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POLICE RENEW APPEAL TO FIND HUNTER TEENAGER

Police have renewed their appeal for information to find missing Hunter Valley teenager Zac Barnes. The 18-year-old was last seen on November 13th last year, when he ran into bushland on Tripp Close at Thornton. Police say he was in a distressed state at the time. Zac’s described as having a thin build with a fair complexion, short brown hair and brown eyes. He also has a large ‘Victoria Bitter’ tattoo on his right calf. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

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MISSING PORT STEPHENS MAN FOUND SAFE

The search for a missing Port Stephens man has ended with him being found safe and well. The 53-year-old was last seen on John Parade at Lemon Tree Passage yesterday morning, sparking a search involving police and SES volunteers in bush and along the shoreline. Just before 9pm, he was found safe at Tanilba Bay.

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KNIGHTS PROP PAULI PAULI ONE OF 10 INJURED IN COWAN CRASH

Newcastle Knights player Pauli Pauli is among 10 people injured in a horror smash at Cowan near Sydney last night. Police believe three cars – a Toyota MR2, a Subaru Liberty and a Mazda Tribute – were travelling northbound on the M1 near the Hawkesbury River Bridge when all three were involved in a crash about 10pm. The initial collision caused four more cars to lose control and crash. The 66-year-old driver of the Toyota was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he is in a stable condition with a chest and head injuries. The 22-year-old driver of the Subaru, believed to be Pauli, sustained hip injuries and three of his passengers were injured. A 27-year-old woman suffered a broken leg, an 18-year-old man suffered spinal injuries and a 15-year-old boy suffered a broken collarbone. A 58-year-old Gorokan woman …

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CONDITIONS EASE AT KURRI KURRI FIRE BUT CREWS REMAIN VIGILANT

Update: Police are investigating whether yesterday’s intense fire near Kurri Kurri was deliberately lit. The blaze has now burnt through 750ha and is currently being controlled. Firefighters worked in challenging conditions yesterday to slow the spread of the blaze around Sawyers Gulley Road, Hinds Lane and Old Maitland Road. Overnight patchy rain on the fire ground also made backburning operations problematic, however crews are continuing to backburn today. Residents in Sawyers Gully, Bishops Bridge, Loxford, Heddon Greta, Cliftleigh and Gillieston Heights are advised to monitor the situation. 6pm, January 18: A bushfire threat is present around Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Region. More than 650-hectares of bushland has been destroyed and the Hunter Expressway is closed between John Renshaw Drive and Wine Country Drive. Reporter Emma Murphy has the details.

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