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Tuesday 8 December 2009

Drunk Woman 'Had 4 Kids in Car'
Some shocking stories have emerged from Tauranga Alcohol Group's latest drink drive crack down. They include an Auckland woman who'd driven down with three children under four in the car, she was caught early Sunday at a checkpoint - three and a half times the legal limit. Sergeant Dan Roser said it's astounding to think that a mother would put her children in such danger. She was arrested after refusing a blood test and becoming disruptive. Dan Roser says in another case, a 25 year old caught drunk driving at a checkpoint, was so badly intoxicated he wet himself. Operation Profile netted 26 drunk drivers in total over the weekend.

Tauranga House Values 'Lagging'
Tauranga property values have stagnated while other centres have seen a rise. Thats according to QV Valuation, that’s just released its latest figures. QV says nationwide, values are up just over 4% on the low that was hit in April this year. But Tauranga appears to be lagging behind the other centres, values have declined by 2.2% over the past year. Spokesman Shayne Donovan-Grammar says most of the sales occuring seem to be at either sharp or predictable prices, although there's strong interest in property in the $300 to 400 thousand price bracket.

Funeral for Mill Accident Victim
A funeral yesterday, for a man crushed to the death at the Carter Holt Harvey Tasman Mill in Kawerau. Robert Coromandel, from Edgecumbe, was tidying up around a wood-pulp machine on Friday when the accident happened. His funeral was held in Whakatane. The Department of Labour is investigating the incident.

Tauranga Firm Shifts - With Staff
A Tauranga company with more than 70 employees, has offered to take all its staff along when it shifts to Auckland. Allberry House is a food ingredient manufacturer. General Manager of Allberry House, Peter Tinholt says the company had an imminent need to upgrade the food manufacturing premises. And the simple fact is that the Tauranga building is an old factory that can’t be upgraded to global best practice standards. Substantial reductions in freight between Auckland and Tauranga will also be made. Peter Tinholt says the staff members will be offered the same or similar roles in Auckland.

Truckie Jailed for 'Domestic Terror'
A Bay of Plenty truck driver is beginning a three years five months jail term for what the courts heard was a reign of terror at home. Driver Bryce Vickers, 37, kicked, slapped and smacked his children between 2002 and 2009, abuse which began when some of the victims were just newborns or toddlers. The abuse was so bad that Vickers' stepson, now eight, had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from which he might never recover.

Nearly 40 Arrests on 'Bursting' Strand
A busy Saturday night for police, they made nearly 40 arrests on The Strand for liquor ban and disorder offences. Police say the area was bursting at the seams. However Police have given a thumbs up to the changes on The Strand, aimed at making things safer at night. The pedestrian pathway has been moved to the outside of the pavement, further away from the seated patrons. Senior Sergeant Dave Archibald says before, licensees had to leave a gap for people to walk through the middle. He says the problems came with drunk people using this gap later in the evening. He says now, with the corridor on the outside of the pavement, it’s much safer.

Posted: Tue 08 Dec 2009

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