Local Police News- On The Beat

A 34-year-old Wollongbar man has been arrested and charged after a raid at a home in Wollongbar on Tuesday afternoon which uncovered over 300 hydroponically-grown cannabis plants and containers of suspected drugs which police say had a potential street value of around $470,000. The man was charged with deemed supply, possessing and cultivating cannabis and the hydroponic equipment and apparatus was confiscated. Superintendent Bruce Lyons said the arrest had taken a substantial amount of drugs off the streets.

Witnesses are being sought to a serious attack on a teenager at Ballinas skate park on Friday night. Police say that shortly before 11pm, a 17-year-old boy was assaulted, suffering a fractured eye socket. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.

Police are appealing for help after a 42-year-old Wollongbar woman suffered serious facial injuries when she was assaulted by a man known to her last Thursday night in a reserve at Wollongbar. The woman allegedly became involved in a verbal argument with the man which turned physical. She suffered deep lacerations to her face and right hand and underwent surgery at Lismore Base Hospital where she was in a stable condition. Police want help in trying to find the man, described as Aboriginal in appearance, around 173-175cm tall, of medium build with black hair and brown eyes. Information to Lismore Police on 6626 0599.

A 30-year-old Coraki man suffered serious leg and abdominal injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle on Tintenbar Road, Tintenbar, on Monday afternoon. He was airlifted by the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital where he was in a critical condition.

An 11-year-old Casino girl reported missing last Wednesday has been found safe and well in Lismore. Police said the girl phoned the Crime Stoppers number to let them know she had been staying in Lismore. She has been placed in the care of the Department of Community Services.

Former manager of Lismore Unlimited Opportunities, Peter Fraser, pleaded not guilty in Lismore Local Court on Monday to charges of fraudulently taking almost $120,000 from the business group over a three-year period from 2002. Fraser, 45, who now lives on the Gold Coast, did not appear in court but entered the plea through his counsel. Police allege he took the money while he was manager of the organisation from 2002-2004. The case is due to be mentioned in Lismore Local Court again on April 21.

Beachgoers are warned to secure their valuables after a 33-year-old man had all his possessions including a wallet, clothes, mobile phone, camera and backpack stolen while he was surfing on Tuesday at Shaws Bay Beach, Ballina.

A number of people were arrested over the weekend for antisocial behaviour. A 22-year-old Lismore woman was charged with offensive behaviour, riot and affray and other offences when she was arrested at 3am on Sunday morning in Keen Street, Lismore. A 29-year-old Lismore man was charged with offensive behaviour after he was seen fighting in Keen Street, Lismore, at 2.50am on Sunday morning. A 23-year-old Lismore man was charged with offensive language after an alleged verbal outburst when he was caught drinking alcohol in an alcohol-free zone in Keen Street, Lismore, at 2.20am on Saturday morning.

A 35-year-old Coraki man has been ordered not to return to Coraki after police charged him with intimidation of another person early last Saturday morning in Union Street, Coraki.

Motorists are being urged to secure their vehicles after several vehicles were stolen last weekend. A white 1993 Pajero panel van was stolen from Owen Crescent, Alstonville; a red 1988 Holden station wagon was stolen from William Road, Coraki; a 1994 Holden Commodore was set on fire at Monaltrie Lane, Monaltrie; and a VP Commodore was also set alight in Johnson Street, Casino. Information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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