Alpaca killer faces sentencing

THE RSPCA has slammed the decision not to jail one of the teenagers responsible for the brutal killing of two alpacas at Caboolture State High School last year.

Wayne Charles Hartwig, 19, was sentenced to six months jail for killing one alpaca, and three months for injuring the other so severely it had to be put down, when he appeared in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.

But Magistrate Jennifer Batts suspended both terms immediately. She imposed a two year ban on Hartwig having an animal, and ordered he pay the school $686.50 restitution.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said Hartwig deserved to go to jail.

“This was obviously a horrendous case and understandably there was enormous community outrage over this,” Mr Beatty said.

“We feel that not only as a punishment, but some form of deterrent, that he should have spent some time inside.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew, Glenn Roberts

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Queensland Teachers Union protests over EBA with the Newman Government

Members of the Queensland Teachers Union protests outside Parliament House on Tuesday evening, August 21.

See the full gallery at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew

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Caboolture woman almost the victim of a dangerous con

A CABOOLTURE resident has warned thieves may be using elaborate distraction techniques to loot homes after an incident at her Morgan St unit.

Wendy Williams said “alarm bells were ringing” when a teenage girl barged into her living room through a locked flyscreen door, claiming to need protection from an attacker on Sunday.

Ms Williams believed the girl was intent on creating a distraction because during the commotion a male teen was spotted rummaging in the backyard.

Both teens escaped and the incident was reported to police.

“I was really scared and felt terribly unsafe and vulnerable,” she said.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew

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Caboolture man claims he saw UFO twice, with unexplained lights in the sky making strange manoeuvres

A CABOOLTURE man has reported multiple sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects just 2km out from the main town centre.

Josh Philip, of Broadway Court, claims he saw two UFOs, one on January 5 near his home and another on January 30 flying over nearby Toohey Street.

Mr Philip decided to speak out in the hope others may be able to corroborate the sightings.

The first sighting, he said, was of a bright white light travelling much slower and lower than a normal plane.

“It was so smooth and silent, just gliding through the air,” he said.

See the full story at The Daily Telegraph.

See the Bisbane flight path map here.

– James Drew

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Thieves target adult shops at Morayfield

Adult stores on Morayfield Rd have become a “quick hit” for armed robbers with one store being held up five times in the past four years.

Be Daring The Adult Shop associate director Jayme Boswell said staff were left traumatised after a man robbed the store at 1.45pm on March 30.

Police were also investigating an attempted break-in and enter at the same store on Wednesday, April 3.

Ms Boswell said it was the fifth attempted break and enter in recent years.

“It’s affecting our staff and our sales, not just from what they’re stealing but having to have our store shut and staff traumatised,” she said.

“I think adult shops are being targeted because we’re open late and are secluded and nobody from the public can see in.”

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew


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Drivers hit by green laser beam at Woodford

Police suspect a green laser light is being used to distract drivers at Woodford.

The unidentified green beam was reportedly shone on drivers travelling along Ironbark and Montanus drives.

Sergeant Jason Renwick said Woodford Police had received several complaints about the green laser, the latest was April 11.

While nobody was injured, Sergeant Renwick said it was a dangerous act with severe penalties.

“Laser lights can travel a significant distances and cause a disruption to a driver’s attention and interfere with their vision which may result in a crash,” he said.

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.

– James Drew

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Church versus chocolate: the verdict this Easter

In the curious case of Jesus Christ versus chocolate, church leaders, chocolate retailers and the public have cast their judgment. The two can co-exist this Easter.

On Wednesday, we asked Facebook followers one simple question which had Moreton Bay raging: “Is Easter about church or chocolate?”

Most people found it difficult to decide, mostly choosing “church and family” or “church and chocolate”. Others were side-tracked slightly, claiming the holiday was more about “kids and fertility”, the “Babylonian goddess of war, love, fertility and sex”, “long weekends” or “prawns”.

Pastor Ross Wardill of Deception Bay Baptist Church took an impartial position, declaring church and chocolate could co-exist peacefully.

For Christians, Mr Wardill said Easter was a time to commemorate Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection but somewhere along the line chocolate Easter eggs, symbols of new life, got involved.

See the full story here

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Bribie and District Wildlife Rescue issues urgent plea for carers

A Beachmere wildlife carer has issued a rallying call for people across the region to volunteer to save injured and orphaned animals.

Bribie and District Wildlife Rescue president Sally Arthur wants volunteers from the Caboolture, Redcliffe and Narangba areas to sign up to become carers.

The group has  20 active volunteers and is struggling to shoulder the responsibility of helping the region’s most-vulnerable residents.

“It’s immense,” Mrs Arthur said. “We’re always getting calls and some we can’t handle and have to refer to the RSPCA hotline.”

See the full story at Caboolture Shire Herald.


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