Plane ‘crashes’ into lake

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Cool off at the cop shop

A male was ap­proached this week by staff at a Wanaka ho­tel as he was il­le­gally us­ing the hot pools in the ho­tel com­plex.

He be­came abu­sive and waved a fold­ing knife at them, ad­vised them that he had an anger prob­lem and left.

Po­lice say if you want to warm yourself up in a hot pool that you do not have the rights to use then you will find yourself cool­ing off in their ‘con­crete lined room’.

What’s that smell?

An English­man liv­ing in Queen­stown was ar­rested for cannabis cul­ti­va­tion at 4am on Tues­day morn­ing af­ter po­lice vis­ited his Fernhill flat in re­la­tion to a dis­tur­bance hap­pen­ing there. In the process of deal­ing with the dis­tur­bance be­tween two flat­mates, po­lice dis­cov­ered a cannabis grow­ing oper­a­tion, and the man was ar­rested. He will ap­pear in the Queen­stown District Court in June.

Not even a full moon

Queen­stown po­lice dealt with a se­ries of bizarre be­hav­iours on Mon­day night, start­ing with a woman who was threat­ened by a man in KFC on Camp St. The woman laid a com­plaint with po­lice af­ter she ob­served a man al­legedly threat­en­ing a woman be­cause her baby was cry­ing about 7pm.

When she ver­bally in­ter­vened, she was threat­ened too. At 12.40am a man was ar­rested for of­fen­sive be­hav­iour for walk­ing around Camp St with his pants down.

At 2am a man al­legedly as­saulted a door man at the Sky City casino at Steamer Wharf. Se­nior con­sta­ble Ju­lian Cahill said the man al­legedly grabbed the door­man’s gen­i­tals and squeezed, then left the scene. Queen­stown Air­port’s bi­en­nial full-scale emer­gency train­ing ex­er­cise kicked off with wail­ing sirens, flash­ing lights and an imag­i­nary splash-down on Mon­day night, as res­cuers re­acted to a ‘lake land­ing’ sce­nario.

The ex­er­cise in­volved mul­ti­ple agencies, in­clud­ing po­lice, fire ser­vice, coast­guard and Red Cross, as well as Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil emer­gency staff and the Queen­stown har­bour­mas­ter team.

The ex­er­cise started with fire sirens blar­ing at 5.35pm and emer­gency ser­vices gath­er­ing at Frank­ton Ma­rina.

The sce­nario in­volved a pas­sen­ger plane ‘ditch­ing’ in the Frank­ton Arm of Lake Wakatipu with 15 people on board, along with a cargo con­tain­ing dan­ger­ous goods.

The 15 ‘vic­tims’ of the plane crash were played by Queen­stown lo­cals.

Fish­ing guide Craig Hind said he was glad to vol­un­teer for the

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