Australian Navy diver serves his country in Afghanistan desert

THE deserts of Afghanistan are the last place you would expect to find a clearance diver from the Australian Navy, especially one who hails from Bribie Island.

But Leading Seaman Dale Johns is there, part of a Joint Task Group tasked with disarming and clearing improvised explosive (IED) and explosive ordnance (EOD) devices.

His group, Team 4, is a mix of Army, Navy and Air Force specialists who are attached to other units to help clear the way for vehicles and troops.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

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Queensland Police warn drivers carjackers and thieves on the prowl at Caboolture South

Police have warned people to protect their vehicles against opportunistic thieves after a spate of break-ins and attempted carjackings at Caboolture South.

A plot to steal a Lifeline volunteer’s car was thwarted last week after the three youths were confronted by volunteer driver Patolo Mariner.

The thieves had attempted to reverse off with a volunteer’s VN Commodore from distribution centre’s carpark at Industrial Ave but the steering lock kicked in. After noticing the commotion, Mr Mariner stepped in and the youths escaped.

It was the second time a Lifeline volunteer’s vehicle had been targeted, and came just days after somebody broke into four Woolworths employee’s cars in the same area.

See the full story at Quest News.

– James Drew

Funeral for Burpengary motorcycle crash victim Bradley James Dahlstrom

A Brisbane man who allegedly evaded police on a stolen motorbike last week will be farewelled by family and friends this week.

Bradley James Dahlstrom, 25, was killed when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a fence about noon last Tuesday. He was 900m from his home at Burpengary, north of Brisbane.

Mr Dahlstrom died a short time later at Royal Brisbane Hospital from injuries suffered in the crash.

Officers had earlier attempted to intercept Mr Dahlstrom believing he was on a stolen bike. Police allege he then rode off and officers did not follow.

Mr Dahlstrom’s death is now subject to a Forensic Crash Unit investigation, and, as per procedure, Ethical Standards Command is also investigating.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew

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Former Sons of Samoa gang member works to prevent youth crime in Caboolture

Former Sons Of Samoa (SOS) gang member Patolo “Gary” Mariner’s recent arrival in Caboolture could help bring peace, not war, to our streets.

Mr Mariner spent five years in prison for crimes of violence committed in his youth but says he has reformed and wants to prevent youth crime in our region through his Mariner Youth and Adult Programs.

Having recently moved to Caboolture from NSW with his partner and seven children, Mr Mariner is making approaches to local schools, PCYCs and youth detention centres to implement his life coaching and basketball programs

He said the programs had been run at institutions in Wagga Wagga and Taree and he hoped Caboolture would take them on.

See the full story at The Courier Mail.

– James Drew