Woman hits policeman in Rochedale

Police are on the lookout for a woman who struck a police officer with a stolen car north of the Coast.

The sedan was spotted at a unit complex on Palara St in Rochedale South around 3.30am on Tuesday.

A male constable approached the driver’s side of the car before the female drive quickly reversed – striking the officer and a nearby vehicle.

She then went on to crash into a marked police car and sped off from the scene.

The officer was treated at the Logan Hospital with an injury to his knee.

The woman is described as being Caucasian in appearance and aged in her 20s.

The vehicle, which is yet to be located, is a white 1998 Holden Commodore with Queensland registration 034TJW.

Edelsten’s Main Beach penthouse up for grabs

A Palazzo Versace penthouse owned by bankrupt doctor Geoffrey Edelsten will be auctioned this weekend following his split with wife Brynne.

The two-level Main Beach apartment is expected to fetch around $3 million when it goes under the hammer.

It hasn’t been a great start to the year for Geoffrey who has filed for bankruptcy in the US, where he is reportedly in debt to the tune of $18.2 million.

On Monday, it was confirmed that the high profile doctor had separated from his wife of four years – socialite Brynne Edelsten.

It is rumoured that the couple are calling it quits after an alleged affair of Geoffrey almost two years ago.

Channel 7 has confirmed that Brynne’s reality TV show “My Bedazzled Life” will return to the network in 2014.

Mum’s text confirms to Idris he made the right decision

Ex-Titan Jamal Idris has given fans an insight into why he had to leave the Gold Coast.

The star forward last week made the move to Penrith after requesting to get out of his $1.8 million, five-year deal contract with the Titans on compassionate grounds.

He wanted to be closer to family in Sydney, after revealing his mother had been sick for around a year.

Fox Sports reports, yesterday Idris revealed how a text message from his mum, Alana, on Saturday night left him in tears and reminded him he made the right move.

The 23-year-old said he struggled with being isolated on the Gold Coast, so much so he couldn’t bare another winter away from his mother.

“Mum has been sick, and it was hard up there by myself,” Idris said.

“I had an awkward moment on Saturday. I’d been to the races earlier, and she sent me a message out of nowhere which said, ‘My boy, I’m just listening to (Helen Reddy’s 1973 No.1 classic) Delta Dawn, and it reminded me of you’. I used to sing that song to her when she dropped me off at school. I had a couple of tears.”

“I tried flying mum up to the Gold Coast, but it was too much for her.”

Idris said he made good friends on the holiday strip, but was disappointed injury prevented him from reaching the heights that earned him Blues and Kangaroos jumpers at the start of his career.

Gold Coast woman killed in Syria

The Gold Coast family of a woman killed in Syria has told of their heartbreak at learning of her death.

Just before Christmas, 22-year-old Amira Karroum, now based in Sydney, told her parents she was heading to Denmark to holiday with friends.

News.com.au reports, on Saturday her family learned the truth.

Department of Foreign Affairs officials informed Karroum’s father Mohamad and mother Honor Deane their daughter and her Muslim husband, Yusuf Ali, had died in the war-torn country, the latest victims of the conflict that has been raging since 2011.

Gold Coast-based Mr Karroum, who runs a kebab shop in Broadwater, collapsed with a heart attack after hearing the devastating news.

Her half-brother Karl Karroum claims it was a mystery how she came to be in Syria.

“We had no idea she was going to Syria. She left Sydney about December 20, I think, and said she was going to Copenhagen for a holiday with friends and to do some humanitarian work,” Mr Karroum said.

“I mean, her husband lives in Syria, so that’s obviously why she went there, but we thought he was going to meet up with her in Copenhagen.”

Karroum grew up on the Gold Coast and was educated at the prestigious St Hilda’s school, graduating in 2008.

Karl said his half-sister was always a Muslim, despite her Anglican education.

“She was born a Muslim, so was her sister Rose. Their mum isn’t Muslim, but our dad is,” he said.

“She went to that school because it was the best education, and an all-girls’ school … it suited our faith.”

He said Karroum did not wear a burqua or niqab, traditional Muslim dress for women, until a few years ago.

“She started wearing it once she studied her religion more as an adult … she definitely wasn’t a recent convert to Islam, that’s not right,” he said.

In mid-2012, Karroum moved to Granville, in Sydney’s western suburbs, where she met Ali, who is believed to be a Muslim convert originally from North America. They married in Sydney in April last year.

Stosur progresses, Tomic to play Nadal

Sam Stosur didn’t have to wait long to enact revenge on the woman who knocked her out in the semi finals of the Hobart International.

After losing to Klara Zakopalova last week, the Gold Coaster came back firing in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

And, she did it in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 in front of a cheering crowd at Rod Laver Arena, reports The Australian.

“Thanks guys, thanks everyone,” Stosur said. “The first round of a grand slam is always hard no matter where it is. So I’m very happy to be through to the second round.”

Other Australians to progress on day one were Casey Dellacqua and Matt Ebden.

Young Queensland teen Ashleigh Barty was completely outplayed by World No.1 Serena Williams who took less than an hour to claim victory.

Today, Gold Coast ace Bernard Tomic will look to slay men’s World No.1 Rafael Nadal.

Lleyton Hewitt will also be in action, along with international stars Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska.