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Woman dead, teen arrested after violent incident inside Melbourne home

The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by police at the scene and taken to hospital, where he remained under police guard with serious injuries on Tuesday.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said a couple lived at the home with an elderly grandmother and children.

He said he and his wife had spent a lot of time with the family who lived at the house.

The man said he had often helped the family, including transporting the mother to hospital for the birth of one of her children.

“We were there at the birth, it was nice,” he said.

Four people were seriously injured inside a Narre Warren home on Monday afternoon.

Four people were seriously injured inside a Narre Warren home on Monday afternoon. Credit:Nine News

“They were really nice people, I couldn’t say a bad word against them.”

Another neighbour, Madison, who came to lay tributes at the home, said she had read reports of the incident and “put two and two together”. She said the elderly woman walked the small girl in a stroller past her home each day.

“We just left some flowers and a teddy for the little girl,” she said.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the victims were part of the same family.

“It’s an absolutely tragic incident out there,” he told radio station 3AW.

Neighbour Karl Kunze was at home working in his garden when the incident occurred.

He saw a woman crying hysterically on the phone in the front garden.

“I came around the front to get the green garden waste bin and I saw an ambulance out the front blocking [my] driveway, a couple of police cars and the young lady, was sitting on the lawn just over there crying on the phone,” he said.

“She was screaming.

“I just asked her if she was all right but then I saw a policeman at the door and I heard one of them say on the radio, ‘one ambulance, you better make it two’,” Mr Kunze said.

He also saw a man yelling in the street. “Some guy came running over and said, ‘my baby’s inside’.”

Mr Kunze said he was shocked that something so horrific had happened in the normally quiet home.

“You hear about it all the time, but you know, you don’t expect it next door,” he said. “I was gutted because I didn’t hear any screams or nothing and the radio wasn’t blaring.”

He said the family had lived in the home for a number of years and were friendly.

“I used to see the old lady out here picking weeds from the grass,” he said.

Mr Kunze said at least three ambulances and eight police cars were at the scene on Monday, and that police remained at the property until about 3am on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said investigators are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Neighbours and members of the public began laying flowers outside the Narre Warren home late on Tuesday morning.

Steph, who lives nearby and saw the scene on Monday, wanted to return and pay her respects today with another woman, Anne Holden.

“We just wanted to leave something for the family and pass on our well wishes,” said Steph, who did not wish to give her last name.

“Nobody’s really to blame, you think you know, you want to blame someone but everyone’s got a situation,” said Ms Holden through tears.

“I want to send love to all of them.”

Ash, who lives around the corner, did not know the family but left a bouquet of yellow flowers.

He said his family were shocked when they heard a 15-year-old was in custody.

“It’s just sad,” he said.

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Framlingham teen Jamarra Ugle-Hagan out to inspire next generation of Indigenous youth on eve of AFL draft

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan’s already been dubbed the heir apparent to AFL champion Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, despite the fact he’s yet to play a game at the top-level.

The 18-year-old key forward’s AFL career will officially commence at next month’s National Draft, where he’s tipped by many to be taken with the first overall pick.

The draft has been 12 years in the making for the prodigious footballer, who honed his craft surrounded by his tight-knit family in the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve.

He’s looking to become the first Indigenous footballer since Des Headland in 1999 to be taken first in the draft, however it’s a ‘first’ of a different nature that means the most to his community in south-west Victoria.

From little things big things grow

Ugle-Hagan’s one of five brothers born in the south-west Indigenous community on the outskirts of Warrnambool.

He spent his junior years playing football in the local league, before being offered a scholarship to Scotch College in Melbourne where he lived as a boarding resident for his final four years of high school.

The teenager initially grappled with the offer.

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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan and his extended family grew up in Framlingham, an Aboriginal reserve in south-west Victoria(Daniel Miles – ABC South West Victoria)

It meant focussing his life on football, saying goodbye to his extended family and moving more than three hours away to start his education in the comparative rigidity of the private school system.

In the end, it was an opportunity too good to refuse. And one Ugle-Hagan said changed his life forever.

“Obviously it opens opportunities for my younger cousins and brothers, but it’s also a good achievement to finish school, especially coming from an Indigenous community.

“At the end of the day, yes it’s my dream to play AFL. And if I make it there, it’s obviously going to make my little brothers and cousins look up to me and have that belief they can make it too.”

Ugle-Hagan approaches his schooling with the same easy professionalism as his football.

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Finlay Macrae (29), another prospective AFL draftee, hugs Jamarra Ugle-Hagan whilst playing for the Oakleigh Chargers(Supplied: Facebook)

He knows how important a milestone it is in his community to have an Indigenous male finish high school in a year that’s had more curveballs than most.

Ugle-Hagan returned home amid the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown periods in Melbourne, training with his father and cousins between studying for his VCE.

“This year’s been like a long pre-season for him really, just waiting to play a game,” his father, Aaron Hagan, said.

“He’s as fit as he’s ever been.”

Draft disarray

Ugle-Hagan’s name has been thrown around as a ‘potential pick one’ before he was even eligible for the draft, after the forward dominated alongside future top-two picks Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson in 2019.

