News

20yo woman can't get enough of Gladstone police officers

A YOUNG Gladstone girl used any excuse she could to get attention from police officers, including threats to kill herself.
A YOUNG Gladstone girl used any excuse she could to get attention from police officers, including threats to kill herself. Brenda Strong GLA300114POLI

A YOUNG Gladstone woman used any excuse she could to get attention from police officers.

Petica Mitylene Langford, 20, pleaded guilty in the Gladstone Magistrates Court to nine charges including two counts of stealing, two counts of obstructing police in line of their duties, one count of evading a taxi fare, one count of improper use of an emergency call service, wilful damage and two breaches of bail.

The court heard the string of offences occurred between November 2015 and March 2017.

The incidents began in November 2015 when Langford stole hair products from the Chemist Warehouse on Goondoon St.

She was filmed on CCTV slipping items into her handbag before walking out of the store without paying.

Police attended her address soon after and she told officers she didn't remember going to the Chemist. She was given a notice to appear in court.

On November 29 Langford sent a text message to Policelink stating she wanted to kill herself. Police arrived at her house, where they found her sitting on the couch eating.

The court heard Langford ignored police when they tried to question her and giggled when they told her they would have to take her to hospital.

Langford struggled with police when they tried to remove her from the address, as per their duty-of-care Emergency Examination Order. She was eventually taken to hospital before being released the same day.

On January 2, 2016 Langford dialled triple zero on her phone before hanging up.

The operator tried to call her back three times, the court heard. Police attended the residence of the owner of the phone, and found Langford in "good health".

She told police she knew they would attend if she called triple zero and hung up, declaring she simply wanted to talk.

On February 5, 2016 Langford ordered a taxi to take her to a residence in Clinton but upon arrival refused to pay the fare.

The driver called the police and Langford was given a notice to appear in court.

On November 2, 2016 Langford sent Policelink another text message, containing the same self-harm threats.

Police again took her to hospital before she was released later that day.

The following day she sent another message to Policelink, threatening self-harm again.

When officers arrived at her home they found Langford in good spirits.

The wilful damage and stealing offences relate to incidents at the Puma Service Station on Hanson Rd.

On March 3, 2017 Langford attended the service station with another female and began to throw around and damage car washing equipment.

She also pressed the emergency fuel stop button, shutting off fuel until 7am, costing the fuel station a considerable amount in potential sales.

Langford stole two packets of headache tablets from the same store a week later. Both incidents were captured on CCTV.

Gladstone Magistrate Melanie Ho ordered restitution for all stealing offences, placed Langford on a good behaviour bond and ordered her to complete a two-year probation period.

Topics:  gladstonecourt



Rural school gets brand new tuck shop

Ambrose State School will soon be able to host functions after a $200K grant.


Get Set for Summer

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

REVEALED: Liam Gallagher is coming to Falls Festival

English musician, singer, and songwriter, former lead singer of the rock band Oasis, Liam Gallagher performs during his concert at National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China, 10 August 2017.

He revealed the news ahead of the official line up announcement

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Reese Witherspoon on being a ‘has-been’ at 36

REESE Witherspoon might have an Oscar on her mantle and made millions at the box office but that hasn’t stopped people declaring her career is over.

RECAP: Game of Thrones s7 e6 - Beyond the Wall

Kristofer Hivju, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Paul Kaye and Joe Dempsie in a scene from Game of Thrones.

*Warning this story contains spoilers about today's new episode*

Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour

Paul Kelly is going on a 16-date national tour in November.

Music legend thrills fans with the announcement of a massive tour.

Take a trip around the world with music

Musicians hit the stage around Mackay this week

Mzaza - Children of the Road are heading to Gladstone.

Survivor twist bound to shock

Sunshine Coast mum-of-three Tara Pitt.

TARA Pitt benefited from a shock twist on Australian Survivor.

The Block goes back to school with gorgeous kids rooms

Ronnie and Georgia's winning kids bedroom in a scene from The Block.

ONE magical bedroom received the first perfect score of the season.

What's on the small screen this week

Rob Collins and Jessica Marais in a scene from season two of The Wrong Girl.

JESSICA Marais returns in The Wrong Girl.

Investors quick to snap up property in key growth corridor

High-profile commercial site sells at auction for $4.920m

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.