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Tuesday 8 June 2010

Indian Community Rallies Around Murder Victim’s Husband
The Indian community's vowing to help Tauranga police solve a homicide over the weekend. The body of a 32 year old Indian woman was found in her Otumoetai home on Saturday and after a second search, her two year old daughter was also found dead. Police have charged a 23 year old with the mother's murder. New Zealand Indian Central Association member Veer Khar says this kind of thing will be unusually hard to cope with. Veer Khar says the large Sikh population in Tauranga will rally around the husband. He's on his way back from spending a week in India.

Moko Cuts Visit Short
Moko the dolphin has left Tauranga, as quickly as he arrived. The bottlenose dolphin, who's spent the past four months living off the coast of Whakatane, turned up at Pilot Bay on Thursday morning. There was concern for his safety over the long weekend. However, Department of Conservation Tauranga area manager Andrew Baucke says it appears Moko was simply following a fishing boat. He says the boat left for a five day trip over the weekend and Moko hasn't been seen since. Mr Baucke says the boat's due to return to Whakatane, no doubt with Moko in tow.

Drink Driver Sets Dubious ‘Record’
Western Bay of Plenty police say they're appalled by one of the worst drink driving readings they've allegedly seen. Late last week, police were alerted to a car weaving across the road near Te Puke. Road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the 55 year old driver allegedly had nearly 18 hundred micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, in his system.

Local Residents Honoured
Four Bay of Plenty residents have been honoured in the Queens Birthday list. Pyes Pa resident Alan Abel was awarded an officer of the order for services to business and community. Te Puke's John Jensen took a Queen's Service Medal for service to agriculture, as did Gael Collyns-Roger of Papamoa for services to the community. Margaret Townshend from Tauranga was also offered the same award for services to the community.

Long Weekend Road Toll Stands at One
Bay of Plenty police say they're happy with the long weekend's road toll. Police throughout the country ticketed any motorist caught traveling four kilometres or more over the speed limit. There was just one death on the roads, north of Gisborne. Police say they've been trialing that method in Taupo for some time, with plenty of success.

Posted: Tue 08 Jun 2010

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