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Stolen laptop leads police to drugs, weapons bust

A tracker on a stolen laptop has led police to a drug and weapons bust in Melbourne’s north-west.
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A woman reported her laptop was stolen from a car parked on Maidstone Street in Altona on Friday.

The 37-year-old Altona resident had tracking software installed on the computer and was able to find its location. She told police the laptop could be somewhere on Holehouse street in Sunshine North.

Detectives and the Operations Response Unit attended the street in search of the stolen laptop on Saturday and spoke to a number of residents before obtaining a search warrant for a particular house.

Police searched the property and found the alleged stolen laptop along with four guns, ammunition, drugs, cash and a conducted energy device.

Three men were arrested at the scene. Two men, both aged 27, have been charged with firearms, drug, ammunition, weapons and property offences.

The other man, a 26-year-old from St Albans, was charged with firearms and drug offences and was bailed to appear at Sunshine Magistrates Court on 21 December.

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Thurston kicks for dramatic grand final triumph

HALFBACK HERO: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys makes a break during the 2015 NRL Grand Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium. A Johnathan Thurston golden-point field goal has handed North Queensland a dramatic 17-16 NRL grand final win over Brisbane.
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Clive Churchill medal winner Thurston missed his first chance to give the Cowboys their maiden premiership when his missed converting Kyle Feldt’s 80th-minute try from the sideline.

But a Ben Hunt knock-on from the start of golden point put the Cowboys in perfect field position and Thurston nailed the premiership-winning one-pointer from 15m out.

“I’m speechless,” Thurston told the Nine Network.

“Wow, I can’t believe what I’ve just done – I just love this club.”

After Brisbane defended stoutly for the final 20 minutes of the match, repelling Cowboys defensive raids time and time again, Feldt scored after the siren from a brilliant one-handed offload from Michael Morgan.

Thurston waited several minutes before he lined up what would have been a match-winning conversion, only for it to hit the right hand post as it curved late.

But when he was handed the opportunity a second time, he didn’t miss in the 82nd minute.

It was a tough way for the Broncos to lose.

After the Broncos led 14-12 at halftime, the sole second-half points until after the siren were a 43rd-minute penalty goal to Jordan Kahu.

Morgan was held up over the line early in the second half, before Kane Linnett dropped the ball with the line wide open in the 61st minute. Three minutes later, Morgan was penalised for a double movement.

But that all mattered little after Thurston’s heroics.

“This means so much to everyone up there,” Cowboys coach Paul Green said. “We’ve been trying for 20 years to take a premiership up there and we have finally done it.

“The ice that Thurston showed there was incredible.”

Thurston’s field goal capped off a highly entertaining fixture.

Corey Parker opened proceedings in the fifth minute with a penalty goal.

The Broncos then set the game alight from the restart. Adam Blair offloaded to Anthony Milford who found Jack Reed in space, the England international passed to Corey Oates who raced 50m to complete the 95m movement and open up an 8-0 lead for the Broncos.

But the Cowboys hit back immediately. A Matt Gillett dropped ball gave them good field position and, from the ensuing scrum, Jake Granville dummied his way through the Broncos’ line before putting Justin O’Neill over.

North Queensland enjoyed the better of field position early, with 65 per cent of the game being played at Brisbane’s end.

That resulted in a Cowboys lead when Granville put James Tamou over from close range, as Sam Thaiday slipped off a tackle.

Thurston’s second conversion put the Cowboys ahead 12-8.

In the clutch, Thurston finally ticked off the only thing he hadn’t achieved in the game of rugby league. In the process, he sent out retiring Brisbane captain Justin Hodges a loser and handed Broncos coach Wayne Bennett his first loss in a decider in eight times as a sole head coach.

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A grand result for fan

SHAYNE Bannon said Hawthorn winning three back-to-back premierships would be the highlight of his life, with the exception of the birth of his kids.
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Mr Bannon spent grand final day at the Railton RSL with other members of the community who have been involved in a local footy tipping competition.

He said he was inspired by a friend, a fellow supporter more than 50 years ago, to barrack for the club.

“The lead-up to the game has been massive,” Mr Bannon said.

“I’ve worn my Hawthorn gear to work all week.”

Mr Bannon, of Railton, said his most memorable game was the 1976 premiership.

“It was September 25 and my 18th birthday,” he said.

THRILLED: Shayne Bannon, of Railton, has had his wish come true. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

Mr Bannon said the success of Hawthorn lay in the recruitment team and coaching staff.

He said he had gone to every Tasmanian game and a few played in Melbourne.

He said that if his team took out the premiership for a third consecutive year, he would invite his friends at the RSL back to his house.

“I had a crook hip a while back and I wasn’t working, so I built a bar. Slowly but surely I decked out my Hawks bar.”

He said completing the bar was an idea he had always dreamed of.

“Hawthorn is my passion.”

Mr Bannon said his family didn’t all share the same love for Hawthorn. “My daughter supports Melbourne, but that’s OK, I didn’t bribe her.”

