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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 »

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 »

HUNTER IN HOUSING STRESS CRISIS

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While booming property prices may be good news for investors, there’s a downside. Samaritans say that, in the Hunter, soaring rental prices are making life tougher for low income earners, putting them at greater risk of homelessness. Read More »

KEMPSEY LENDS A HAND AFTER STORMS DESTROY RAIL LINE

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The storm that hit the Hunter last week is one of the worse the region has ever seen – devastating homes, businesses as well as the main interstate rail line. Now the small town of Kempsey is doing its part to help keep the economy moving, providing a temporary freight solution for the eastern seaboard. Read More »

WOMAN FACES COURT OVER WOY WOY STABBING

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Meanwhile, a 37-year-old woman has been granted bail in Wyong court today, following an alleged stabbing in Woy Woy overnight. Emergency services were called to a house at Melba Street, where they found a 45-year-old man with stab wounds on his leg. The man was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. The woman was charged with reckless wounding and will face court again next month. 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 »

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTH COAST

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast. The storm is likely to produce heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, over the next several hours. Areas between Lismore and Taree will be affected. Wooli River Caravan Park has already recorded 75-millimetres in the hour to 9am. Read More »

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