Man Fails Drugged Driving Test
At around 2.00am on Sunday, Police from the Western Bay of Plenty Traffic Alcohol Group apprehended a 55 year old Coromandel man driving on 3rd Avenue in Tauranga. The man was processed when it was suspected that he was driving while under the influence of drugs. He failed a compulsory impairment test which is designed to detect drug impaired drivers. A search of the man's vehicle located a substantial amount of cannabis weighing in excess of 460 grams in fifteen packets ready for sale along with a large amount of cash. A further charge of drugged driving is pending the result of the man's test.
One Dead, Five in Hospital after Te Puke Crash
There's been a fatal car crash in Te Puke. 18 year old Judas Ace Witeri of Tauranga was pronounced dead at the scene after the car hit a bridge along Jellicoe Street, and crashed upside down into the Ohineangaanga River around 8 yesterday morning. Shift Commander Paul Radden says two fire appliances attended and had to cut one person out of the vehicle. Five teenagers were taken to Tauranga Hospital for treatment.
11th Ave Barrier Arm Proposal ‘Overkill’
Retailers have challenged the proposed barrier arm in the middle of 11th Avenue as a waste of ratepayer’s money. The Tauranga City Council announced they'd be trialling a barrier to stop people administering dangerous right turns after a number of serious accidents. But Wendy's Boutique Owner, Roger Simister says it'll impact on their business, and several others including McDonalds. He says the whole proposal has been an overkill.
Crosby Standing for Mayor
Mayor Stuart Crosby has announced he'll be challenging for the hot seat. Nominations for candidates standing for this year's local elections opened on Friday. Mr Crosby says he'll be campaigning for a continued focus on improving roading, flood protection and facilities for a rapidly growing city. Pictured: Stuart Crosby
Bay Unusually Warm for July
The outdoor tables have been busy at cafes across the Bay of Plenty as people enjoy the relatively warm weather. Temperatures reached 18 degrees on Saturday, and reached 17 degrees in Tauranga yesterday. Philip Duncan of Weatherwatch.co.nz says it's been a fairly warm July in the north, and temperatures are unusual for the time of year. He says it's likely to remain mild for the next week.