Ballarat breakfast report: August 27, 2014

WEATHER

A glorious sunrise has woken the city and will remain a mostly sunny day.

After patchy fog and light frost early this morning we will see a top of 18 degrees.

There is a chance of fog redeveloping tonight.

Light winds.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Ballarat mayor Joshua Morris says he was always clear about his political aspirations. 

This is despite ruling out any possibility of becoming a candidate in the 2014 state election to The Courier during an interview at the end of last year. 

Read the full story here

POLICE

A seventh person has been arrested following a drug trafficking investigation in the Wimmera.

Police arrested a Horsham man, 24, on Tuesday.

He was charged with having trafficked methamphetamine and possession of proceeds of crime. 

Read the full story here

FIRE

A man and a boy are lucky to be alive after they escaped a fire that destroyed a home.

The man, 50, and boy, 8, were alerted to the fire at an Eganstown residence due to a working smoke alarm.

Fire crews were called to the Old-Main Road address at 2.30am to find the house fully engulfed in flames. 

The blaze was brought under control at 3.20am.

The house was destroyed.

Two Ballarat City Fire crews attended a false alarm at 6pm at Lake Wendouree, 6pm. 

AMBULANCE

Paramedics were also called to the Eganstown blaze just after 3am.

However, the man and boy were uninjured and ambulance was not required.

Paramedics attended a single vehicle accident just after 4.30am on the Stawell-Warracknabeal Road.

A man, aged in his 40s, sustained back injuries after the vehicle he was travelling in struck a tree when he was travelling towards Minyip.

He was transported to the Wimmera Base Hospital in a stable condition.

V/LINE

Train services have been disrupted this morning due to a track fault at Sunshine. Coaches will replace trains from Bacchus Marsh.

ON THE AGENDA

Today The Courier will be heading along to the Ballarat Football Netball League pre-finals media conference.

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