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River­care clean-up

THANKS to ev­ery­one who helped clean up the Mac­quarie River in Dubbo on World River Day.

The vol­un­teers found quite a few sy­ringes (pic­tured above) which shows just how dan­ger­ous it can be, and just how self­ish some peo­ple can be when it comes to re­spect­ing the rights of oth­ers to go about their lives safely.

Nee­dle-stick in­juries are one of the worst-case sce­nar­ios, with of­ten a long wait be­fore vic­tims find out if they’ve con­tracted a se­ri­ous dis­ease.

Bad crash at Nev­er­tire

I’VE cov­ered plenty of mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes in my time and have been amazed that some peo­ple are killed in crashes where there’s lit­tle ap­par­ent dam­age to the cars they were trav­el­ling in, yet other times mul­ti­ple peo­ple walk away from hor­rific dam­age to their cars with no se­ri­ous in­juries at all.

That was the case out the Mitchell High­way near Nev­er­tire dur­ing the mas­sive dust storm on the week­end where, thank­fully, ev­ery­one in­volved es­caped rel­a­tively un­scathed.

Well done to the emer­gency ser­vices who had to rush as fast as they could to the crash site while driv­ing at a speed which was still safe in the dust, a dif­fi­cult bal­anc­ing act.

Sum­mer isn’t even here and the dust storms have al­ready be­gun, so un­less we get drench­ing rain very soon, we can prob­a­bly ex­pect there’ll be many more on the way.

If th­ese dust storms do ap­pear, this re­cent crash should serve as a bru­tal warn­ing to road trav­ellers that they re­ally need to drive to the con­di­tions.

And peo­ple who suf­fer from asthma or al­ler­gies re­ally need to stay in­side. It’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to get a timely GP ap­point­ment in Dubbo th­ese days, with many prac­tises hav­ing a one or two week wait for the first avail­able.

Wello in ec­stasy

WELL, at least it’s not ICE.

An 18-year-old man has faced court after more than 40 grams of pro­hib­ited drugs were al­legedly found dur­ing a ve­hi­cle search last Thurs­day, Septem­ber 19.

Po­lice had stopped a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling on Maughan Street be­cause it’s head­lights weren’t on.

The of­fi­cers spoke with the oc­cu­pants and ob­tained rea­son to search the ve­hi­cle and the peo­ple in it, al­legedly lo­cat­ing quan­ti­ties of ec­stasy and cannabis in­side the car as well as var­i­ous drug para­pher­na­lia.

The 18-year-old man was ar­rested and taken to Welling­ton Po­lice Sta­tion where he was charged with drug sup­ply and drug pos­ses­sion.

Four ju­ve­niles charged

FOUR teenage boys have been charged fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent last month at Dubbo’s Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Cen­tre.

It’s al­leged staff were as­saulted by four de­tainees on Au­gust 9.

Po­lice were called to the scene and found three of the boys on the roof of the fa­cil­ity and it’s fur­ther al­leged those boys, aged 16 and 17, threw items to­wards po­lice as they tried to ne­go­ti­ate.

A fourth boy, aged 17, was ar­rested by po­lice in the court­yard of the fa­cil­ity.

Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Group of­fi­cers ar­rived and con­tin­ued ne­go­ti­a­tions with the teenagers who were de­tained around 6.50pm.

Two Youth Jus­tice work­ers were taken to Dubbo Base Hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

Last Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 18, the four boys were is­sued Fu­ture Court At­ten­dance No­tices.

Shots fired at Pil­liga

PO­LICE have charged a 44-yearold man after shots were al­legedly fired dur­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent at a Pil­liga home.

About 3pm on Septem­ber 19 po­lice re­sponded to re­ports a firearm had been dis­charged dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion

It is al­leged two men, aged 44 and 20, were drink­ing at the home and be­came in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion after the older man dis­charged a firearm sev­eral times within the home.

Dur­ing the strug­gle it’s al­leged the younger man was struck to the head and bit­ten on the hand.

Po­lice re­sponded from Pil­liga, Wee Waa and Narrabri and es­tab­lished a perime­ter around the house.

