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Police have confirmed the body
recovered from Lake Lyndon
yesterday has been formally
identified as Bradley Richard Ivan
Stempa. Police divers recovered
the 21-year-old’s body after he was
last seen about 100m from shore
on Monday, as he swam to retrieve
an inflatable boat. Mr Stempa and
a friend had been fishing at Lake
Lyndon. Mr Stempa was originally
from Coalgate. — APNZ
Heavy rain looms
The West Coast could be set for
some of the heaviest rain in the
South Island over the next 24 hours,
with a severe weather watch in place
for the region. The Metser vice is
warning that a broad trough of low
pressure over the Tasman Sea will
bring a series of fronts across the
country, and that rainfall could reach
warning levels of more than 100mm
in the Buller ranges, Westland and
northern Fiordland from tomorrow
afternoon through to Friday and
possibly Saturday. The heaviest
rainfalls are forecast across the West
Coast and the Southern Alps.
Barnados Early Childhood
Learning Centre in Greymouth
was cleared at 7.45am today when
the alarm sounded. Greymouth
Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Lee
Swinburn said it was a faulty alarm
and there was no sign of fire.
The Greymouth Star has two
Operatunity prize packs to give away,
including a double-pass to their
latest show, Hits of the 50s and 60s,
at the Regent Theatre on September
23.Tobein with a chance — and
because of the short timeframe —
please hand deliver entries with your
name, address and phone number
under the subject Operatunity to
the office of either the Greymouth
Star or Hokitika Guardian, or e-mail
Operatunity in the subject line. One
entry per household. Entries close on
Friday, September 19.
Port of Greymouth. — Arrivals:
One Greymouth vessel. Departures:
Nil. In port: Canopus, Tawera, 23
other vessels. Expected departures:
Nil. Expected arrivals: Cook Canyon,
today; Jay Elaine, Sunday.
The owners of a Greymouth pet and stock
feed supplier are set to close the doors to the
business to focus on their other interests.
Penny and Craig Jones have run the West
Coast Stock Feed and Saddlery store in Arney
Street for the past six years. It will close at the
end of October.
“Craig and I have too many things going on
and want to concentrate on our farming and
fishing businesses. There’s just different things
going on we want to do. For the amount of
work we have to put into it it’s just becoming
too much, it takes up too much time,” Mrs Jones
The couple already had another business,
North Beach Nets and Fishing, next to the
Greymouth aerodrome, as well as a farm. Mrs
Jones also breeds horses and wants to focus on
Of the store’s two full-time members, one will
move to the couple’s other businesses, and the
other might be moving overseas.
Stock feed business closing
A 35-year-old Cobden woman who
assaulted a man with a knife and showered
a police officer with glass was remanded
in the Greymouth District Court on bail
without plea to September 23.
On August 22, Shanar Ruiha Yorke
assaulted a man with a knife and then, after
being arrested by police, she tried to force
her way out of her cell, scratching the police
officer’s face and smashing a glass door,
showering the officer with glass.
Lawyer George Linder said Yorke being
in custody had defused the matter with the
He said it was fair to say that at the time of
the assault Yorke had “lost the plot ” but the
volatility had now gone from the situation.
She would now be safe to be bailed to a
Cobden address, he said.
Mr Linder said Yorke had a young baby at
home she was keen not to lose a bond with.
Judge Noel Walsh said Yorke had a history
of illness, which was complicated when she
A West Coast man was remanded on bail
to October 24 for a variety of sex offences.
The man was facing four charges of
indecently assaulting a female under-12,
four charges of unlawful sexual connection,
two of indecently assaulting a female
between the age of 12 and 16 years, and one
charge of a male raping a female.
Lawyer David Carruthers said the man
had elected a jury trial to hear the charges.
The man’s interim name suppression
A man from the Grey district was ordered
to come up for sentence within 12 months
if called upon for possession of a pipe for
the consumption of methamphetamine (P).
A police search of the man’s house on
August 1 uncovered the pipe, which the
man said had been left at his house after he
and his friend had smoked the drug.
The man was also charged with receiving
a $7000 quad bike, which the man had
elected to be heard through a jury trial.
Lawyer Marcus Zintl asked for name
suppression in light of the upcoming jury
Jaydon David William Galland, 20,
of Christchurch, was convicted and
discharged for a breach of his prison release
On August 18, Galland failed to report to
Greymouth Community Probation, telling
them that his car had broken down while he
was driving from Christchurch. On August
25, he again failed to report to probation.
