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CHARGES LAID OVER MID NORTH COAST FATAL

A 40-year-old woman has been charged over a fatal crash at Old Bar in January. The woman was taken to Waratah Police Station on Friday and charged with multiple offences including manslaughter and dangerous driving occasioning death. She was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Taree Local Court in March.

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GILLESPIE TO PUT HIS HAND UP FOR THE TOP JOB

Returning now to Federal politics and member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, has put his hand up for the Nationals top job after member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, announced he would resign as leader   Elected in 2013, he says his focus will always be to fight for the best for regional Australia.   “I have a track record of ministerial experience, local delivery, a safe pair of hands and I put my answer to questions about what I would do if there was a vacancy and the answer is I would put my hand up.” However Dr Gillespie could face his own difficulties, with the ALP pushing a high court case pending over his eligibility to be elected. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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POLICE LAUNCH FRAUD INVESTIGATION IN FORSTER

Police are investigating after a number of fraud reports have been made by local businesses in the Forster area. It is believed local businesses are being targeted by people, claiming to be clients or employees, requesting to update personal information, including bank details. Anyone with information is urged to contact police or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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CHARGES OVER PORT MACQUARIE DRUG SUPPLY

A 60 year-old man has been charged over an alleged drug supply operation. Police arrested the man after executing a search warrant for the home on Bowden Road, Port Macquarie where they allegedly found $85 000 in cash along with cannabis and methamphetamine. The man was stopped by police in his vehicle on Bellevue Drive after an ongoing investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs in Port Macquarie. He has been refused bail but will appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today.

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FATAL TRUCK CRASH SOUTH OF PORT MACQUARIE

A truck driver has died in an early morning truck crash near Port Macquarie. Police say the truck was travelling north on the Pacific Highway when it ran off the road at Herons Creek, about 3.30am. The truck overturned and caught on fire. A traffic contraflow has been set up but heavy traffic delays are expected.    

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