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SUSPICIOUS blood splatter appears to have left traces of a grizzly encounter in Kooweerup – what it was, no-one knows.
Chris Ham, 36, parked his car out the front of his Moody Street home in Kooweerup overnight on Tuesday 23 August. When he walked outside to his car at 7.30am the next morning, blood was all he saw.
Blood splatter was found across the front driver’s side of his car.
He thought maybe someone had tried to break into his car by breaking a window – but a quick inspection found that was not the case.
He posted an image of his bloodied car to a Kooweerup online newsboard, hoping someone might be able to shed some light on the finding, but no-one has come forward with information that might help piece together how the blood came to be on his car.
Mr Ham’s second theory was that someone may have injured themselves up the road, and walked up to the nearest street light located outside his house to assess the damage.
But so far – that theory hasn’t been corroborated either.
“I didn’t hear a noise,” he said.
Pakenham police Senior Sergeant Graeme Stanley said the only incident recorded overnight in the Kooweerup area related to a mental health patient on Rossiter Road.
The incident report does not indicate the patient was harmed or left the house before police arrived. The male patient was transferred to Casey Hospital.
A MAN allegedly discovered with four bags filled with cigarette lighters, cigarettes, phone chargers and assorted goods in a Hampton Park shop has argued he had been accidentally locked inside the store.
Aaron Raymond Greenwood was refused bail during the hearing at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 22 August.
Police informant Sergeant Kim Staples of Cranbourne police told the court that Greenwood – who
“had a serious drug habit” – had allegedly hid in an Uncle Buck’s store as it was locked up on 21 August.
The court was told the accused allegedly collected $2420 of goods after staff had left the store.
Greenwood then allegedly triggered a silent alarm when he broke into a next-door bottle shop through an adjoining roller door, Sgt Staples said.
In the Bottle-O Splash Liquor store, Greenwood allegedly added $155 of cigarettes and a can of Red Bull to his haul.
A bottle-shop staff member, alerted by the alarm, returned to the store and confronted Greenwood – who then hid in Uncle Buck’s before his arrest by police.
Greenwood, who represented himself, told the court he had been stuck inside Uncle Buck’s after being locked inside.
“The only reason I went to Bottle-O was for the alarm to go off so I could get out.
“I threw out the cigarettes (to the returning staff member) and hoped I could go home but he called the police.”
Magistrate Jack Vandersteen told Greenwood: “I don’t believe what you said to me.”
Greenwood, who said he used ice and GHB, was on bail at the time over other theft matters in June and July.
Some of those charges related to him allegedly using a stolen drivers’ licence to test drive – and not return – a vehicles from a Dandenong car yard.
He was also accused of using the stolen licence to attempt to take out a $5000 bank loan in Frankston.
There was also an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on 16 August on charges of disqualified driving and using an unregistered vehicle.
Mr Vandersteen said Greenwood was accused of an “escalating” series of offences on six separate occasions since being put on a community corrections order in late April.
“Things are completely out of control at the moment,” Mr Vandersteen said.
“On the face of it, the prosecution case is strong.
“I wouldn’t consider releasing you without significant supports in place.”
GHOSTS are rumoured to lurk in rooms at the Pakenham Ambulance Station – but not for much longer.
The unit is pushing ahead with the second stage of its $1.4 million relocation project, with the front part of the Main Street site, or garage area, expected to be bulldozed in the coming days.
However, ambos have already been given part access to their brand-new site.
From Thursday 18 August, the station’s two ambulance trucks set up their freshly painted home in the spacious new garage – putting an end to the difficult manoeuvring work required of paramedics as they set out to emergency scenes from their former cramped garage.
“We have a very patient neighbour. Their fence has copped it a lot of times,” quipped paramedic Mark McCready as he pointed at the dings in the fence and outer corner of the unit’s own garage.
The move will be bittersweet for the 34 ambos that operate out of the site established in the late 1960s.
Acting team manager Mick Carroll fondly described the current quarters as a “home away from home” for many over the years, but admitted security will be hugely improved at the new headquarters.
The new site will be electronic accessible only – a significant upgrade on the current site which enables anyone to walk up and into the site.
It will also provide better rest facilities, improving fatigue management at the site servicing emergency care patients around the clock in Pakenham and Officer.
Like many old buildings, Pakenham Ambulance Station certainly has a colourful, or spooky, history of its own.
Mick said paramedics attempting to catch a little shut-eye during overnight shifts swear they have seen ghosts in one of the bedrooms.
“Someone won’t sleep in the very back room on the left hand side. There have been multiple stories,” he said.
It would be no surprise to them if ghosts from the past exist among them.
Mark explained bodies used to be brought back to the station awaiting transfer to the Coroners in the city a long time ago.
Pakenham Ambulance Station was for a long time manned by a single paramedic, the late John McMillan.
He moved in with his wife Merle in 1967 and was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week; except for a few hours on Monday afternoons for many years.
Though it’s all set to go – one thing will remain.
The ambulance station’s prized Camellia Tree.
“It was a priority for it to stay. It’s a bit of a landmark,” said Mick of the tree which sits just out the front of the ambulance headquarters.
Construction will begin once the garage site has been bulldozed. Paramedics will remain in their current headquarters until construction is complete. The current site will then be turned into a carpark as part of the project’s third and final stage.
Paramedics attend to about 560 patients on average each month.
GABRIELLE Lovett from Hillcrest Christian School has been selected as captain of the state equestrian team and will lead the team at the upcoming National Equestrian Interschool Championships.
Ms Lovett has been riding horses and training with them for eight years, but really got into competition riding after attending Hillcrest.
Elected jumps captain last year, Ms Lovett has put in a lot of hard work and training to get the position of overall captain this year.
“I am honoured to be captain,” she said.
“I have put in a lot of hard work over the last two years in particular, and it has all paid off.”
Ms Lovett has completed VET Equine Studies units one through four and currently is undertaking a track riding apprenticeship while at school.
She says being selected captain of the Victorian team will be great for her future job prospects as well as for her personal development.
“It’s great for future job opportunities, but also a great way to help other people,” she said.
“I can be a role model for the younger riders and set a good example; it’s a lot of responsibility but I’m up for the challenge.”
Gabrielle Lovett’s mother Debra is Equestrian manager at Hillcrest and says she is very proud of her daughter and what she has chosen to do.
“I have a daughter who, on a Friday and Saturday night, is up cleaning, preparing, and packing for events,” she said.
“Her riding and her dedication has really positive lifestyle benefits.”
Ms Lovett said getting to where she was now would not have been possible without the support of her coach and her family.
“My coach Paul Williams is an amazing coach, and has helped me and other kids gain knowledge, confidence, and skills like no other,” she said.
“Of course my older sister Rachael who has let me ride her horses and use her gear and my dad has been really supportive, too.”
Ms Lovett and her team will travel to Horsley Park in Sydney for the National Equestrian Interschool Championships from Sunday 25 September to Thursday 29 September.