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Pair denied bail on burglary charges
2 - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Burglars ransack house
Burglars ransacked a Runanga
house some time between last
ursday and Sunday, stealing a
mixture of items from a garage as well
as interfering with a car. ey broke
the locks on the garage door, in Seven
Mile Road, then made a messy search
of the building before making off with
a lawnmower, chest of tools, chainsaw,
air compressor, spray painting
equipment and power leads. Police
believe the offenders were familiar with
the area and knew that the occupants
were away from the property at the
e drivers of two vehicles
registered to Christchurch businesses
are being investigated after they
were involved in dangerous driving
manoeuvres in Greymouth yesterday.
About 10am the driver of a red
Holden stationwagon tailgated
another car for some distance, then
passed the car and three others at
excessive speed, in High Street.
Half an hour later on Lake Brunner
Road, the driver of a red Toyota
stationwagon registered to a rental
firm in Christchurch pulled out to
pass another vehicle in front with
no clear view of the road and then
suddenly pulled back into the lane,
causing the driver of the other car to
take evasive action to avoid being hit.
Police said companies were obliged
to release details of the drivers of
their vehicles when offences were
Omoto motel site
e New Zealand Transport
Agency has finished work at the
old motel site at Omoto. A small
slip on October 25 closed State
highway 7 for the morning. e
NZTA bought the former River
View Motels as part of long-term
plans to stabilise the hillside, largely
through improved drainage. e
NZTA said yesterday work on the
site was now complete. e motels
were demolished a fortnight ago,
and the last part of the project, the
realignment of the guardrail, was
completed last week.
Greymouth police are on the
tail of the owner of a blue Subaru
Legacy saloon which was seen being
driven up and down Mount Street at
6.30pm on Saturday, while someone
fired a paintball gun at parked cars.
One car was hit with orange paint
pellets. Police said they suspected
the culprits were either going to or
coming from a nearby address. Police
want anyone who had their property
damaged from paintball pellets to
Coast man commended
e West Coast Resource Teachers
Learning Behaviour booklet received
a highly commended award at the
Maori Language Awards, on Friday.
Practice leader Terry Sheffield said
they were pleased with the recognition
and were looking to make another
booklet. "We re looking around for
different activities and resources to put
in another booklet," he said.
ree Greymouth Star readers will
be able celebrate the festive season
in musical fashion after winning the
Operatunity Giveaway. G Allen,
Rhonda Pascoe and Helen Graydon
of Greymouth have each won a prize
pack which includes a book, CD
and double pass to the Royal Variety
Christmas Show at the Regent
Arrivals: Two Greymouth vessels.
Departures: Galatea II, Tawera,
two Greymouth vessels. In port: Jay
Penelope, 16 other vessels. Expected
arrivals: Jay Elaine Friday; Galatea II
Grey Main School pupil Luke Baatjies won the annual Greymouth Rotary
junior speech competitions. Eleven children from seven Grey district schools
were entered. Adjudicators from Greymouth Toastmasters commented that
the standard this year was extremely high. Luke wooed the judges with a well
balanced presentation on the subject of dreams . Aimie Bartle (Grey Main),
Georgia Tomasi ( St Patrick s) and Campbell Rae (Paroa) were second, third
and fourth respectively. Rotary president-elect Christine Robertson
presented the awards at a well attended meeting last night.
Speech competition winners
A Kumara man who punched and kicked
his partner as she was breast-feeding their
five-month-old daughter was sentenced in
the Greymouth District Court yesterday to
12 months supervision.
Judge Alastair Garland said Jason
Kenneth Wade needed counselling and/
or treatment for anger management and
Wade admitted charges of assaulting
the woman and her three-year-old son, at
Kumara on September 18.
e court heard that Wade slapped the boy
around the head after he had accidentally
bumped the baby and made her cry.
Later, when the woman was lying on a
bed breast-feeding, Wade punched her
several times on the right thigh and then
kicked her several times on the legs. e
woman suffered bruising to her thigh, leg
Wade told police he was struggling
in his role as a breadwinner.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said the incident
had woken him up and he had since enrolled
in counselling classes for alcohol and anger
management, and was progressing well.
As well as the supervision, Wade must
complete 75 hours of community work.
Tarsha Marie Jones, of Greymouth, was
fined $525 for driving with excess blood-
Jones was disqualified from driving for six
months and ordered to pay $173 medical
and analyst fees.
Colin John Pritchard, 61, of Hokitika,
was fined $1500 and disqualified from
driving for nine months for driving with an
excess breath-alcohol level of 942mg.
It was Pritchard s second drink-driving
conviction, although the first was over 30
Breast-feeding woman punched
With the impending opening of the Greymouth to Hokitika cycle trail, a group of individuals who first
envisioned a shorter Greymouth cycleway are happy to see the idea nearly completed. Rosie McGrath,
front, John Wood, Anne Relling, Don Monk, Shane Hall and Judi Mears, with the help of Kevin Hague
and Jos Sturkenboom, first posed the idea of an 11km-long coastal pathway in late 2005. "We did a
sur vey about what was stopping people doing physical activity ... and people said the road was too busy
and they didn t feel safe. So we looked for an alternative," Mr Monk said.
