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Christchurch man Joel Terence
Pinker, 21, was killed when the
off-road vehicle he was in rolled on
the Waimakariri River banks in
Clarkville on Sunday. Mr Pinker
died at the scene after the two-
seater beach buggy-style vehicle
hit a hole and became airborne
about 4.45pm. The driver wore a
harness and was apparently
uninjured. Emergency services
attended, but found Pinker already
dead. Detective Sergeant Rex
Barnett, of Rangiora, said it was
''an unfortunate accident''.
State highway closure
A section of State Highway 1 at
the Hundalee, just north of the
Conway River, was closed
between 2.30pm and 3pm
yesterday while police recovered
a truck that had rolled.
Nominations for local body
elections must be in by Friday.
Anyone wanting to stand must be
nominated by two people enrolled
in the district or ward they are
standing in, and pay a $200
deposit. For more information,
contact electoral officer Anthony
Morton on 0508 440 012.
The Waimakariri District Council
wants to know what indoor court
facilities the community needs.
Opus International Consultants
has been contracted to survey
individual and club or team needs
for indoor courts; how they are
filling that need, potential
locations, and what the future
need might be. The survey period
finishes on August 30.
Rangiora's Angie Smit will line up
in her first senior world
championship race, in her 800
metre heat in Moscow tomorrow.
The semifinal is on Saturday and
the final on Monday.
Firefighters praise kids
THREE CHILDREN being looked
after by a grandparent acted
quickly to escape their burning
Ashley house without injury.
A fire erupted inside their home
in Boundary Rd about 8.45pm on
Monday, causing extensive fire
damage to the second storey and
water damage to the ground floor.
Rangiora deputy chief fire
officer Kerry Ealam said the three
children and their grandparent
managed to escape the house
unharmed by acting quickly when
their smoke alarms went off.
The kids did a very good job.
The thing we praised them all
about is they just got out of the
house. Two were sleeping up-
stairs, but they all got out,'' he
said. The house is replaceable,
The grandparent had been
babysitting the children, and
their parents arrived back home
Firefighters with four pumps
and four tankers battled the fire
for more than four hours, with
the last crew arriving home
Firefighters returned to the
house about 5.30am today after
fire broke out again in the roof
space of the home.
It had lots of little nooks and
crannies, and unfortunately,
smouldering takes hold.''
Mr Ealam said it was believed
the fire started near a chimney or
flue, but it was unknown if it
began in the first or second storey
of the house.
Police lay charges on park shooting
COVERING UP: Gina Thomas, 21, of Hanmer Springs leaves the Christchurch
District Court after facing charges in relation to the shooting of a man near
HANMER SPRINGS woman Gina
Thomas has been charged in
connection with a shooting near
Hagley Park in Christchurch on
Friends of shot man Jarod John
Hay, 22, said he knew Thomas.
Her co-accused are Lance John
Ross and Benjamin Michael Hack.
Hay was admitted to
Christchurch Hospital with a
gunshot wound to the chest
after an alleged confrontation
between two groups in Harper
Ave about 3.40am.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony
Hill said the altercation was
between 10 people in a Mitsubishi
van and a Mercedes-Benz sedan.
He said the groups were known
to each other.
The incident began with a beer
bottle being thrown from one
vehicle to the other and ended
with Hay being shot, Mr Hill said.
Police yesterday recovered the
.22-calibre rifle allegedly involved.
Two shots were allegedly fired
in the incident. It is alleged the
second hit Hay in the lower chest.
Three people appeared in the
Christchurch District Court on
Monday after being arrested on
Thomas, 21, is charged with
suppression of evidence relating
to the shooting, and unlawful pos-
session of a firearm. Defence
counsel Pip Hall QC said Thomas
was likely to plead not guilty and
elect a trial. Lance John Ross, 22,
of Upper Riccarton, who works at
a tow-bar firm, has been charged
with unlawful possession of a fire-
arm, reckless discharge of a
.22-calibre Magnum rifle, and fir-
ing the weapon at Hay with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm.
In court, duty lawyer Phillip
Allan said the first discharge of
the firearm had been a warning
shot and the case would involve a
claim of self-defence.
Hack, 23, of Spreydon, a
labourer with a demolition firm, is
charged with unlawful possession
of a firearm.
Judge Phillip Moran granted
Thomas and Hack bail with con-
ditions including not to contact
other witnesses or accused. He
remanded Ross in custody.
All three will appear in court on
Hay was yesterday in a
stable condition in Christchurch
Hospital's intensive care unit.
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