Sting uncovers prescription drug thefts

A WARRNAMBOOL delivery driver who stole opium-based tablets from his van while delivering to pharmacies was yesterday ordered to do community work.Troy Cannon, 36, of Howard Street, pleaded guilty to attempted theft, possessing a drug of dependence, using a drug of dependence and five counts of theft.Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard that Cannon was a delivery driver to pharmacies for about eight months.Police alleged that Cannon stole or attempted to steal prescription drugs MS Contin and Oxycontin six times between October 29 and November 18 last year.A Port Fairy pharmacy reported drugs missing which led to Warrnambool police detectives launching a sting operation. Boxes of drugs were marked and Cannon’s activities filmed.Cannon told police he stole the prescription drugs for his own use and injected them every couple of days.Defence counsel Amanda Chambers said prescription drugs were a significant problem in the community.She said it was inevitable that Cannon’s activities were detected.Ms Chambers said he had previously used the drugs for back and neck injuries and started using the drugs again without a prescription after falling in with the wrong crowd.Magistrate Michael Stone said Cannon had been engaged by his employer to deliver goods and his offending was a gross breach of trust. He said Cannon’s first offence may have been opportunistic but then stealing became a habit.Mr Stone said it was serious offending and opiate-based drugs were in high demand among some sections of the community.Mr Stone said people who stole drugs generally faced a prison term.Cannon was jailed for three months but the prison term was suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to do 60 hours community work as part of a 12-month community-based order.
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Teen drug racket reaps $15,000

A TEENAGER who ran a $15,000 drug trafficking operation in Warrnambool has been placed on a 12-month youth supervision order.The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in a court yesterday pleading guilty to trafficking cannabis.A court heard yesterday that the youth was arrested by police in Whitehead Court, Warrnambool, as he was wanted on two warrants.He was placed in the back of a divisional van and was observed by police transferring a concealed envelope from his jacket to his left sock. The envelope was later found to contain $1800 cash.The male teenager initially told police he earned the money labouring and working for cash-in-hand. He later made admissions that he had been trafficking cannabis for three months.The youth admitted buying marijuana and doubling the price, selling to about three people daily. The male teenager told police he used mobile phone text messages to undertake his dealings.He used the money had made to buy clothes and food and to fund his social life.The youth told police he only used a small amount of the drugs himself.A defence solicitor said it was fortunate that the youth was not having the case heard in the magistrates court as he would have risked being sent to prison.A magistrate said the community was concerned about the amount of drugs available on the streets and the youth had been motivated by greed.The youth was also caught with a 40cm-long double-edged sword in February last year along with a metal baseball bat, balaclava and police scanner.In May 2007 he was also caught under-age drinking.The youth was ordered to undertake a 12-month youth supervision order with conditions he undertake treatment and counselling as required.
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Jeff pegs top idea: New take on old design

Former Warrnambool resident Jeff Scimonello with his Bluescrew pegs.WHEN Jeff Scimonello shared family camping holidays at the Warrnambool foreshore he was annoyed when tent pegs failed to hold against the wind.Years later after moving from his Warrnambool home town the idea for designing a better tent anchor began to take shape.Now the Sunshine Coast engineer is marketing his helix screw-in pegs from shop shelves in Australia and overseas.When he returned home to visit his parents, Paul and Shirley Scimonello, for Christmas he took a sample back to the same caravan park he enjoyed in his youth.”I showed manager Alby Lewis who was fascinated with the design,” Mr Scimonello, 42, said.”The idea for a screw-in peg came when I was at Ballarat Uni. It stayed in my head for about 20 years until I started designing it with injection moulding.”Through trial and error I developed the product and called it Bluescrew.”It can be used as a tent fastener, a boat anchor and a dog tether. “You don’t need tools to put it in and it holds fast under water.”We also have other products for boating and camping ready to go to market.”
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Union says movie extras should have been paid

