Author: Cameron McCullough

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Langwarrin boy Tekaha Waenga. The 14-year-old was last seen leaving his home address from Bryson Court in Langwarrin at about 10.30pm on 3 March 2016. Police have concerns for the boy due to his age. Tekaha is perceived to be of Maori appearance, he is described as being six foot tall with collar length black hair. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve black top and a black baseball cap with grey peak. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) of Frankston Police on 97845555.

Police have arrested a man after two people were allegedly stabbed in Dromana early this morning. Mornington Peninsula detectives arrested the 30-year-old Dromana man around 11.20am in a car in Frankston. The incident occurred just before 3am at a residence in Monaco Parade. A 29-year-old Dromana man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition and a 38-year-old Dromana woman sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries. All three parties were known to each other. Investigations continue.

Police are on scene and investigating following a shooting that left a man in hospital overnight in Mornington. The incident occurred about 12.30am in Cooba Court where, following a verbal argument, one man is believed to have shot another. The offender fled on a motorbike however police understand the parties are known to one another. A crime scene has been established and detectives along with crime scene services and ballistics experts will process the scene throughout the morning. The victim, aged in his late 20’s remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries and Armed Crime Squad are taking the lead.…

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Hastings man Jaroslaw Malinovski. Jaroslaw was last seen in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he attended Frankston Hospital, seeking medical treatment, before leaving about 2.40am. Police and family are concerned for the 54-year-old who suffers from a medical condition and has been without his medication for three days. Investigators have released an image of Jaroslaw in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information regarding his current whereabouts. Jaroslaw is described as about 193cm tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black and…

Police and emergency services are currently on scene after a car crashed into a tree at Red Hill South this morning. Investigators have been told a utility was travelling west along Stanleys Road, between Tonkins Road and Red Hill Road, sometime before 6.50am. It’s believed the vehicle failed to negotiate a right hand bend leaving the road to the left and hitting a tree on the south side of the road. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800…

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Porsche Cayenne was stolen from a Mornington car yard a week ago. The white 4×4 Porsche, bearing registration plates ABF 179, was stolen between 7.30pm on March 9 and 7.30am the next day. Over the past two nights patrolling police have seen the vehicle a number of times in the Frankston and Seaford area. Due to the erratic behaviour of the driver, driving at high speeds, disobeying traffic control signals and travelling with no headlights on, police have not been able to intercept the vehicle. The Porsche has been seen on the Dandenong-Frankston…

A fatal collision claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Somerville last night. Police have been told a Ford utility and a motorcycle collided head-on on Frankston-Flinders Road just after 8.30pm. The male motorcyclist died at the scene. The male driver of the utility received minor injuries and was taken to the Frankston hospital. This death makes two dead in just a few hours on the peninsula after a male died after his car left Mornington Peninsula Freeway and hit a tree in McCrae at about 5.15pm. The car then burst into flames. The male driver and sole occupant of that vehicle died…

Emergency services are currently on scene after a car crashed and burst into flames in McCrae this afternoon. Police have been told a sedan was travelling south along the Mornington Peninsula Freeway near Lonsdale Street about 5.15pm. It is believed the vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree before bursting into flames. The male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified. Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital after colliding with a police car in Baxter this morning. Police have been told the motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the unmarked police car on Frankston Flinders Road, near Peninsula Link overpass, about 1.45am. The rider, carrying a stubby, tried to flee the scene before he collapsed off the bike a short distance away. The 45-year-old was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Two highway patrol members were not injured. It is expected the Baxter man will be interviewed in relation to riding an unregistered bike. Police will also investigate whether alcohol…

Watch and Act Issued For: Somerville Fire Origin: SOMERVILLE Incident Name: FRANKSTON-FLINDERS RD Issued: 23/02/16 4:34 PM This is a Watch and Act message issued by Country Fire Authority for Somerville. The fire that was burning along Frankston Flinders Road near Raymond Street, northwest of Somerville is currently being contained. This bushfire is currently not yet under control. A southerly wind change is expected around 4:30pm which will cause smoke and ash to fall in the area around Grant Road and Speedwell Streets, Somerville Don’t wait, leaving now is the safest option – conditions may change and get worse very…

A number of boats were destroyed and a man in his 70’s injured after fire broke out at the Blairgowrie Marina this afternoon. The blaze started on a boat, believed to be as a result of a barbeque igniting, and quickly spread. A thick plume of smoke brought onlookers and media to the scene. It is believed the injured man suffered burns to his face and is in Frankston Hospital in a stable condition. Investigations are continuing into the fire, and the large clean up effort has begun.

