Fa­tal ac­ci­dent on Dal­meny St

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -


An el­derly pedes­trian died af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle on Dal­meny St last week.

Toko­roa se­nior sergeant Graeme Hill be­lieved it was not a driver er­ror and speed was not a fac­tor.

‘‘It was a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent . . . it ap­pears the pedes­trian has ba­si­cally stepped out with­out look­ing.’’

The se­ri­ous crash unit is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent which killed the 72-year old on Fri­day at about 9pm.

Hill said the driver who was in a light truck ve­hi­cle was a ‘‘cour­te­ous driver’’.

‘‘He’s ex­tremely trau­ma­tised and very up­set about what’s go­ing on.’’

Shooter an po­lice

An un­known shooter who fired shots at the Bil­lah St flats was de­scribed as an ‘‘ab­so­lute id­iot’’ by Hill.

‘‘Some­one putting lives at risk do­ing some­thing like this, from a po­lice per­spec­tive, needs their head read.’’

‘‘I don’t know what sort of men­tal­ity they have.’’

The Toko­roa Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent de­scribed in the story on Page 1.

But be­cause of the place, time, and cir­cum­stances, po­lice have no leads on sus­pects, he said.

Po­lice are seek­ing an or­ange coloured ve­hi­cle which was seen around the Benella St and

‘‘ id­iot’’ says Bil­lah St in­ter­sec­tion at the time of the shoot­ing.

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion can ring de­tec­tive Roger Whale on 885 0115 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

Po­lice crack­down li­cences

Dozens of peo­ple have been for­bid­den to drive af­ter be­ing caught breaching their li­cence con­di­tions.

Hill said in the last four weeks there have been about six peo­ple ev­ery week who have been for­bid­den to drive.

Those peo­ple have ei­ther breached their li­cence con­di­tion, had ex­pired li­cences or were not li­censed to drive at all.

Lead­ing up to Easter, he said road­ing po­lice will crack down on driv­ers’ li­cences. Wanted A 32-year old Toko­roa man, Ju­nior Lesa, has four war­rants for his ar­rest.

The male Pa­cific Is­lan­der failed to ap­pear in court, breached court con­di­tions and failed to an­swer to court bail.

Bur­glars make ren­o­va­tions of their own

In an at­tempt to up­grade their home, Pu­taruru res­i­dents were in­stead left with an empty house af­ter brand new fur­ni­ture was stolen.

Last week, a Pu­taruru house un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions was burgled.

Pu­taruru se­nior sergeant Ja­son Shailer said the of­fend­ers force­fully en­tered and stole

on brand new items such as bed­ding, a lounge suite and elec­tri­cal gear.

If any­one knows any­thing or no­tices some­one with new fur­ni­ture all of a sud­den, con­tact the lo­cal po­lice or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111


Rub­bish res­i­dents

A num­ber of rub­bish fires were ex­tin­guished by the Toko­roa Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade af­ter com­plaints by res­i­dents.

Chief fire of­fer Dave Mor­ris said the brigade re­sponded to four call­outs of peo­ple burning rub­bish at night.

‘‘For peo­ple that are burning rub­bish, they need to get a per­mit from the coun­cil and to make sure it’s not go­ing to be a smoke haz­ard.

‘‘If you’re burning green stuff, it causes quite a bit of smoke.’’

Crawly crea­ture sets off alarm

An eight- legged prankster was caught af­ter set­ting off the sen­sors at the Pu­taruru Fire Brigade hall.

Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers re­sponded to alarms but found noth­ing was wrong.

Chief fire of­fi­cer Nathan Ben­netto said all the of­fi­cers could find was a spi­der.

He said it hap­pened ‘‘once in a blue moon’’ but spi­ders have a rep­u­ta­tion for crawl­ing into the sen­sors.


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