1. A man claims Karen Ristevski’s husband made “chilling” comments before her death.
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 17, 2017
A man has accused the husband of murdered Melbourne woman Karen Ristevski of making “chilling” comments in the months leading up to her disappearance.
In a 7 News exclusive, a man claims he first met Borce Ristevksi – who police have named as their primary suspect in the case – through a mutual friend in South East Asia in March last year.
Mr Ristevski was reportedly travelling to the region to buy clothes for the boutique the family ran in Melbourne.
“The first time I met him… he sent shivers down my spine,” the man, who has chosen to stay anonymous, told 7 News.
“I asked him a few questions… if he was married and that, he didn’t reply back to me. I found that a bit weird.”
But it was another comment Mr Ristevski allegedly made to him that reportedly made the man go to police when he heard news of Ms Ristevski’s death.
The man claims Mr Ristevski said, “this is a good place to get rid of somebody” while the pair were catching up over a few drinks.
“It’s not like something you say to someone you’ve just met,” the unnamed man said.
“There was something eating me up inside saying I should report it to police.”
Police have confirmed they are investigating the man’s claims, according to 7 News.
Ms Ristevski, 47, was reported missing on June 30, 2016, after her husband last saw her at their Avondale Heights home.
Her body was discovered in bushland in Macedon Regional Park in February.
Mr Ristevski has fervently denied any involvement in his wife’s death.
2. The US police officer who shot dead Australian Justine Damond has been named, as audio of her final moments is release.
— Susan-Elizabeth (@susanelizabethL) July 17, 2017
Chilling new audio has emerged of the moments around the fatal US police shooting of Australian spiritual healer and meditation coach Justine Damond in a Minneapolis alley.
The officers are heard communicating with their dispatcher over the police radio, including calling for back-up and their attempts to perform CPR on Ms Damond, AAP reports.
“Shots fired … we have one down,” one of the officers says.
Ms Damond’s death in the alley outside her Minneapolis home just before midnight on Saturday has devastated and outraged family, friends and left the Minneapolis community upset about the latest police shooting in their city.
Officer Mohammed Noor, who joined the Minneapolis Police Department a little over two years ago, has been identified as the policeman who fired multiple shots at Sydney-raised Ms Damond from the passenger seat of his vehicle.
The police audio was posted on the Minnesota Police Clips website.
Ms Damond, 40, called police after hearing a possible assault taking place in an alley behind her Minneapolis home in what has been described as the safe, middle-class neighbourhood of Fulton.
The police audio begins with the description of a “female screaming behind the building”, believed to be what Ms Damond told the dispatcher in her initial 911 call.
Ms Damond, dressed in her pyjamas, reportedly approached the driver’s side window of police car when it arrived in the alley and officer Noor shot across his partner at Ms Damond more than once from the passenger seat.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, described as a fact finder independent of Minneapolis police, is investigating the shooting and confirmed Ms Damond was not carrying a weapon.
Ms Damond may have been holding a mobile phone, which was reportedly found near her body.
“BCA crime scene personnel located no weapons at the scene,” BCA said in a statement on Monday.
“The BCA continues to examine evidence to determine the facts that led to the shooting incident.”
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted an autopsy on Ms Damond but the results have not been released.
Ms Damond, raised on Sydney’s northern beaches and described as having “peace flowing through her”, moved to the US after meeting and falling in love with Minneapolis man Don Damond.
Formerly Justine Ruszczyk, Ms Damond took her fiance’s surname before next month’s planned wedding.
The BCA confirmed officer Noor and his partner’s body cameras were not turned on and their police car dashboard camera did not capture the incident.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told reporters she has “a lot of questions why the body cameras were not on”.
Lt Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation representing officers, told AAP “the federation has decided to reserve all comment until case completion in the matter”.
Teresa Nelson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, said the officers violated police policy by not turning on their body cameras.
“This violation of policy thwarted the public’s right to know what happened to Ms Damond and why the police killed her,” Ms Nelson said.
“The two officers broke the policy not only when they didn’t activate the body cameras before the incident, but also when they failed to do so after the use of force.”
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported officer Noor had been sued once in his short career when he and two other officers took a woman, who claimed false imprisonment, assault and battery, to hospital for treatment for a mental health crisis.
