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Wednesday 30 June 2010

Son Charged with Father’s Murder
A murder charge has been laid over the death of 76 year old Tauranga man, David Tait. Mr Tait was rushed to hospital last Tuesday with serious head injuries but died the next day. His son Murray Tait was initially charged with assault, but has now been charged with murder. He will appear in court this morning.

 

Hopes Long Lost Family Member Will be Home Soon
The family of a Bay of Plenty woman stuck in Hawaii say they been looking for her for 20 years. Eastern Bay of Plenty woman Ethel Helmbright has been roughing it on the streets of Honolulu for more than a decade. But she was taken to the Queen Medical Centre last August when she fell ill. She suffers from dementia. Family spokeswoman Yvonne Galvin says she's waiting to hear from Ms Helmbright's caregiver about whether or not she can come home soon. Pictured: Honolulu

Omanu Liquor Store Decision Upheld
An eight page decision delivered in the High Court, by Justice Cooper, has upheld the decision to cancel the off licence at Omanu Wines and Spirits, at Mount Maunganui. The initial decision had the business closing in May, but an appeal lodged by the owner, Raymond Sayed, was heard by the high court, with the decision released yesterday, and the business was told to stop trading immediately. Mr Sayed's managers licence was also cancelled. Archive photo

Safety Concerns for Great White
Researchers are more concerned for the safety of a great white shark basking in the Bay of Plenty, than of an attack. The 2.8 metre long shark, named Grim, was tagged at the end of March at Stewart Island, but has refused to migrate further north to the tropics as other sharks do at this time of year. Department of Conservation marine scientist Clinton Duffy believes Grim is hanging around because he has found a food source. He says scientists are concerned he might get caught in a fishing net. Mr Duffy says the risk to Grim is higher than the risk of Grim to people.

Posted: Wed 30 Jun 2010

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