A woman will be charged after she was caught driving with a blood alcohol level over four times the legal limit in Somerville this morning. Hastings Police spotted the woman travelling through a fast food drive through on Eramosa Road about 1am. The vehicle was intercepted and the 33-year-old Baxter woman was breath tested. She returned a BAC of 0.202% and will be charged on summons with drink driving offences. Senior Sergeant Michael Lamb said the intercept was potentially a lucky escape for both the woman and the community. “With a blood alcohol level this high, we are simply lucky…

Three men were in the water for nearly two hours while rescuing a swimmer in rough seas off Blairgowrie surf beach on Wednesday. Police have been told the Hampton Park man entered the water, near the Hughes Road surf beach, while his wife set up their belongings about 4.15pm. A short time later the woman noticed she couldn’t see her husband in the water and raised the alarm. The 56-year-old man was then sighted about 500m off shore in rough conditions, drifting further out to sea. Three men aged in their 20s, from Kew, Armadale and Rosebud West, entered the…

Police have arrested a man following a siege in a café in Rye today. Two women aged 45 and 42 who were inside the café were released from the building shortly before the arrest and have been taken to hospital for observation. The man surrendered himself to police without incident about 3.20pm. The alarm was raised when the man was seen entering the shop, near the intersection of Ozone Street and Point Nepean Road, allegedly armed with a firearm about 7.45am. The area was cordoned off and police began negotiating with the man. The Special Operations group, local police and Critical…

Police were called to a bakery in Rye this morning following reports a man was armed with a firearm. The alarm was raised when the man was seen entering the shop, near the intersection of Ozone Street and Point Nepean Road, about 7.45am. The initial report received by police indicated that another person was in the shop with the man. It has now come to light that there appears to be two people in the shop with the man reportedly armed with a firearm. The area has been cordoned off the area. Point Nepean Road is still closed between Weeroona street…

Two pals will front the courts together after allegedly being caught drug driving in Moorooduc last night. Hastings Highway Patrol and Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section members were running a booze bus operation on the Peninsula Link off-ramp to Bungower Road last night. They pulled over a 27-year-old Rosebud West man who allegedly returned a positive oral drug test. While he was being tested in the booze bus, his 20-year-old passenger helpfully decided to move his friend’s car. Police pulled the Seaford man over and were not surprised when he also allegedly returned a preliminary positive oral drug test.…

Police are investigating the circumstances after a 53-year-old Koo Wee Rup man died while on a fishing trip this morning. Investigators have been told that two men aged in their 50s set off from Tooradin in a fishing boat. It is believed one of the men went to the side/rear of the boat and fell into the water. The other man jumped in to save the man but was unsuccessful. A passing boat located the pair in the water between French Island and Tooradin around 3.20am. They were brought to shore at Hastings with the surviving man from Tooradin suffering…

Three boys are currently in custody following a hit-run collision in Carrum Downs on Wednesday night which left a woman with life threatening injures. It is believed three to five small motorcycles were travelling east through a shopping centre car park on Hall Road when one of them struck the woman about 5.10pm. Investigators were told the small motorcycles failed to stop and left the scene. The 34-year-old Carrum Downs woman was airlifted to The Alfred hospital where she remains in a critical condition. The boys, a 16-year-old from Carrum Downs, a 17-year-old from Seaford and a 15-year-old from Carrum…

Police are investigating following a hit-run collision involving a pedestrian and a motorcycle in Carrum Downs this evening. It is believed three to five “trail bike” motorcycles were travelling east through a shopping centre car park on Hall Road, when one of them struck a woman about 5.10pm. Investigators were told the motorcycles failed to stop and left the scene. The 34-year-old Carrum Downs woman has been airlifted to The Alfred hospital with life threatening injuries. Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are on scene. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000…

Emergency services have spent the evening at the scene of a crash which claimed a woman’s life in Somerville. Investigators have been told a car was travelling on Western Port Highway when the driver collided with an oncoming vehicle, near the Bungower Road intersection, about 5.30pm. The driver, a 19-year-old Western Australian woman, died at the scene. The male driver of the second car was taken to Frankston Hospital with minor injuries. Tonight’s accident has occurred only three months after another 19-year-old, Olivia Steadman, was killed just a short distance up the same stretch of road. That accident lead to a groundswell…

