Friday, 24 March 2017

Police Smash Lake Macquarie Stolen Credit Card Ring

BY IAN CROUCH

Police have arrested three people including a 16-year-old boy over a stolen credit card ring operating in Lake Macquarie.

Officers from the Lake Macquarie Target Action Group searched a home on Ida Street, Charlestown yesterday and allegedly uncovered a large amount of stolen property, including credit cards, identification papers, cannabis seeds and methamphetamine.

A 23-year-old man is due to face Newcastle Local Court today charged with breach of bail.

A 25-year-old man from the Ida Street address is due to appear in Belmont Local Court in May charged with larceny and four counts of goods in custody.

And, a 16-year-old boy, also from the Ida Street address, will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act in relation to receiving and fraud offences.

The arrests follow a major investigation into thefts from vehicles and the fraudulent use of stolen credit cards in the Lake Macquarie area.


Japanese University To Set Up First International Campus In Newcastle

BY IAN CROUCH

It's been revealed a Japanese university was the mystery buyer of the former Newcastle Court House.

The Herald reports Nihon University wants to turn the heritage-listed building into its first international campus.

It will include classrooms for up to 200 local and international students, a library and a 100-bed dormitory.

Newcastle was chosen for it's splendid environment and low crime rate, making it an ideal location for students to pursue their study and research in peace of mind.

Another factor was the time difference between Japan and Australia, which is only slight, and travel between the two countries doesn't involve extremely long journeys.


The Former Newcastle Courthouse

Hunter Priest Stood Down From Ministry

BY IAN CROUCH

A Hunter Catholic priest has been stood down from ministry after being charged with historical child sex offences.

It follows inquiries into allegations by a 46-year-old man who told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to child sexual abuse that he was sexually abused by two priests and anther man at Taree when he was aged between  9 and 12 in the late 1970's.

A 76-year-old Newcastle man was arrested at Waratah Police Station yesterday.

He's been charged with three counts of indecent assault on a male and has been granted conditional bail to face Forster Local Court on Wednesday 5 April 2017

Police say the man is a current serving priest in the Maitland/Newcastle Catholic Diocese.

In a statement, Catholic Bishop of Maitland/Newcastle, Bill Wright said the priest has agreed to stand aside from ministry and the church will continue to cooperate with NSW Police in their investigations.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Burst Water Main Cuts Supply To Newcastle's Western Suburbs

BY GARY-JON LYSAGHT and IAN CROUCH

Hunter Water says a third party working near the Wallsend Bunnings Warehouse burst the underwater water main that connects to home in Fletcher and surrounding suburbs.

The bust was causing significant water pressure problems to the western suburbs of Newcastle.

The utility's spokesperson, Nick Kaiser, said service crews were at work to get pressure back to normal.

He said areas that were at higher elevation levels will not have their water pressure return to normal until Thursday evening, while low-lying areas were connected earlier in the afternoon.

While the main was repaired, Hunter Water was providing residents with fresh water free of charge to take home.


"Hunter Water sincerely apologises to all of those residents that are affected and we're working as hard as we can to get water back to them as soon as possible," Mr Kaiser said.

Original Story Follows:

Thousands of homes in Newcastle's western suburbs are without water due to a damaged water main.

Workers digging near the Bunnings outlet on Minmi Road accidentally hit the main water supply line to Fletcher, Maryland, Minmi and Black Hill.

Hunter Water crews are trying to fix the problem but it's not clear yet how long it will take.






Call To Ease Traffic Gridlock Around John Hunter Hospital

BY IAN CROUCH

Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery is calling on the Health and Roads Ministers to do something to improve traffic gridlock at the John Hunter Hospital.

740 new car parks were added to the hospital campus in 2015, with thousands of extra car movements per day out of a single entry and exit location.


She believes the problem would be eased greatly if the Roads Minister ensured a full interchange is built as part of Stage 5 of the Newcastle inner-city bypass.


Sonia Hornery says the state government should also reinstate the free shuttle bus from McDonald Jones Stadium and the John Hunter to reduce  the number of people travelling to the hospital by car.


Wallsend MP, Sonia Hornery



No Hunter Residents Caught Up In London Terror Attack

BY IAN CROUCH

Fears Newcastle and Hunter residents may have been caught up in the London Terrorist attack have been allayed.

The Foreign Minister says no Australians have been hurt or killed in the attack.

British police have confirmed the death toll has risen to five people.

The attack unfolded when a car was driven into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before an officer was stabbed.

The attacker was shot and later died in hospital - about 40 people have been injured in the attack.

Julie Bishop says she's been in contact with UK officials.

"I understand the British police are treating it as a terrorist incident until other information comes to hand. I can assure Australians that to this point, no Australians have been identified as being involved," she said.

London Terror Attack Picture: uknews.yahoo.com

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Woman transported to John Hunter after motor accident

BY LAUREN FREEMANTLE

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has transported a 58-year-old woman from Hinton to the John Hunter Hospital this morning.

The woman sustained head and spinal injuries after being involved in a motor vehicle accident around 8am this morning.

She is currently in a stable condition.