'Split in half': Four killed in 'horror' crash

Alana Schetzer, Nick Toscano, Marissa Calligeros, Rania Spooner   Four young men have died when their car became airborne, ploughed into a tree and was severed in two on the Northern Highway, north of Melbourne.

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Melbourne Express Live: Friday January 30, 2015

Tom Cowie 9:03 AM   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Woman sexually assaulted on Windsor street on Australia Day

The man police would like to speak with.

Marissa Calligeros 9:02 AM   A woman was sexually assaulted in the early hours of Australia Day outside a house in Windsor, in Melbourne's south.

Raw milk drinkers claim raw deal, plan protest

Raw milk.

Steve Lillebuen 7:46 AM   Food activists are planning a “drink-in” outside the office of Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett to protest recent moves to toughen raw milk laws.

New year 7 class to 'rock' Coburg High School

Coburg High School year 7s.

Benjamin Preiss and Henrietta Cook 5:30 AM   The inaugural year 7 class poured in nervous and excited to carve a small place in history as Coburg High School opened its junior level.

Way up on high, the Nylex clock ticks again

Mystery surrounds the clocking on of the Nylex clock.

Tom Cowie 1:36 AM   Vandals are believed to be behind the mysterious revival of the Nylex clock after more than six years in the darkness.

'He just run away': hit-run victim's mother wonders why driver didn't stop

Jasmine Vuong is in a critical condition.

Marissa Calligeros, Nino Bucci 9:05 PM   Police have arrested a 33-year-old Hillside man over a hit-and-run incident in Delahey which has left one teen dead and another fighting for her life.

Third man charged with murder over death of Beaumaris man Jason Edward Stone

Melbourne Magistrates Court

Nick Toscano 6:43 PM   A third suspect has been charged with the murder of a Beaumaris man whose body was found dumped near a beach track.

Yeshivah police target declares it OK to kill reporters of abuse

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant said this week that "there were rumours circulating within our community with regard to inappropriate behaviour by a trusted official in our community".

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie 6:31 PM   The man's extreme views were posted online in a discussion about Mesirah, the Jewish law that forbids a Jew from informing on another.

Contracts tumble - Point Nepean heading to the scrap heap

Community protests against Napthine government plans to lease Point Nepean to Point Leisure Group.

Jason Dowling and Tom Arup 6:24 PM   Taxpayers could face another multi-million dollar contract pay-out with Victoria's new Environment Minister Lisa Neville moving quickly to scrap a last minute development deal for Point Nepean. 

Crocmedia fined $24,000 for exploiting young workers

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Nick Toscano 6:12 PM   A media company run by prominent journalist and businessman Craig Hutchison has been penalised for exploiting and underpaying two young workers.

Body believed to be that of Gordon Hamm found in Victoria's west

Victoria Police.

Alana Schetzer 6:02 PM   A body believed to that of a missing Mount Gambier man has been found in bushland near Dergholm, in the state's west.

Family remember their 'beautiful boy' - one of four killed in horror smash

Nick Mongta

Konrad Marshall and Rania Spooner 5:54 PM   The curtains of the Mongta family home are drawn, muffling the Murray Valley sunlight and shutting out the reality of a new day – the first full day in which their first born son, Nick, 22, is gone.

Cockroach-infested Red Emperor pleads guilty to food violations, fines total $15,000

Inside the Red Emperor in Southbank.

Steve Butcher 4:39 PM   The operators of the Red Emperor in Southbank have pleaded guilty to multiple charges after it was found last year infested with cockroaches, mouse droppings and fruit flies.

Police search for missing Ballarat man and granddaughter

Police are looking for Tim Lane.

Larissa Ham 4:27 PM   A Ballarat man who went missing with his baby granddaughter has been found.

Ice user who stabbed her boyfriend while her children slept jailed for eight years

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Mark Russell 4:07 PM   A woman high on ice who stabbed her boyfriend to death as her two daughters, aged one and four, were asleep upstairs has been jailed for eight years.

