The Patch mourns boy killed in wild weather

Chloe Booker   A community has been left "shattered" after a toddler was tragically killed when a tree fell on his family's Dandenong Ranges home during a wild thunderstorm on Saturday night.

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Deadly tree was the responsibility of Yarra Ranges Council

Toddler Eli Marnock, left, pictured with his sister Nicola in a family  photo.

Aisha Dow 7:11 PM   Arboriculture expert says more money needs to be spent on assessing dangerous trees, as it is very difficult for an ordinary person to spot unhealthy trees because most of the symptoms are belowground.

Man dressed as Superman attacks own car, bringing Chapel Street to a standstill

Christppher Reeve as "Superman"

Patrick Hatch 7:01 PM   A man dressed as Superman brought one of Melbourne's busiest streets to a standstill when he parked his car in the middle of traffic and attacked it.

Threat taskforce needed at home, say Victorian experts

Victoria Police declined to say whether it had been approached about the joint model.

Rania Spooner 6:48 PM   Victorian forensic psychologists who helped create taskforces to protect prominent people such as the Queen say the same is needed at home.

Finding light inside the darkest minds

Forensic psychologist Dr Lisa Warren, an expert on assessing whether violent threats are credible.

Rania Spooner 6:48 PM   The young man seated opposite forensic psychologist Dr Lisa Warren was showing all the warning signs.

Etihad under pump to follow MCG food lead

Hot chips.

Daniel Cherny 6:41 PM   Pressure is mounting on Etihad Stadium and other sporting venues to lower food prices after the MCG wound back the clock with menu prices not seen at the game for a decade.

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Australia posts second hottest February as warm run continues

Dog days of summer at Lake Burley Griffin

Peter Hannam 6:39 PM   Australia’s run of abnormally warm weather has continued with the country recording its second-hottest February in data going back to 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tears for Italian dooring victim

Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda

Clay Lucas 6:29 PM   Alberto Paulon had planned on marrying fiance Cristina Canedda and settling in Australia.

Suspected rapist employed by Yooralla despite police probe

The case raises questions about the ability of the criminal justice system to handle assault allegations involving disabled victims.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 6:22 PM   One of five alleged sexual offenders employed by Victoria's largest disability provider, Yooralla, worked 32 shifts while being investigated by police on suspicion of repeatedly raping a disabled woman at another disability provider.

Tougher dooring penalties call rejected after death of Italian cyclist Alberto Paulon

Adam Carey and Clay Lucas 6:13 PM   The introduction two years ago of tougher penalties against motorists who open car doors into cyclists' paths has failed to have any impact on the sometimes deadly offence, the Andrews government said as it rejected calls to crack down harder on "dooring" after the death of Italian Alberto Paulon.

Murder accused Jian Li admitted kill to police, court told

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Adam Cooper 5:24 PM   A man charged with fatally stabbing his son's aunt after a birthday celebration admitted to police he was a murderer and asked investigators if they had found a knife, a court has heard.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing baby

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Mark Russell 5:01 PM   A young, mentally-ill woman has pleaded guilty to stealing a three-year-old girl from Federation Square because she wanted a child.

Seven-year wait before passengers have somewhere to go at Southland station

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Adam Carey 4:27 PM   It will take seven years to build the two latest suburban railway stations due for construction in Melbourne – about the same amount of time it was supposed to take to build the cancelled East West Link.

Six signs of a dangerous tree

Aisha Dow 4:26 PM   It is very difficult for an ordinary person to spot the signs of a dangerous tree, says arboriculture expert Dr Greg Moore. That is because many of the symptoms of a sick tree play out underground and require sophisticated technology to diagnose.

Bodies found in car in Otway Ranges a murder-suicide, police believe

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Patrick Hatch 3:26 PM   Police believe two bodies found in a car in the Otway Ranges on the weekend was the result of a murder-suicide.

Man caught allegedly stealing $500 of meat from Melbourne supermarket

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Patrick Hatch 3:06 PM   An off-duty police officer caught a man allegedly stealing about $500 worth of meat from a supermarket in Melbourne's south-east on Sunday, police say.

Sydney Rd cycling death leads to emergency meeting

Dangerous stretch: Sydney Road in Brunswick.

Clay Lucas 2:23 PM   An emergency meeting of VicRoads, police, cycling groups, Moreland Council and Yarra Trams has been called by a state government minister after the death of a young cyclist on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Memorial ride for cyclist killed in dooring incident

Alberto Paulon and his fiancee Cristina Canedda.

