Police investigate assault
A 20-year-old Upwey man has been arrested over an assault on a taxi driver last Monday week. Belgrave police arrested the man on Friday and he was released pending summons. He was interviewed over the assault that happened about 1am in Mast Gully Road, Upwey. The taxi driver was punched several times after an argument over a fare and was taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.
Man with machete
A man wielding a machete threatened staff at a Mooroolbark convenience store during an attempted robbery last Thursday night. Police said the man entered the Landscape Drive store just after 6pm, armed with the machete and carrying a bag, demanding cash and threatening the teenaged staff member. The man then walked behind the counter and pushed the teenager before fleeing empty-handed towards Maroondah Highway. He is described as Caucasian, aged in his 20s, and was wearing a dark-hooded jumper, dark trackpants and white shoes. Information to Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.
Tag the hot spots
Kilsyth MP David Hodgett is calling on local residents to report graffiti and vandalism 'hot spots' ahead of a visit from Minister for Crime and Prevention Andrew McIntosh. The minister will be promoting the public safety infrastructure fund, which gives local communities funding to tackle these issues. Trouble spots can be reported to David Hodgett's office, 9725 3570.
Community fire refuges will be trialled at three sites in the Yarra Ranges this fire season. The pilot sites will be located at primary school campuses in the high-risk communities of East Warburton, Millgrove and Ferny Creek. The identified sites have all been built since the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and take account of local bushfire attack levels. Information from the pilot program will shape the future roll-out of community fire refuges to other high-risk communities across Victoria.
Ranges Community Health has a new name, a new logo and new brand identity — Inspiro. Inspiro CEO Karyn McPeake said the name evolved to "better reflect our commitment to quality healthcare." "Inspiring healthier lives is at the heart of what we do, hence our new name - Inspiro." All services offered will remain the same. Details: 9738 8801 or inspiro.org.au.