Ballarat breakfast report: January 21

WEATHER

To put it simply, today will be very pleasant in Ballarat.

A maximum temperature of 24 degrees, a cooling southerly wind, mostly sunny; it's hard to find much wrong with Mother Nature's efforts today.

In Ballarat, there is the slightest chance of rain this morning, not that any significant amounts are expected to fall.

Tomorrow will again hit 24, before Thursday heats up to 31 degrees.

POLICE

Ballarat police reported a quiet night over night, with no incidents to report.

However, the homicide squad will continue to investigate the suspicious disappearance of Ricky Lee Ganly, whose body was found in a submerged car in an abandoned Avoca mine at the weekend.

A 28-year-old Maryborough man has been arrested by police and will continue to help police in the investigation.

Investigators are still appealing to the public for assistance and have urged anyone who might have information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au

FIRE

A curious case for our firefighters, who were called out to a car that had crashed into a tree, before being abandoned, on Recreation Road in Mt Clear.

Crews were called out about 7pm to the crash, with the car leaking fluid.

There was nobody involved from the accident at the scene.

Then about half an hour later, crews attended a small grass fire on Gladstone Street, Mt Pleasant, but it would not be the last time for the night.

After dousing the small fire, crews again received a call about 2.30am to the same location, where there was another small fire they were able to easily contain.

AMBULANCE AND SES

Neither Ambulance Victoria nor the SES reported any incidents in the Ballarat area over night.

TRAINS

All trains in regional Victoria are listed as running on time this morning, according to the V/Line website.

TOP STORIES

Crash victim reunited with rescuers at award ceremony

Rainbow trout killed in heatwave as Lake Learmonth dries up

Maryborough man in custody after body found in flooded Avoca mine

ON THE AGENDA

The Salvation Army has a new leader for the Western Victoria region, Geoff Webb. We will catch up with Geoff today.

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