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Volunteer fire fighter charged with lighting two fires

Alex Riddell 1:40 PM   An 18-year-old man has been charged with allegedly lighting two fires and making a number of false triple zero calls.

Four-week old baby dies in crash near Collie

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Alex Riddell 12:05 PM   A four-week old baby was killed in a car crash near Collie on Saturday night.

Severe fire danger for Carnarvon, Shark Bay

A severe bushfire alert is in place for the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

11:27 AM   Severe fire danger warnings are in place for residents in and around Carnarvon and Shark Bay.

Severe fire warning for parts of WA

5:04 AM   Fire crews are preparing for a high fire danger day in parts of Western Australia.

Trigg drowning victim's family raising money for funeral

Cathy Bwalya Chikwanda, whose family come from Zambia, died after getting into difficulties at Trigg Point.

5:32 PM   The family of a 28-year-old woman who drowned at Trigg on Friday are fundraising to pay for the law student's funeral.

Armed robbery at Burswood brothel

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Police are hunting for an armed robber who targeted a Perth brothel late on Boxing Day.

New GST deal could mean cash windfall for WA

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WA could be in for a massive cash windfall after the federal government gave some ground in the battle over GST.

Man trapped under quad bike

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A man was airlifted to hospital on Friday night with serious leg injuries after a quad bike crash in Leeman.

Four injured in Fremantle boat crash

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Four people were hurt when two boats crashed opposite Aquarama Marina in East Fremantle on Friday night.

Fatal crash near Gnowangerup

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A 61-year-old woman has died after a crash near Gnowangerup in the Great Southern.

Six children injured in Cockburn car crash

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Six children were injured when the car they were in crashed into three other vehicles in Cockburn on Friday night.

Severe fire danger for two WA regions

Firefighters tackle a bushfire.

Fire crews are on high alert as hot, dry and windy conditions are expected in the coastal and inland areas of Western Australia's Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

Search for witnesses to alleged Scarborough car park gang attack

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Leanne Nicholson   Witnesses to an alleged gang attack at a Scarborough multi-storey car park in November have been asked to come forward to assist WA Police.

Schapelle, sharks and sadness: WA's top stories for 2014

Rolf Harris is appealing his convictions on sexual assault.

Leanne Nicholson   It may just be the ripples emanating from the tragedies of the past few weeks, but 2014 has a slight air of sadness about it.

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Perth driver allegedly rolls joint in front of motorbike cop

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Aleisha Orr   Police have released photographs of two people who would appear to be putting the "silly" into silly season.

Fire danger risk upgraded for Gascoyne and West Pilbara

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The bushfire risk for residents of WA's Gascoyne and West Pilbara regions has been upgraded to severe for Boxing Day.

Side swipe driver allegedly fled police, driving on wrong side of road

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Aleisha Orr   A man will face court on Boxing Day after he was allegedly involved in a dangerous car chase through a number of Perth’s south eastern suburbs on Christmas day.

Girrawheen man cut from car after tree crash at roundabout

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A 34-year-old man had to be cut out of the car he was driving after it crashed in Girrawheen on Boxing Day.

West Aussie shoppers to spend $245 million on Boxing Day

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Allen Newton   West Australians will spend more than $245.7 million in Boxing Day sales on December 26 according to figures released by the Australian National Retailers’ Association.

Cyclone Kate batters Cocos, Keeling islands off WA coast

Path of Cyclone Kate near the Cocos Islands.

Heavy rain and wind from Cyclone Kate are battering the Cocos and Keeling islands as the tropical storm passes to the north of the islands.

Scrub fire near Casuarina Prison flares up

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A scrub fire near Casuarina Prison on the corner of Casuarina and Orton roads has been given the all clear after it flared up on Thursday.

Christmas Day break-in at toy store

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While kids around Western Australia were waiting for Santa Claus to arrive offenders were smashing their way into a Balcatta toy store.

Cyclone Kate moving towards Cocos Islands

Destructive winds gusting up to 150km/h and heavy rain could batter the Cocos Keeling Islands on Christmas and Boxing Day as tropical Cyclone Kate moves southwest.

Scrub fire burning near Casuarina Prison

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Candice Barnes   Fire crews are working to extinguish a blaze which started near Casuarina Prison shortly after 2.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Woman indecently assaulted near Cannington Train Station

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Aleisha Orr   Police are looking for a man accused of assaulting a young woman near a train station in Perth's southern suburbs.

Autistic Perth boy, 13, allegedly assaulted by 63-year-old man

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Aleisha Orr   A man in his 60s is expected to be charged with aggravated common assault after he allegedly pushed an autistic teenager at a school in South Perth.

Warnbro shark catch-and-kill order raises questions

While detections of the shark were posted on social media, as listed as one of the mitigation strategies the policy outlines, no media releases were distributed in relation to the specific risk at Warnbro Sound, people were not ordered from the water and beaches were not closed, as recommended in the serious threat policy.

Aleisha Orr   Questions are being asked about why and how the Fisheries Department went about hunting a tagged great white shark in the Warnbro Sound at the weekend.

2014 in review: WA's Mars men, Stonehenge and more...

Esperance's Stonehenge replica - imposing to look at but hard to sell.

Aleisha Orr   From the namesakes of historic English landmarks, to interplanetary missions and troublesome kangaroos, WAtoday.com.au takes a look at some of the more interesting local stories of 2014 - and what has happened since we originally brought them to you.

WA police plea for a 'common sense' Christmas

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Candice Barnes   Paramedics are preparing for what is often the busiest time of year for St John Ambulance – Christmas and New Year – with excess booze and drugs to blame.

Easy ways to spread festive cheer to West Australians in need

Vinnies volunteers Brett and Rowan are among those lending a hand this festive season.

Candice Barnes   We asked local charities what simple things people could do to help those in need this festive season – and it’s not all about money.