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Monday 23 August 2010

Boy Critically Injured in Power Pole Crash
A 16 year old boy is in a critical condition after a car crash in Greerton over the weekend. The teenager was a front passenger in a Subaru WRX that struck a power pole on Tuthill Street in Gate Pa before 10 on Saturday morning. He was flown to Waikato Hospital's Intensive Care Unit late Saturday afternoon, after reports he'd earlier suffered a brain injury. Sergeant Polglase says the driver of the vehicle appeared to have lost control in the wet conditions, and escaped uninjured. Police enquiries are continuing.

Bank Worker Under Investigation
An investigation into the alleged fraudulent actions of a bank worker who's understood to be married to a Tauranga Police Officer, is underway. There have been reports the woman allegedly drained the account of an elderly woman at a Tauranga bank, stealing around $20,000. The allegations come a week after former wife of a policeman, Michelle Campbell, was jailed for defrauding more than $1.3 million dollars off her employer. Area Police Commander, Inspector Mike Clements could not specify details and whether the woman has been charged, but says they've been investigating the matter.

Thai Overstayer Hands Himself In
A Thai overstayer who evaded police for over two days, will be appearing in court today. Payeo Chaimat ran away from Immigration officials and police at a rural Te Puke property last Tuesday evening. The 26 year old seasonal kiwifruit worker, was on a temporary visa which expired two years ago. Chaimat handed himself in to police on Friday afternoon, after numerous appeals to locate him were made public.

Blaze Avoided Thanks to Neighbours
Firefighters are praising members of the public for avoiding a huge electrical blaze at a Mount Maunganui business. The fire service were called to Surf Road just before eight yesterday morning when neighbours heard smoke alarms coming from the building. Spokesman Kerry Mills says one wall was well enveloped with flames when they arrived. He says it potentially could have been a lot worse - had the residents not promptly alerted the fire service.

Race for Mayoralty On
The race is now on to fill the hot seat of New Zealand's fourth largest city. It's a seven way clash including familiar faces, incumbent Stuart Crosby, and Councillor's Bill Faulkner and Murray Guy, vying for Tauranga's Mayoralty. Hori Leaming who's also known as The Steamers mascot Hori Bop, will also be challenging for the seat. 51 nominations in total were received for the 11 City Council seats. Residents will get the chance to vote for favourable candidates in September - when voting papers arrive by post.

Posted: Mon 23 Aug 2010

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