In Brief

TOUCHED: Geelong movie star Guy Pearce.

Bombs away

Military bombs could return to Corio Bay under plans to ramp up operations at the Defence Department’s Point Wilson facility.

The department has revealed $240 million plans to store weapons including guided missiles at Point Wilson after restoring its dilapidated wharf and jetty, which closed to shipping in 2016.

Storages lower

The region’s water storages have entered the second month of winter at lower levels despite 11mm of rain in a week, according to official measurements.

Barwon Water recorded the storages at 50.6 per cent capacity on Wednesday after declining almost 400 million litres in seven days.

Northern vision

A vision screening program will turn its focus to northern Geelong after referring to optometrists 38 per cent of 300 children tested in the city’s south.

Essilor Vision Foundation said it had secured a council grant to run a second screening service, with its sights set on Northern Bay College’s five campuses.

Flooding flashers

New flashing signs will try discouraging motorists from taking on potentially dangerous floodwaters at a Lara creek crossing, City Hall has announced.

The Rennie St signs at Hovells Creek would accompany new rain and flood-height gauges as Lara’s growing population increased risks of increased stormwater flooding at the site, City Hall said.\

Skol-crashing finale

Deakin University deputy vice-chancellor Peter Hodgson pleaded guilty to drink-driving, careless driving and unregistered driving in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Dr Hodgson had a blood alcohol level of .092 when he rear-ended another car at 8.30am on 4 April after flying in from Hong Kong.

Moral decay

A dental coordinator will have to pay $13,000 in restitution and fines after embezzling $14,100 from her former employer Bellarine Community Health.

Fiona Provan admitted to stealing the money in Geelong Magistrates’ Court to pay bills and support her 14-year-old daughter.

Vet burglar

Police have arrested and charged a 26-year-old St Albans Park man who allegedly stole a laptop from a vet in Bell Park.

The man used a tool to smash a small hole in a door glass and reach an internal handle at 3am on Saturday, police alleged.

Hands-off Guy

Geelong-raised Hollywood star Guy Pearce has described Kevin Spacey as a “handsy guy” following allegations against Spacey of sexual misconduct towards a 14-year-old in 1986.

“Thankfully I was 29 and not 14,“ he told the gasping audience on Andrew Denton’s Interview on Tuesday night.

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