Lae

Works Minister clarifies Lae road lights issue

Works Minister Michael Nali gave an update on the roadworks, when asked by Lae MP John Rosso.

“The issue of Nine-Mile to Nadzab, many leaders of Morobe ask that question, the department has engaged a contractor and works have started from Nine-Mile to Yalo bridge and Nadzab,” he said.

“Most of Lae city roads have been upgraded but the section from University to Bumayong road, contractor has worked on it and with the issue of lights, the contractor has spoken to PPL regarding the issue.

Specially designed jerseys for country week match

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said the new look jerseys signify that the country week game themed: ‘Get in the Game’, is QRL approved.

“The country week uniforms feature the Morobe colours and has the APEC logo on the chest, which honours the PNGRFL partnership with APEC,” Rau stated.

He further said the jerseys have the traditional warrior and hunter on them.

“The jerseys and shorts will only be worn at this weekend’s country week game in Lae, and auctioned after the match.”

Hunters to leave for Lae this afternoon

For the first time in four years, a Hunters match is being played outside of Port Moresby.

The SP PNG Hunters will be in Lae for only a few days, but their schedule is fully booked.

The Lae and Bumayong secondary schools, including Markham primary, are in for a treat, as the Hunters, including the Enga Mioks and Lae Snax Tigers, will be visiting them on Friday morning.

The teams and their staff will also call into the Angau General Hospital.

After that a coaching clinic for local club and teachers will be hosted at the Lae Rugby League ground.

Lae City Council members arrested

Investigators have found credible evidence to charge certain employees of the Lae City Council. 

Of the four, three are cashiers and one is an accountant. 

The charges laid are:

1.   A male cashier has been charged one count each on misappropriation, abuse of office and false pretence for the amount of K11,897.44.

2.  A male cashier has been charged one count of misappropriation and stealing for an amount of K20,029.62.

Possible armed robbery stopped by police

On March 9, a Sector Response Unit was on routine patrol through West Taraka , when they stopped a suspicious looking person and upon searching him, police found his bag filled with homemade guns.

The man was immediately apprehended by the SRU 103 members, taken to Lae Central Police Station and further interrogated.

It’s been revealed by the suspect that he was moving firearms and was to be picked up by another group in a vehicle which was described by the suspect.

The described vehicle was arranged by a person working for a company.

Largest, complex underground PNG mine

The team from Wafi-Golpu yesterday presented the feasibility study update to Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel and Mining Minister Johnson Tuke in Port Moresby.

The update will form part of a revised proposal for development in support of the Special Mining Lease application, which was also submitted to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in Port Moresby the same day (March 20).

Lae police officers arrested, charged

The deceased’s body was found floating at a lake in Lae, commonly known as Raun Wara, on January 22, by passersby.

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Commander Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said it was alleged that the deceased was with two other men when they were assaulted by these police officers, who were reportedly using a hired vehicle and were under the influence of alcohol.

62yo sentenced for sexual assault

The man was 60 years old on 26 June 2016 when he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in Lae, Morobe Province.

He committed the act in the kitchen of his family home.

He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual penetration at the Lae National Court and was sentenced to 10 years in hard labour.

Five years of that sentence were suspended due to his age.

He was on bail prior to being sentenced by the court. That bail was forfeited and he will now serve a remaining balance of five years in jail.

Nasty Lae accident leaves 2 dead

This time the accident occurred on the newly-completed freeway at Eight-Mile.

The collision was between a Hornibrook NGI truck and PMV bus, both full of passengers.

Police say the accident occurred when the Hornibrook truck, whilst travelling into Lae, ran off its lane, skipped over the pavement separating the lanes on the freeway and plunged into the oncoming PMV bus.

The PMV bus was heading to Nadzab.

Police Traffic attended to the scene.

Lae residents aid police with arrests

Yesterday, the public at Lae’s main market assisted police in arresting four suspects caught stealing a laptop from a vehicle.

According to police, the four managed to open the vehicle while the owner was in the market.

Thanks to the public, they were arrested and charged.

Police later posted pictures of the suspects on their social media page.

They say they will continue to post faces of frequent street peddlers on their Facebook page so the public can keep an eye out for them. 

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