Person found dead in vehicle, possible chemicals at the scene October 9, 2015

A PERSON has been found deceased in a vehicle at a northern Gold Coast suburb with emergency services examining possible chemicals at the scene.|
Police, ambulance and fire services were called to Rotary Park Road at Alberton about 10.10am after reports of a person inside a vehicle.
The person was confirmed dead at the scene. Their gender is not known at this time.
The cause of death is unknown but it is not believed to be suspicious.
Fire fighters are assisting police at the scene with potential chemicals involved at the scene.

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Lawyer urges more health testing as part of Oakey chemical contamination investigation

ABC News Ellie Sibson 9 October 2015

A lawyer representing Oakey residents affected by a chemical contamination at the local Army aviation base says more testing needs to be carried out, after the release of recent blood tests.
The Defence Force is investigating what effect toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam at the base had on the environment and human health.
It has commissioned blood tests on local residents who have been drinking bore water.
Lawyer Peter Shannon said some of those had come back with highly elevated levels of heavy metals.

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Pregnant teen’s murder case in court

The Courier Mail AAP October 09, 2015

A QUEENSLAND man accused of murdering pregnant teenager Tiffany Taylor has been remanded in custody for two more months.
The case of Rodney Wayne Williams, 60, was briefly mentioned in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday following his August arrest in relation to the 16-year-old’s murder.
Police Prosecutor Sergeant Kelly Fitzgibbon requested a two-month adjournment.
“We’ve spoken to the arresting officer yesterday and defence. There’s quite a large brief,” she said.
Police are yet to find Ms Taylor’s body but have said the teenager, who was 20 weeks pregnant, met Mr Williams online the day she disappeared.

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Qld couple to be tried for torture, murder

The Sydney Morning Herald AAP Nathan Paull October 9, 2015

A Queensland couple accused of torturing and murdering a mother of four in a drug deal gone wrong have been committed to stand trial.
A committal hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday heard John Edward Harris, 43, and Linda Eileen Appleton, 42, allegedly tortured and shot 28-year-old Tia Landers after she arrived at their Brighton home to sell them drugs on June 16 last year.
Ms Landers’ body was found dumped in a shallow grave at Beerburrum State Forest near the Glasshouse Mountains about two weeks later.
The court also heard on Friday from Ms Landers’ friends Jake McKenzie, 23, and Ryan Morgan, 20, who claimed they were made to watch as Harris and Appleton tortured her before she was murdered.
They were also allegedly forced at gunpoint to clean up the crime scene, fearing they too would be murdered if they didn’t comply.

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Ben-Gurion U. and MIT researchers develop rapid method for water, soil pathogen screening

EurekAlert  8-Oct-2015

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a highly sensitive, cost-effective technology for rapid bacterial pathogen screening of air, soil, water, and agricultural produce in as little as 24 hours.

According to Ezra Orlofsky Ph.D, who led the research while working on his doctorate at the BGU Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, “Rapid and reliable pathogen detection in field samples is critical for public health, security and environmental monitoring. Current methods used in food, water or clinical applications rely on labor and time-intensive culturing techniques while activities such as dairy farming, wastewater and runoff treatment necessitates real-time monitoring of pathogens in environment samples.”

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Hogtie doctor wins appeal

The Courier Mail Greg Stolz October 09, 2015

A GOLD Coast doctor who hogtied an unruly seven-year-old patient has won an appeal against his conviction for assault, but has been ordered to face a new trial.
Veteran paediatrician Dr Neville Davis was convicted in Southport Magistrates Court in March and placed on a $1000, 12-month good behaviour bond.
He had admitted to tying up the child patient during a consultation but denied sitting on him, which was the basis for the assault charge.

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WA’s most wanted: Prison escapee sold cannabis to survive on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Bulletin Jack Houghton & Kate Campbell October 09, 2015

WESTERN Australia’s most wanted prison escapee Bernd Neumann has been found living in a makeshift marijuana farm in Reedy Creek Bushland.
Burleigh detectives tracked the man to Reedy Creek Village Shopping Centre before scouring nearby bushland for signs of a nomadic hide-out.
What they found was an elaborate tent metres away from 70 marijuana plants near Old Coach Rd.

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