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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
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Hit and run
Police have appealed for witnesses
after a hit and run incident in
Runanga yesterday in which a
14-year-old Runanga girl was
knocked off her bike at the junction
of Duncan and Hall-Jones streets.
The girl was taken to hospital
suffering a fractured wrist, elbow
injuries and concussion. Greymouth
police said the incident was only
reported to them this morning
and they were interested in details
of a blue car with a red coloured
boot that was seen speeding on
Duncan Street around the time of
the incident, later in the afternoon.
“ Police would like to speak to the
owners of this vehicle or anyone
who has information about this
vehicle,” senior sergeant Dave Cross
Several firearms are missing after
a burglary at a Rapahoe property on
Saturday night. Among the missing
arms with associated ammunition
are a .22 Ruger rifle, a semi-
automatic 7.62 SKS with seven-shot
magazine, a Beretta 12-gauge semi-
automatic shotgun, a Winchester
12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun,
and a Weatherby magnum rifle with
scope. “ These are weapons we would
not like in the wrong hands and
police are seeking information from
anyone who has heard about these
firearms,” acting senior sergeant
David Cross said.
This is the moment an Italian
police officer was caught clocking
into work wearing his underpants
before allegedly returning to bed.
Alberto Muraglia, 53, lives in the
same building as the council offices
he works in and was secretly filmed
c locking in wearing under wear that
left little to the imagination. Until
two years ago, the pot-bellied officer
enjoyed a second job accompanying
the Belgian royal family on a yacht
in the summer. Mr Muraglia’s wife,
Adriana, defended her husband and
said he always went to work after
c locking in. “Some mornings, if
he was a few minutes late pulling
on his trousers, he would clock in
in that manner and then get fully
dressed immediately after and go off
to work.” — Daily Mail
Rain eases to showers
Ross relives the 1860s
PICTURE: Laura Mills
A stagecoach heads past the old Ross Post Office during a street parade on Sunday as part of the town’s 150th goldrush celebrations. Dozens of old families returned to Ross for the two days of festivities, and they were joined by a
crowd of about 1000. The Ross celebration was one of a number of big events squeezed into a bumper Labour Weekend on the West Coast.
Police say their investigation
into the Gloriavale Christian
Community will take “some
time to complete”, after it was
revealed five children were
taken into Child, Youth and
Family care for several weeks.
The Sunday Star Times
reported that the brothers and
sisters had been temporarily
removed by social workers.
Gloriavale leader Fer vent
Stedfast told the paper they
were now “healthy and happy ”
back with their parents at the
The paper says CYFs was
claims the five children,
believed to be aged between
seven and 15, had been
subjected to physical abuse
including being smacked hard
and beaten with sticks.
Police began looking into
Gloriavale in late April,headed
by Tasman Police district
Karyn Malthus, who headed
the ‘Roast Busters’ sex abuse
investigation in Auckland.
ongoing and expected to take
some time to complete,” a
police spokeswoman said this
“ We are still speaking with
people who have come for ward
to discuss their experiences
while at Gloriavale.”
For privacy reasons police
were not discussing anything
about those approaches, the
Allegations of physical and
sexual abuse inside the closed
community were levelled at
Gloriavale earlier this year
by people who had left the
The sisters of those uplifted
told TV3’s Campbell Live
in April they were both
subjected to sexual, verbal
and physical abuse inside
the community. One alleged
that as punishment for a
relationship, she was kept
alone in a primitive bush hut.
The sisters said they had been
beaten from the age of five.
The sisters also claimed
they had been forced to
fast because the community
They told the Sunday Star
Times they had not seen their
brothers and sisters while they
were in care and only knew
their siblings had been taken
when their estranged mother
contacted them from inside
Gloriavale to ask if they knew
of their whereabouts.
Hopeful Christian, who
leads the community, was
jailed after he was found guilty
of three charges of sexual
abuse on young community
members at his second trial
20 years ago.
Drink-drivers nabbed speeding
A heavy police presence on West Coast
roads netted eight drink-drivers over the
long weekend, but there was little disorder
and people were generally well behaved, area
commander Inspector John Canning says.
