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HEARING DATE SET FOR ALLEGED DOG MURDERER

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A hearing date has been set for an accused dog killer from Bexhill, Miles Ross Davidson. Appearing in Lismore court today, Davidson is alleged to have suffocated a one-year-old whippet staffy cross, in January. Pleading not-guilty, Davidson is facing one count of committing an aggravated act of cruelty. Local animal rights groups are calling for the maximum sentence of two year’s prison if found guilty. Davidson will re-appear in Lismore Local Court on August 17. (VISION ONLY) Read More »

HUNDREDS IN TAMWORTH FOR CWA STATE CONFERENCE

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The Country Women’s Association was formed in 1922 to assist woman in isolated communities. 93 years later, and today hundreds gathered in Tamworth for the group’s four-day state conference. 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 »

WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVING

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A 26-year-old North Boambee Valley woman has been charged with high range drink driving after blowing almost five times the legal limit. Police arrested the woman just before 12.30 yesterday morning on Bailey Street in Coffs Harbour, where she blew point-244. Subsequent checks also allegedly showed that the woman had never held a New South Wales licence. She’ll appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on May 25.     Read More »

PUPPY KILLER SENTENCED TO 18-MONTHS GAOL

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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 »

MAITLAND’S EAST END A FASHIONISTA’S DREAM

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As work continues on Maitland’s Levee precinct, a range of unique boutiques are working on their end of town. They’ve organised a ‘shop hop’ to attract more business, and made tickets free, following a difficult two weeks for the city. Read More »

ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS RALLIES TO HELP STORM AFFECTED RESIDENTS

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SES crews were today scrambling to answer a remaining 700 calls for help across the Hunter, with heavy rain predicted for the rest of the weekend. A flood watch is in place for the Paterson and Williams rivers, with minor flooding expected tonight. Read More »

WINE COUNTRY ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ AFTER SUPER STORM

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The wild weather has taken its toll on vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Wineries say some visitors have cancelled their holidays thinking the tourist destination is still storm-affected, when in fact it’s business as usual. Read More »

ARRESTS ACROSS CENTRAL COAST FOLLOWING GANG CRACKDOWN

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A senior member of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang and five associates have been charged following a police operation in the Central Coast and Hawkesbury areas yesterday. Officers allegedly uncovered a quantity of ice, cannabis, and drug capsules as well as cash and prohibited weapons, during a search on homes in Fountain Dale and North Richmond. It follows a four month investigation into outlaw motorcycle gangs on the coast. The accused will face Central Coast and Sydney courts in the coming weeks. 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 »

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