1. Police share details of finding the bodies of the Manrique-Lutz family.
Maria Lutz and her children. Image via Facebook.
Police have shared details of finding the bodies of the Manrique-Lutz family in their Davidson home following their deaths.
Good Weekend reports that police were not legally able to enter the home without reason for concern that the family might be in danger. As a result they opened a side gate so they could get a view inside a window. The police caught a glimpse of Fernando Manrique's body, which motivated them to break into the home.
Officers then found the bodies of an adult Maria Lutz and her daughter Elisa lying side by side in a bedroom. In the next bedroom, they found the bodies of Lutz Manrique's son Martin and the family pet dog, Tequila.
Ceiling fans were on in all the rooms. Allegedly to circulate the carbon monoxide gas.
2. Victorian woman finds live snake in her Christmas tree.
A victorian woman got the shock of the season after finding a live tiger snake in her Christmas tree. https://t.co/AUTz0xq1NN
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) December 18, 2016
A Frankston woman was shocked to find a live tiger snake wrapped around her Christmas tree.
Professional snake catcher, Barry Goldsmith, was called to the site and said that the woman remained calm despite finding the venomous snake in her Christmas tree.
“This lady was pretty cool,” Goldsmith told the Herald Sun. “I’ve had [people] screaming and crying.”
Goldsmith released the tiger snake into the wild after retrieving it from the tree.
3. Midyear budget update to be released today.
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) December 18, 2016