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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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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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Drug arrest, Inala

Qld Police Media 8 October 2015

Detectives from Acacia Ridge Criminal Investigation Branch have charged a 21-year-old man with numerous drug offences after a search warrant was executed this morning at a home on Archerfield Road, Inala.
Police will allege that a hydroponic cannabis crop was located within the house at around 7.45am.
Full cannabis plants with lights and watering systems have been seized.
The man was charged with producing dangerous drugs, possession dangerous drugs, possession anything used in the commission of a crime, possession anything for use in the commission of a crime, unlawfully taking electricity and trafficking in drugs.
He will appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court on October 29.

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Data used in Mount Isa environmental lead exposure study outdated public health director says

ABC News Zara Margolis 8 October 2015

A north Queensland public health director says he believes data used in a recent research paper on the management of environmental lead exposure in Mount Isa is out of date and misleading.
Earlier this week, the ABC reported on a study that cited almost 5 per cent of children under the age of five in Mount Isa had higher than recommended blood lead levels.
Dr Steven Donohue from the Mount Isa and Townsville Public Health Unit said that information was more than five years old and latest figures showed average blood lead levels in tested children were declining.

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P-plates: Austroads report says it will be beneficial to install alcohol interlocks for all probationary drivers

Townsville Bulletin DAVID NANKERVIS The Advertiser October 08, 2015

BREATHALYSER interlocks should be mandatory for P-plate drivers to help reduce car crashes, a national road safety report says.
The recommendation by Austroads is based on data that shows P and L-plate drivers are eight times more likely to have an illegal blood-alcohol level when involved in a crash compared to fully licensed drivers.
The report by the national road safety body, of which the SA Transport Department is a member, comes as the State Government conducts its own review into the effectiveness of its existing interlock scheme.
As revealed in The Advertiser last month, a record number of motorists are using interlocks, which are mandatory for drivers caught three times over the limit or driving under the influence at least twice in five years.
But the Austroads’ interlock report says there is a “strong case’’ for the system to be extended to include all ­novice drivers.
According to the report, 17 per cent of P and L-plate drivers involved in a crash between 2003 and 2012 had an illegal blood-alcohol level. P and L-plate drivers must have a zero blood-alcohol level.

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Link to Austroads Report – Options to Extend Coverage of Alcohol Interlock Programs


Gold Coast Titans NRL stars face court over cocaine charges Jeremy Pierce, Greg Stolz October 8, 2015

FORMER State of Origin star Dave Taylor and fellow ex-Gold Coast Titans players Jamie Dowling and Joe Vickery will stand trial for allegedly supplying cocaine after their lawyers did not attempt to have the charges thrown out.
Four past and present Titans — ex-skipper Greg Bird, former Maroon Ashley Harrison, departing hooker Beau Falloon and Kalifa Faifai Loa — had their charges dismissed in Southport Magistrates Court today and yesterday after successful “no case” submissions by their lawyers.

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Golf ball bomb accused had ‘enough explosives to level a shopping centre’, court told

ABC News Matt Watson 7 October 2015

One of two men accused of seriously maiming a teenager with a homemade bomb claimed to have enough explosives to level a shopping centre, an Ipswich court has heard.
Glen Charles Dell and Mark Anthony Tear have pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to a then 15-year-old boy.
The teen’s hands were almost destroyed when a golf ball packed with explosive powder went off at a home at Leichhardt, west of Brisbane.
The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had no idea he was handling a bomb and thought the golf ball, which was found on the street, had instead been packed with heroin, the Ipswich Magistrates Court heard today.

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