About 5.40pm, the 44-year-old man al­legedly drove from the home be­fore be­ing in­ter­cepted and ar­rested by po­lice.

Po­lice seized a ri­fle from the ve­hi­cle and es­tab­lished a crime scene at the home.

The man was taken to Narrabri Po­lice Sta­tion and charged with nu­mer­ous of­fences. He was bail re­fused to ap­pear be­fore In­verell Lo­cal Court.

Mudgee teen’s big night out

A TEENAGER has been charged with var­i­ous of­fences al­leged to have oc­curred while un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs in Mudgee.

On Septem­ber 22 it’s al­leged a 19-year-old man en­tered a home on White Cir­cle where he stole car keys and a wal­let.

Po­lice al­lege the man then stole a hatch­back sedan parked in the drive­way of the home be­fore per­form­ing a se­ries of burnouts on the street and driv­ing off.

He then drove to an un­oc­cu­pied hous­ing es­tate where he per­formed more burnouts, dam­ag­ing tem­po­rary fenc­ing as well as the hatch­back.

Po­lice say the man drove to Inglis Street where he crashed the car into the front yard of a home be­fore at­tempt­ing to steal a sec­ond ve­hi­cle parked in a drive­way.

Oc­cu­pants of the home dis­turbed the man and fol­lowed him as he ran from the lo­ca­tion, with the man en­ter­ing the car park of a fast food restau­rant on Church Street where he at­tempted to push a man off his mo­tor­bike mul­ti­ple times.

Po­lice ar­rived and ar­rested the man who al­legedly ap­peared drug af­fected.

He was taken to Mudgee Po­lice Sta­tion where he was later charged with a num­ber of of­fences.

Safety visit

IF you’re liv­ing alone, are over 65 and have lim­ited mo­bil­ity, hear­ing or vi­sion im­pair­ment, or are sup­ported by car­ers fam­ily or friends, it might be time to ar­range a Safety Visit from the guys at Dubbo Fire Sta­tion.

A Safety Visit as­sists peo­ple to re­duce their risk of an ac­ci­den­tal fire in the home and to safely es­cape in the event of a fire oc­cur­ring.

Dur­ing the Safety Visit, fire­fight­ers at­tend your home and check that you have work­ing smoke alarms, that they are in good work­ing con­di­tion, and are in­stalled in suit­able ar­eas.

If you don’t have one, the firies will in­stall a long-life bat­tery-pow­ered smoke alarm as well as re­place ex­ist­ing smoke alarm bat­ter­ies all at no cost.

To book a home fire safety visit in Dubbo, please call Dubbo Fire Sta­tion on 02 6884 7447.

For fur­ther info go to www.fire. nsw.gov.au.

What a great ser­vice.

Even if this isn’t ap­pli­ca­ble to you, do some think­ing about who you may know who could ben­e­fit from a Safety Visit but may not have read this ar­ti­cle.

Who knows, your ac­tions could po­ten­tially save a life.

Lo­cal firies help north­ern neigh­bours

LO­CAL fire­fight­ers have been work­ing with Strike Team Zulu, and have bat­tled some fierce blazes around Ten­ter­field.

A mas­sive blaze ripped through the Ewinga State For­est with sev­eral homes lost and many lo­cal firies were on the ground to help pro­tect prop­erty.

Lo­cal firies have been work­ing with strike teams in many ar­eas in the state’s north for the past few weeks and it looks like that’ll be the case for some time to come.

Dubbo Fire Sta­tion has is­sued a warn­ing that the dry con­di­tions and warm weather which have seen fires break out across the state should serve as a warn­ing that they should heed some ba­sic bush­fire tips.

For in­for­ma­tion on Bush Fires, down­load the Fires Near Me app or dial 1800 679 737.

Fol­low your Bush Fire Sur­vival Plan and en­sure you know what you will do be­fore, dur­ing and after the fire.

Leav­ing early is your safest op­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Bush Fire Safety, con­tact your lo­cal Fire Sta­tion or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov. au. To re­port an emer­gency dial 000.

The Nev­er­tire crash scene

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