A UNION representing actors has revealed more than 100 south-west extras in Paul Hogan and Shane Jacobson’s film Charlie and Boots should have been paid $127.28 each per day.The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance will investigate why the extras were not paid the Actors Feature Film Agreement award rate.The Standard understands more than 100 south-west extras completed a total of about 250 days work at Warrnambool and Terang in November last year. Yesterday the producers said they were not required to pay extras because they were used to “authenticate” Warrnambool. At the award rate, the extras would have cost the producers nearly $32,000. Instead the extras agreed to work for free on the premise donations would be made to local clubs. It was revealed late last week that the South Warrnambool Football Netball Club, which hosted the auditions in October, was the sole beneficiary of a $500 donation.Alliance spokesman Jonathan Este said it was important performers were paid for their work under the act.”It is important that the deal is observed and honoured,” he said.That is a view shared by former Flagstaff Hill director Peter Ronald, who was an extra in Quigley Down Under along with his late son Lee. It was filmed in Warrnambool in 1989-90.Mr Ronald said he recalled them being paid $500 each.Mr Ronald said on top of his personal income for being an extra, the producers of Quigley Down Under donated $10,000 to Flagstaff Hill for the use of the facility for filming.He said the producers of Charlie and Boots would be “pretty game” to show their faces in Warrnambool again.”I think it is shocking,” he said.”To imply generosity via donations to clubs and then give $500 to one footy club because it hosted the auditions…I think we’ve been had.”Charlie and Boots follows the story of a Warrnambool father and son who set off on a road strep to Cape York. Producer Shana Levine said the moviemakers wanted to show both places and the people who lived in them as authentically as possible.”According to the relevant industry agreement, filmmakers can invite members of the public for the purposes of authenticity to join in scenes as extras and such members of the public are not considered the same as professional extras and are not required to be paid,” she said.”The South Warrnambool Football and Netball Club was given a small donation to thank them for their amazing efforts in helping co-ordinate the large number of local people who wanted to be involved.”
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Golden performance: Colts win fourth title in a row

Warrnambool Gold celebrates winning the shield in grand style. Pictures: WIMMERA MAIL-TIMES Michael Threlfall Warrnambool Gold celebrates winning the shield in grand style. Pictures: WIMMERA MAIL-TIMES Michael Threlfall
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WARRNAMBOOL added a stylish flourish to its fourth successive Horsham Under 15 Colts Country Week title yesterday at Coghlan Park.A chanceless century to opening batsman Louis Herbert and 75 from Player Of The Week Michael Threlfall enabled Warrnambool Gold to post a winning score of 3-234 against Mount Gambier.Louis batted through the innings to finish unbeaten on 114, peppering his innings with 13 boundaries and contributing to a 167-run second-wicket partnership with his captain.Mount Gambier was dismissed for 185, with opening bowler Jonty Tobias (4-28) and the leg spin of Louis (2-20) claiming the bulk of the wickets.As well as claiming the shield with its unbeaten campaign, Gold also snared the major individual award with Michael named Player Of The Week for his aggregate 332 runs.Coach David Ryan said the skipper set the competitive tone for Gold’s carnival when he made an unbeaten 152 on the opening day.”He set the pace early in the week and every game when we needed something he stood up and led from the front,” Ryan said.”We had 13 fantastic guys. Everyone chipped in and played their part.”All you ask for is 100 per cent and that’s what they gave me every day.”Ryan said Louis played a controlled innings, with glimpses of power, for his century yesterday.”He’s not a big hitter, just a very talented timer of the ball.”Warrnambool Blue also finished the week on a high with a big win against Hamilton.Led by 116 from opening batsman Nick Butters and 42 from Travis Monk, Blue made 5-264 then restricted Hamilton to 5-124. Sam Murrihy was the leading wicket-taker for the winners with 3-12 off 10 overs.

