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2 - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A court story yesterday said Troy
Murray Crooks had imported a class
A drug, ecstacy, into New Zealand.
Ecstacy was once classi ed class A
but it has now been downgraded to
Spa repairs under way
e Grey District Council says the
spa at the Greymouth aquatic centre,
out of commission since last May,
should reopen by the end of March.
Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said new tiles
would be laid in early March and the
council was con dent that all factors
that led to the initial tile failure had
been addressed and recti ed. "We
know the public are keen for the spa
to be back in action and so are we,
especially for the winter season," Mr
Car window smashed
A rear window of a car parked in
Shakespeare Street was smashed
yesterday morning. Police believe a
rock was thrown through the window.
Nothing was taken from the vehicle.
A 52-year-old man has been
charged with burglary after a hot
water cylinder was stolen from a
house that had been gutted by re in
Webb Street, Westport, toward the
end of last month.
ree Greymouth Star readers
will be able to rock to the sound of
e Exponents, Stan Walker and
Breaks Co-Op, when the Classic Hits
Winery Tour plays Greymouth for
the rst time, on Sunday, February 23.
Veronica Forman and Lyle Kitchin of
Greymouth, and Noleen Robinson of
Kumara Junction, each win a double
pass to the outdoor concert at Anzac
Port of Greymouth. Arrivals: Tui,
Numbus, Trident, Nella, Expatriate,
Trogan II, Gulf Star, 3 Greymouth
vessels. Departures: Cook Canyon,
Ocean Odyssey, three Greymouth
vessels. In port: Tui, Electra, Happy
V, Numbus, Trident Nella, Expatriate,
Gulf Star, Trogan II, 20 Greymouth
vessels. Expected departures: Nil.
Expected arrivals: Jay Elaine today,
Moon Shadow II tomorrow, Galatea
II Sunday, Ocean Odyssey Monday,
Cook Canyon Tuesday.
A Cobden man who lashed out at police
after he was escorted from a bar for over-
intoxication was ned $1200 in the
Greymouth District Court yesterday.
Daniel Phillip McLaren, 18, admitted
charges of disorderly behaviour and
assaulting two police o cers. He was
angry because he had been ejected from
the Railway Hotel, and was making a
scene outside in Waite Street when police
He abused police and rushed at one
constable and tried to grab him, so he was
pepper-sprayed and arrested.
Back at the police station, while the
handcu s were being removed, he kicked
out with both feet, striking the constables
on the lower legs.
Lawyer George Linder said McLaren
regretted his actions, which were partly
explained by a recent tragedy in his life.
He was angry at the police station because
the pepper spray had brought on an asthma
attack but the o cers refused to get him
medical attention, and instead tossed him
A Stillwater woman who crashed her car
into a parked vehicle, endangering a baby,
was ned $500 after she admitted a charge
of careless driving.
Susan May Robin, 57, was initially charged
with careless driving causing injury, but
the charge was downgraded because Judge
Gary MacAskill said a seatbelt graze on the
baby's right shoulder did not constitute an
e court heard that at 2.15pm on
December 16, Robin failed to observe a
roadworks sign and proceeded into a 30kph
area at 50kph, and was unable to stop in
time to avoid a line of parked cars waiting
for permission to proceed.
Her car ran into the back of the last car
in which a four-year-old boy and a three-
month baby were passengers.
A Greymouth woman who smashed
an ashtray and struck her partner with a
folding chair was remanded for sentencing
on April 8.
Rochelle Elizabeth Archbold, 20, admtted
charges of intentional damage and assault.
e court was told that while arguing with
her partner, Archbold threw his ashtray to
the oor, smashing it, and then hit him in
the ribs with the chair.
Her partner wrenched the chair o her
and whacked her on the legs with it. He has
also been charged with assault but is yet to
plead to the charge.
Roxanne Cook, 23, of Rapahoe, was
sentenced to 100 hours' community work
and disquali ed from driving for eight
months for driving while suspended.
Judge MacAskill said he could not ne
Cook because she already owed more than
$10,000 in nes.
A Cobden woman's consistent non-
sentences resulted in a two-month prison
Jasmine Jenner, 22, appeared yesterday on
a charge of breaching a community work
order. She had been sentenced to 80 hours'
community work but stopped going after
completing just 17 hours.
All attempts by Community Corrections
--- phone calls, texts, personal visits and
warning letters --- had been ignored.
Judge MacAskill said Jenner had been
imprisoned twice before for breaching court
sentences, and about 70% of all people
sentenced to community work were in
default of their sentences.
" ere is a real problem in this country
with community work and the court needs
to take a stronger view of it," the judge said.
