In Brief

TWO FACES: Mariah Charles in her mugshot, left, and on her Facebook page, right.


Station death

Police will prepare a report for the coroner after the death of a 36-year-old Winchelsea man at Geelong Railway Station.

The man’s death around 6.45pm yesterday was “not being treated as suspicious”, police said.

Road blitz

A blitz has detected more than 240 traffic offences across Geelong and the Surf Coast as part of a state-wide operation, according to Victoria Police.

The local offences included 132 motorists speeding, 10 on drugs, nine drink-driving, 20 unlicensed and 33 unregistered vehicles, police said.

Central sold

Corio Central Shopping Centre has sold for $101 million to a Melbourne property syndicate.

Media reports on Wednesday revealed that IP Generation had bought the 31,052sqm complex after also buying Quiksilver’s former Torquay headquarters for $15.2 million last year.

“Large” theft

Burglars have removed a security camera hard drive to steal “a large amount of property” from an Armstrong Creek home, according to police.

The culprits also disabled a power box and kicked in a door before leaving with items including a white 2018 Ford Ranger registered 1OE 7FV on Sunday night, police said.

Tower approved

The state’s planning tribunal has approved a 20-metre phone tower for Ocean Grove’s shopping centre despite objections from residents.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal this week overturned Geelong council’s January decision to knock back the Vodafone tower as residents campaigned against the proposed car-park location.

Drug bust

A Geelong man has received a $1000 fine after trying to smuggle drugs into a Melbourne music festival under his foreskin.

Benjamin DeLuca was lining up to enter Listen Out last year when sniffer dogs helped police discover the 1.5 tablets of MDMA, Geelong Magistrates Court heard this week.

Storages slip

The region’s water storage levels have continued falling despite 22mm of rain in seven days, according to official measurements this week.

Barwon Water recorded the storages at 69.7 per cent of capacity on Wednesday, down 270 million litres on the same time the previous week.

‘Ugly’ mugshot

A woman wanted for arrest has expressed frustration at Geelong Police using an “ugly ass” mugshot in a social media appeal for information to find her.

Mariah Charles, 20, commented on the Facebook post that police had a “better” picture they could have used.

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