Ms Damond’s death has become a major national story in the US and has shone new light on police shootings in America. The Washington Post reported Ms Damond is one of at least 524 people fatally shot by police in the US this year and and the fifth in Minnesota.
3. ‘Heartbroken’ family remember 19-yo killed in accident after “swerving to avoid hitting a duck”.
Family grieve for Tamworth duck crash victim Shonae McCabe https://t.co/eabCVgf2hH
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) July 17, 2017
Nineteen-year-old Shonae McCabe was killed in an accident near Tamworth on Sunday morning, when police believe she swerved into a tree in an attempt to avoid hitting a duck on the road.
Witnesses and police attempted to revive the teen, but she was declared dead at the scene.
Her family has begun posting messages on social media, remembering the “beautiful” and “kind-hearted” 19-year-old.
“[Your] smile would light up a room,” her uncle, Dave Seabourne, shared on Facebook.
“Why does life have to take away good people?” friend Jaiden Nean Garvey wrote.
“You were such an amazing person always happy and smiling.”
A friend of Shonae’s, Krystal Wall, has set up a GoFundMe page to help her family plan her funeral.
Shonae was one of five people killed within hours in four separate crashes on NSW country roads over the weekend.
A male motorcyclist was killed just before 5pm on Sunday. Earlier in the day, a head-on-collision killed two.
4. Sydney shakes as earthquake strikes off the coast.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) July 17, 2017
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake has struck off the north Sydney coast.
The earthquake was felt at Avalon Beach when it struck on Monday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
There was no tsunami threat.
Geoscience Australia recorded the earthquake striking just off the coast at 10.39am and could be felt across a 28-kilometre radius.
5. Important science news: study finds we ‘almost always’ lean right when kissing.
The reason why you always lean to the right when kissing someone https://t.co/5Z2hJrRzf6
— The Independent (@Independent) July 17, 2017
Humans are hard-wired to favour leaning to the right while kissing romantic partners, an international study by psychologists and neuroscientists has found.
The research, by the universities of Dhaka, Bath and Bath Spa, found that kiss recipients have a tendency to match their partners’ head-leaning direction, AAP reports.
Experts built on work from Western countries to investigate kissing behaviours in a non-Western context, including a bias for turning the head to one side.
Their work, published in the journal Scientific Reports, studied 48 married couples in Bangladesh, where romantic kissing is not typically observed in public.
Couples were asked to kiss privately in their own homes, then go into different rooms and independently report back on various aspects of the kiss.
Men were about 15 times more likely to initiate kissing than women, and both partners showed a bias for turning their heads to the right.
Dr Rezaul Karim, from the department of psychology at the University of Dhaka, said: “This is the first study to show sex differences in the initiation of kissing, with males more likely being the initiator, and also that the kiss initiators’ head-turning direction tends to modulate the head-turning direction in the kiss recipients.
6. Caitlyn Jenner has revealed she is considering running for political office.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 17, 2017
Caitlyn Jenner has joined the list of celebrities who are considering running for political office in the United States following the election of former reality television star Donald Trump as president.
Jenner, who as former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner in 2015 became the highest-profile American to transition to a woman, said she would decide in the next six months or so whether to run for the US Senate in California, AAP reports.
Jenner told John Catsimatidis on his CATS Roundtable New York radio show on Sunday, that she is working with activist groups to improve the Republican Party’s stance on lesbian, gay and transgender issues.
“Over the next six months or so I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody, or are you better off from the inside?
“We are in the process of determining that. But yeah, I would look for a senatorial run,” she said.
Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein is up for re-election in California in 2018.
Jenner, 67, is a Republican but in February she criticised the Trump administration for reversing a federal directive that allowed transgender students to use public school bathrooms of their choice.
“From one Republican to another, this is a disaster,” she said in a video message to Trump at the time.
The success of Trump, a businessman who found fame through TV reality show The Apprentice, has encouraged others with no political experience to consider running for office.
Last week country-rock singer Kid Rock, a supporter of Trump, hinted he intends to run for the Senate in 2018 but he has yet to make any official announcement. He has not mentioned where he would run.
Actor and former wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has said he might run for the White House someday but has not mentioned a political affiliation.
Previous celebrities who made the transition to politics include action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms as California governor, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, who was elected Minnesota governor.
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