At 16, he dominated in the Oakleigh Chargers’ Premiership year, kicking 24 goals in nine games.

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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan featured in the Oakleigh Chargers 2019 TAC Cup Grand Final win in a side featuring subsequent number 1 and 2 draft picks, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson(Supplied: Facebook)

However the pandemic struck-down any thoughts he had of besting his under-age efforts in 2020.

“It’s been such unique year, half the boys in the pool haven’t played a game,” AFL talent ambassador, Kevin Sheehan said.

The ‘Buddy Franklin’ tag has surrounded Ugle-Hagan for two years now, and it’s an assessment that Sheehan believes is on the mark.

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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is tipped by many to be selected with pick one in the AFL draft(Daniel Miles – ABC South West Victoria)

“Jamarra’s a very, very promising athlete. I think he’s got some intangibles you want as a young player getting ready for a professional career as well, and that’s the character side of things,” he said.

“His athletic ability for a start is rare; we measure speed, we measure agility, we measure their vertical jump, and he’s rare in all those categories and we see thousands of kids over a period of time.

It’s a prospect that will have Western Bulldogs fans licking their lips.

Ugle-Hagan’s tied to the Dogs’ ‘Next Generation Academy’, meaning they can use draft points to match any rival club’s bid on the talent and ensure he starts his career at Whitten Oval.

More than just a good footballer

At home in Framlingham, Ugle-Hagan exhibits a maturity well beyond his years.

The pre-draft butterflies have yet to kick-in, and he’s more focused on his role as an emerging leader in Framlingham.

But he doesn’t underestimate the role he can play as a professional athlete.

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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan took part in an Indigenous dance session at Framlingham, teaching future Richmond premiership player Shane Edwards and Coach Damien Hardwick(Supplied: Alice Ugle)

“It’s my dream to play AFL but I’m thinking of the bigger picture always.

“If I make it and get the career I want, hopefully it changes the opportunities for other boys and girls as well. And not just Indigenous boys, multicultural kids as well, to give them that freedom to have that belief they can make it to the main stage, even if it’s not football, just life in general”

“My family is going to help me through the way, even if the footy doesn’t work out they’re still going to be behind my back and push me to the be the best person I can be.”

The AFL draft will be held online on December 9.

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teen charged with causing three deaths

A teenage boy has been charged following a fatal car crash which killed three people in South Australia on Saturday.

The 16-year-old was arrested on Sunday and charged with causing death by dangerous driving after two women and a man died in the crash at Suttontown, near Mount Gambier.

A 55-year-old woman, a 77-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man from the nearby town of Millicent all died at the scene.

The Toyota Landcruiser, which the boy was driving, allegedly collided head on with a Ford Territory on the Princes Highway at about 12.30pm.

The boy was taken to hospital along with four other occupants of the car including a 13-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman, who were in a serious but stable condition.

On Sunday, he was charged and bailed to appear in Mount Gambier Youth Court in February.

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Teen fighting for life after Healesville car park brawl

“The details of what has occurred are not yet fully clear and that’s part of our investigation,” he said.

“There was a male who was assaulted and is currently at the Royal Melbourne Hospital receiving treatment.”

He said police were investigating whether anyone else was hurt in the brawl. They are unsure what started the fight and how those involved are connected.

“Where the victim was located was where it all occurred,” he said.

“There is CCTV of the incident, we will be reviewing that CCTV so we are urging anyone with information in relation to this offence and what’s occurred there to please come forward and tell us what you know.

“We are reviewing all CCTV and will identify all people involved.”

Leading Senior Constable Austin said this kind of violence was devastating for victims and their loved ones.

“I think we live in a very good community however sometimes these things occur and it’s up to individuals to take responsibility.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the man is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report at

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Teen stabbed and four charged

Four men have been charged after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times when a brawl escalated into a violent stabbing outside a Sydney train station.

Officers were called to Doonside Railway Station in the city’s west just after 3pm Friday when they were told a group of men had been spotted fighting on the street.

But they had all fled the scene before police arrived.

A 14-year-old boy was treated at the scene before he was rushed to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead with stab wounds to his neck, arms and abdomen.

He is in a stable condition.

Shortly after, police intercepted a car on Oakhill Crescent, Colebee, and arrested four men aged between 18 and 22.

They were taken to Blacktown Police Station where all four were charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray, and armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.

They were refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

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Teen charged over Wynyard stabbing

Police have arrested and charged teenager over a horror stabbing at a lingerie bar in Sydney’s CBD on Thursday.

Officers said the 19-year-old man had left his ID at the venue and was arrested a day later at Green Valley Police Station.

He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He will front Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

Police allege a group of five men were at the Concourse Bar in Wynyard about 6pm on Thursday when an argument broke out before the 19-year-old allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the 34-year-old employee.

All five men left the scene, police said.

The staffer was treated at the scene by paramedics before he was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical condition with stab wounds to his back and side. He is now in a serious but stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan said the man had suffered two collapsed lungs, which could have been fatal if paramedics hadn’t arrived within minutes.