AS head of economic development at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Shane Murphy assisted in the establishment of many industry bodies on the peninsula. One was the Mornington Peninsula Marine Alliance, a body formed to promote the peninsula’s growing marine sector. When Mr Murphy was made redundant in March, he was soon picked up by the alliance to spearhead the group as executive officer. “I was delighted to get the role,” Mr Murphy said. “Peninsula marine industries are a major factor in our economy, and with the council adopting the Marine Precincts Strategy, the alliance will work closely with the shire to…

Hastings was a welcome port of call last night for a skipper of a stricken yacht, plucked to safety by water police. The drama  began to unfold at about 3pm yesterday an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) was activated on an 8 metre yacht which was having difficulty in 5 metre swells. The Latrobe Valley Air Ambulance (HEMS2) and a fixed wing aircraft were dispatched to locate the stricken vessel and found it approximately 29 nautical miles off Wonthaggi. They were unable to winch the skipper, a man in his 60s from Geelong, from the yacht and called in…

MORE than two years after the brutal murder of Hastings jeweller Dermot O’Toole, the appeal has been heard against the leniency of the 20-year murder sentence handed down to killer Gavin Perry. The hearing, on Monday 20 July, was heard in front of three justices at the Court of Appeal. The majority of the hearing involved often complex legal arguments revolving around the categorisation of the murder as a statutory one rather than a common law murder. Gavin Perry’s legal counsel also argued over the five year sentences for the two other armed robberies he had committed prior to the…

HAIR About Town will be doing their bit to end slavery as part of the annual Style for Life Day later this month. Now in its third consecutive year, the national event will see Hair About Town open its doors to cut, colour or style as many customers’ hair as possible. All proceeds from the day will be donated to not-for profit organisation, Hagar. Hagar is an international charity that works to restore the lives of women and children who have survived severe human rights abuse including rape, paedophilia and modern slavery. With housing and education centres in Cambodia, Afghanistan…

IT was a sea of green in Hastings on Sunday 12 July, as a large crowd braved bitter cold and driving rain to remember Hastings jeweller Dermot O’Toole. Sunday marked two years to the day since his murder and the laneway O’Toole Way that now bears his name stands as testament to a much-loved man whose life was taken by a savage and cold-blooded murderer. There were tears for Dermot, but also laughs as the family reflected on the wonderful times. An air of uncertainty still hangs heavily over the family as they fight for justice for Dermot. Last October,…

A van erupted into flames after a collision on Nepean Highway, Mt Eliza, this evening. Emergency services hurried to the scene after reports of an accident, leaking fuel and and then a fire were received about 5pm tonight. Traffic was thrown into chaos with reports that south-bound traffic banked back to Olivers Hill. Initially, emergency services considered airlifting an elderly man, but he was eventually conveyed by ambulance to The Alfred with back injuries.

IT was just an early morning bike ride to start the day on Friday 6 March. But when Luke Matthews’ was hit by a concrete truck as he was riding along Beleura Hill Rd, Mornington, a frantic battle for life began. Mr Matthews was placed in an induced coma and airlifted to The Alfred. The 34-year-old Mt Eliza man was operated on for head and facial injuries, including the removal of part of his skull to relieve swelling on his brain. Family friend Rowena Beach told The News at the time that doctors were only giving Mr Matthews a 50…

A seven-year-old Girl Guide has been reunited with a family brooch after losing it at the Mornington Anzac ceremony. The 65-year-old brooch holds great sentimental value as it belonged to her great grandmother who passed away very recently. She had worn it as a sign of respect for the day. After it was discovered to have fallen off, a frantic search failed to locate the brooch. On Sunday, Mornington Tadpole Unit Guide Leader, Michelle Dawson, turned to the media for help. After posting it up on Mornington Peninsula News Group’s Facebook page last night, the post reached over 25,000 people. Ms…

The Anzac ceremony at Mornington Memorial Park was a big event for a seven-year-old Girl Guide. Not only did she lay a wreath, but she was wearing a family brooch with great sentimental value. After the wreath laying, and moving among the crowd, the brooch that was pinned to her sash came loose and fell onto the ground. A frantic search was made to find the brooch, but to no avail. Now the Mornington Tadpole Unit Guide Leader, Michelle Dawson, is asking for anyone at the service to recall if they may have seen the brooch, or possibly picked it…

THE Gallipoli Campaign has long been regarded as being the birth of our  nation; the moment the newly Federated Australia proved itself worthy to stand on its own two feet in the dominion of the British Empire. The campaign is also noted for its military blundering; for bad decision making by British generals, sending our troops often to certain death facing insurmountable odds. Indeed, the campaign’s military miscalculations began well before the first Australian soldier set foot on the beaches of Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Turkey, part of the once great but now weakened Ottoman Empire, had been a…