Dealer, 17, awaits sentence
A teenage drug dealer was remanded on bail for sentence when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court.
George McCrostie, 17, of Lower Shotover, appeared before Judge Michael Turner and admitted offering to sell cannabis between December 28 and January 16, and between December 1 and January 16 and procuring cannabis plant between January 3 and 20.
Sergeant Ian Collin said a police production order for McCrostie’s cellphone text messages in December and January showed McCrostie was involved in the distribution of cannabis.
He told police his main form of communication was via text messaging and said he was acting to help a friend.
He was remanded on bail for sentence on August 25. A safety investigator says tenants and homeowners need to maintain tumble driers after a series of fires in the Wakatipu.
North Otago fire safety investigator Stu Ide said the Fire Service was called to a series of fires after people failed to clean, maintain and remove lint from tumble driers.
A tumbler caught fire at a property in Anderson Heights this month and there were other instances in the past few months, he said.
Tumble drier lint filters needed to be emptied and the machines should be allowed to cool down before removing clothing, he said.
In the past, there were instances of fires caused by tea towels stained with cooking oil.
If people failed to clean tea towels properly before putting them into a drier the oil could cause a fire, he said.
‘‘Abysmal’’ Queenstown weekend
Aman peeing in his own mouth and young women fighting were among several ‘‘abysmal’’ cases in Queenstown over the weekend.
Sergeant Kate Pirovano said Southlanders and locals were to blame for the offending in the town – much of it alcohol-fuelled.
At 1am on Sunday morning a 20-year-old Invercargill woman was arrested for attacking another Invercargill woman in the Mall.
The victim suffered a suspected broken collarbone and the offender was charged with assault with intent to injure.
Less than two hours later, two 25-year-old women from Invercargill were charged with assaulting a female duty manager at Buffalo Club while she was trying to close the bar.
She then received several punches to the face. ‘‘It was abysmal behaviour.’’ Other incidents included a 25-year-old Australian man arrested for urinating on a shop window and into his own mouth. He was charged with offensive behaviour.
The ride is over for a burglar who took a ‘‘joyride’’ on a $90,000 loader around Cromwell.
Sergeant Simon Paget, of Cromwell, said the 22-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was responsible for a spate of offending.
He was caught in a stolen car after a tip off from a member of the public and now faced a raft of burglary and theft charges.
‘‘Two bikes and a vehicle were taken including a $90,000 loader taken from a commercial property.’’
The property had sustained substantial damage as the loader was driven through the fence, Paget said.
Two motor vehicles stolen had also sustained damage and had been returned to the owners, he said.
‘‘We found [the property] at a