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A Clyde couple who allowed dope to be grown in their house to help a friend stop smoking the synthetic cannabis K2 were sentenced to community work when they appeared in the Alexandra District Court last week. Michael William Jeffery, 42, was sentenced to 150 hours’ work and Geraldine McGinty, 50, was sentenced to 120 for knowingly permitting their bedroom to be used to commit an offence against the Misuse of Drugs Act. The couple’s flatmate had been using a lot of K2 and wanted to stop, and Jeffery allowed him to grow four cannabis plants in his bedroom cupboard. On March 15 police searched the house and found the plants, as well as another three growing outside in a house bus. The flatmate, who had since been evicted, has been charged with cannabis cultivation offences.
Man sentenced for causing death
Havelock man Cameron Zane Roberts, 24, farm manager, was sentenced to jail for two years and eight months for dangerous driving causing the death of 20-year-old Cobie Stringer in Ranfurly on March 5 last year. Stringer died after he was thrown from a vehicle when Roberts lost control on amoderate bend between Patearoa and Ranfurly. An investigation found Roberts was driving between 126kmh and 132kmh and was likely to have a blood alcohol level between 126mg and 179mg at the time of the crash. The legal limit is 80mg. Roberts was also disqualified from driving for four years.The judge denied an application to defer the start of the sentence to allow his parents, who have cancer, to find someone to manage their farm.
Department of Conservation ranger Lan Pham will host a talk in Ranfurly tonight to raise awareness about native fish galaxiids and kokopu. Ms Pham will share her knowledge and enthusiasm for native freshwater fish at the talk which is being held at the Ranfurly Hotel from 7pm.
Swimming pool policy
The Central Otago District Council policy on fencing swimming pools is to be placed under the Building Code to ensure anomalies between swimming pools and man-made water features are overcome. The change will allow those seeking consents to agree to the regulations or provide acceptable alternatives.
Airport extensible approved
The Central Otago District Council has approved an extension to the hard surface at the Alexandra Airport to allow planes to reach the new fuel supply without creating a dust problem. Councillor Steve Battrick believed it would allow for a positive future of the airport, with more use being made of hangers.
Council pay rise
Those considering standing in the October council elections should check out the local government website with new rates of remuneration announced last week. Central Otago’s mayor will receive $83,400, councillors $17,600, Vincent Community Board chairman $7000, Cromwell $6500, Teviot Valley and Maniototo $3000 each. Meeting allowances will no longer be paid.