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Cou­ple sen­tenced

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.

DOC pre­sen­ta­tion

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.

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