When first responders began treating him, he was awake and saying he was struggling to breathe.

“The intensive care paramedic on scene managed to decompress and reinflate the lungs, allowing the gentleman to breathe again,” Inspector Buchanan said.

Detective Acting Superintendent Paul Dunstan said the man was “still not in a good way” but had stabilised on Friday.

“It was an extremely serious incident,” he said.

A short time after the incident, police found three of the alleged offenders nearby.

Three men were taken Surry Hills police station where a 31-year-old Carlton man was charged with assault and affray. He was refused bail and will appear at Central Local Court on Friday.

A 29-year-old man from Narwee was charged with affray. He was granted conditional bail and will appear before Downing Centre Local Court later this month.

A 34-year-old man, from Ridgewood in Western Australia, was issued a criminal infringement notice for offensive language.

Concourse Bar licensee Rob Di Francesco declined to comment.

Another person who appeared to have been caught in the ensuing melee and got a cut to his forehead was also treated by paramedics.

Superintendent Dunstan did not confirm whether the man was another alleged offender, a patron or an employee of the bar.

Police are still searching for a fifth man.

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Body found after teen jumped in swimming hole

The body of a missing teenager, who jumped from a ledge into a swimming hole in NSW, has been found after a major search.

Five ambulance crews and a helicopter were called to Mermaids Pools in Tahmoor, in the state’s Macarthur Region, about 1.30pm after reports a male swimmer jumped off a rock into the water but did not resurface.

NSW Police and Fire and Rescue NSW also attended.

At about 6.15pm, the body of the 17-year-old boy was found submerged in the water.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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Teen after swimming with family at unpatrolled beach

A teenager has died after drowning at an unpatrolled beach on NSW’s Mid North Coast.

The 17-year-old boy was swimming with family members in waters at Diamond Head near Hallidays Point when he got into trouble.

Police officers arrived at the scene at about 1pm on Wednesday and pulled the boy from the water before performing CPR.

When paramedics arrived they continued in the attempt to save the victim but he died at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Long Island teen arrested at high school during COVID-19 pandemic

Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get more ridiculous here, a high school student has been arrested for turning up at school and demanding to be allowed into class.

And Top Gun fans are going to love his name: Maverick Stow.

Maverick is 17 and starting his senior year in a New York State high school in Long Island, which is the kind of town (population 15,000) that Americans like to call a “hamlet” and has merchants with names like Gabe’s Auto Repairs, Poospatuck Smoke Shop and EmpanadaVille.

It’s on the way to the Hamptons, but also a long way from the Hamptons.

Maverick turned up on Tuesday at William Floyd High School, despite it being his scheduled day for remote learning, with New York schools offering alternating days of in-school classes for social distancing.

Maverick reckons he should be allowed to go to school five days a week so he turned up again on Wednesday, even after copping a five-day suspension the day before. The school warned him he faced criminal trespass charges if he showed his face again before the suspension was over.

But he wasn’t to be deterred and turned up Thursday in a fluoro lime green shirt and readied himself for some learning.

“Well, I’ve just been trying to go to school – and they’ve been consistently disallowing me to … I’m going to go into school and they’re going to call the police and I’m going to be arrested this morning,” he told the local press.

He was right. Suffolk County police officers charged him with third-degree criminal trespass and he’s due to appear in court later this month.

Of course there is more than one side to this story – public safety, a kid trying to score cheap points against the system, and a young man’s right to enjoy a normal senior year with his friends.


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Pick your point of view. None is completely wrong and none is completely right.

It seems like it’s time to allow people to push back against what sometimes seem like arbitrary rules designed to fit a COVID era which no-one really understands. Look at Victoria – does anyone understand the plan there?

The move to arrest a teenager for demanding to be allowed to go to school is a step too far. Especially in a nation where for months people have been freely gathering at beaches, sidewalk dining areas, on public transport and at protests and riots.

Don’t blame the kid for this mess. Work with him to find a solution that everyone can live with, rather than attempt to make him the villain.

It’s time to forget about rigid rules and handcuffs and arrest warrants when it comes to dealing with the unprecedented situations we find ourselves in thanks to the pandemic. We’re all in this together. Nobody asked for this (not anyone I know anyway).

It’s time to find a way out of this cluster using our brains and compassion, not our big sticks.

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Corio: Teen dies after stabbing

Homicide detectives are investigating after a teenage boy died as a result of being stabbed near Geelong last Sunday night.

The 18-year-old from Bell Post Hill was rushed to hospital — where he died — after a fight broke out between two groups of youths on Goulburn Ave in Corio after 6.30pm on August 23.

Police arrested two males nearby after the stabbing.

A Brookfield boy, 16, was charged with intentionally causing serious injury, affray and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

A Melton man, 18, was charged with affray, possessing a drug of dependence and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

Both were remanded in custody to appear in court at a later date.

A third person was arrested on August 26 after an investigation.

The 19-year-old man from Bell Park was charged with violent disorder, affray and committing an indictable offence while on bail and appeared at Geelong Magistrates’ Court.

Victoria police say all people involved are known to each other.

The investigation continues.

Any with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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