News briefs


Costs rejected 

A WOMAN facing fraud charges of around $3 million has failed in a bid for court ordered legal costs. Karlene Whyte, of Hartley, was charged late last year on 27 counts relating to misappropriation of large sums of money from her employer over a number of years. At the latest listing of the matter in Lithgow Court the prosecution indicated that a ‘very lengthy brief’ has now been completed. Magistrate Michael Allen again adjourned the matter to October 22 for reply. He rejected a bid for the awarding of a portion of legal costs, believed to be related to appealing the lifting of a publication suppression order. Knife charge

A 47-YEAR-OLD Lithgow man will face court following charges including alleged possession of a knife in a public place. The man was stopped by police on Main Street at 11.35pm on Wednesday and was also charged with a driving while disqualified offence. The man will face Lithgow Court at a future date.

Trailer theft CAR trailer was stolen from an address at Hartley Valley Road in Hartley on Tuesday night. The trailer is described as a 15'x6'6" beaver tail made by Sydney City trailers. The registration number is TA95RV. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Hartley break in

POLICE are investigating break in at Old Bathurst Road in Hartley on August 24. Perpetrators gained access to the garage by forcing a front door and stole a quantity of timber.

Lithgow woman charged

A 31-year-old Lithgow woman may face possible drug charges after being stopped by police Friday. At 2.30am police stopped a vehicle travelling on the Great Western Highway in Marrangaroo and searched the vehicle, finding a quantity of resealable bags containing what police believed to be an illicit substance. The substance has been sent to a testing lab and as yet no charges have been laid.

Man charged for malicious damage

AN 18-year-old man from Running Stream was charged with malicious damage after allegedly smashing a window at a business on Bent Street in Lithgow. It was reported to police that the man had a been involved in an argument and consequently smashed the window before leaving. He was later arrested by police and will face Lithgow Court on September 8.