News

Knife man sends Gracemere school into lockdown

A MAN carrying a knife caused a school to go into lockdown when its principal spotted him going onto school grounds.

When the principal went after him Lyle Morris Tiers dropped the two knives he held when he was instructed to.

Police prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens, in Gladstone Magistrates Court, said the principal was sitting in a car outside Waraburra State School at Gracemere when he saw a man run onto the school grounds carrying two large knives.

He said the principal confronted Tiers outside a classroom and told him to put the knives down which he did.

The school was placed in lockdown until police arrived at 3.50pm.

Sgt Stevens said Tiers told police it was not his intention to scare anyone but alleged two men had been following him and he was only trying to get away.

"He put the knives down and walked away," Sgt Stevens said.

In another crime before the court, goon wine, bottles of rum, vodka, and ciggies were on the shopping list for Tiers after he stole three bank cards.

Within an hour he racked up nearly $400 in booze and smokes using the stolen cards at a Biloela store which was captured on CCTV.

Tiers, 29, appearing in custody via video link from jail, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place on November 9 and being on the premises of a State School; 9 counts of fraud by dishonestly gaining liquor or cigarettes at Biloela on November 28 last year; entering a dwelling house and stealing a mobile phone and three bank cards.

Sgt Stevens said Tiers spent $397 on the stolen cards.

He was arrested on November 29 after police received a triple-0 call about two men fighting.

However, Tiers who had no identification gave police a false name of 'James Murdoch' which police later realised.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said alcohol was Tier's problem and had no money so used the stolen cards to buy the alcohol.

Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke said Tiers had 20 pages of criminal offences and his alcohol problems had led him from one jail sentence to another.

"It is not an enjoyable way to live your life," he said.

"Unless you change your ways you will keep on bouncing in and out of prison."

Tiers was sentenced to 12 months jail and ordered to serve four months before getting parole.

With the 66 days spent in custody Tiers will be released on April 4.

Topics:  gladstone, knife, lockdown, principal, school




"Focus on the good": New group spreads kindness

The Gladstone Goodness Project is spreading joy throughout the region.

Have you received a random act of kindness this week?

LETTER: Where are our rights. council?

'Ratepayers no longer have the facility to formally ask questions'

Census helpers are on the way

Census Field Officers will visit homes that haven't already completed their Census

Census Field Officers will grab their yellow Census satchels and hit

Latest deals and offers

Why Depp and Heard are fighting again

Amber Heard is furious over Depp taking advantage of her generosity

Kim Kardashian West steals hotel bath robes

Even Kim Kardashian steals bath robes from hotels, don't feel bad

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

John Williamson winding up for another Gympie Muster

John Williamson is bringing some new songs and artists to this year's Muster.

John Williamson is back and ready to put on his best show ever

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Gladstone landlords in trouble with Bechtel job losses

"If a big project was announced tomorrow I wouldn't want to see it"

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa