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Coroner steps into Perth serial killer controversy

Adrian Beattie 5:29 PM   WA police have asked the public for help over the case of a suspected serial killer.

Woman driver killed in Serpentine crash

A woman driver died at the scene of a crash at Serpentine.

Adrian Beattie 4:55 PM   A woman has been killed in a car crash in Serpentine.

WA wines wow leading critic James Halliday


David Prestipino 2:23 PM   Wine aficionados who eagerly await James Halliday's annual Wine Companion release each year must be getting used to seeing Western Australia dominate the wine landscape.

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Laverton police resume search for missing hunter

Missing man Reginald Foggerdy.

Adrian Beattie 1:40 PM   Police have resumed their search for missing Laverton man Reginald Foggerdy.

Double-dipping armed robber arrested in Bentley

The accused man allegedly used a knife to rob the same store twice.

12:26 PM   Police have arrested a 22-year-old Bentley man for armed robbery offences after he allegedly robbed the same supermarket twice.

Body of snorkeler found off Paradise Beach, Coral Bay

Police have been at Sophia Street in Burpengary since about 11.15am.

Ray Sparvell 8:45 PM   Emergency services and other volunteers are searching for a man who went missing while snorkeling in Coral Bay on Friday.

'Coalition of protest' needed for cheaper flights to north-west towns

Qantas and Virgin Australia have a stranglehold on the lucrative north-west air routes.

Ray Sparvell 7:17 PM   Community leaders in the state's north-west have called for towns to band together to lobby for more equitable airfares.

Port Hedland fires back at 'trip to Woolworths' cruise ship stop

Five cruise ships docked in Port Hedland last year.

Ray Sparvell   Port Hedland has defended its town's attractions against claims from disaffected passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that they made an unscheduled docking at the mining hub for a "trip to Woolworths" rather than at the more scenic Broome.

Lisa Scaffidi CCC report: Ratepayers told they can't change their vote

The Premier said Ms Scaffidi had been a good and enthusiastic mayor and a 'good face' for Perth, but the issues were serious.

Emma Young   Ratepayers from the City of Perth have been told they can't change their postal votes in the wake of Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi's "serious misconduct".

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Bus hits child on Rottnest Island

Police have been led on a high speed pursuit through Belmont

Emma Young   A child has been injured after being hit by a bus on Rottnest Island.

New Adventure World slide Kraken leaves kids screaming

The new tornado slide at Adventure World promises unparalleled thrills.

Nadia Budihardjo   A jaw-dropping, heart palpitating ride of 'watery vortex' breaks the world record for being the tallest, steepest and longest funnel waterslide and it can be found at our Adventure World.

Land and air search underway for hunter missing in the Goldfields

If you see Reginald Foggerdy, missing since Wednesday in the Goldfields, call police on 131 444.

Emma Young   A land and air search will continue on Friday for missing 62-year-old Reginald George Foggerdy, who disappeared on Wednesday while hunting about 170 kilometres east of the Goldfields town of Laverton.

Perth passengers on cruise angry at Broome swap for Port Hedland

Broome and Hedland

Ray Sparvell   A potential Australian passenger mutiny is simmering aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that is currently steaming through the Malacca Straits en route to Phuket, Thailand.

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Jennie Kehlet disappearance: Police have new lead on missing prospector

Police have been trying since March to solve the mystery of prospectors Jennie and Raymond Kehlet.

Emma Young and Nadia Budihardjo   WA Police have received information from a member of the public regarding their investigation into the death of prospector Raymond Kehlet and the disappearance of his wife Jennie Kehlet.

The WA mental health system doesn't need more money or meetings. So what now?

The AMA supports a Medicare review with the proviso it is not simply a cost-cutting exercise.

Emma Young   Most stories about mental health crises in WA follow a similar format. A medical professional or family carer contacts the media, saying the system is under pressure and about to blow.

Perth radio star Shane McFarlane dead

Dean Clairs, Shane McFarlane and Kymba Cahill from Mix 94.5 and Perth's top rating breakfast radio show.

Jenna Clarke   Perth radio presenter Shane McFarlane has died following ongoing health issues.

Betty's record bid to be the world's first Tweeting chicken

Betty the chicken takes the Twitterverse by storm.

Emma Young   In an irony chickens may not appreciate, a takeaway food chain with chooks on the menu is keeping just one alive long enough for a bizarre publicity stunt.

Perth man will remove your unwanted exchange for beer

A tiger snake (not this one) was found at Melbourne Airport yesterday.

Staff writers   We've become used to some pretty unusual posts on the Perth Beer Economy Facebook page - but this one might be the strangest (or at least the most dangerous sounding) yet.

WA prison escapee Bernd Neumann held in Queensland facing drug charges

WA escapee Bernd Neumann, who has evaded police for the better part of two years, was finally captured in Queensland on Thursday.

Perth prison escapee Bernd Neumann will face drug charges in Queensland after being recaptured following more than 18 months on the run.

Big bang theory: Perth based scientist develops "superbug" destroyer

Petrie dishes with superbugs on the left and a clean plate to the right - after the drug has killed them.

Ray Sparvell and Nadia Budihardjo   A Bentley biotech company, headed by an octogenarian, is leading the fight against global disease with the development of a breakthrough antibiotic that literally explodes resistant superbugs.

Former WAIS cycling coach acquitted of seven indecency charges


A senior cycling coach accused of inappropriately touching teenage athletes during therapeutic massages has been found not guilty of seven out of 10 charges.

WA China expert Duncan Calder acquitted of lewd conduct child charge


The former national president of the Australia China Business Council has been acquitted of procuring a child aged over 13 and under 16 to do an indecent act.

Shire of York faces credit card fraud probe

The details of the fraud investigation are still shrouded in mystery.

The major fraud squad is going to probe claims of corporate credit card misuse at the Shire of York.

Bernd Neumann arrested in QLD

WA escapee Bernd Neumann, who has evaded police for the better part of two years, was finally captured in Queensland on  Thursday.

Emma Young   Convicted West Australian methamphetamine trafficker and Bernd Neumann, who has been on the run since escaping prison nearly two years ago, has been arrested in Queensland.

New Perth western suburbs high school to cater for 2000 students

The western suburbs school will cater for 2000 students from Year Seven to 12.

A new public high school designed to accommodate 2000 students will be built in City Beach, as the State Government attempts to cater for growing enrolments in the western suburbs.

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Hot, dry conditions as WA tries to avoid last year's bushfire 'cock-up'

The Northcliffe bushfire in WA earlier in the year ripped through some 95,000 hectares.

Nadia Budihardjo   A bushfire specialist says there should be more done to protect WA in the lead-up to an inevitable dry summer - after a "cock-up" contributed to the blazes that devastated Northcliffe in February.

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Shark attack: Man's foot mauled by shark at Pyramids Beach in Dawesville, south of Perth

Eli Zawadzki was surfing at Pyramids Beach when the shark attacked his foot.

Staff Writers   A shark has attacked 18-year-old Eli Zawadzki at Pyramids Beach in Dawesville near Mandurah, leaving him with deep wounds to his foot.

Earthquake strikes off the coast of Broome

The quake could have been felt by people up to 102km away.

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Broome.

WA paedophile ring: Man to face WA court over child sex abuse

The 42-year-old was among a group of men arrested.

One of eight West Australian men accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl is scheduled to appear in court.

Body found floating in a pond in Thornlie

Police car

Staff Writers   Police divers were called in to help recover a body which was found floating in a Thornlie pond.