Northland Shopping Centre evacuated


Alana Schetzer 3:59 PM   Northland Shopping Centre has been evacuated because of an unnamed incident .

Police offer $100,000 reward for Sunshine, Sunbury armed robber

Police have released this fotofit of a man involved in armed robberies in Sunshine West and Sunbury last year.

Nino Bucci 3:23 PM   An armed robber who shot a hostage and threatened police during a tense stand-off has been linked to the hold-up of a cash van in a McDonald's car park.

Crash victim's relatives find wallet in wreckage

Nick Mongta's auntie Pamela Reade (left) and cousin Tarah Reade leave a floral tribute at the scene of the crash.

Rania Spooner 3:11 PM   The crash site where Echuca father Nick Mongta and his three mates lost their lives on Wednesday was reduced to scattered fragments by the time his aunt and cousin arrived today to lay a bouquet.

Seventeen coffins stolen in warehouse break-in

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Tom Cowie 1:56 PM   Two men broke into a Braybrook warehouse, making off with a morbid haul worth about $34,000.

Crucifix 'raping machine' used to assault kidnap victims on converted bus, court told

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Mark Russell 1:46 PM   A truck driver who abducted and sexually abused three women had built a "raping machine" in a bus he had converted into a home, a court has heard.

Heat, dry to linger in most of Australia until the autumn, bureau says

Coonamble farmer Neil Kennedy on his drought hit "Kuma" station property late last year.

1:23 PM   Warmer and drier weather is expected well into autumn across most of Australia.

Dupas excused from Downes inquest

Kathleen Downes, who was killed at her nursing home in 1997.

Adam Cooper 1:02 PM   Serial killer Peter Dupas has been excused from giving evidence about the murder of a 95-year-old woman, and his lawyer has raised doubts he will ever get a fair trial even if charged.

Promised subsidies, free breakfasts for needy students 'next school year': Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews

Henrietta Cook 12:51 PM   Needy students are set to receive subsidies for school camps and free breakfasts, uniforms and glasses in time for next school year, the Premier says.

Car fire slows traffic on Eastlink near Monash Freeway

Tom Cowie 11:52 AM   A car fire has closed two inbound lanes on Eastlink near the Monash Freeway exit. 

Nurse appalled after commuters fail to help distressed teenager at Caulfield train station

Jenny Szymanski is appalled that fellow commuters heckled - or ignored - a distressed teenager threatening to jump in front of a train.

Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano 10:50 AM   A woman who helped talk down a teenager who was being taunted as he threatened to jump in front of a train approaching a suburban station is appalled dozens of commuters failed to intervene.

'Merciless' hit-run driver will be caught, police say

The scene of the hit and run.

Marissa Calligeros 9:48 AM   Police hunting a driver who killed one teenager and left another critically injured in a callous hit and run say it is only a matter of time before their vehicle is identified.

Melbourne Express Live: Thursday January 29, 2015

Tom Cowie   Kickstart your day with breaking news, commuter and weather updates, giveaways and the hottest events.

Police probe ice link in horror Pyalong crash

The wreckage of the Holden Commodore at Pyalong.

Marissa Calligeros   Police are investigating whether the dangerous drug ice contributed to the horror smash on the Northern Highway that claimed the lives of four young men on Wednesday morning.

Australian historian wins $100,000 literary prize

Alan Atkinson has won the Victorian Prize for Literature.

Jason Steger   Alan Atkinson has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature for the final volume of The Europeans in Australia


Left out in the cold by a state reluctant to invest

Homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg of the growing failure of governments.

The lesson my children have taught me

We are in the second week of a family holiday; at the start of last year we decided to buy a holiday home at Philip Island. 

Religious education has its place - but not instruction

The promise from Daniel Andrews to make Victoria the "education state" is both welcome and timely.

Public health the loser in fast-food bunfight

I had so much optimism for the new Labor state government. I believed it held great promise ...

Time to abandon our failed drug policies

Drug prohibition isn't working, and the new state government could do worse than look to Portugal for some fresh ideas.