Lawyer John O'Connell said Jenner lived a
disorganised life and had just recently been
the subject of a home invasion-type assault.
Natasha Anne Gorman was warned that
her liberty could be in jeopardy when she
reappears for sentencing on April 8 on
charges of breaching community work and
Lawyer Eymard Bradley said Gorman
had ed from bad in uences in Rotorua
but would re-engage with Community
Corrections now that she was established
on the West Coast.
A Whataroa man who intervened
when police were arresting his partner
was ned $400 in the Greymouth
District Court yesterday for resisting
Nigel James Dunlop, 43, was pepper-
sprayed during the incident at Okarito
and the Whataroa Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called out to assist the
lone police constable make the arrest.
e court heard that at 9.30pm on
January 28, Dunlop was a passenger
in a car stopped on Forks Road,
e woman driving was drunk and
Dunlop intervened when the constable
was taking the keys from the car,
grabbing him by the arm.
Dunlop then got out of the car
and advanced on the constable,
saying that he was going to "smash
him", prompting the police o cer to
pepper-spray him and radio for
Dunlop said he could not recall
threatening the o cer but accepted
before Judge Gary MacAsklill that he
had "one or two" prior convictions.
"Actually, it's 10 pages, so it's a little
more than one or two," the judge
January 26 was an unlucky day for
Brydie Ruth omson, who had a
friend die on her and another go
missing, resulting in a drink-driving
conviction from her attempts to nd
omson, 21, of Hokitika, was ned
$600 and disquali ed from driving
for six months after she admitted a
charge of driving with excess breath-
alcohol in Greymouth at 3.20am on
LawyerMichelle Barrellsaid omson
had driven to Greymouth with two
friends; one su ered a cardiac arrest
and died, while the other ran o in a
panic. omson was driving around
looking for her when she was stopped
by the police.
A Ross man with a history of
breaching driving suspensions was
remanded on bail for sentencing on
Kristofer Craig Jason Hipson, 20,
admitted his fth charge of driving
while disquali ed.
He misjudged an intersection,
allowing his car to stray into a ditch at
Hari Hari on January 16.
A policeman who helped tow him
out discovered that Hipson was a
disquali ed driver.
A Hokitika man who was growing 22
small cannabis plants was ned $850.
Police were called to Toko Lang's
address to assist court sta , only to nd
seven cannabis plants growing in pots
at the rear of the house and 15 more
plants in a small hot house.
Lang said the plants were really only
seedlings and were for his own use.
Brian Stephen Nolan, 54, of Whataroa,
was ned $750 in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday for cultivating cannabis, at
Whataroa on December 16.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said
workmates at Nolan's place of employment
found 20 cannabis seedlings in a cardboard
box at the rear of the yard. He was ordered to
take the cannabis from the site, which he did.
Police checking Nolan's house later found
20 seedlings in a bedroom.
Geo rey William Day, 56, of Hokitika, was
ned $850 and disquali ed from driving for
six months for driving with excess breath-
alcohol in Fitzherbert Street, on January 18.
John Wood, of Hokitika, was sentenced to
100 hours' community work and disquali ed
for eight months when he also admitted a
drink-driving o ence.
Wood had intended to defend the charge,
but yesterday he vacated his not guilty plea.
Lawyer Eymard Bradley sought the
minimum period of disquali cation but Judge
Gary MacAskill said: "He won't be getting
the minimum with a previous conviction."
Nellya Chelise Olive McDowell, 20, of
Franz Josef Glacier, admitted charges of
driving with excess breath-alcohol and
driving while forbidden, at Okarito.
e court heard that McDowell failed to
dip her lights to an oncoming police car and
was weaving in her lane.
She was ned $1160 and disquali ed from
driving for six months.
Simon James Allen, 30, of Greymouth, was
ned $1400 and medical and analyst fees
totalling $173 for driving with excess blood-
alcohol, at Hokitika on December 8.
Allen was disquali ed from driving for
12 months and sentenced to 12 months'
Judge MacAskill noted that Allen's blood-
alcohol level was two-and-a-half times the
legal limit, and that he had been ned $1000
for a previous drink-driving conviction.
Lawyer George Linder said that was a long
time ago, prompting the judge to say: " e
law has a long memory".
Vincent Michael Leyman, 22, of Franz
Josef Glacier, was ned $800 and disquali ed
from driving for six months for driving with
excess breath-alcohol, at Franz Josef on New
Rodger Alan Wetherall, 28, of Hokitika,
was sentenced to 80 hours, community work
for driving while suspended. Wetherall was
disquali ed from driving for eight months.
