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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.

BANDIDOS MEMBER CHARGED ON CENTRAL COAST

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A senior member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, as well as numerous associates, have been charged following a police operation on the Central Coast and Hawkesbury. As part of their investigation into an alleged kidnapping at The Entrance last month, officers attached to Strike Force Badminton searched three properties. They allegedly seized amphetamine powder, methylamphetamine, cannabis, a replica pistol and other weapons from a property at Fountain Dale. A 34-year-old man, believed to be the president of the Bandidos Central Coast chapter, was charged with kidnapping and commercial drug supply. A 27-year-old man was also charged with kidnapping. Meanwhile police allegedly found LSD tabs, knuckle dusters and a rifle at two properties at North Richmond. A 41-year-old man will face Penrith Local Court today. Read More »

POLICE LOCK DOWN ‘HOON’ HOTSPOTS

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Newcastle police have stepped up their fight against illegal drag racing, blocking access to known ‘hoon’ hotspots across the city. Last night officers joined Roads and Maritime Services in locking down Kooragang Island, the Steel River Industrial Estate and Wharf Road at Nobbies Beach. The move forms part of Operation Hammer, which aims to crackdown on dangerous driving. “We will continue to deploy police to block access to the known street-racing strips and ‘burn out’ locations until these drivers realise they are not welcome here,” said Superintendent John Gralton. “If we catch them breaking the law, they risk not only a substantial fine and possibly a criminal driving record, but potential deregistration of the vehicle.” Read More »

SHOT FIRED DURING HOME INVASION

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Police are appealing for information after a gun shot was fired during a home invasion on the Central Coast. Police say two men, armed with a knife and shotgun, entered the home at Gorokan at around 6:30 last night. An altercation took place, before one of the men fired a shot at the home. The pair then fled, taking some property with them. A number of people were home at the time, but thankfully no-one was injured. The first man is described as being Caucasian, in his 40s, about 160-centimetres tall with a large build. The second is also believed to be Caucasian in appearance, about 185-centimetres tall, with a skinny build. Read More »

TOP START FOR CALLINAN IN OAKLEY LOWER PRO

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Merewether surfer Ryan Callinan has got his campaign at the Oakley Lower Pro in California off to a great start, beating 11-time world champion Kelly Slater in round one. Callinan took out his heat with a two-wave total of 13.97, with Slater close behind on 13.74. Both have progressed to round two. Callinan will be up against New Zealand’s Ricardo Christie and fellow Aussie Perth Standlick in the final heat of the round. Read More »

THIEVES STEAL VITAL EQUIPMENT FROM SES

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Visiting SES volunteers in the Hunter have been dealt a low blow, with thieves stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment overnight. The crews, from NSW and the ACT, are in the area to help clean up after last week’s devastating storms. They were staying at a hotel in Cessnock when their trucks were broken into last night. Around $3,000 worth of chainsaws and pumps were stolen from four vehicles. The crews will be re-stocked with borrowed equipment from other units so they can continue their clean up work. Read More »

FIVE CHARGED AS POLICE TARGET FIREARM AND DRUG SYNDICATE

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Five men have been charged following a five-month investigation into illegal firearms and drug supply across the Hunter. Police attached to Strike Force Barsdell executed search warrants in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, with the most recent carried out yesterday. Officers allegedly siezed 195-grams of amphetamine, 10-kilograms of cannabis, $250,000 cash and seven firearms. As a result five men, aged between 24 and 71, have been charged with a string of offences, to face court in May and June. “We are extremely pleased with this result. Arresting and charging those who engage in the supply of illicit drugs and firearms is a primary priority for our local area command and our investigations into these criminal enterprises will continue,” said Lake Macquarie Superintendant Brett Greentree. Read More »

WEATHER: THE LOW DOWN

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The east coast low is still yet to form properly. There are two troughs deepening and both will merge tomorrow to form another intense east coast low. It will hug south east Queensland and north east New South Wales, hitting them the hardest. Gale force winds and huge seas will accompany this storm. The worst of it will be Friday into Saturday, before easing on Sunday. Rain will spin in across the northern ranges to the North West plains. Showers will be heavy at times and will extend south, but the Central Coast and Hunter should largely be spared by this system. Read More »

WORK TO START ON NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION

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The first sod has been turned on Coffs Harbour’s newest tourist attraction. Work is about to commence on a $1.6-million water park at the famous Big Banana. The new park will include a 96-metre long slide and a raft ride spanning more than 100-metres. Management says the Big Banana will remain in its traditional spot, despite the major development. Construction should be completed by September. Read More »

SECOND MAN CHARGED OVER FATAL STABBING

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A second man has been charged in relation to the murder of a talented Central Coast footballer earlier this month. 28-year-old Greg Gibbons left the Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley on April 5 and headed to a nearby pizza shop, when he was stabbed in the chest. He later died in hospital. 19-year-old Bradley James Brooks was charged with murder. Yesterday detectives also charged a 19-year-old man with wounding a person with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. He’ll face Wyong Local Court today. Another 25-year-old man was stabbed in the confrontation, but has since been released from hospital. Read More »

UPDATE: ALLEGED MURDERER REFUSED BAIL

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A nurse, accused of killing two elderly women in a Ballina nursing home, has been refused bail in the New South Wales Supreme Court. Megan Haines allegedly murdered 82-year-old Marie Darragh and 77-year-old Isobella Spencer by administering fatal doses of insulin last May. Haines is also facing an assault charged after another 88-year-old woman was hospitalised. All three were residents of the St Andrew Village aged care home. Haines appeared via video link in court today. Her lawyer Michael Blair described the Crown case as so weak it was “barely above speculation”. “The motive put forward by the Crown is financial gain and concern for her employment,” he told the court. “But there is nothing in the brief to show that the applicant was going to gain one cent from these deaths.” A bail decision will be handed down at 2pm. Read More »

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