The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Jan 2015
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TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Searchers say huge thank you FRIENDS in search of their missing mate Dane Kowalski have offered thanks for the unbelievable generosity of Territorians for their aid in their hunt for answers. Mr Kowalskis friend Anthony Hudson said the group left for Melbourne last night after turning up no leads despite an extensive air and land search of the NT. Mr Kowalski was last seen leaving his home in Diamond Creek, Victoria, for the NT on December 13. We want to say a massive thank you to all the locals who have been willing to help us in every way, especially to Claire and her two daughters in Alice Springs, Mr Hudson said. They made sure we had somewhere nice to stay, gave us pizza and drinks and filled us up with diesel in the morning. It was unreal, you dont see that sort of thing in Melbourne. Mr Hudson said that there were people scouring the country and he was not going to stop until I get answers. Were the only ones looking, he said. The police have no leads so they cant look, its their policy. Rioting teens leave $50k mess behind A GANG of young prisoners allegedly started two fires with a toaster, used metal louvres as weapons and smashed a hole in the ceiling during a riot at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. Police reported up to eight naughty boys believed to be aged 17 were involved in the violence after refusing to go to their rooms from a common area at the old Berrimah jail about 4.30pm on Sunday. Duty Superintendent Helen Braam said the alleged troublemakers smashed a pool table and used pieces of debris as weapons to break glass in the viewing windows. They used the table to block the staffroom door. Police said the boys used metal louvres from their rooms as weapons to damage property and threaten staff, and then smashed a hole in the ceiling. One boy crawled through the hole to access the dining room. The group used a toaster to start two fires in the common area. Calm was restored by 8pm, Supt Braam said. Damage was estimated at around $50,000. Acting Corrections Commissioner Rosanne Lague said the disturbance broke out in the centres G-block, which holds medium-security adult prisoners before they are taken to the new Holtze prison facility. Of the six detainees in the block, only four were involved in the disturbance, she said. Windows and other fittings were damaged. An attempt was made to set fire to a mattress (but it was) quickly doused with water and a detainee managed to get into a roof space. She said staff handled the situation without injury. In a conflicting report, Supt Braam said police expected to lay an assault charge after a guard was kicked in the groin. Up to eight young offenders being held at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre were involved in a riot at the weekend Pictures: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD Minister John Elferink announced upgrades at Don Dale last yearThere was damage to the detention centres pool table, windows and a ceiling WHAT IS DON DALE? THE Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, an Australian maximumsecurity prison for juvenile males and females, is located in Berrimah. IT operates a structured program of behavioural and case management in support of offender rehabilitation. Hunters put guns in rack THE waterfowl hunting season ends today with authorities praising the good behaviour of hunters. Parks and Wildlife Commission chief district ranger Dean McAdam said only two infringement notices were issued despite a record number of hunters this season. In total, the commission issued 2175 hunting permits. We congratulate hunters on their good behaviour this season and thank organisations such as NT Field and Game and their members for educating the public about safe and ethical hunting practices, Mr McAdam said. He said the commission wants hunters to lodge a permit return form, to allow for better monitoring of waterfowl population. (Permit return forms) ensure the best available data is available to help determine the timing and duration of the next hunting season, along with what the bag limits should be. Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve and Howard Springs Hunting Reserve were closed on December 23. The remaining hunting spots, including Shoal Bay Conservation Reserve and Harrison Dam Conservation Reserve as well as hunting on crown land and private property will end at 7.45pm, and resume again in September.