PICTURE: Nicholas McBride
Coastal pathway celebrated
A West Coast man described as
the village drunk uttered don t
know how you sleep at night
mate, as he was being ushered
to the cells at the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Judge Alastair Garland had just
sent Jason Sullivan, 38, to two
years and four months jail.
Recently, Judge David Saunders
had described Sullivan as the
village drunk after he had refused
to leave the Railway Hotel in
Hokitika because he was drunk
and aggressive on Wildfoods
When police arrived, he
continued to refuse to leave,
struggling with the officers until
he was ultimately arrested. Back
across the road at the police
station, when asked to remove his
shoes, Sullivan took them off and
threw them at a policewoman,
hitting her on the thigh.
Sullivan also appeared yesterday
on a drink-driving charge, plus
others of unlawfully taking
a vehicle and obtaining cash
by fraud. He had borrowed a
vehicle off an aunt, and instead
of returning it he sold it to a
panelbeater for $900. at man
spent a further $1100 bringing
the vehicle up to scratch but
found himself $2000 out of
pocket when police reclaimed it
on behalf of the rightful owner.
Lawyer Richard Bodle said
Sullivan had been sober since
September 1, was trying to
get into a residential alcohol
treatment centre and had "turned
e probation report suggested
otherwise, saying that Sullivan
was "talking the talk but not
walking the walk" and his desire
to get treatment was solely to save
himself from a prison sentence.
Judge Garland agreed, saying
that Sullivan had 27 previous
dishonesty convictions --- seven
relating to motor vehicles and 11
previous drink-driving convictions
--- and he had resisted or assaulted
police on 13 occasions.
When he was arrested on the
drink-driving charge Sullivan
told the constable: "You are just
ruining people s lives".
Settling on an end sentence of
28 months in jail and two years
disqualification, Judge Garland
said Sullivan did not need anyone
else to ruin his life as he was
doing a good job on his own.
Sullivan was also ordered to pay
the panelbeater $2000 when his
prison sentence ends.
Village drunk gets
A Cobden man who threw a
moneybox at his mother was
sentenced in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday.
Leigh Alan Fowler, 24,
admitted a charge of using
a moneybox as a weapon
while assaulting a woman on
September 12. Police prosecutor
Steven Greer said the couple
had argued over finances, when
Fowler picked up the plastic
moneybox and threw it at her
with force as she sat on a couch.
e woman raised her hands
to protect her face and the box
struck and shattered on her
Fowler was fined $300 and
ordered to pay his mother
$300 as an emotional harm
Moneybox thrown at mother
Two Kaniere Road residents were
denied bail when they appeared
in the Greymouth District Court
yesterday on multiple joint burglary
charges, mostly relating to thefts
from farms over the past year.
Joshua James Little, 28, and Ralph
Sydney Trowbridge, 35, will next
appear on December 10.
e joint charges relate to
burglaries of farm sheds, a
butcher s shop, motel units, garages,
storage containers and a house.
ey broke into farm sheds at
Kakapotahi, Kumara Junction,
Blue Spur (two) and Hau Hau
Road, and also stole from storage
containers on Hau Hau Road, Blue
Spur (two), motels on Greyhound
Road, a butcher s shop in Hokitika,
garages at Woodstock and Kaniere
Road, a dwelling and shed
on the Kaniere Tram, and the
implement shed at Christ s
College, in Christchurch.
Little and Trowbridge are also
jointly charged with receiving a
stolen twin-axle trailer valued at
$2500 and a Stihl brushcutter
valued at $845.
Little also faces lone charges of
cultivating cannabis, assaulting a
woman, breaching a protection
order, and threatening to burn
down the woman s house if she
Labour and the Greens say they will
ramp up a campaign later this week
as voting papers on the asset sale
referendum head to 23,000 West Coast
e opposition politicians believe it is
not too late to stop future asset sales.
e Government is currently reducing
its Air New Zealand shareholding, and
Genesis Energy is set to be floated next
is follows the sales of Meridian and
Mighty River Power.
Finance Minister Bill English said
that would be the extent of the sales
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O Connor said Labour, the Greens and
Grey Power would be campaigning and
billboards erected to remind people to
"In spite of the Government s
desperate attempts to sell off as much
as they can prior to the referendum,
there s no doubt they will continue to
sell assets if we don t stop them," Mr
O Connor said.
State-owned assets not yet part of the
sale include NZ Post, Kiwi Rail, and
In the Grey district, 9932 voting
papers will go out, 5892 in Westland,
and 7528 in Buller.
e citizens initiated referendum
asks the question: Do you support
the Government selling up to 49% of
Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power,
Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air
Green Party MP Kevin Hague said
they collected more than half the
signatures on the referendum petition.
eir total spending on the campaign
was capped at $50,000, so there would
not be tv or radio advertising.
"It s all a bit lopsided, of course, as the
(National) Government has massive
bandwidth, including millions of
dollars of marketing to support its asset
sales programme," Mr Hague said.
Asset sale referendum papers out
e opening hours through the
Haast Pass will be extended from
8am to 7pm from tomorrow, after
a request from the tourism industry.
