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Police investigate suspected murder in Fremantle

Emma Young 7:56 PM   A family is left "devastated" after the murder of an East Fremantle man in his mid-20s on Thursday.

WA baby killer Mervyn Bell sentenced for bashing partner

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7:23 PM   A Perth judge says a man convicted of sexually abusing and murdering a 10-month-old boy presents a high risk of future violent reoffending.

Police hunt predator who grabbed woman running in Carine

Police have asked the public to help them find this man.

Emma Young 5:12 PM   Detectives are hunting a man who grabbed hold of a woman running alone in Carine on Thursday, putting his hand over her mouth in an effort to subdue her before she managed to break free.

Fresh charge for woman allegedly responsible for head-on freeway crash

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Emma Young 4:09 PM   A woman is facing a fresh charge, of driving under the influence, in addition to charges already laid after she allegedly drove the wrong way along Kwinana Freeway and crashed head-on into another car.

Police, paramedics at serious crash on Great Eastern Hwy, Wundowie

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Emma Young 3:24 PM   Police and paramedics are at the scene of a fatal crash between a truck and car in Wundowie on Great Eastern Highway, midway between Mundaring and Northam.

Shirley Finn Murder: more cops open up

WA Police are reviewing the 1975 murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn.

Bob Maumill 3:20 PM   News that a book about the murder of brothel madam Shirley Finn is a about to hit the shelves has propelled the mystery of the well connected vice queen into the headlines - again.

Major Crime Squad travels to Bunbury suburb after suspected murder

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Emma Young 2:45 PM   Police are on the scene after a man's suspicious death late on Thursday night in the Bunbury suburb of Eaton.

'I have nothing to hide': Lisa Scaffidi probe into BHP Beijing Olympics gift

Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi insists she has nothing to hide over BHP Billiton's hospitality

Leanne Nicholson 1:08 PM   Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi says she has "nothing to hide" from an expense-paid trip to the Beijing Olympics from BHP Billiton which is now the subject of an investigation by West Australia's Crime and Corruption Commission.

Australian Infrastructure Audit: WA worst road, best economic growth

The Mitchell Freeway has been rated the nation's worst when it comes to delayed costs per lane kilometre compared against economic contributions.

Leanne Nicholson   Western Australia is tipped to become the congestion capital of Australia after a national audit tipped Perth's key road corridors of the future would not keep pace with growth and cost millions in delays.

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Businesses and council at odds over Midland ticket parking

MLA Michelle Roberts is leading a petition to protest the rollout of paid parking machines in Midland.

Rashelle Predovnik   Confusion in the Midland, where shop and business owners claim the council has introduced paid ticket parking without a promised consultation period.

Malaysian sultan buys Perth's old Sunset Hospital site for $8.5 million

54 Hobbs Avenue, Dalkeith, sold for $3.95 million, 20 per cent above the reserve price.

Part of Perth's old Sunset Hospital has been sold to Malaysia's Sultan of Johor for $8.5 million but the West Australian premier says it will not affect the heritage-listed site.

Man dead after boat capsizes near Mandurah

The RAC Rescue Helicopter has been sent to look into a distress call near Bunbury

Ray Sparvell   A man is believed dead after his yacht capsized in the Peel Inlet, near Boundary Island.

Police seize haul of weapons in Morley

A 20 year old man has been jailed for almost three years

Emma Young   Detectives seized a haul of weapons including a loaded pistol, knives, knuckle dusters, batons, two homemade stun guns and a pen gun from a Morley home on Wednesday.

Mobile app brings WA's great outdoors to fingertips

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Ray Sparvell   Camping is now as easy as checking your smartphone thanks to a new app that helps users plan their holidays in one of Western Australia's national parks and reserves.

Suspended parliamentary clerk Nigel Lake appears in Perth court

Suspended parliamentary clerk Nigel Lake leaves court.

Emma Young   Suspended Western Australian Legislative Council deputy clerk Nigel Lake appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Wanneroo wife killer jailed for 18 years

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Robert Jeffrey Anderson waited for his de facto wife to return to the bedroom, shot her in the face then called triple-zero and said she had committed suicide.

Man charged over Boyonup motorcycle collision

police on high speed chase through Perth

Ray Sparvell   Major Crash investigators have charged a man after a collision between a car and a motorcycle in Boyanup on Tuesday.

Police hunt trio who attacked Good Samaritan in Falcon

Police want to speak to these three men in relation to the Falcon incident.

Ray Sparvell   Police have released CCTV images of three people they want to talk to in relation to an alleged Anzac Day attack on a good Samaritan in Falcon, south of Mandurah.

Woodside speeds up cost cutting ahead of Browse changes

Woodside's Peter Coleman at his office on St George's Terrace.

Woodside Petroleum is speeding up its cost cutting program after already slashing 600 jobs, but says it will also invest in growth ahead of a major decision on its key Browse project.

School bus crash in Cannington, two taken to hospital

Bus crash in Cannington

Ray Sparvell   Two people have been taken to hospital following a crash between a car and a private school bus in Cannington on Thursday.

Shirley Finn murder: WA police in dark on former cop's bombshell

Shirley Finn.

Emma Young   WA Police deny they have received new information from a former police officer regarding the cold case murder investigation into brothel madam Shirley Finn.

Premier apologies to Palmyra homeowners but homes could still be bulldozed

WA Premier Colin Barnett apologised to Palmyra homeowners

Brendan Foster   Premier Colin Barnett has apologised to the Palmyra homeowners whose homes could be bulldozed to make way for a freeway, blaming Main Roads for being "clumsy". 

Alleged gunman charged with car theft after 'test drive'

Generic terrorism.

Emma Young   A gunman allegedly stole a car under the guise of test-driving it before burgling a Naval Base business.

South Bunbury robbery: witnesses chase getaway car

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Emma Young   Witnesses chased a man and smashed a window of his getaway car after he allegedly robbed a South Bunbury pharmacy with a syringe.

Mitchell Freeway extension a 'boost to WA economy'

WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the extension will be a boost to local economy

Brendan Foster   The daily grind for northern suburb drivers is set to ease after the long-awaited extension to the Mitchell Freeway began on Wednesday.

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Perth teenager with scoliosis forced to wait months for new brace

An x-ray showing the extent of the curvature of Ella's spine.

Brendan Foster    Kerry Faulkner says her 13-year-old daughter who suffers from acute scoliosis is in crippling pain because she has to wait months to get fitted with a new brace.

Man critical with life-threatening injuries after North Beach crash

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Emma Young   A 46-year-old man is in critical condition after being thrown from his motorbike in a road accident in North Beach on Wednesday evening.

Fremantle's plastic bag ban to again meet Barnett government opposition

The City of Fremantle's attempts to ban plastic bags seem set to hit another roadblock.

Ray Sparvell   The City of Fremantle's attempts to ban plastic bags from its shops again appear in danger of being thwarted by Barnett government opposition.

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Kalgoorlie driver performed indecent acts in front of girls

Ray Sparvell   A man in a car performed an indecent act in front of two teenage girls in separate incidents in Kalgoorlie on Monday and Tuesday.

Police waiting for Joondalup buglary suspect

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Ray Sparvell   Police were on the spot when a man broke into a pharmacy in Joondalup on Wednesday morning around 1.45am.