In court, Galland said that on August 18
the clutch on his car had blown on his way
to Greymouth, and that he had turned up
on August 25, even if it was “a little late”.
Stephen Andrew Holmes, 43, of Franz
Josef Glacier, was ordered to come up for
sentence within 12 months if called upon
for intentional damage on June 17 and
trespass on April 9.
Lawyer John O’Connell said the charges
had arisen out of a breakdown in a
neighbourly relationship between Holmes
and the victim, when Holmes had attempted
to mark his property.
Dylan Scott Baird, 22, of Greymouth,
was given 60 hours of community work for
intentional damage on August 21.
On August 21, Baird got drunk and
smashed up the lock on a shed at a
Greymouth property, along with the door of
the shed. He also grabbed a screwdriver in
the house and smashed two windows.
Baird was currently paying $25 a week to
the property owners to help sort out the
Phillip Anthony Bradley was remanded
to November 4 on eight counts of failing
to provide tax information. The charges
related to incomplete tax returns being sent
to Inland Revenue, which Bradley was now
in the process of completing.
No plea over attacks
With the 100th anniversary of the
Anzac landings at Gallipoli next
year, the Advance Mawhera Masonic
Lodge in Greymouth has found a way
to mark the event and raise money for
A member came up with the idea
of designing a pin that can be worn
as a sign of respect, with all the
profits from the pin sales going to
The design incorporates the poppy
and silver ferns, with the square and
compass of the Masonic Lodge, and
has permission from the national RSA
and the Masonic Grand Lodge, in
The first pins arrived in Greymouth
last week and so far orders have
arrived from Ireland, Canada, America
and Australia, after an image was put
The pins are selling for $10 each and
they are stamped bronze with a gold
plate and enamel. They can be bought
by e-mailing widowssons@hotmail.
War pin boost for charity
PICTURE: Jackie Adams
Masonic Lodge sitting master Gordon Sylvester, of the Advance Mawhera
Lodge, with the pin.
Genuine Care and
Urgent Cases Only
Phone 769 9300 first
Grey Medical Centre
Passed away peacefully
on Tuesday September
16, 2014 at Richard
Seddon Hospital, Grey-
mouth. Dearly loved
husband of the late Jean,
much loved father and
father-in-law of Barry
and Leonie, and Carol
Hole, much loved grand-
dad of Nathan, Sharleen,
Malachi and Cindie,
great granddad of Ella,
Jackson, James, Charlie,
and Tina, loved brother
of the late Bob, and a
loved friend of Henry
Hole. In his 93rd year. A
special thank you to Dr
Tim Bolter, and staff at
Richard Seddon Hospi-
tal. Messages to PO Box
259, Greymouth. A
Service to remember
Les and celebrate his life
will be held in the Anisy
Ceremony Centre, 77
Greymouth on Friday at
1pm followed by inter-
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
Waste from outside the Grey district will no
longer be dumped at the McLeans Pit landfill
from next month.
The Grey District Council passed a bylaw in
2012 to stop contractors from Hokitika, where
transfer station fees are $475 a tonne, bringing
waste to Greymouth, where fees are $229 a tonne.
However, as of February there was still no
means to enforce the bylaw.
Assets manager Mel Sutherland said they had
now reached an agreement with contractors.
“ We have written to identified companies
and have agreed on a date when they will cease
using McLeans for out of district waste,” Mr
The dates were progressive but the last one was
at the end of September.
“ If they continue to use after this date then
we may need to consider enforcement but
indications are that they are prepared to comply
which is great.”
Mr Sutherland said that when appropriate
their operations policy would be education
Only last week the Westland District Council
discovered several piles of rubbish dumped on
the side of Woodstock-Rimu Road, south of
Dumping restricted to Grey district
ser vices will be in action
in Cobden on Saturday
for an open day hosted
by the Cobden Volunteer
McCann said there
would be plenty of action
throughout the day.
having a kitchen
Coastguard, St John,
police will be on hand
and the Greymouth
brigade will put on a
demonstration of how to
cut people of a vehicle
that has crashed,” Mr
The displays will be at
both the Cobden Fire
Station and the school.
“ We are expecting a
few people to attend and
we are hoping to pick up
some extras after they
have voted (in the general
election) at the Cobden
include a bouncy castle
with a difference.
