Hunter man charged with attempted Cessnock murder

Melanie Kembrey A man tried to stab a 24-year-old to death before committing an armed home invasion and stealing a car, police say.

Ice epidemic in rural NSW, health services facing crisis

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Rachel Olding An unprecedented spread of the drug ice in regional and rural NSW is driving a statewide epidemic that experts say is reaching critical levels.

Ian Turnbull, accused of murdering environmental officer Glen Turner, refused bail

Glen Turner.

Louise Hall The wife of a farmer accused of murdering an environment compliance officer says her husband told her "I simply cracked. I didn't mean to kill him."

Man claimed disaster relief for flood while he was in jail

Natural disaster-relief funder Centrelink.

David Butler A man who successfully claimed natural-disaster relief funding from Centrelink while he was locked up in prison has been jailed further.

Police apologise after leaving plastic explosives at Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport

Matt Carr Australian Federal Police have apologised after leaving 230 grams of plastic explosive in an unclaimed suitcase at Sydney Airport.

Family defends late Labor MP Albert James against KGB spy reports

Ian Kirkwood Rowley James is determined to defend his father's honour after waking on Monday to news his father, the late Bert James, Labor MP for the federal seat of Hunter from 1960 to 1980, had been named as a...

Email drags Nationals into ICAC inquiry

AFR.  Pic of Nathan Tinkler leaving the ICAC hearingcalled operation spicer on Castlereagh st Sydney .  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 16th May 2014.

Kirsty Needham A central figure in the Nationals' NSW head office has been named as the mastermind of a plan for former Labor MP Joe Tripodi to lobby the O'Farrell government on behalf of billionaire Nathan Tinkler.

Gerry Harvey calls in debt, will take control of Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm

Gerry Harvey will take control of Nathan Tinkler's Patinack farm

Donna Page Gerry Harvey has called in his debt and will take control of Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm in September.

Construction boss Anthony O'Meley charged with drug trafficking

Anthony O'Meley and his wife Ellie.

Rachel Olding Just five years ago, Cessnock MP Kerry Hickey was singing the praises of local construction magnate Anthony O'Meley.

'My day sucks too': policewoman faces court for texting photo of dead body

Megan McNamara

Gabriel Wingate-Pearse A police officer who sent a photo of a corpse to her boyfriend contravened police regulations, but did not commit a crime, Newcastle Local Court has found.

I thought, 'There's no way he has survived this': rescuer on teen's 80m cliff fall

NCH - SUN HERALD -   Westpaqc Helicopter crewman, Graham Nickisson, winched out a 17 year old who fell down a sheer 80 metre cliff in remote bush on June 21st 2014.   10th July 2014 - Photo by Marina Neil

Kim Arlington It was almost midnight when the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded to a call that a teenage boy had fallen from a cliff in dense bushland.

Winner of Australia's richest art prize Nigel Milsom set to be released from prison

Nigel Milson, pictured at the Newcastle Art Gallery.

Nick Ralston The winner of the Australia's richest art prize, Nigel Milsom, is set to be released from prison within days after a court found the six-year sentence given to him for the armed hold up of a...

Newcastle MP Robyn Parker rejects apology after rival said he'd 'tear her a new orifice'

Liberal MP Robyn Parker speaking at an official function earlier this year.

Ashleigh Gleeson Robyn Parker says she does not consider an email NSW Nationals MP John Williams sent her after he made sexist remarks about her in front of 100 people to be “an apology”.

Bush doof miracle: teen survives 80-metre cliff plunge

Paramedics use a helicopter to rescue a 17-year-old who fell 80 metres at the Watagan Mountains.

Dan Proudman, Newcastle Herald It was a sneaky little teenage trick to cheat a music festival out of its cover charge which almost turned deadly.

Teen in 80m rock cliff fall rescued after nearly 12 hours

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Dan Proudman A teenager has been taken to hospital following a delicate rescue operation after he fell 80 metres down a rock cliff as he attempted to get into a bush dance party in the Watagans.

Man charged with murder after stabbings

Anne Tarasov A man faced court charged with murder after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in the Hunter region on Friday night.

Stabbed after an altercation: man accused of murdering Facebook 'friend'

Jack Henderson

Dan Proudman They grew up together and were still friends on social media.

Taxi driver kidnapped in Hunter, driven to Taree

A taxi driver had his nose broken during a terrifying ordeal in which he was beaten up, robbed, kidnapped and car-jacked by a drunken passenger in the Hunter region.

A Newcastle boy with three mums challenges Abbott's stance on gay marriage

Orlando Burcham,11, with his mum Cordelia Troy, wrote to Tony Abbott about his mum, who is gay, asking why the PM is against gay marriage.

Joanne McCarthy ORLANDO Burcham is 11 years old, has three mums, wants to be prime minister one day, and is something of a global phenomenon after giving Tony Abbott a piece of his mind on the subject of gay...

Two miners dead after wall collapses at Austar Coal Mine near Paxton

Austar Coal Mine, Paxton.

Ashleigh Gleeson and Matt Carr Two men have been killed and two injured after a Hunter Valley coal mine collapsed.