ACT News

Canberra mornings: March 18, 2015

Today's top stories

Katy Gallagher will receive a resettlement payout, worth $30,600 Photo: Rohan Thomson

Forensic officers and police investigate a homicide in Knoke Ave, Gordon. Photo: Jay Cronan

Neighbours say they heard shouts and screams coming from a Gordon house where a 28-year-old mother-of-two was found dead with stab wounds in the early hours of Tuesday.

The ACT's police force has been stretched as three deaths in as many weeks have triggered a string of major homicide investigations

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ACT Policing said the agency was adequately resourced to handle the increased workload but the Australian Federal Police Association said several concurrent homicide investigations would place pressure on police resources.

Sport

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton at GIO Stadium. Photo: Matt Bedford

Raiders fullback Jack Wighton at GIO Stadium. Photo: Matt Bedford

They've lost their own rising fullback Jack Wighton but the Canberra Raiders are bracing for sacked former no.1 Josh Dugan to return from injury for St George Illawarra at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

Fears Wighton could spend a significant time out were eased on Tuesday when he was diagnosed with an eye socket injury which will sideline him for two to three weeks.

Although Dugan wasn't named on Tuesday, the Raiders believe he will do everything possible to prove his fitness with the Dragons in a 0-2 early season hole.

Road closures

9.48am: A car has rolled over, closing Kuringa Drive in Fraser near Tillyard Drive, police said.

8.38am: More traffic chaos between Queanbeyan and the airport:

There has been another crash on Pialligo Avenue, according to police:

8.14am: With the wild weather there has been four crashes so far this morning according to ACT Policing.

  • Police say that car on fire at the corner of Dryandra and Wattle Street in O'Connor may have been struck by lightning. Emergency services are attending.
  • A cyclist has ran into a car on Purdie street in Bruce.
  • A car is stuck on the road on Pialligo Avenue near Sutton Road, just inside the ACT border.
  • And there has been a two car crash at the intersection of Randwick road and the Barton Highway. One lane is blocked.

7.57am: There are reports of a car on fire in O'Connor on Dryandra Street:

Fairbairn Avenue will be closed between the Northcott Drive and Majura Road roundabouts, and Morshead Drive will be closed to northbound traffic from Pialligo Avenue from 6.30pm to 5am, until Friday, March 20 as the Majura Parkway project nears completion.

Ongoing lane closures and a lowered speed limit will restrict traffic at the Eastern Valley Way and Aikman Drive intersection in Belconnen from today until 2016 as the construction of a high rise building gets under way.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

9.52am: The airport is warning that this wild weather may delay flights:

9.34am: The same intersection where a car and tree were struck by lightning earlier this morning is now the subject of a gas leak:

8.40am: There are also reports of power line issues on Tudawalli Place in Chapman. Emergency services are on the scene. ActewAGL are asking anyone with power line issues to call 131093.

8.10am: There are sparking service power lines at two homes on Mortlock Circuit in Kaleen this morning. Sparking or arcing power lines occurs when the plastic coating of the service lines which bring power to homes become worn after intense heat and rain, and start flashing at some points. ActewAGL have sent out officers to fix the lines this morning.

Pop-up classical music, site-specific theatre and aerial acrobatics will all feature on the opening night of You Are Here tonight, based at the JB HiFi/Impact Records space in Civic, redubbed The Record Store.

2014 Aria award-winner Dan Sultan brings EP Dirty Ground to the stage at the Street Theatre tonight and Thursday night at 8pm.

Canberra Life

Sammy J and Randy at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Sammy J and Randy at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Tuesday. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Bellies will shake at multiple venues across the capital this week as the Canberra Comedy Festival draws comedians from around Australia and across the globe out for a good laugh – and a good dig at our city.

The week-long event kicked off with a sold out Opening Night Gala at the Canberra Theatre Centre Tuesday night with names like Cal Wilson and musical duo Sammy J and Randy warming up ahead of their own shows.

If the latter are anything to go by audiences should be prepared to brush off the odd bit of Canberra-bashing in good jest.

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Pic of the day

Kevin Bacon is the new spokesperson for the American Egg Board. Photo: AEB

Kevin Bacon has finally found the role he was born to play: a national spokesman for eggs.

The Footloose actor is the face of the American Egg Board's new campaign, "Wake Up to Eggs with Bacon".

Weather

Today: It was raining and storming over Canberra on Wednesday morning, with light rain starting at about 5.40am.

The showers should be clearing in Canberra later on with a forecast minimum of 8 degrees and a top of 30 degrees.  

The rest of the week: Thursday, mostly sunny - min 11, max 32. Friday, possible shower - min 16, max 29. Saturday, partly cloudy - min 9, max 22. Sunday, possible shower - min 9, max 25.