Stab

Woman charged with attempted murder after trying to stab man on Gold Coast

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly tried to stab a man at a home on the Gold Coast.

Police said the incident unfolded at a home on Hillridge Crescent in Varsity Lakes around 11.00pm on Sunday.

It’s alleged the 40-year-old Paradise Point woman turned up at the home and attempted to stab a 29-year-old man through a security door.

“It’s further alleged the woman used a metal bar to smash through a window and made threats to kill the man,” Qld police said in a statement.

Police arrived on scene a short time later and took the woman into custody.

She was taken to the Southport Watchhouse, where she was charged with one count each of attempted murder and attempted burglary.

The woman is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

Police said the man managed to escape serious injury, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from where glass had shattered on him.

Earthquake

Powerful earthquake strikes near New Zealand, sparking tsunami warning

Another powerful earthquake has struck off the New Zealand coast this morning, the third quake in just hours.

The magnitude 8.0 tremor hit around 9.00am New Zealand time on Friday, near the Kermadec Islands.

Residents in parts of the North Island are now being told to immediately move to higher ground, with a tsunami warning issued.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre confirmed a marine tsunami warning is also in place for Norfolk Island.

“No threat to the Australian mainland at this stage,” they said.

“For the marine environment of Norfolk Island there is the possibility of dangerous rips, waves and strong ocean currents, and some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore commencing after 10:00 am Friday and persisting for several hours.

“While evacuations are not necessary for Marine Threat areas, people in these areas are advised to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water’s edge.”

It comes after a magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.1 quake struck earlier this morning.

Omega Ruston

Sydney river to be searched for clues in 2009 murder of Gold Coast father

THE investigation into the shooting murder of a Gold Coast father more than a decade ago will move to Sydney today.

Detectives from the Gold Coast District Criminal Investigation Branch and Crime and Intelligence Command’s Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team, with assistance from NSW Police Force, are today conducting a search of the Parramatta River.

They’re hoping to find the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting murder of Omega Ruston on Australia Day in 2009.

Mr Ruston died after he was shot on the side of the Gold Coast Highway at Burleigh Heads by a passenger in another vehicle, believed to be a small maroon four-door sedan.

It’s believed the two cars were part of a road rage incident just minutes before Mr Ruston was fatally shot in the abdomen.

Now, Queensland Police have travelled to New South Wales following ‘information received during the renewed investigation’.

The breakthrough comes just days after Queensland Police and Mr Ruston’s family made a desperate appeal for anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

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His brother, Nick Ruston, held back tears as he called on the “coward” responsible to own up to his actions.

“If you’re remaining silent due to some sense of allegiance or loyalty please know that the man you’re protecting is a coward,” he said.

“To the man that shot Omega: The opportunity to right your wrongs does not come around often.

“Your actions have taken the life of an innocent man who wanted nothing more than to return home to his family after a day of celebrations.”

Police said the incident may be linked to chapters of organised crime syndicates and outlaw motorcycle gangs based in Sydney and the Gold Coast and new witnessed in both cities have been assisting with the investigation.

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Investigations underway after vacant Gold Coast unit block goes up in flames

Emergency services have rushed to the scene of a unit fire on the Gold Coast early this morning.

It broke out in a block of units on Back Street in Biggera Waters just after 2.00 am.

It’s understood the units are vacant at the moment, with crews suspecting the blaze may have been deliberately lit.

Paramedics were on standby but there were no injuries or assessments reported.

Investigators will return to the scene this morning to determine the cause.

It’s not the first time that a massive blaze has broken out along Back Street, with a mother and her son killed in a blaze there almost a year ago.

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Cyclone Storm Wind

Tropical Cyclone Niran forms off Queensland coast

A tropical cyclone has now officially developed off the Far North Queensland coastline.

‘Niran’ is currently a category 1 system and is located around 235 kilometres northeast of Cairns and 270 kilometres north northeast of Innisfail according to the Bureau’s latest forecast.

It’s moving slowly at the moment, at around 15 kilometres an hour, but is expected to build in strength.

It’s predicted to reach category 3 by Thursday and will travel slightly northeast during today, then slowly to the west from tomorrow.

“A coastal crossing by the core of the cyclone is not expected, however, gales may develop within the warning zone late this evening or Wednesday morning if the cyclone adopts a track further to the west,” the Bureau says in its latest advice.

“In the longer term, the system is expected to take a southeasterly track away from the coast from Thursday.”

Coastal communities are warned that wind gusts may get pretty strong over the coming days, with those between Cape Flattery and Innisfail to see gusts up to 100 kilometres an hour later this evening and tomorrow, then extend further south to Lucinda later on.

Heavy rainfall is expected as well as abnormally high tides, with a flood watch and several warnings current for the region between Cooktown and Rollingstone.

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