Wood-be chop­per sought by po­lice

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mon­day, March 31:

A large Hi­tachi dig­ger was taken from the road­side and crashed into a bank on Tao­taoroa Rd. It ap­pears to have been used to as­sist in cut­ting up fire­wood, as fresh saw­dust was found nearby. Two groups of people are work­ing on fire­wood in the area and po­lice are fol­low­ing up.

Tues­day, April 1:

A cou­ple en­tered a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket, loaded up a trol­ley, then the man left the store. The woman has then sud­denly pushed the trol­ley through the check­outs, ran out­side, and thrown the gro­ceries into a car. The cou­ple has then sped away. Po­lice have iden­ti­fied the cou­ple and in­quiries are been made in the Wai­hou area.

A teenager walked into a lo­cal dairy, grabbed a can­nis­ter of lol­lies (worth less than $10) and ran away. Po­lice have since spo­ken to a Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent.

A lo­cal man posted on his Face­book page say­ing he was go­ing to burn down McDon­ald’s, where he had pre­vi­ously been em­ployed. He hadn’t re­alised the grav­ity of the com­ments un­til po­lice vis­ited him and is­sued him with a for­mal warn­ing.

Thurs­day, April 3:

A fa­tal­ity was nar­rowly avoided af­ter a car driv­ing on Kere­one Rd ran a stop sign at the in­ter­sec­tion of State High­way 27. The car was cleaned up by a north-bound 40-tonne truck and trailer unit. For­tu­nately, the truck driver had no­ticed the car had not slowed down to stop and had al­ready started to brake and po­si­tion the truck to lessen the im­pact. The driver of the car was still se­ri­ously in­jured and was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and look­ing at whether al­co­hol was a fac­tor.

Fri­day, April 4:

Shortly af­ter mid­day, a car parked on Ho­haia St was bro­ken into. A neatly dressed man in his early-to­mid-20s ap­proached the car, smashed the back win­dow, and reached in to take a black Kath­mandu jacket, worth about $250. He then started to calmly walk away, un­til he re­alised some­one had seen him, at which point he sprinted to­ward Broad­way. Po­lice are fol­low­ing up.

A truck ran over a piece of wood on State High­way 24, just out­side Mata­mata. The wood flicked up and punc­tured the truck’s diesel tank caus­ing a diesel spill from Man­gawhero Bridge to David­son Rd in Te Poi.

Po­lice were called to an ac­ci­dent where a car trav­el­ling through road works lost con­trol on loose gravel and rolled on State High­way 24, near Stop­ford Rd. No one was hurt.

Satur­day, April 5:

A Mata­mata man was as­saulted on Man­gawhero Rd about 1.50pm. The man had been on a property and asked to leave sev­eral times be­fore the as­sault. A 16-year-old boy was spo­ken to by po­lice in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

A mo­tor­cy­cle head­ing south on Firth St col­lided with a car as it turned into a side street about 8.40pm. The 29-year-old man driv­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle re­ceived se­ri­ous leg in­juries and was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal by am­bu­lance. His pas­sen­ger was also mod­er­ately in­jured. The driver of the car was not hurt. Po­lice sus­pect speed and al­co­hol were ma­jor fac­tors.

Sun­day, April 6 :

Po­lice were called to a car that had bro­ken down and caught fire on the Kaimai Range. The Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade also at­tended. The car was towed off the road.

Mon­day, March 31

: Alarm ac­ti­va­tion at Coun­try Lodge.

Tues­day, April 1

: Med­i­cal call, car­diac ar­rest, Te Poi.

Wed­nes­day, April 2

: Med­i­cal call, per­son short of breath.

Thurs­day, April 3

: Med­i­cal call, per­son with chest pains, in­dus­trial area, Man­gawhero Rd.

: Fire on road side, Wa­haroa.

Satur­day, April 5

: Petrol spill, Jel­li­coe Rd.

Sun­day, April 6

: Ve­hi­cle Range.

: Med­i­cal call, heart prob­lems

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heat­ing on Kaimai

Mon­day, April 7

: Rubbish fire, Konini Pl.

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