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A FORMER Cadell Training Centre
prison officer has been convicted and
handed a four-month suspended jail
term for delivering a prohibited item
to a prisoner.
According to The Advertiser, Sharon
Stretton, 43, exchanged 168 calls and 1237
text messages to her prisoner boyfriend
on a phone she illegally smuggled into the
Chief Magistrate Mary-Louise Hribal
handed down the sentence last week in the
Adelaide Magistrates Court saying Stret-
ton started a relationship with a prisoner
at a time when she was vulnerable after the
breakdown of her marriage.
The court heard how a search of the
prisoner’s belongings revealed a mobile
phone charger and a letter which implied
the prisoner was having a relationship with
Inquiries revealed that the Telstra ser-
vice number was in Stretton’s name, pur-
chased in Berri and charged online.
Magistrate Hribal acknowledged refer-
ences showing Stretton was a caring and
loyal friend, and a good mother.
LOCAL pet owners are being
reminded to take advantage of
$10 microchipping being held this
Saturday, ahead of July 1 when
microchipping will be mandatory.
Pet owners can book ahead and secure
a five-minute window on the day to get
their furry friends microchipped at
$10 per pet at the Waikerie Community
From July 1, all dogs and cats in South
Australia will need to be microchipped
before three months of age or 28 days
Dog and Cat Management Board secre-
tary Andrew Lamb said microchipping is
a quick and easy process.
“Microchips are tiny and each has a
unique number that permanently identi-
fies your pet,” he said.
“The microchip is inserted with a
needle under the skin between your pet’s
“This is no more painful than any
other needle jab.
“Millions of Australian pets have been
microchipped with almost zero after ef-
Microchipping increases the likeli-
hood of reuniting lost cats and dogs with
their owners, and reducing the number
of unwanted animals in shelters.
Book microchipping appointments for
your pets at https://bit.ly/2Fk4IGf.
DCLW asks all attendees to bring the
correct cash as there will be no Eftpos
Chip your pet
A FIRE was mysteriously started
on the Sturt Highway near Waikerie
Local Country Fire Service (CFS) of-
ficers attended the fire about 10.30pm on
Wednesday, April 4, to find it had been
burning for some time without anyone
Waikerie CFS captain Shaun Arnold
said the fire did not spread far.
“It must have been going for a while
before someone thought to call it in,” he
“By the time we got there, it was hard
to tell what had been lit up.
“It looked like a pile of rubbish,
maybe from someone’s backyard, but it
was quite blackened.
“The fire had been started around a
stoby pole, but fortunately nothing else
had caught alight.”
Local police are investigating the
cause of the fire.
police are inves-
break-ins and thefts
in the region.
Monday, March 26,
and Monday, April 2, a
Tornado ride-on lawn
mower was stolen from
the BP Blanchetown
The lawn mow-
er’s serial number is
Between 11.30am on
Thursday, March 29,
and 1pm on Tuesday,
April 3, a grey-coloured,
portable Engel 60 fridge
and a quantity of meat
were stolen from a
property on Don Elliott
If anyone has infor-
mation about the thefts
or stolen items, they are
asked to contact Crime
A MAN tested positive for
methamphetamine on Easter
Monday morning at Ramco.
The 42-year-old was pulled
over by police about 9.50am and
was given direction not to drive
for 24 hours following the posi-
tive drug result.
The Moonta Bay man is ex-
pected to face further legal con-
sequences following the results
of forensic testing.
FIVE army trunks containing tools
were stolen from a Wigley Flat property
The olive-green plastic trunks are marked
with the owner’s name and service number,
and contain hand tools and other items
brought back from deployments.
Anyone with information about the theft
or the whereabouts of the trunks or stolen
property is asked to contact Crime Stoppers
on 1800 333 000.
Recent thefts Easter drug
THE army trunks stolen are similar in
appearance to this one. PHOTO: Supplied
Army trunk theft
onboard five separate
shipments of Australian
sheep has exposed the
horrific consequences of
sending animals from an
Adelaide winter into the
Middle East’s summer.
RSPCA South Austra-
lia says shipments of live
sheep from Port Adelaide
to the Middle East must
cease after footage taken be-
tween May and October 2017
aired on Channel Nine’s
60 Minutes program last
Sunday, showing dead and
dying sheep on board the
live export carrier Awassi
The modified container
vessel, capable of carrying
more than 60,000 sheep, is
part of the fleet of ships
used by WA-based exporter,
The footage showed
three of the journeys which
left directly from Fremantle
in Western Australia, the
other two were also first
loaded from Port Adelaide,
RSPCA South Australia
animal welfare advocate Dr
Rebekah Eyers said despite
a long history of breaching
standards, it is astonishing
that Emanuel Exports has
not had its license to export
“By failing to stop non-
compliant exporters from
operating, our Federal De-
partment of Agriculture
has allowed animals in
live export to suffer for de-
cades,” Ms Eyers said.
Although sheep suffered
and died on all of these jour-
neys, only one had triggered
an investigation by the fed-
eral regulator because mor-
talities exceeded reportable
levels (these require over 2
per cent of sheep to die).
“Here we have five rou-
tine shipments of sheep
to the Middle East where
sheep are crammed in so
tightly that many can’t
reach food or water or lie
down, and are often stand-
ing up to their bellies in
excrement,” Ms Eyers said.
“The stress causes many
sheep to stop eating, while
others suffer infections and
sickness, and with the ex-
porter employing just one
vet to deal with over 60,000
sheep on multiple decks,
veterinary care is minimal.
“Tragically, it is no sur-
prise to us that this footage
has proven the horrifying
experiences these animals
endure while at sea for three
to four weeks.”
Australian sheep cooked alive at sea
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