Mar 27 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

A teenager has been charged after a stolen vehicle crashed north of Cooma.

At about 8.50am yesterday an 18-year-old man was driving a Nissan sedan south along the Monaro Highway, about 7km north of Cooma.

The driver had three passengers all under the age of 17.

The vehicle left the road and rolled.

Emergency services were called and the driver and two of his passengers, were taken to Cooma Hospital and have since been released.

A 14-year-old girl who had also been a passenger was airlifted to Canberra Hospital suffering a spinal fracture.

Further inquiries led police to determine the vehicle had allegedly been stolen from the ACT on Saturday and had been involved in numerous offences between Canberra and Eden since that time.

The 18-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Cooma Police Station where he was charged.

His licence was suspended, he's been given conditional bail and will appear before Cooma Local Court in May.

Mar 24 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

More than 350 Southern Corroboree Frogs were released into remote enclosures in Kosciuszko National Park last week as part of a massive effort to save the critically endangered species.

The newly built enclosures are in very remote locations in the national park where the frogs were once found.

The eight specially constructed enclosures are 7 metres in diameter and essentially look like a bottomless swimming pool with native vegetation, logs and small ponds placed inside.

Similar enclosures have been installed throughout the Park as part of a long term recovery plan to save the species.

Earlier trials with frog enclosures have already shown promising results with breeding observed at other locations.

Mar 24 2017

By Georgia Holland

 

Over $11 million worth of tobacco has been seized from a property North West of Cooma.

In a joint operation on Wednesday officer’s from Monaro Local Area Command and officials from the Australian Taxation Office executed a search warrant at a property on Callemondah Road, Shannons Flat.

During the search, officers allegedly located more than 92,000 tobacco plants, more than two tonnes of tobacco leaves, $15,000 in cash, a shot gun and ammunition.

The estimated value of the tobacco  is over $11.77 million.

Police are still investigating and are urging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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