State highway 6 from Haast to
Makarora has been closed at night
for about seven weeks, after a
massive slip at Diana Falls near the
Haast Pass summit.
New Zealand Transport Agency
Connors said the six community
and tourist industry meetings
recently held on the West Coast
and in North Otago had given a
clear message that everyone wanted
the opening hours extended.
"From tomorrow, the highway
will be open at the Diana Falls
slip site from 8am. is means
traffic will be able to leave Haast
township at 7am and Makarora at
7.30am, to be travelling through
the area at 8am rather than 9am.
is extra hour is important for
freight movement and for enabling
West Coasters, in particular, to
travel through to North Otago for
business-shopping and return in
the same day."
Mr Connors said the road would
stay open at Diana Falls until
" is will enable travellers to take
advantage of the longer summer
evenings before relocating to either
Haast township or the glaciers or
to Makarora or Wanaka before the
road is closed overnight."
From tomorrow, the road will
close at Haast township at 6pm
and Makarora at 6.30pm, giving
travellers time to travel to and
through the Diana Falls slip area
before the 7pm closure.
Haast Pass opening
A Greymouth man who admits that
he sold cannabis to several people had
his case adjourned in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday to enable the
court to learn the true extent of his
Reece Ian Petrie, 22, will reappear
on December 10 on charges of selling
cannabis and allowing his High Street
premises to be used for consumption of
the drug, on September 27.
Answering a noise complaint, police
discovered a strong stench of cannabis
and found Petrie entertaining a number
A seach subsequently revealed scales,
plastic bags, cannabis utensils and a
significant amount of cash.
Police seized Petrie s cellphone and
are having it examined to see who
Petrie sold to and how many times.
A domestic dispute ended with David
Grant Sadler holding his partner
against a wall by the throat.
Sinclair, 24, of Greymouth, was
sentenced to 75 hours community work
and nine months supervision, including
counselling for anger management and
relationship issues after he admitted an
After finding out that Sadler was
cheating on her the woman damaged
In retaliation, he forced his way into
her house, grabbed her by the hair and
threw her down, then lifted her by the
throat and held her against a wall.
e woman had scratches and bruises
to the throat when police arrived and
said that she had been scared during the
Arrest warrants were issued when
Jacob Lawson McFarlane, Ronald
Cocker and Jessie Peck failed to appear.
Peck was to be sentenced on a raft
of charges and Judge Alastair Garland
was unimpressed by his absence, asking
police to scour the area and bring Peck
before him before the week s end.
Blackball man, Lance Michael
Wilson, 41, was remanded on bail until
December 10 after entering not guilty
pleas to charges of possessing cannabis
for supply, possessing cannabis oil, and
unlawfully possessing two rifles.
Cannabis dealer case
One rockwall has been built and
application lodged for a second, after
heavy spring rains scoured out the old
Reefton rubbish dump and the nearby
e Buller District Council has
applied for consent to build a 200m
long, 8.2m wide, 3.6m high rockwall
where the Inangahua River passes the
Heavy rain last month caused the
river to erode the site, flushing debris
throughout the riverbed. e West
Coast Regional Council responded
by issuing abatement notices to the
e Buller council s consent
application says frequent inspections
would be made to ensure the rockwall
had no adverse effects.
e protection works would "ensure
the integrity and safety of the
landfill" and prevent further river
contamination. A digger would access
the site by the old road at the end of
Meanwhile, the NZTA is applying
for retrospective consent after putting
in a rip rap wall to protect the State
highway about 2.5km from Inangahua
township last month.
NZTA has also asked for consent to
extend it a further 750m in future, if
needed. It said it had to do the work
during the high rainfall in September
to protect the main road. e wall
currently stretches 120m.
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--- November 20, 2000.
Sunshine rises, shadows
Love and memories out-
last them all.
--- Sadly missed by all
your loving family.
Cannot believe one year
Miss the laughter
Miss the fun,
Aways in our thoughts,
Forever in our hearts.
Miss you Matt.
--- Riley, Terena, Karl
and Jack Coleman.
A year ago today our
beautiful son was taken
A fit and very healthy
young man ten days
before his 16th birthday
There is not a day goes
by that we don't wish
you were still here.
At the prime of your
youth you had every-
thing planned out for
Matt was fun and ex-
tremely energetic and
had more confidence
than anyone we know.
We miss his deep voice
and his quirky ways.
Matt you will always be
loved and remembered
and forever in our
--- Love you forever and
always, Mum, Dad
Mike, Lani, Kalia and
To all our friends and
family we can not thank
you enough for all the
love and support you
have shown us through-
out the year. We could
not have got through it
--- In memory of my
darling grandson Matty.
don't think of you.
No words can say how
much I miss you, my
"God has you in his
I have you in my heart,
Till we meet again."
--- Your Granny
A Westport teenager
was caught at the wheel
carrying passengers in the
rear tray of the vehicle she
e 16-year-old, was
pulled over on Adderley
Street. She was an
unlicensed driver who
had previously been
forbidden to drive.
e ute she was in
charge of was impounded
and she faces a number
of driving related
Unlicensed driver caught
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