“The bouncy castle will
contain a non-toxic type
smoke and when the
children go in we will be
teaching them how to get
down, get low and get
out, of a fire.”
A fire truck from
Nelson will be on site to
demonstrate how fires in
high rise buildings are
It starts and 10am and
runs until 2pm.
The open day is part
of the build-up to
the Cobden brigade’s
next April, with 200
former members expected
ser vices to
hold open day
The old wheel that was
pulled from the Ahaura
River last week has
fuelled speculation on-
line as to its origin.
pilot Heath Bagnall
spotted the wheel in
the water upstream
of Ahaura township,
while the water levels
were extremely low.
After publicity in the
Greymouth Star, Mr
Bagnall posted his find
on the West Coast New
Zealand history Facebook
page and received several
Some suggested it was
off a large stagecoach
dray or part of a steam
engine. Mr Bagnall said
nothing definitive had
emerged yet, though. The
wheel weighed close to
300kg and would have
to be off something
steam powered, he said.
Drunk woman tried to kick in door
A Ruatapu woman who repeatedly tried to
kick in the door of Hokitika Police Station
while she was drunk was yesterday sentenced
to nine months’ super vision and 80 hours of
Hannah Florence Horne, 20, was convicted
in the Greymouth District Court on charges
of disorderly behaviour and resisting a police
officer. She admitted both charges.
Horne had been drinking in Hokitika on
July 12 when some male friends of hers got
into a fight outside a bar. After police had
arrested one of her friends she told police she
wanted to see but was told she should come
back when she had sobered up.
Horne kicked the glass front door of the
police station repeatedly and so hard the
police were surprised it did not break.
Horne was then arrested and was
“ belligerent ” throughout the arrest process.
In court, Horne said: “I was extremely
drunk, but I am taking steps to sort out my
Judge Noel Walsh said that at 20 years,
Horne had already racked up offending
including drugs, shoplifting and now
behaving in a disorderly manner.
The judge said Horne’s underlying issues
were drugs and alcohol.
A 27-year-old from Hokitika who smoked
cannabis to dull the pain of a tattoo he had
just had done was fined $500.
Chance Tipa was fined $500 for possession
of cannabis, two cannabis bongs and a
On July 31, police visited Tipa at home to
do a bail check and smelled cannabis in the
property. Tipa told police he had smoked the
cannabis prior to the police arriving. A police
search found the cannabis equipment and a
useable amount of cannabis in a bowl. He
told police had had smoked the cannabis to
dull the pain of a tattoo he had had done that
Tipa said it was a “minute” amount of
cannabis found at the property, although he
admitted he had been smoking beforehand.
Tipa was also remanded to September 22 for
failing to appear in court on August 26. Lawyer
John O’Connell said there had been a mix up
over the dates he was supposed to appear.
An 18-year-old Ruatapu man who drove
after drinking 11 bourbon mixers was fined
$400 and banned from driving for six months
for excess breath-alcohol of 512mg.
Jacob Lawson McFarlane pleaded guilty to
He drove with a number of passengers in
the car in Paroa in the early hours of August
12, when he was stopped for speeding by
police and breath tested.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said McFarlane had
been the most sober of a group of people and
had chosen to drive.
Pukekura couple Peter and Justine Salter
were remanded to October 14 to allow
checks to be made over whether they were
adhering to a food safety plan put in place by
the Ministry of Primary Industries.
The couple had previously been charged
with two counts of preparing possum meat in
a way that was not in line with a proper risk
Lawyer Marcus Zintl said that if the plan
was adhered to the charges against the Salters
would be dropped.
A 19-year-old Hokitika man who punched
and kicked a man during a drunken argument
was ordered to come up for sentence within
12 months if called upon.
Lawrance Joseph Price stepped into a row
between his friend and the victim on July 12,
alleging that his friend had been set upon.
He punched the victim and then kicked him
while he was on the ground.
Lawyer Liz Bulger said the incident had
been a case of “misplaced loyalty”.
Jacob Tamati Beckett, 19, of Awatuna,
had charges of driving without a licence
and failing to comply with a police officer
withdrawn after he passed his driving licence.
Two Greymouth Star
readers have won a
West Coast book each
as part of the Bookshelf
giveaway. Shirley Ryan
of Hokitika receives a
copy of Richard Seddon:
King of God’s Own by
Tom Brooking, while
Rossi Leber of Barrytown
receives a copy of Pete the
Bushman, by Peter Salter.
Old wheel speculation
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