Kylie-Ann Power jailed six months for Kinglake cash-grab lie

The couple took their toddler son with them during the robberies.

Steve Butcher A woman who received a more lenient sentence by misleading a magistrate that she had repaid $13,000 she stole - raised by the bushfire-ravaged Kinglake community for Queensland flood victims - has...

Two die in gyrocopter crash in Kinglake National Park

Caroline Zielinski The pilot and a passenger were killed when their gyrocopter crashed in Kinglake National Park on Saturday.

Hazelwood mine inquiry's eyes on maintenance

Steve Lillebuen The Hazelwood mine inquiry will examine power company SP AusNet's maintenance program.

Pilot, tourist die in gyrocopter ride

Reg Thaggard, gyocopter pilot, who was killed when his plane crashed in the Kinglake National Park.

Caroline Zielinski The pilot of the gyrocopter that crashed in Kinglake National Park yesterday is one of the two men who died in the accident on Saturday night.

Driver killed in Mentone crash on Nepean Highway

The scene of the crash in Mentone.

Stephen Cauchi A driver has been killed after his car hit a pole in Melbourne's south-east just before 6am.

Volunteers forge iron tree as tribute to Black Saturday firefighters' mettle

Amanda Gibson.

John Elder It began with a fellow called Salty, on a blacksmiths' forum called I Forge Iron. On February 14, 2009, a week after Black Saturday, and still the hills were burning, Salty wrote: ''Calling all...

Ironies abound in the battle for Indi

Sophie Mirrabella

John Elder The beginning of the end for Sophie Mirabella came last December at a meeting in Wangaratta.

Rising from the ashes

Jeroen van Veen

Bridie Smith A bequest borne out of the anguish and ashes of the Black Saturday bushfires has allowed the expansion of a key conservation reserve dedicated to protecting rare and nationally threatened woodlands.

Friends and enemies, truth and lies

Elizabeth Coleman

Chris Johnston They have no churches or headquarters, no written policies or doctrines. But this secretive Victorian-based religious sect is again in the spotlight for sexually abusing its own child members.

Two decades on, murderer's mutterings land him in strife

John Vincent McDonald.

Mark Russell For more than 20 years, he got away with the murder of his wife. Then he started talking to himself about the case.

Crisis in DHS for abused children

More than 8000 vulnerable children were not assigned a case worker.

Michelle Griffin More than 1400 vulnerable children known to child protection authorities were not assigned a case worker in the last financial year.

Government may join bushfires class action

Andrea Petrie The Federal Government is considering joining the Kilmore East-Kinglake Black Saturday bushfire class action to recoup some of its $450 million in costs associated with the deadly 2009 fires, a court...

More than 100 homeowners accept bushfire buyback

Darren Gray The Shire of Murrindindi was smashed by the two deadliest blazes on Black Saturday.

Four taxi drivers 'scammed $230,000 from Fairfax'


Jared Lynch and Adrian Lowe Four Melbourne taxi drivers have been charged with fraud, after allegedly stealing almost a quarter of a million dollars from Fairfax Media, owner of The Age.

Swarm weather brings out the buzz busters

This year bee experts say the buzz is much bigger.

John Elder Good winter rains and the recent warm weather have sparked a swarm of home invasions. By bees.

Portraits of Ted

Victorian opposition leader, Ted Baillieu, as a child in 1959

Farrah Tomazin On the second anniversary of his election as Premier of Victoria, friends and family give Farrah Tomazin a rare glimpse of the real Ted.

State risks worst fires since Black Saturday


Chris Hingston Victorians are facing the first 'real fire season' since Black Saturday, Country Fire Authority chief officer Euan Ferguson has said, warning that many of those most at risk are still not prepared.

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Dumped face down in creek: 22 years' jail

Scales of Justice

Andrea Petrie The estranged partner of a Melbourne mother who was murdered last year before and her body was dumped in a creek has been sentenced to 22 years' jail.

Man avoids jail for fire fund theft


Mark Russell Father of five who admitted stealing $111,000 from the Black Saturday bushfire appeal fund has received a 12-month suspended jail term.

Barassi to get medal for helping stop attack

Ron Barassi

Lara O'Toole Football legend Ron Barassi will be presented with a bravery medal for helping a woman being assaulted in St Kilda three years ago.