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Samantha Long

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Samantha Long is a reporter, producer and web producer for NBN News in Newcastle, she's previously worked in Tamworth and on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

MAN CHARGED OVER ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF COAST TEEN

A 21-year-old man has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl on the Central Coast. Last month, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation, after receiving reports a teenage girl had been sexually assaulted earlier this year by a man known to her. Police will allege the man had sex with the 14-year-old girl on a number of occasions at a Umina Beach home in May. Numerous attempts had been made to locate the man, without success. Just after 3pm on Thursday, officers from the Gosford Target Action Group arrested a 21-year-old man at a home in Woy Woy. He’s been charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with person aged 14-16 to face Gosford Local Court today.

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CANNABIS PLANTS ALLEGEDLY SEIZED IN LAKE MACQUARIE

A 37-year-old man has been charged, after police allegedly seized several cannabis plants from two Lake Macquarie homes. On Wednesday, officers executed a search warrant at a property on Kahibah Street, Swansea, where it’s alleged they located hydroponic set-ups and seized plants frrom three rooms of the home. A short time later, officers attended a Belmont North property, where they seized cannabis plants and arrested a man. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on November 28.

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TRANSPORT PLAN FOR NEWCASTLE 500 RELEASED

Expect delays and take public transport… that’s the message from Newcastle 500 organisers ahead of next weekend’s race. Hundreds of extra train services will run between the Hunter, Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle. Shuttle buses will go between the Newcastle Interchange and Market Street Lawn, and Park and Ride will operate from McDonald Jones Stadium. Several roads will be closed, with temporary clearways put in place. While ferries between Stockton and Queens Wharf will run every 10 minutes. (VISION ONLY)

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MEN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY CLIMBING CHARLESTOWN CRANE

Police have slammed the actions of two men who allegedly climbed a crane at Charlestown. Officers were called to the work site on the Pacific Highway early this morning, following reports two men were trying to scale the crane. “There’s a really strong message here, that photograph that might get you a few likes could be the photograph that ends your life, really think twice before you engage in this dangerous behaviour.” says Lake Macquarie Superintendent, Danny Sullivan. Charges have since been laid. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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ADOPTING A FOSTER CHILD: A HUNTER STORY

For dozens of foster children in the Hunter, there’s a sense of uncertainty about life, as they move between homes on a regular basis. Their situation is being highlighted during National Adoption Awareness Week… and NBN News caught up with a family who turned a temporary home, into a permanent one. FOR MORE INFO: http://www.catholiccare.org.au/

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UNDERWATER DRONES TO LOOK FOR SUNKEN CONTAINERS

The Maritime Safety Authority will deploy underwater drones off the Hunter’s coastline from next week, in an effort to locate sunken shipping containers from the YM Efficiency. The rovers will descend to the sea floor and take images of containers and debris, to assess whether they’re safe to remove. AMSA says it’s extremely concerned at the lack of progress in locating the remaining containers… there could be as many as 42. The authority also says the missing items are posing an unacceptable risk to local fishermen, with three credible reports of trawler hook-ups. (FILE VISION ONLY)

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