Arrest in Spalding:
A Spalding man was arrested for firearms offences after a domestic disturbance on Saturday, December 29.
Mid North Police attended a Spalding address on December 29 in relation to a domestic incident. At the property, police allegedly located an insecure firearm that had been reported stolen from Victoria in 2015.
On Sunday 30 December, police located and arrested a 34-year-old Spalding man and charged him with possessing firearm without a licence, failing to secure a firearm and unlawful possession. He was refused police bail and appeared in court on New Year’s Eve. He will reappear in the Port Pirie Magistrates Court on 4 March.
Investigations are continuing to identify any other person connected to this stolen firearm.
Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au
Fatal at Hope Gap:
Roads reopened late on December 27 following a double fatality at Hope Gap, between Redhill and Snowtown, just before lunch.
Just after 11.30am on Thursday, December 27, a car and truck collided head-on on the Augusta Highway at Hope Gap which ignited the car and sparked a grass fire in a nearby paddock.
The driver of the car, a woman 76, and passenger a man, 90, both from Risdon Park, near Port Pirie, died at the scene.
The truck driver, a Seaton man, 53, was airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A second car towing a caravan also rolled as the driver tried to avoid the collision ahead; the driver received only minor injuries.
Approximately three acres of grass was burnt before the fire was extinguished by CFS crews.
Major Crash Investigators attended the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The crash and subsequent fire caused delays for road trains and freight train services in the area for several hours.
Fatal at Eudunda:
Police have investigated a fatal crash on the Thiele Highway at Eudunda on Friday, December 21.
About 9.20am on December 21, police and emergency services were called to the Thiele Highway just south of the township after a motorcycle hit a tree.
The motorcycle rider, a 67-year-old man from Colonel Light Gardens, was initially treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He died while being transported to hospital.
The Thiele Highway was closed for several hours while police examined the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The driver of a prime mover will face court after crashing at Nelshaby overnight, on Tuesday, January 1.
Just after 11pm, patrols were called to the Augusta Highway where a prime mover with two trailers swerved onto the wrong side of the road and hit a tree before the rear trailer flipped.
The uninjured driver, a 41-year-old from Noarlunga Downs, was breath tested and returned a negative result. He has been reported for driving without due care and will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
Traffic restrictions were in place until midday on Wednesday while authorities cleared the road.
Home safety reminder from police:
South Australian police have reminded everyone to be vigilant and not let a thief take advantage of you while you’re enjoying your summer break.
Whether you're getting away from it all, or staying home throughout the school holiday period, it's still important to be vigilant about home security.
A secure home will reduce the chance of getting burgled. Consider the following tips to ensure your home is secure:
Burglary Prevention Tips:
- Always lock up. Intruders often enter through unlocked doors and windows or they take advantage of weak locks.
- Sensor lights are an excellent security device because the light up automatically if somebody moves nearby
- Create the illusion that someone is home by using timers on lights and/or leaving the TV on
- Trim shrubbery and trees so doors and windows are visible from the street
- Draw all curtains/blinds at night to prevent viewing from the street
- Learn how to use your alarm system properly to reduce false alarms
- Know your alarm codes and make sure your call back list is up to date
- Put a warning sign on windows and entrances
- Keep doors, windows and garage doors locked even when at home
- Never leave a house key in an obvious place such as in a mailbox or under plants or doormats
- Don’t tell a stranger that your neighbour is not home or volunteer any personal information about your neighbour
- Report any unusual activities and unrecognised cars circling the area. Thieves will usually scout the neighbourhood and observe people as they are leaving their house to ensure that there is no one at the house when they break in.
Reporting theft or burglary:
- If you come home and you notice an intruder in your house or burglary is taking place, go and ring 000. Do not enter the house
- If your house gets burgled, call 131 444 to report the theft or burglary and leave things as they are until the Police have attended.