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Eagles at risk

WIND turbine strikes have killed at least four wedge-tailed eagles at Tasmania’s Musselroe Wind Farm since May, but a well-known wildlife biologist believes the actual figure could be much higher.
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Nick Mooney has a specific research interest in the bird of prey and said he believed only about one-third of bird deaths caused by turbine strikes across the state were recorded.

Wedge-tailed eagles are listed as an endangered species in Tasmania, with fewer than 1000 birds estimated in the wild.

‘‘[Some] of those eagles were found by accident, so it just shows you that the monitoring is essentially inadequate,’’ Mr Mooney said.

‘‘Searching is limited to very close to the turbines, so really something that just drops immediately is likely to be found but not necessarily, because a carcass can be dragged off and eaten by something or dragged under a bush and just not noticed.

‘‘The monitoring is not constant – it’s infrequent enough that birds can be missed.’’

Tasmania has three major wind farms: two at Woolnorth in the North-West and one at Musselroe Bay in the North-East.

The Musselroe Wind Farm is operated by Woolnorth Wind Farm Holdings in a joint venture between Shenhua Clean Energy Holdings and Hydro Tasmania.

Woolnorth Wind Farm Holdings general manager Stephen Ross said an eagle offset program had been completed prior to the farm being fully commissioned.

‘‘All reporting requirements associated with the recent eagle mortalities have been completed and the approved environmental management plans continue to be implemented at Musselroe Wind Farm,’’ Mr Ross said.

The Environmental Protection Authority requires wind farm operators to monitor and report bird and bat injuries and mortalities within 24 hours of the discovery.

No injured eagles have been reported at any wind farm in the past 12 months, and no eagle mortalities have been reported at Woolnorth over the past year.

An EPA spokeswoman said the authority was satisfied that the procedures for detecting dead or injured birds were as thorough as was reasonably practicable.

Wedge-tailed eagles are listed as an endangered species in Tasmania.

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Letters to the editor

DECISION TIME: Bill Shorten’s perceived lack of policies, or point of difference from the coalition, as Labor leader have drawn the ire of the public. Picture: ALEX ELLINGHAUSENJudiciary well-placedWHEN it comes to sentencing criminal offenders, there is a public perception that our judiciary are “out of touch”, imposing insufficiently punitive, lenient judgments.
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Ken Nuggin of Wodonga (Letters, Sep 21) is of the opinion that it is time to make magistrates responsible for “slap on the wrist punishments”.

Sentencing is not just about “handing out tough punishment”. Rather, when sentencing an offender the law mandates magistrates and judges to take into account an extensive list of sentencing purposes, principles and factors, both aggravating and mitigating.

Legislation requires our judiciary to take a holistic approach in tackling crime, and in addition to proportional punishment, they must also consider how best to deter future offences, rehabilitate the offender and protect the community. This legislation is made by the Parliament, through democratically elected representatives.

Ordering offenders to pay compensation to victims as it was suggested, is not a consideration prescribed by the legislation in all cases, only a very select few.

Victims do however have the right to apply for financial assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Every criminal case is different as to its set of facts and circumstances.

With their familiarity of the law and informed daily experience with offenders and victims of crime, our judiciary isin the best position to determine and deliver appropriate sentences.

DANNY FRIGERIO,North East Law Association presidentVery worthy recipientsLAST week I read andappreciated and fully understood Blue Ribbon Day.

A wonderful day dedicated to all those serving, past, present anddeceased brave police officers. Many that gave it all to society anddied in the line of duty.

Indeed a dangerous job most could not imagine doing but thankfully many do.

We also acknowledged fire fighters, SES volunteers and rightfully so. I think the time has come to acknowledge andaward a medal of service(Florence Nightingale medal) to all those nurses that slog it out everyday; often in conditions not unlike the police most could or would want not to do.

The field of nursing is ironically more aligned to the military paradigm then all the previous and and may I add most worthy fields.

TONYBOYD,WodongaWhere’s the difference?HEY Bill Shorten and the entire Labor party, before the next federal election, which could be anytime according to your colleagues opposite, how about showing us a meaningful point of difference or two between you guys and the other parties?

For example, the way this wealthy nation treats refugees.At the moment I am ashamedof the current government who arehappy to spend billions of dollars locking upthese desperate and sorry people.

Just imagine what that hugeamount of money could be doingforour ailing health andeducation systems.

Many Australians are looking for a fair and reasonable government.

We haven’t seen onefor a while now, and we are getting sick and tired of the unproductive nastiness and petty conflicts that currently masquerade as a federal government.

Let us know what you’d change if you became Prime Minister, Bill.

Let us know what your party would implement in its first term of government if enough of us are feeling inspired to vote for you and your mob.

GLENNWILSON,Tallangatta ValleyClarificationA clarification on Saturday incorrectly stated Sao Paolo was in the northern hemisphere in regards previous locations of a Marilyn Monroe exhibition launch.

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