Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News 8 July 2020

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Fatal car crash A WOMAN is dead after a car crash in Pearcedale on 27 June. The woman was a passenger in a blue Ford station wagon which was driving along Baxter-Tooradin Road. Police believe that car had been speeding and veering onto the wrong side of the road before colliding with a grey Nissan Pathfinder at around 5.30pm. The station wagon driver, an 81-year-old Frankston man, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Nissan driver, a 39-yearold Rye resident, was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. The passenger died at the scene of the crash. Her death takes the state’s road toll for the year to 111. Police wish to speak to witnesses who may have seen the crash or been in the area around the time it happened. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

age by fire, prohibited person possess firearm, and theft of motor vehicle. The man will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 21 July, 2020.

Car impounded A MAN was caught driving on a suspended license in Baxter last week. At 8am, 1 July, Somerville Highway patrol officers pulled over a black Ford sedan outside the BP on Peninsula Link. The 25-year-old Rosebud man driving was found to have a suspended license. Police also said that the car had “less than legal tread depth on the rear tyres, resulting in a defect notice being issued.” The man will receive a summons to court for driving while suspended and using an unroadworthy vehicle. The car was impounded for a month. A BLACK Ford sedan being impounded by police. Picture: Supplied

Gun, fire charges A MAN has been charged after a two year investigation into an alleged drive-by shooting and fire. It is alleged that multiple gunshots were fired into a home on Warrain Street, Frankston, on 31 May 2018. Car fires were also allegedly set that night on Warrain Street and Carramar Drive. On 26 June, a 36-year-old man was charged on summons with discharge a firearm at premises, reckless conduct endangering life, criminal dam-

Online danger CHILDREN are not safe online, says Detective Superintendent Jane Welsh. “The reality is that increased online socialising and other activities caused by the global pandemic provides a greater opportunity for online sexual offending and unwanted contact, particularly for children.” She recommends parents initiate online safety discussions early, monitor their children’s online activity, have access to their accounts so as to be able to identify risks, recognise signs of unwanted contact, and collect evidence and report suspicious behaviour. Detective Welsh said young people were also at risk of being targeted by predators online. “Inappropriate contact online can come from a range of sources including social networking sites, video and image sharing, gaming and instant messaging apps,” she said. “We have young people spending a lot more time online, possibly with limited adult supervision. “They are likely to be distanced from their friends and peers, so being online is a way to keep that connectivity. They might also be making new ‘friends’ online where, realistically, they have no idea who that person is. “They could be naive to some of the risks around these sites and apps and so become a target for predatory offenders.” Parents and carers are urged to have conversations about online safety and be aware of the risks.

Fire investigated POLICE wish to speak to two people in relation to a house fire. The fire, which has been labelled by police as “suspicious”, started at a Seaford home on 2 June. An image of two people (below), a man and a woman, that Frankston

Crime Investigation Unit detectives wish to speak to as part of their investigation have been released. Anyone who recognises the two people is urged to contact Frankston CIU on 9784 5590 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News

8 July 2020

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