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Hamilton and Casterton take out titles

Casterton celebrates winning the Warrnambool Colts Country division two title. 090109DW72 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE”That allowed Brandon to set up good fields.”The coach and captain agreed the standard of country week had dropped slightly.”There’s still three or four very classy players in each side but I think the competition fell away a little bit,” Forsyth said. “It wasn’t as strong as the last couple of years.”In other division one matches, South West’s week went from bad to worse as the reigning premier went down to runner-up Warrnambool Red.Jyles Lebler contributed 65 runs to Red’s total of 168.South West managed just 98.Horsham Blue thrashed Wimmera Mallee by 85 runs while Grassmere defeated Portland by 34 runs.Casterton was the mouse that roared in division two, edging out Warrnambool to claim a second title.Coach Terry Ough said it was a special achievement for the Casterton and District Cricket Association, which was made up of just six senior and two junior teams.”That’s why this week is just a wonderful week for them,” he said.”A lot of the boys that come up also play senior cricket.”Casterton beat Wimmera-Mallee yesterday to finish with four wins and one loss, the same record as Warrnambool. It finished on 44.35 points, with Warrnambool accumulating 41.66.The winning association was well led by captain Callum Currie, who added to its bonus points tally when he made 106 in just 13 overs during a second innings against South West on Tuesday.He also scored a brilliant 87 yesterday.
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Aggression drives leader: Kane to race hard for tri-city rounds

Darren Kane won’t be holding back at Premier.NATIONAL Super Sedan Series leader Darren Kane yesterday pledged an aggressive racing outlook for the tri-city rounds, which culminate at Premier Speedway tomorrow night.The 40-year-old Ipswich driver has a buffer of more than 100 points on his nearest rival Wayne Brims after four rounds but isn’t falling for the tactical mental trap of defending his advantage.”I’m just going to treat it like I did the first three rounds . . . try to win the round,” Kane said.”I just don’t want to be protective of the series lead because that’s when it goes belly up. My dad always taught me when you race a car you race as hard as you can. If you are protective all the time the aggressors will pass you.”Kane attributes his success to the quality of equipment produced by his Ipswich employer, Boettcher Race Parts.The Dominator bar chassis, powered by a 362ci Ford Windsor engine, carried him to third in the opening round at Brisbane International Speedway, followed by runaway victories at Rockhampton in round two and Toowoomba in round three – as well as setting new track records.”It’s an unbelievable car,” Kane said.”It’s a new design that we built in-house. It’s a lot lighter than the one we had last year.”The car runs a Mazda RX8 body, in keeping with the extended business interests of team owner Ian Boettcher, who also runs a Mazda, Nissan and VW dealership in Ipswich.An engine vibration cut the team’s night short in round four at Dubbo but with leading series contenders Brims and Mick Nicola also failing to reach the feature it wasn’t a costly DNF for Kane.The series pacemaker and other contracted drivers face a demanding east coast loop with rounds at Hamilton last night, Mount Gambier tonight and Allansford tomorrow.With super sedans absent from Premier Speedway for several years, Kane said the track shaped as a neutral venue.”I’ve heard it’s a very good track – very fast and grippy,” he said.”We don’t go to a lot of tracks where we can pass a lot.”Kane, formerly of Tasmania, has a strong speedway pedigree across 22 seasons of racing.He is a three-time Tasmanian champion, 2004 Australian champion and the reigning Queensland champion.Gates open tomorrow at 4pm, with racing from 6pm.
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Jones skims surface: Top effort at states

