MORNING VISIT FROM HOMELAND SECURITY
A MAN was arrested as part of a joint-agency investigation into the alleged importation of illegal firearm parts and drug manufacturing equipment in South Bathurst.
It was reported that NSW Police Force, Australian Border Force and US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had started an investigation the previous month after receiving information in relation to the alleged importation of firearm parts and drug manufacturing equipment into Australia from the US, Hong Kong, China, Germany and Japan.
Following extensive investigations, police officers from Western Region Enforcement Squad and investigators from Border Force and Homeland Security executed a search warrant and a customs search and seizure warrant at a home at South Bathurst just after 6am on September 23.
It was reported that the operation was assisted by Chifley Police District, the Dog Unit, and Western Region Operations Support Group.
After investigators uncovered a suspicious substance inside the home, assistance was requested from Fire and Rescue NSW's HAZMAT to render the area safe.
Specialist officers from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit and the Drug and Firearms Squad's Chemical Operations Unit attended.
MAN SHOT TWICE AT MOUNT LAMBIE SITE
A 42-YEAR-OLD man was recovering in a Sydney hospital after he was shot twice while sleeping in the cabin of his truck on September 29.
The incident occurred at Mount Lambie at the old service station site.
Police alleged the man was ambushed.
The driver, from Western Australia, suffered two gunshot wounds to his lower limbs and was airlifted to a hospital in Sydney.
Police scientific squad officers were on the scene of the incident, while also investigating a second site on the Rydal Road.
CRASH DISRUPTS HIGHWAY TRAFFIC
EMERGENCY services were on the scene of a two-car crash on the Great Western Highway at Kelso, where traffic in both directions was affected.
The Traffic Management Centre said the crash, on September 12, was at the intersection of Sydney Road and Stockland Drive, at the turn-off to the Bunnings complex.
TMC received its first report of the crash at 12.38pm.
Ambulances were at the scene, but there was no word yet on possible injuries.
Motorists were urged to avoid the area, if possible, and allow for extra travel time.
PARENTS WARNED: BEWARE OF VIDEO
PARENTS were urged to closely monitor their children's social media use following reports of a "disturbing" video making the rounds.
Thumbnails and videos of puppies and kittens were being edited into the graphic clip to trick social media users into clicking on the video.
The video was of a live suicide, which was likely to leave students "extremely distressed" if they watched it.
"With such violent imagery and disturbing footage going around maybe today is not an iPad day and I know for me I'll be trying to distract my daughter with other things," she said.
"It's certainly not a day to let them go off with their own devices on their own.
"The thought of kids or someone seeing that makes me sick."
She said children who accidentally saw the video would need comfort.
These stories also made headlines in September:
- Bathurst RSL eased its lockout for selected regions
- Corrective Services Officer Steven Culbert got a Commissioner's Commendation for Brave Conduct
- Bathurst was reported to be facing a rental crisis
- Stage two of the CBD CCTV project was finished
- The Bathurst Bullet 2.0 marked its first year
- The mayor used his casting vote to allow Taco Bell to have two exit points from its proposed development site
- Police warned race fans about trying to gatecrash the Bathurst 1000
QUESTIONS AFTER BONE DISCOVERY
A HUMAN jaw found at Perthville on September 28 was believed to be more than 100 years old.
Police confirmed the bone, found by a man walking along a levee bank under construction, was human, but said initial forensic examination suggested it was the remains of an ancient indigenous person.
Chifley Police District crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Luke Rankin said police could confirm the bone found was a human jaw bone, but investigators did not believe it was related to any of the contemporary missing persons cases in Bathurst.
Chief Inspector Rankin said police had made inquiries with a forensic anthropologist, with initial analysis indicating it was an ancient bone.
He said police attended the scene, spoke with witnesses and conferred with the forensic expert at the Coroner's Court.