April 23, 2013
A brief will be prepared for the Coroner following the death of a man involved in a single-vehicle collision on the state’s Far North Coast last night.
About 7.40pm, (Monday 22 April, 2013), a 38-year-old man was driving a Maserati sedan in a southerly direction along Goonengerry Road, Mullumbimby.
Just near Beatties Creek Road it appears the driver has lost control of the car, causing it to leave the roadway and collide with a number of trees.
The driver, the only person in the car, was trapped and died at the scene.
A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.
April 20, 2013
Police have recaptured one of three men who escaped from a correctional facility in the state’s north earlier this month.
The three minimum-security inmates were last seen at 6.30pm on Thursday 4 April when they were secured in their unit at the facility on the Gwydir Highway, Glen Innes.
They were discovered missing shortly after 7am the next day.
About 4pm Friday 19 April 2013, police attended a residence in Spring Street, South Grafton, after reports one of the man, aged 24, was on the premises.
The man was arrested without incident and taken to Grafton Police Station. He was refused bail to appear in Grafton Local Court today.
The two other men remain at large.
Zac Cree, 25, from Banora Point, NSW, was serving a maximum sentence of three years and nine months, with a non-parole period of two years and 10 months, for driving and break-and-enter offences. Cree’s earliest release date is 16 December 2014.
Ashley Cullen, 21, from Toormina, NSW, was serving four years and nine months, with a non-parole period of two years, for break and enter, fraud and one take and detain person with intent offence. He was due to be released on 28 February 2014.
Anyone who sees either of these men should not approach them, but call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
April 17, 2013
The Tweed River Art Gallery, a unique and interesting display of modern rural architecture. Striking yet very simple, the building is in its own right a sculptural display of modern art.
March 27, 2013
Police are on the scene of a serious crash on the Pacific Highway.
About 12pm today (Wednesday 27 March 2013) police were called the Pacific Highway at Tabbimoble, about 20km south of Woodburn, after reports of a crash.
March 24, 2013
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after a man died in a light plane crash in the State’s north.
Shortly before 9am today (Sunday 24 March 2013), a light plane crashed at Lismore Airport.
The male pilot of the aircraft died at the scene.
There were no passengers on the plane.
The airport is closed to all air traffic and emergency services are on the scene.
Lismore detectives are at the site investigating the crash, assisted by the Aviation Support Branch, and aviation specialists.
March 23, 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that 5000 homes in Murwillumbah will be the first on the North Coast to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN) through fibre optic connection in 2015/16.
Ms Gillard was in Murwillumbah this morning to visit the Murwillumbah Community Centre with Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, and to make the announcement.
March 9, 2013
A man remains hospitalised in intensive care after an aggravated break and enter in the state’s north.
About 8.50pm yesterday (Friday 8 March 2013), a 52-year-old man answered a knock at the door of his unit, located above a shop on Fry Street, Grafton.
Police have been told four unknown males forced their way inside and assaulted him.
The 52-year-old was stabbed several times with a sharp object before the intruders fled on foot.
The injured man was found by his son a short time later, and emergency services were called.
Police attached to Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command and NSW Ambulance Paramedics attended; the man was stabilised at the scene before he was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital.
He underwent surgery for a collapsed right lung, stab wounds to both his arms, and cuts to head, face and hands.
His condition is now believed to be stable and he has been able to provide police with a brief statement.
A forensic examination of the crime scene has been conducted and detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident.
March 7, 2013
Bangalow Football Club achieves Level 1 FFA National Club Accreditation Bangalow Football Club was presented with its Certificate of Achievement for Level 1 Accreditation in the Football Federation Australia (FFA) National Club Accreditation Scheme by Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Deputy Chairman, Michael Gaertner, yesterday.
Bangalow becomes the third club in Football Far North Coast to achieve this recognition.
This process involved collaboration with NNSWF Club Development Officer, Gary Fisher, towards meeting criteria of Teams Entered, Club Management and Governance, Child Protection, Accredited Coaches, Safety and Risk Management and Promoting Positive Behaviour.
Bangalow Football Club is now among an elite group of NNSWF member clubs to achieve Level 1 Club Accreditation Status.
According to Club Development Officer Gary Fisher, the club’s motivation and positivity to the process was hugely beneficial in working towards achieving Level 1 Club Accreditation.
“Bangalow FC carried out the FFA Club Accreditation process with great enthusiasm and with a fantastic desire to improve their club. President Paul Hanigan and the Bangalow committee completed the process comprehensively and meticulously and I would like to thank them for their efforts,” said Fisher.
PICTURE: (From left) Paul Hanigan (Bangalow FC), Michael Gaertner (NNSWF), Lyle Le Sueur (Bangalow FC).
March 7, 2013
Two antique firearms have been seized after a man was shot in the right arm on a property near Nimbin last night.
Police have been told that about 5pm yesterday (6 March), a man was showing a friend two antique handguns in the dining room of his home at Lillian Rock, about 13km north-east of Nimbin, when one discharged.
A bullet from a revolver – reportedly dating from 1830 – hit a 46-year-old Queensland man in his right upper arm.
He was taken to Nimbin Hospital before being transferred to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.
Police went to the property and seized the revolver and a second antique firearm; neither gun was registered.
The 59-year-old owner is assisting police with their inquiries.
March 2, 2013
Three men are due to appear in Lismore court charged with sex offences allegedly involving a 15-year-old girl.
Strike Force Bissenberger was formed in June last year to investigate alleged offences involving a child within the Richmond Local Area Command.
Police arrested two men at one house shortly after midnight today (Saturday 2 March), while a third man was arrested at his home about 1.30am; all were taken to Ballina Police Station.
A 39-year-old man has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault – victim under the age of 16.
A 37-year-old man and a 41-year-old man have been charged with one count each of aggravated sexual assault – victim under the age of 16.
The men were refused bail overnight and will appear in Lismore Court today.
Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, commended the work of his detectives.
“The Strike Force Bissenberger team has worked tirelessly to reach the point where we were able to make these arrests,” Det Insp Moore said.
“It is a tribute to their dedication and skill that we have been able to put these people before the court.”