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Renee Fedder is a journalist and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle. She has worked for the company for the past three years, since completing a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle.

TWO CHARGED AFTER ARMED HOLD UP

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Two teenagers have been charged and another man is on the run, following an attempted armed robbery at Cardiff last night. Three men, armed with a knife and sledgehammer, entered the Iron Horse hotel on Main Road just before midnight and allegedly threatened an employee. The group was unable to get cash from the safe and fled when police arrived. An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were arrested a short time later and charged with intent to rob while armed with an offensive weapon. They’ll face Toronto Local Court today. Read More »

WEATHER: SUN, SUN AND MORE SUN

Photo by Joyleen McDonald

We are in for a beaming week of sunshine. Today has been very warm and it will be even warmer in northern New South Wales and south east Queensland tomorrow. As we move through the week, the only difference will be a drop in temperature. Cool to cold, dry south westerly winds will be with us for some time including this weekend as the sunshine rolls on. Some very nice surfing conditions are on the way as well. Read More »

INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO SUSPICIOUS FIRE

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Police have released CCTV images of a man they’d like to speak to, in relation to a suspicious fire at Erina last year. The blaze caused extensive damage to seven businesses at a retail complex on Karalta Road on November 16. Fortunately no-one was injured. The man is described as Caucasian in appearance with a medium build. Read More »

GIDLEY TO PLAY IN ENGLISH SUPER LEAGUE

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Newcastle Knights skipper Kurt Gidley has announced he’s signed a one-year contract with the Warrington Wolves in the English Super League. The Newcastle local has played 236 NRL games, in a career spanning 15 years. Gidley also boasts an impressive representative track record, including 12 appearances in the NSW State of Origin and 12 for Australia. “I have been lucky, to grow up in Newcastle, to have my family’s support and to play for this great Club,” he said. The 32-year-old says the decision to leave was a difficult one. “I have felt sad about leaving, I have felt excited about a new challenge but I am mostly relieved that I have reached the stage of making this decision.” “It was a tough one. Newcastle people have been great; they are very supportive, both in good times and in bad,” ... Read More »

ELDERLY COUPLE INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE

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An elderly couple has escaped with just minor injuries, following a house fire at South Tamworth. Police believe the pair was trying to start a log fire in their Warren Street home when the blaze started at around 6pm. Fire crews arrived a short time later to find the house well alight. They managed to rescue the couple from inside the home, before they were taken to hospital with minor burns. Read More »

ALLEGED MURDERER TO FACE COURT IN JUNE

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A 25-year-old man, accused of murdering his father in Murwillumbah, has had his case adjourned until June. 46-year-old Michael Anthony Martin died at his unit on Quarry Road on June 13 last year. His son, Michael Martin Junior, was charged with his murder in March. He also faces charges relating to another home invasion in April 2014, which left his father seriously injured. Read More »

WEATHER: SUNSHINE ON THE WAY

Photo of Wallis Lake by Erika Smart

There’ll be a foggy start tomorrow for most, before a warm, sunny day unfolds with north west to north east winds. Through the week, expect plenty of sunshine with cooler, drier, south westerly winds. This will give the coast a chance to dry out, while the drought rages on Inland. It will be a good week for surfers with fun waves to be had. Read More »

SINGLETON CRASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES

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An 18-year-old woman has died in hospital, following a car crash south of Singleton on Saturday afternoon. The woman is the second victim, with a 16-year-old girl also losing her life, when the Toyota Camry they were travelling in left the Golden Highway at Whittingham and hit a tree. The 18-year-old was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition, but died yesterday afternoon. Local police are assisting officers from the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances leading up to the crash. Read More »

PUPPY KILLER SENTENCED TO 18-MONTHS GAOL

Animal activists protest outside Newcastle Local Court

A Hunter man will spend at least the next 12-months behind bars for brutally killing nine puppies. 25-year-old Nathan Thompson wept as a sentence of 18-months gaol was handed down in Newcastle Local Court today. Thompson bashed the animals over the head with a rock on March 11, and dumped their bodies in bushland at Kurri Kurri. Only one survived – the aptly named Lucky. The prosecution said the attack was at the top end, in terms of force and brutality, and that the 8-week-old puppies couldn’t protect themselves. The court also heard that Thompson was under the influence of the drug ‘ice’ at the time and he hadn’t slept for a number of days. The defence argued that Thompson is young and can be rehabilitated. Read More »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

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