“ We had a good weekend from our
perspective. We put a lot of cars on the road
and we kept the number of crashes right
down,” Mr Canning said.
A heavy presence with road patrols and
checkpoints at several locations had been
Cobden, Blaketown, Kumara Junction, and
between Ross and Hokitika were among the
locations where drink-drivers were picked
“(It was) high visibility for us and some
good results — just a few still endangering
other people’s lives,” Mr Canning said.
A “minority group” of drivers well over
the breath-alcohol limit of 250mg were
still turning up, and those caught with high
readings were driving on the open road.
“ We got a number of EBAs (excess breath-
alcohols) and the numbers were quite high
four to five in the order of the 700s —
which was not good. What concerns me was
some of these were on the open road, driving
at 100kph, and drunk.”
Overall, though, traffic sergeant Dave
Cross said motorists were relatively well
behaved on the region’s roads.
“This was good news for all and police
would like to thank motorists for their
patience with so many on our roads,” Mr
Police were out in force both to cover normal
Labour Weekend traffic and those travelling
for the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races,
with only a few ticketed “for illustrating the
capabilities of their machines”.
One crash over the weekend had been
attributed to alcohol.
Of the eight people processed for drink-
driving offences a 19-year-old-West Coast
man blew five times the alcohol limit (zero)
for a driver under age of 20.
“Several other alcohol readings were well
above the legal limit, which is of concern ...
they are an accident waiting to happen and
often involve other innocent parties,” Mr
Accidents, transfers keep rescue helicopter in air
The Greymouth-based NZCC Rescue
Helicopter had a busy few days to match the
busy weekend on the West Coast.
Base manager Angus Taylor said the
transfers, as well as accident rescues.
A Ruatapu woman was picked up
on Friday evening after she suffered a
compound fracture to her leg as a result of
being thrown from a horse. The woman was
taken to Christchurch Hospital.
A Westport woman in her 70s who broke
her ankle while hanging out the washing
was airlifted to Grey Base Hospital for
treatment, about midday on Saturday.
A 27-year-old Christchurch woman
who fell and dislocated her shoulder
while walking the Heaphy Track on
Sunday afternoon was also flown back to
Greymouth, about 2.30pm.
That evening, a woman in her mid-30s out
tramping in the Matakitaki River area, near
Murchison, was picked up from Downies
Hut and flown to Nelson Hospital after
suffering a medical event.
As the Greymouth helicopter was
preparing to leave Nelson it was called to
Westport to uplift an 83-year-old man who
had fallen and broken his femur. The man
was flown to Grey Base Hospital and was
transferred by ambulance to Christchurch
Yesterday, the helicopter was called to
Hannahs Clearing at Haast, and again this
morning to Karangarua, both for medical
A Buller man found guilty of a host of
charges of cultivating cannabis for supply
could lose his home when he is sentenced in
the Christchurch District Court next month.
Ross McIntosh, of Inangahua Junction,
was last week found guilty by a jury of three
charges of possession of a class C drug for
supply, one of cannabis cultivation and one
of possession of equipment used for cannabis
cultivation. He also pleaded guilty at the
start of his trial to the illegal possession of
Cannabis with a value of between $90,000
and $100,000 — enough for 14,000 cannabis
cigarettes — was found at McIntosh’s
property during a police raid on May 14.
McIntosh had been scheduled to be
sentenced in the Greymouth District
Court on Friday, however defence lawyer
Marcus Zintl asked for the sentencing to be
adjourned and moved to Christchurch on
Crown prosecutor Anselm Williams
said a forfeiture order had been made for
McIntosh’s property, and anyone who had an
interest in that, such as possible mortgagees,
needed to be made aware of the order.
Judge David Saunders, who will be
sentencing McIntosh in Christchurch after
presiding over the jury trial in Greymouth,
said the final sentence would reflect that a
forfeiture order had been made.
McIntosh was remanded in custody.
Inangahua drug grower may lose house
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