All publications of Sam Brown . Melbourne , Australia
Severe storm in Victoria
Yesterday Geelong became a centre of strong storm that hit Victoria. A family from the city tell how they woke up in the middle of the night because of noise of ruining home. Part of the roof has disappeared and all the windows in the house are broken. People ran out from their houses, they did not understand what was going on. Winds reached 100 km/h in some places in Victoria.
SES of Victoria informs that about 60 houses have suffered during the night storm in Geelong. Now almost all of them have been repaired.
The meteorologists say that similar storm can happen in Melbourne, they are also expecting about 20 mm of precipitation today.
A man made tattoos in honour of killed officer
Three years ago some Melbourne resident Samandeep Singh killed an officer after knocking her down with the truck. Later the killer said that his truck's brakes did not work in a proper way. It turned out that he had known about it before the accident. Singh pleaded guilty for killing and after that made a tattoo with a police number of the policewoman in honour of her.
But the killer had some suicidal inclines while being in custody, so his lawyer demanded safety for his client in the hospital. After that Singh was being treated in mental health facility. However, today the court accused him of killing on purpose. Singh will be sentenced next week. Now he wants to return to India, his native land.
Five Mile Creek was polluted
A woman who lives near Five Mile Creek in Melbourne turned to environmental forces of the state, saying that the water in the creek coloured in chemical green colour. She added that pollution of Melbourne water is common, but not in this measure.
EPA examined the water and made conclusion that there was a plumber dye in the water. It is not dangerous at all and biodegradable. They added it was hard to find the source of such a pollution. It started from a stormwater outlet not far away.
EPA warns that pollution of any kind is dangerous for flora and fauna which are quite developed on the shores and will praise anyone who informs about pollutions or violatings.
Two brothers pleaded guilty to policeman bashing
A year ago a 21-year-old Jay Stephens and his 19-year-old brother attacked a policeman at the territory of one of the Melbourne schools. Both consumed some alcohol and drugs that day, Stephens insulted a policeman and beat him. The policeman had numerous breaks and bleedings, so he spent several days in the hospital.
Today at the court both brothers pleaded guilty and the elder told that the reason for that crime was his depression and addictions. He had already had some previous convictions and was sentenced to 20 months in prison. The younger one has received only the first charge, so he was sentenced to community works.
Seven new infection cases in Victoria
Recently the government of Victoria has eased down some quarantine restrictions. However, more and more new cases of infection with coronavirus are being found in the state. More than 80 of them are connected with Melbourne's abattoir. This has become one of the biggest hotspots in the state.
Meanwhile, almost 90 employees of one of Melbourne McDonalds are waiting for results of the test, after seven workers had tested positive. The cafe is closed and being disinfected. Now, there have been 1514 cases in Victoria.
One worker of the poultry facility has tested positive as well. The experts are investigating, if there was a risk of others' infection.
New rules allow gathering of 10 people outdoors, and gathering of 5 people in your home.
Directors of Formula 1 in Melbourne did all they could
Mark Webber defended the leadership of Formula 1 and the promoters of the Australian Grand Prix, justifying their actions in the early days of the race weekend in Melbourne, which was not destined to take place.
Traditionally, the season began with the Australian race, but just a few hours before the start of the first training session, the stage was canceled due to a series of events associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The organizers were then criticized for what they took so long with the decision, but the former driver believes that the promoters and leaders of Formula 1 did everything they could.
“The stage was about to begin, but you must admit that at that moment the situation on a global scale changed every hour,” said the Australian, “I think that if everyone arrived in Melbourne, then the organizers tried to do everything they could.
Unfortunately, the results of several tests for coronavirus conducted in the paddock were positive. And in the end I had to capitulate at a very unpleasant moment, when the fans had already reached the track. But at that moment, the promoters, together with Formula 1, did what they could. ”
Man who made fun of killed policemen can be given bail
44-year-old Richard Pusey has been accused of being a part of a terrible car accident in Melbourne on April 22. Then 4 officers have been killed by a truck, after they had stopped a white Porsche with Pusey. After the truck had smashed into them, Porsche driver shot a video which showed him making fun of the killed policemen.
The man has also been accused of dangerous driving and hiding drugs. However, the man asked for bail and the court can give it to him. The lawyer said that the accident has become a real psychiatric problem for Pusey. The court will decide on bail on Thursday.
Coronavirus protests in Melbourne
Yesterday almost a hundred people gathered in the centre of Melbourne to protest against coronavirus restrictions. The meeting was stopped by police, or at least policemen tried to stop that.
The protesters were fighting with police during all the meeting. Policemen explained they could not gather in such a group and will have to pay fines. In return, some of them said they would not pay. One policeman was injured after a scrimmage. Ten protesters were arrested and will probably face the court. Three people are accused of attacking a policeman.
Protesters' idea was their "freedom", they said police had no rights to restrain them from meetings.
Worsening of weather in Melbourne
Winter is coming to Victoria. Beginning of the weekend in Melbourne was very rainy and cool. Though sun showed up after the heavy rain, temperature did not change very much. 15 degrees remain middle temperature of the day.
Meteorologists say about worsening of the weather, despite blue skies. Rains may return together with hail according to them. It should not be so wet on Mother's Day, but the temperature can be the same. Floods are also possible in the mountains.
The weather actually corresponds to the government's request for residents to stay at home, as the coronavirus situation is the worst in Victoria among other states now.
Barbaro's mother asked the son to come forward
Recently a killed woman has been found in her own house in the Southern part of Melbourne. She had allegedly been dead for five days, before she was found. Some Rick Barbaro is suspected, as they could have abusive relation ship. The man disappeared and police have been looking for him for several days already. Today his mother asked him to make the right decision and to come forward. She said she couldn't believe if her son had done such terrible things.
The cat of the victim has been also found by police today outside Melbourne.
If you see Barbaro, never approach him but call the police. Officers assume he could drive a white van.