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Selwyn Times: January 24, 2017

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2 Tuesday January 24 2017 Inside SELWYN TIMES FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK News.................................... 3-15 CONGRATULATIONS to young Maia Broughton, the very promising Rolleston athlete who won four gold medals at the Colgate Games in Invercargill (see page 20). The 14-year-old was one of five outstanding young athletes to receive the Colgate-Palmolive Nick Willis Scholarship Award. The scholarship earned Maia a $500 donation to help with her sporting endeavours. On another sporting note, great pix from photographer Martin Hunter on page 1 today. Capturing those sort of shots is not easy; you need anticipation, speed, pin point accuracy and of course lots of skill. I did consider another headline for the photos: ‘Yep, she’s a rough and fumble game’. But it might have been a bit tough on the young cricketer; looks like he made a great fist of the attempt. – Barry Clarke New combined tennis competition SPORT 21 Holiday Fun................. 8,9 Local Views..................14,15 Sport...................16, 20, 21 Community Events.... ,23 Gardening.......................29 Motoring....................... 30-32 City2Surf..........................35 GET IN TOUCH General Enquiries Ph 379-7100 Classified Advertising Ph 379-1100 The Christchurch Star Company Ltd. PO box 1467 - Christchurch NEWS Tom Doudney Ph: 371 0780 ADVERTISING Lynette Evans Ph: 364 7434 wanted People to experience a virtually invisble German engineered hearing aid * . Gas servicinG • Repairs/Installation • Fires • Hobs • Hot water • Gas fitter based locally 0800 4 Diver - 0800 4 34837 Prebble O’s is a parent run community OSCAR program, providing before and after school care for children attending Prebbleton School. Conveniently located on the school grounds, we are MSD approved and our fees are very reasonable. Spaces are limited so contact us on 021 0633 975 or Do you want to understand speech in difficult listening situations with little effort * ? CaLL nOw FOR a FRee HeaRInG aId deMOnStRatIOn FRee PHOne: 0800 72 73 66 Completely disappears Hearing Clinics available: Christchurch, Rangiora, Ashburton, Akaroa and West Coast (Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport). Consultations by Appointment only. *Clinically proven in two independent studies to provide better than normal hearing in certain demanding listening environments. *Special conditions apply relationship property, employment law and resolving contractual and estate disputes. Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane, Merivale. Call: 356 2324 Greg Foote, Audiologist

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 24 2017 3 News Drink driving mother deals with alcohol issues A ROLLESTON woman caught driving more than four times the legal drink driving limit with her children in the car has already taken steps to deal with her “alcohol situation.” Melanie Susan Trebilco, 38, pled guilty before community magistrate Leigh Langridge on Monday to a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol after being caught at a random stop in Tennyson St, Rolleston, just after 3pm on December 9. She told police she had “only two glasses of wine with the girls at lunchtime”. Her alcohol level was 1157mcg/L, the legal limit is 250mcg/L. Ms Langridge imposed a fine of $1000 and disqualified Trebilco from driving for eight months, but warned her: “You have to know that if you come back for another similar offence, the penalty is going to be far more severe.” Trebilco had no previous convictions for any offences and had entered an early guilty plea. Ms Langridge said it was an extremely high level, but she noted Trebilco had not been driving badly, cooperated with police, pleaded guilty and had “self-referred for the appropriate assistance”. Police said at the time Trebilco refused to let officers escort her children to the station after being stopped. Trebilco said she would not put her children, aged three and nine, at risk in the back of a police car without child restraints. Police commented at the time that Trebilco had been caught driving at more than four times the legal limit in an area where many children were leaving Rolleston Primary School and a daycare centre, crossing the road at pedestrian crossings or on the footpath, and there were other cars with parents picking their own children up. Trebilco’s defence counsel Donald Dickson said she had been stopped at random and not because of bad driving. “She says it was just stupidity that she was driving,” he said. GUILTY PLEA: Rolleston mother Melanie Trebilco, 38, was sentenced to eight months disqualification for drink driving on December 9. New limits fail to stop crashes •From page 1 Asked about the lack of a decrease in alcohol-related crashes Senior Sergeant Pete Stills said the lower drink driving limits had been effective at deterring those at the lower end of exceeding the drink driving limit but had been ignored by those who drove when well over the limit. “Our new limits anecdotally, perhaps haven’t made a difference to people with those behaviours but the lower limits have reduced a lot. It’s the people who drink lots and drive that don’t seem to have got the message.” However, statistics also showed the overall number of drink driving apprehensions was higher in each of the last two years than in any of the previous three. There were 92 apprehensions in 2012, 86 in 2013, 103 in 2014, 140 in 2015 and 125 in 2016. Senior Sergeant Stills put this down to an increase in drink driving enforcement activity from police in Selwyn. “We’ve worked harder to prevent drink driving which means we have apprehended more people,” he said. ON THE DOMAIN MARCH 4 2017 LINCOLN LINCOLN’S FINEST SUBDIVISION Live in Lincoln nine bands. one day. ENFORCEMENT: Police officers conducting random breath alcohol tests on drivers. “People often don’t understand that in the attempt to improve something you actually increase it [in the statistics]. It’s like family violence, you get a lot more family violence reported now because we are out there looking for it a lot more.” Selwyn’s population is estimated by Statistics NZ to have increased from 44,595 recorded in the 2013 census to about 56,200 last year. TASTY GORGEOUS FOOD Much loved gourmet food made our way Come and see us for a full supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. OPEN 7 DAYS Phone 349 5952 Cnr Springs Rd & Marshs Rd, Prebbleton (next to Milanese Restaurant) NOW OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm SPECIALIST BAKERY • Hand-made on premises daily • Wide selection of gorgeous, tasty slices • Fresh cut sandwiches, paninis, bagels & salads • Delicious pies, sausage rolls, quiches, muffins & scones • Gluten free options available 66-68 Springs Rd | Email: Ph 344 6044 | Open Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm Distributorsdirect will provide families with the current (old) uniform while there is still a demand for it. Distributorsdirect will be at the Lincoln Event Centre Jan 26th and 30th from 11am until 6pm. Parents please contact us with your requirements to help us meet the demand. Email: Phone: 03 338 5742 | Cell: 021 -559-383 Available