sheep, Canberra, RSPCA

Posted: 2 September, 2015

Easier Trips To Bali On The Way

Just A Little Cheaper As Well

Indonesia is making it easier for Aussie tourists to holiday on their shores, with plans to add Australians to it's Visa free entry list.

Maritime Coordinating Minister Rizal Ramli is quoted in Indonesian media on Tuesday saying he brought forward the move from January 2016 to October 2015 to capture the whole holiday season.

Australian tourists to Bali account for 12 per cent of foreigners visiting Indonesia, and currently pay $49.95 to enter the country for 30 days.

There was some confusion earlier in the year, with reports Australia would be excluded from the list of 45 countries to be offered visa-free travel.

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Tags: bali, indonesia, visa

Posted: 2 September, 2015

Junior Rugby League Brawl In Sydney

Players face a potential 10-year ban after a brawl broke out after a Sydney rugby league match.

A junior rugby league match in Sydney West has ended in an all-in brawl that could see guilty players face a 10-year ban from the game.

Video has emerged of the brawl that started after the Under 17 Division Three grand final clash between Cambridge Park and the Riverstone Razorbacks.

The brawl took place at the Windsor Sports Ground on Sunday and involved a number of young players and adults being involved in the fight as can be seen in the vision below attained by Seven News.

General manager of Junior Rugby League, Phil Cummings, told Nine News that they are looking to band any players that were involved.

"As soon as the police investigation has concluded, we’ll be looking to suspend those players for about ten years plus from the junior league," he said.

Police have also obtained the footage and will be launching a full investigation.

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Posted: 2 September, 2015

Local Hospitals At Breaking Point

"The Health System Is Under Pressure"

New figures out today show our hospitals are being stretched to the limit.

The latest report from the Bureau of Health Information shows patient numbers have risen by 25% over the past 5 years, putting the system under pressure, while the figures also show treatment times have blown out for some of the most seriously unwell patients.

Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord telling the Triple M newsroom it's "absolutely unacceptable".

He says "that almost half of patients that show up to our state's busiest hospitals wait longer than 4 hours".

"In an emergency situation every minute counts, when you have a sick child, the last thing you want to do is wait 4-5 hours in an emergency department".

The Opposition claims the systems is so overstretched, people are being forced to wait long periods of time for treatment.

  • Nepean hospital – 47% of patients wait longer than 4 hours
  • Blacktown - 45% of patients wait longer than 4 hours
  • Westmead- 44% of patients wait longer than 4 hours
  • Liverpool 43% of patients wait longer than 4 hours

An estimates hearing has heard from the Health Minister Jillian Skinner, that hospitals are under "extreme pressure" - but after years of neglect they are having to catch up on infrastructure.

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Tags: Hospitals, stretched, BHI report

Posted: 1 September, 2015

‘Thor’ Arrives In Sydney Ahead Of Bushfire Season

Hercules C130 aircraft unveiled today to aid fire-fighters

Source: Twitter

The large air tanker ‘Thor’ has made its debut in Sydney ahead of the bushfire season this year, providing an immediate boost to the state’s fire fighting resources.

With spring now upon us, so too is the 2015/16 Bush Fire Danger Period and it has begun with a demonstration of the Hercules C130’s water-bombing capabilities in Richmond.

The latest weapon against summer bushfires can dump a whopping 15,000 litres of water or fire retardant at a time, and will be used for direct attack on both bush and grass fires.

Large Air Tanker 'Thor'

Larger Air Tanker 'Thor' has landed in NSW for the first time ahead of the 2015/16 bush fire season. 30m long, a wingspan of 40m and the ability to carry 15,000L of water or retardant, Thor will provide valuable support to firefighters on the ground throughout the season.

Posted by NSW Rural Fire Service on Monday, August 31, 2015

 

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said Thor provides valuable assistance to fire-fighters.

“The trial of this aircraft is an investment in protecting lives and property in NSW and an investment this Government has no hesitation in making.”