Isaac Jones set a new personal benchmark at the Victorian titles with six medals.081030AM32 Picture: ANGELA MILNEWARRNAMBOOL Swimming Club surged back up the competitive standings at the Victorian Age Championships this week in Melbourne.Head coach Jayson Lamb yesterday praised the team of 12 swimmers who represented the club at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.He said it was the best performance in his four years as coach.Led by Isaac Jones, who won the 13 years age champion award with six medals, Warrnambool finished 21st out of 101 clubs on the points aggregate.”I’m really pleased with it,” Lamb said.”The kids performed really well with medals, national qualifying times and PBs.”Isaac set a new personal benchmark at the titles with silver medals in 200-metre butterfly, 100-metre backstroke and bronze medals in 200-metre backstroke, 100-metre butterfly and 100 and 200-metre freestyle.He also produced six national age qualifying times.Dylan Lee, of Terang, claimed his first state age medal by finishing third in the 13 years 100-metre backstroke.He set a personal best time in the process, as well as a national qualifying time.Others to reach finals were Jordan Logan (15 years 100m backstroke), Will Shepherd (14 years 100m & 200m butterfly), Matthew Logan (18 years 200m breaststroke, 200m backstroke) and Brittney Berger (13 years 200m backstroke). Jordan and Will also set national qualifying times.Kayla Spicer set a national qualifying time for 13 years 50-metre freestyle, swimming the first leg of a relay.The national age championships are held in April.
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Charity the winner in grudge challenge

(From left) Kurt Haberfield, Michael Walsh and and Ben Wolff warm up for today’s Backyard Ashes match. 090109AM10 Picture: ANGELA MILNE “Parents, aunties, uncles, friends – it’s hard to not know someone that has been affected by cancer and this is a fun way to raise money for a serious issue.” Michael WalshHOWZAT! The well-known summer sporting cry will ring out across Emmanuel College’s oval today when two teams representing the Cally Hotel and Whalers Inn get together to raise funds for cancer from 12.15pm.Organiser Michael Walsh said the Backyard Ashes match had been a summer favourite since it started as a casual game between mates more than five years ago.”We always played backyard games between each other over a couple of beers and it’s grown into a public match,” Mr Walsh said.”The Australian cricket team was gearing up for a backyard cricket campaign and we thought we would get involved locally.”The players will wear red and green baggy caps denoting their respective pubs, with pink wickets and a Backyard Ashes trophy all adding to the spirit of the day.Mr Walsh said more than $700 was raised at last year’s charity match and hoped to equal that amount for Relay for Life this year.”Parents, aunties, uncles, friends – it’s hard to not know someone that has been affected by cancer and this is a fun way to raise money for a serious issue,” he said.And while the Australian cricket team has been copping plenty of criticism of late, Mr Walsh said winning wasn’t everything – but there would be some friendly rivalry.”We (Whalers Inn) won it last year so it might be the Cally’s turn but we’ll definitely give it our best shot,” he said.”The winning team gets a few beers at the pub afterwards and a bit of lively banter goes on during the match but it’s all in the name of fun.”
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Summer show ready to rod ‘n’ roll

Geelong rodders Jenny Lawrie (left), Mark Vale, Bill Fanning and Terry Pyle admire the wheels of Hamilton’s Josh Fry, who will have his radical chopper bike on display at tomorrow’s Show ‘n’ Shine at Southcombe Park in Port Fairy.090109AM03 Picture: ANGELA MILNEPROUD owners are applying a final coat of polish for tomorrow’s annual South West Street Rodders Show ‘n’ Shine.More than 250 modified, customised and restored cars will converge on Port Fairy’s Southcombe Park for the event, now in its 17th year.Organiser Paul Hutchins said the display was a highlight o the Moyneyana Festival program with locals and tourists alike getting involved.”Not only do we get people coming from across the state, we get people from Sydney and Adelaide driving down here to be a part of it and enjoy the Port Fairy sunshine,” he said.”We get all types of makes and models from hot rods, street racers, Monaros, GT Falcons – there’s such a big cross-section.”Geelong’s Mark Vale said the display day was a great chance for vintage and classic car enthusiasts like himself to get together.”I’ve been coming down here to Port Fairy for four years now and it keeps getting bigger year after year,” he said.Mr Vale said it was the first time he had displayed his yellow 1935 Ford Coupe at the seaside town since buying it two months ago.”It’s great to be able to show your car to like-minded people and get their feedback on how they’ve restored their car and the history behind them.”
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