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BODY FOUND IN BUSHLAND IN STATE’S NORTH

A body, believed to be that of missing man Damien Roadley, has been discovered in bushland in the state’s north. Mr Roadley was reported missing on August 2nd after failing to return from an overnight camping trip. His disappearance triggered a large scale search involving multiple agencies including local police, SES, and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Emergency services discovered a body at the south-west point of Blue Knob Mountain this morning. The body is yet to be formally identified, but police believe it’s that of Mr Roadley.

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MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED SHOAL BAY GLASSING

Charges have been laid against a 32-year-old man, after two men were struck with a glass at Port Stephens. It’s understood the pair, aged 42 and 43, were playing pool at a licensed premises at Shoal Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning, when they got into an argument with another man. Police will allege during the argument the pair were struck with a schooner glass. They were taken away for treatment, while the 32-year-old was arrested and charged with reckless wounding. He was granted conditional bail to reappear in court later this month.

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DRUG LAB UNCOVERED AT WEST GOSFORD

Investigations are continuing after an alleged drug laboratory was discovered on the Central Coast. Officers from Strike Force Quaviver along with the support of the Tactical Operations Unit searched a home on Young Street at West Gosford yesterday, uncovering cash, cannabis, and methylamphetamine. Two men, aged 43 and 44 were arrested at the home. The younger man was found to be wanted on a parole warrant and taken to a correctional facility, while the older man was released.

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POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED DURING NEWCASTLE ARREST

A man has been granted conditional bail, following an incident which saw a police officer assaulted and a truck window smashed in Newcastle. It’s understood a man was making a grocery delivery on Mounter Street at Mayfield at around lunchtime yesterday, when a man approached his truck, hitting it with a golf club and smashing the passenger side window. A 33-year-old man was arrested nearby, with police alleging the man kicked a female senior constable in the mouth during the arrest. The officer was taken to hospital with a laceration, while the man was charged with a string of offences including destroy or damage property.

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TWO MEN INJURED IN TWO CAR ROLLOVER AT COOLONGOLOOK

An elderly man has been flown to hospital following a two-car crash on the Mid North Coast. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Coolongolook, south of Taree, at around 7:30 this morning, following reports a Honda Jazz and a Ford Escape had collided and rolled. The 72-year-old man behind the wheel of the Honda was trapped for some time, before being flown to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition. The driver of the Ford, a 25-year-old man, was taken to Manning Base Hospital with minor injuries.

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NEWCASTLE TRADESMAN WINS ALMOST $8-MILLION IN KENO

A Newcastle tradie has almost eight million reasons to celebrate this afternoon after his 10-number ticket delivered the biggest Keno win in Australian history. The 43-year-old walked away with $7,898,799.30 after enjoying an afternoon at Lambton’s Northumberland Hotel. It’s just the third 10-number jackpot to be won in Australia. The winner is now understandably considering retirement.

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