Eastern Courier : January 18th 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 VIDEO $499 STARRING YOUR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALLY PRODUCED PH 09 272 7017 FOR A DEMO Full video production A copy on your website AcopyonDVD Downloaded on YouTube SPECIAL INCLUDES: ( conditions apply ) To check out one of our videos go to www.easterncourier.co.nz, click the "Latest Edition" tab & click on this ad to play a sample video. +GST Two men charged after air rifles fired in regional park By SIMON SMITH A young family with a sleeping infant was found camping within range of people drinking and firing air rifles in Omana Regional Park on Saturday evening. Sergeant Kylie Newton says a ranger saw two adults and a num- ber of youths firing airguns and drinking alcohol at the western end of the Maraetai park. The ranger called police at about 8.30pm who armed themselves and approached the men on foot. They found three air rifles under a mattress, pellets and alcohol. A search of the area found two plastic bottles secured to a fence in front of a small group of trees close to where the men were sleeping rough. Police found a young family tent- ing with a sleeping infant behind the trees. Mr Newton says the unaware family was easily within range of the rifles, which have a muzzle velocity of about 340 metres a sec- ond. Police arrested two men, aged 36 and 40, and charged them with unlawfully discharging a firearm in a public place. One of the males is from Manu- rewa and the other from Australia. They were due to appear in court this week. I would like to recognise the assistance of the ranger and thank her for her help in the matter, Mr Newton says. He says the incident serves as a reminder to be sensible when using firearms of any sort. Parking ticket battle By SIMON SMITH Fine parking: John Russell rolled 84-year-old Valerie Drewet's car to this spot after it was damaged in an accident outside his Howick menswear shop. Mrs Drewet is grateful to Mr Russell but says it was ''stupid'' that he ended up fighting a parking ticket for his good deed. Photo: SIMON SMITH Lending a hand brings fight over 'stupid' ticket GOOD Samaritan John Russell ended up fighting a $40 parking tic- ket after helping an elderly woman whose car broke down. He won but says the whole saga could have been easily avoided. The Howick shop owner received a letter from debt collection com- pany Baycorp this week demanding payment before hearing from the Eastern Courier that Auckland Transport has waived the fine. It all started when Howick resi- dent Valerie Drewet, 84, was involved in a nose-to-tail outside Mr Russell s shop on October 18. Traffic was swerving around her damaged 1967 Chevrolet Impala that could not be started because of leaking radiator fluid. Mrs Drewet recovered with a cup of tea in the shop while Mr Russell and others rolled the classic car down Moore St on to a concrete pad to await a tow truck. Mr Russell saw a parking warden about half an hour later and explained the situation but was told the infringement had to be finished because it had been started. He then proceeded to give it a ticket which I thought was just out of order. Mr Russell wrote to Auckland Transport asking for the ticket to be waived so Mrs Drewet would never know about it. I didn t want to pile misery on the top of dismay for the poor old lady. Auckland Transport asked the shop owner to provide proof of the accident before January 10 -- an extension on the previous due date. Mr Russell got letters from Mrs Drewet and her insurance company and sent them on January 4. But on Tuesday he received the Baycorp letter dated January 11. An Auckland Transport spokes- person says the documents were received on January 8. Notification of the waiver is in the post and Mr Russell should receive it very shortly, she says. Mr Russell is pleased with the decision but he was prepared to go to court on principle. He wishes the ticket was never issued in the first place. I doubt whether I could have achieved the same result on my own, he says.
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