Drier dan­ger

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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.

Loader theft

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

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