Detective’s Wife Sentenced
A Tauranga Detective, whose wife's gambling addiction lead her to steal off her employer, has had to cash in his superannuation to pay back her debts. Vicki McCaskie has been sentenced to home detention and community work in the Tauranga District Court on six charges including theft in a special relationship. The 44 year old stole 25 thousand dollars between July last year and August 2010 while employed at Westpac Bank. She siphoned more than 17 thousand dollars off an elderly client, and took a large sum while loading and supervising ATM machines. Judge Rollo says McCaskie grew up around gambling but lost her sense of control and kept her gambling a secret from her family.
Day Care Centre Gets Lifeline
A day care centre for the elderly that's been part of Tauranga for 35 years has been thrown a lifeline. Closure was inevitable for the Carruth Day Care centre when it lost its main provider, Oceania, in July. Several proposals were put forward to the Bay of Plenty DHB to keep the service open. Committee Member Graeme Lindgard says thankfully, Presbyterian Support Northern has jumped aboard.
Police Pounce on Cannabis Grower
Police are trying locating a man believed to be living at an address where 80 thousand dollars worth of cannabis was seized. Officers searched the Mt Maunganui property yesterday morning and found 26 hydroponics plants in a bedroom and garage. A number of property - believed to be stolen - was also found.
Sparklers Warning as Guy Fawkes Loom
The fire service is sending an urgently warning to parents to control the use of sparklers ahead of Guy Fawkes Day. Fireworks go on sale today around the country and purchasers must be over 18. Fire safety spokesman Ken Mckegg says at this time of year they see lots of letterboxes being blown up. He says don’t give children sparklers - even if they seem safe they burn extremely quickly. Meanwhile the SPCA is urging residents to keep their cats and dogs indoors for the week. Several pets go missing during Guy Fawkes as they attempt to hide from the noise. It says to keep animals microchipped and warn neighbours if you intend to set off fireworks.
Home Detention for Woman who Stole from Dementia Sufferer
A 57 year old woman who siphoned nearly $10,000 off an elderly dementia sufferer, has been sentenced to home detention. Rose Watene has appeared in the Tauranga District Court on 42 counts of using a document/credit card to obtain a pecuniary advantage by deception. The Tauranga beneficiary was living with an 82 year old woman when she used two of her credit cards on numerous occasions to withdraw cash and buy items for herself over a seven month period - before admitting to a family member what she had done.
Horan Has Sights Set on Tauranga Seat
Former weather presenter Brendan Horan has put his hand up to be the New Zealand First party candidate in Tauranga. Party Leader Winston Peters was defeated by National MP Simon Bridges in the last election. But, Mr Horan says a huge turnout for its annual conference in Christchurch is proof they've got the support in the community.
Mauao Weed Control Closes Tracks
Some Mauao tracks will be closed this week while abseiling weed control is completed. The Tauranga City Council says signs will be in place and people need to take caution.