It doesn’t stop there, the plane is just one of more than 100 tactical fire-fighting aircraft which will be in use across the state this fire season.

“With warm and dry conditions predicted throughout the season, these air-craft are an important asset in our fire fighting weaponry,” NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

“Importantly, it’s their integration with the work of fire-fighters on the ground, along with a well prepared community, that makes the difference.”

Wondering what this bushfire season has in store for much of NSW? The NSW RFS has you covered:

If you want more information, visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au to find out what is happening in your local area.

The 2015/16 bush fire season could see 'above normal' fire activity for much of NSW, according to the latest outlook...

Posted by NSW Rural Fire Service on Monday, August 31, 2015

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Tags: Thor, NSW Rural Fire Service, Bushfire Season

Posted: 1 September, 2015

Hayne Survives 49ers First Cut

Former NRL star is over the first hurdle...

To many it was always going to be a no-brainer, with Jarryd Hayne making the 49ers first roster cut.

The former league star now a step closer to winning a spot on the final 53 man roster which will be whittled down over the weekend.

San Francisco making the seemingly low key announcement online...

"The San Francisco 49ers have waived the following 10 players: K Corey Acosta, LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Mylan Hicks, T Sean Hooey, WR Mario Hull, WR Chuck Jacobs, WR Nigel King, LB Shawn Lemon, FB Trey Millard and DL Lawrence Okoye.

Additionally, the 49ers placed G/C Daniel Kilgore on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List and WR DeAndre Smelter on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. The team also placed WR Dres Anderson and LB Desmond Bishop on the Injured Reserve List.

The 49ers roster currently stands at 75 and must be trimmed to 53 by 1:00 p.m. PT on Saturday."

Triple M Sydney heard from Bay Area news analyst Cam Inman who sung the praises of Jarryd Hayne's incredible effort of making the first roster cut.

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Tags: Jarryd Hayne, 49ers, San Francisco, NFL

Posted: 31 August, 2015

Abused & Sprayed With Water

When asked to turn her music down this Melbourne train commuter turned and sprayed water on passengers

(Screenshot: Youtube)

A video has emerged of a Melbourne train commuter spraying passengers with water when being asked to turn down her music.

"Turn the volume down please, have some respect," one woman can be heard saying in the video reportedly shot on Friday.

The request was met immediately with a dousing from a water bottle and abuse. 

"Are you f---ing dumb. Shut the f--k up," the woman says.

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Tags: Melbourne, Train, Video, Youtube

Posted: 31 August, 2015

Two Stabbed In Wild Brawl

Police officer also injured during attack in Sydney’s west

A man will face court today charged over the stabbing of a father and son in a wild brawl in Sydney’s west overnight.

The 21 year old man was arrested at the scene in Guildford and charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm and intent to murder.

The father and son are now in stable conditions in Westmead hospital.

A policeman was also injured after emergency services were called to the Guildford property.

The sergeant was punched several times in the face when he tried to break up the affray.

Two men, aged 22 and 43, were charged with assaulting the police officer.

 

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Tags: brawl, affray, Sydney, Guildford, stabbing, court, arrest

Posted: 30 August, 2015

Naked Man Assaults Two Women

The bizarre attack has left police baffled

Police are appealing for public assistance after two women were followed and assaulted by a naked man at Hornsby overnight.

About 3.45am today (Sunday 30 August 2015), two women, aged 18 and 20, got off a bus at Hornsby Railway Station and began walking through Hunter Street Mall.

The women continued walking a short distance and – police have been told in nearby May Street – a naked man pushed the 20-year-old to the ground, and grabbed the 18-year-old by her skirt.

When the women began screaming, he fled the scene.

The women were not injured in the incident.

The man has been described as being of Asian appearance, about 20 years old, and was only wearing a beanie and a white mask.

The matter was reported to officers from Kuring Gai Local Area Command who launched an investigation.

It’s believed the man may have followed the pair from Hornsby Mall.

Anyone who has information that may assist with the investigation is urged to come forward.

 

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Tags: Naked, Attack, Hornsby