Whataroa man fined
for cannabis offences
Man pepper-sprayed resisting arrest
for national bike
to work day
Teen kicked police
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HAURAKI. --- Morgan
and Demelza are proud
to announce the safe
arrival of Mercedes
Hauraki, born January
30, 2014, weighing 8lb
6ozs, a little sister for
Tane and Olivia. Special
thanks to midwives
Mieke and Lesley,
also all the staff in
MONK, Anthea. ---
To us she was someone
Someone set apart.
Her memory will live
Engraved within our
--- Love Linley, Mandy,
Leone and families.
(Norm). --- On February
10, 2014, peacefully at
Diana Isaac Retirement
Village, after a short
illness, aged 84 years.
Dearly loved and treas-
ured husband of 61
years of Emily (Enid)
(nee McNabb), much
loved father and father-
in-law of John and
Rosanne, Alison and
Russell Officer, Paul
and Raewyn, Andrew
and Ana Lilia, and
David. Loved granddad
Dearly loved brother of
Jean (deceased); and
Marjorie, and Bob.
Finally reunited with his
Mum and Dad
Messages to the Gardner
family, C/- PO Box
8443. In lieu of flowers,
donations to Cholmon-
deley Childrens Trust
would be appreciated,
and can be made at the
service. Special thanks
to Diana Isaac Retire-
ment Village and Nurse
Maude for the wonder-
ful care of Norm. A
Service to celebrate
Norm's life will be held
in the Salvation Army
C itadel, Linwood
Avenue, on Friday
February 14, at 1pm.
A cademy Funeral
S ervices, FDANZ.
Phone (03) 343 0919.
LEMON, Mary Beth.
--- Passed away
unexpectedly on Sunday
February 9, 2014 at
Grey Base Hospital,
Greymouth, aged 43
years. Dearly loved and
cherished wife of Brent,
much loved mother of
Scott, Makayla, and the
late James, and a loved
daughter, sister, sister-
in-law, aunt, cousin, and
friend. Sadly missed.
Messages to 9 Dupre
Place, Cobden, Grey-
mouth 7802. A service
to celebrate Mary's life
will be held in Holy
Church, Greymouth to-
morrow (Thursday) at
1.30pm, after which
Mary will be laid to rest
with James at the Glad-
stone Memorial Park
Cemetery. Resting in the
care of Anisy Funeral
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth High School Year 9 English students Hamish Marland, right seated, Abbey Gardner, Ayla Guard, Eli Standbridge-
Hammond, Lakin Heslan and Kyle McArthur, along with the rest of their classmates, enjoy the opportunity to work on their laptops
as part of the school's 'bring your own device' (BYOD), which has been implemented this year. Instead of carrying a bag full of books
to each class, all the students need are their laptops to assist their learning.
A Blaketown man who bent
over and 'mooned' police with
his bare bottom and later tried
to bite a constable, was sentenced
in the Greymouth District
Court yesterday to 80 hours of
Shae Matthew Wallace, 29,
admitted charges of o ensive
behaviour, assaulting police and
possessing a cannabis pipe.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer
said that at 3.15am on January
12, Wallace was a passenger in
a car in Mackay Street, when he
got out of the vehicle dropped
his trousers, bent over and bared
his bottom to police o cers,
smacking his behind several
times in the process.
He then got back in the car,
which drove o , but police soon
located the vehicle in Cobden,
where Wallace was agitated and
He was arrested and placed
in the rear of a police car,
attempting to bite one constable
on the arm on the journey back
to the Greymouth Police Station,
where the cannabis pipe was
found in his pocket.
Lawyer George Linder said
Wallace accepted that he was
a "very bad drunk" and it had
dawned on him that alcohol was
the cause of all his problems.
He had since sworn o the
booze and apologised to the
o cers concerned.
Drunk Blaketown man 'mooned' and tried biting police
Today was national 'bike
to work day', but despite the
opening of the West Coast
cycleway only three months
ago, for the rst time for at
least four years nothing was
organised in Greymouth.
Sport West Coast co-
ordinator Jack O'Connor
said he realised they
may have missed a good
opportunity to hold the
event this year with the
development of the West
Coast Wilderness Trail.
Up until this year Sport
West Coast had promoted
the event, but due to
"constraints" including a
reduction in sta numbers
and an increased workload, it
was not observed this year.
"Some things had to go
by the way, and the bike to
work promotion was one,"
Mr O'Connor said.
"It would be great if we can
reinvigorate the event, and
promoting people to use the
cycleway, with the Karoro
Domain as the base, would
be fantastic," he said.
"It is de nitely not done
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