Clay Lucas 2:10 PM   Cycling groups have organised a memorial ride on Friday for Italian chef Alberto Paulon, who was killed last week cycling on Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Terrorised mother fears ex-partner's release

A man who threatened his ex-partner with a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for 19 months.

Mark Russell 1:42 PM   A man who was drinking up to 22 beers a day and smoking ice fired a sawn-off shotgun twice into the air after warning his partner of 16 years he was coming to get her, a court has heard.

NSW organised crime syndicate behind Les Samba death, police believe

 Les Samba released by police media.

Tammy Mills, Megan Levy 12:50 PM   More than 20 people will be interviewed on Monday over the killing of horse trainer Les Samba as police reveal he owed $200,000 in drug debts to a criminal syndicate.

Motorist 'attacks cyclists with wooden bat'

Cyclists claim they were attacked by a motorist wielding a large wooden bat.

Marissa Calligeros 12:50 PM   A motorist wielding a large wooden bat attacked a group of cyclists, one of the riders has claimed.

Protesters confront puppy-farm accused

Anthony Sammut, right, in black-rimmed glasses.

Rania Spooner 12:16 PM   An elderly man accused of operating one of Victoria's longest-running illegal puppy farms has faced off against animals rights protesters outside a suburban court.

Former grammar school student 'suffering from pot-induced psychosis' before killing homeless man

Easton Woodhead is charged with murdering homeless man Wayne Perry.

Mark Russell, Aisha Dow 12:12 PM   A former Melbourne Grammar School student charged with murdering a homeless man at Enterprize Park was suffering from a psychosis caused by marijuana use in the lead-up to the stabbing, a court has heard.

Australian cities broken as jobs boom in CBD, and fringe housing does too

Alice and Jason Osborne in Point Cook, where they live with their children William, 7, and Lucy, 4.

Clay Lucas 11:22 AM   The divide between where people live and work in Australian cities is growing - most new jobs are close to city centres while most population growth is in the outer suburbs.

Court decison could stall proceeds of crime law reforms

A man is fighting to keep money that police claim he made off the earnings of illegal sex workers.

Jane Lee 10:55 AM   A Melbourne man accused of living off the earnings of illegal sex workers is at the centre of a High Court decision that threatens to stall federal police attempts to seize proceeds of crime.

Blasts then fire forces apartment residents to flee

The Asian grocery store that caught fire.

Marissa Calligeros 9:38 AM   Residents have reported hearing explosions moments before a fire broke out in an Asian grocery store on the ground floor of a Melbourne apartment building on Monday morning.

Motorcyclist dies on Monash Freeway

Police at the scene of the motorcycle crash on the Monash Freeway at Malvern.

Goya Dmytryshchak 8:46 AM   A motorcylist has been found dead after a crash in Melbourne's south east on Sunday night.

Alphington housing plan 'sardine central'

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Clay Lucas 7:52 AM   Plans will be released on Monday for the massive redevelopment of the former Amcor paper mill in Alphington.

Avalon airshow an explosion of colour

The 2015 Australian international airshow at Avalon.

Goya Dmytryshchak 9:57 PM   A "bumper" crowd attended the Avalon International Airshow on Sunday, featuring bone-shattering aerobatics and battle re-enactments aided by pyrotechnics.

Opinion

Victoria's reputation will take a hammering

'A responsible government ... doesn't rip up contracts.'

Across the great divide - a tale of two Melbournes

Charles Dickens wrote his novel, A Tale of Two Cities, about London and Paris. 

Andrews faces testing times in first term

Government is learning how difficult it is to negotiate its way through a parliament filled with micro-parties.

East West: Is Victoria open for blackmail?

If Dan Andrews pays compensation, it will set a terrifying precedent.

Is Daniel Andrews the new Keating?

Is Andrews going to be the progressive Labor premier ready to seize the moment?

Metro Rail – keep the plans on track this time

The trains will become even more crowded in the next decade. Will we cope?

Victorian masterpiece deserves to be restored

Flinders Street Station was the headstone of the city's wild days and nights.

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Rare frilled shark caught off Victoria

Fisherman who caught a rarely-sighted frilled shark says looks like "something out of a horror movie".

Andrews to negotiate East-West payout

Government may face a compensation bill of up to $1.2b for scrapping the East West Link.