YOUR WEEKEND NEWS BRIEFING
IN THE COURTS
Hunter: Three-hundred bucks and a packet of smokes. That was the bounty that Hunterview mother and daughter Leanne and Tiffany Loughrey offered a would-be hitman to "get rid" of Leanne's ex-husband's new girlfriend.
Upset at the breakdown of her 22-year marriage to Tiffany’s father, Stephen Loughrey, and certain her ex-husband’s new partner was to blame, Leanne decided the only way to get him back was to take her out.
"We've got a favour to ask," Tiffany, 22, told a man they ran into in a Singleton shopping centre car park on September 26 last year.
Do you know anyone or would you get rid of someone for 300 bucks and a packet of smokes?Tiffany Loughrey, 22
Wagga: Lawrence ‘Larry’ John Skewes launched an immediate appeal after he was thrown in jail last week.
Skewes is facing five charges, including two counts of remaining in a licensed premises after he was refused admission to both the Union Hotel and the WIlliam Farrer Hotel.
Ballarat: The family of high-speed crash victim Nathaniel Merritt-Price has told a Melbourne County Court of the emotionally crippling change his death caused.
Gemma Sargent, 20, appeared in court on Thursday for a plea hearing ahead of her sentencing for culpable driving causing death and negligently causing serious injury.
TRUE STORIES, STRANGER THAN FICTION
Lismore: The Lismore car boot market, known locally as "The Booty", is a treasure trove of the old, the rare and the downright oddball.
On a summer's morning in 2013, the booty didn't disappoint for local artist Stefanie Bassett. While flicking through a plastic sleeve of old sketches she paused on a striking little painting that caught her eye. A small signature in the far right corner read "Olley, 1947"
She remembers, the store owner's asking price was just $20.
"As I handed over a $20 note he piped up, 'You know someone said that it reminded them of a Margaret Olley painting ... if it turns out to be an Olley, you owe me a beer'," Bassett recalled.
The work is not considered one of Olley's major paintings, and would likely sell for between $8,000 - $10,000.
Blue Mountains: If you have grown up in the area around Lithgow, you have probably heard the tale of a ghostly figure that appears on the Mount Victoria Pass. But what could the spooky tale of the Lady in Black have have to do with drink driving, Henry Lawson and a ménage à trois?
GOOD NEWS WEEKEND
After more than 50 years in Canberra, the Harmonie German Club hosted its Oktoberfest event at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds.
Illawarra: While visitors to the Illawarra flock to the main attractions, those in the know hang out at the little-known places.