Black ice ‘hotspots’ take toll on driv­ers

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Crashes on black ice

As we wait for fore­cast snow, black ice has struck the re­gion with sev­eral crashes in the Arthurs Point area, near Queen­stown, yes­ter­day and more crashes in the Cardrona and Crown Range area in the last week. The Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil is­sued a warn­ing to take ex­treme care, par­tic­u­larly in the Gibb­ston and Arthurs Point ar­eas yes­ter­day morn­ing. A pizza de­liv­ery driver skid­ded on Ed­in­burgh Drive last Mon­day in the icy and grit­cov­ered con­di­tions (pic­tured). He hit the kerb, then a large rock, rolling his car and sus­tain­ing mi­nor in­juries. Sign up to re­ceive the coun­cil’s daily road re­ports at:

Teen re­cov­er­ing in hospi­tal

A Glenorchy teenager re­mains in Dunedin Hospi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter ac­ci­den­tally shoot­ing him­self in the head with a ri­fle and lodg­ing a bul­let in his brain. Sergeant Steve Watts, of Queen­stown, said the 16-year-old boy had found a loaded firearm at his house on Thurs­day evening. Watts said it was un­cer­tain whether the firearm was an air ri­fle or a .22 ri­fle. The boy, who was at home with his fa­ther at the time, was trans­ported to hospi­tal by he­li­copter in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion. A hospi­tal spokesman said the boy was in a sta­ble con­di­tion in a gen­eral ward on Sun­day. In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ing were con­tin­u­ing.

Search for of­fender

Wanaka po­lice are look­ing for a man who kick-hit an­other man in Wanaka early on Sun­day morn­ing, knock­ing the vic­tim un­con­scious and break­ing his nose. Se­nior Con­sta­ble Ian Hen­der­son, of Wanaka, said po­lice were look­ing for a man de­scribed as be­ing solid build, about 6ft five with a beard and mous­tache. The in­ci­dent took place on the cor­ner of Hel­wick and Brown­ston streets about 2am. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the as­sault was urged to con­tact Wanaka po­lice.

Face­book row gets nasty

A Wanaka man ap­peared in the Queen­stown District Court yes­ter­day af­ter a Face­book ex­change spi­ralled out of con­trol.

Trevor David Rid­dell, 38, a labourer, was charged with threat­en­ing to kill two people in In­ver­cargill on June 12.

Sergeant Ian Collin said an ar­gu­ment started on Face­book while Rid­dell was at home in Wanaka and the vic­tims were in In­ver­cargill. The con­tent of the ar­gu­ment was not dis­cussed in court.

Collin said the ar­gu­ment turned abu­sive and Rid­dell called po­lice to say he be­lieved an­other party was head­ing to his house in Wanaka. He said he was go­ing to shoot the other party in the face and knees, he had loaded firearms and the other party was ‘‘go­ing to die’’. A po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions call-taker spent six min­utes on the phone with Rid­dell as he al­legedly yelled and ver­bally abused Wanaka po­lice. He said he had an SKS, a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle, and was go­ing into town to do some dam­age, the court was told.

Judge Michael Turner re­manded Rid­dell on bail for sen­tence on Septem­ber 8, and called for al­co­hol and drug re­ports.

Queen­stown District Court news:

An Al­bert Town teenager ex­posed to gang vi­o­lence and drugs from an early age was sen­tenced to com­mu­nity de­ten­tion and su­per­vi­sion for at­tack­ing a tourist.

Beau­dine Wira, 17, ap­peared be­fore Judge Michael Turner for in­jur­ing with in­tent on Jan­uary 9. He was sen­tenced to three months’ com­mu­nity de­ten­tion with a weekend cur­few, 100 hours’ com­mu­nity work and nine months’ su­per­vi­sion.

Wira punched a Dutch tourist in the head af­ter oth­ers at­tacked the vic­tim when a drug deal went awry. Other at­tack­ers stomped on the vic­tim, punched him in the head and kicked him round the head and body.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Michael Mor­ris said that in his vic­tim im­pact state­ment, the tourist said he be­lieved he was go­ing to die.

Judge Turner said he was per­suaded to give Wira a chance and he noted the sup­port from the com­mu­nity, his re­turn to school and emerg­ing ma­tu­rity.

The at­tack was ‘‘straight-out street thug­gery’’ but Wira had turned his life around.

Lawyer Peter Red­path said his client was the vic­tim of a de­praved back­ground and was ex­posed to a gang life­style, drugs and vi­o­lence from an early age.

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