Disgraced detective and former Rarotonga resident Mark Franklin is in the news again, this time making an appearance in a “true crime” podcast on the New Zealand Stuff website.

As of about 6.30pm on Thursday night, all that remained of the Tex Mart Betela building was a patch of blackened earth and a pile of rubble.

Driving behaviour on Rarotonga at the weekend was marred by three road incidents and one arrest for drunkenness and obscene language directed at hospital staff and the police.

The Tex Mart store in Betela was destroyed by fire on Friday night, making it the second Arorangi building to fall victim to flames in just an eight-day period.

Arrest over parliament smash

Saturday June 23, 2018

A 21-year-old local man was lucky to emerge unharmed after crashing his vehicle into parliament building at Nikao yesterday morning.

An investigation into the alleged assault of a 25-year-old woman holidaying on Rarotonga continues, as further details of the incident come to light.

The Cook Islands Police Service had a relatively quiet weekend, attending only a handful of minor incidents.

A Cook Island Police Service spokesman has confirmed that a police officer has been interviewed as part of an investigation in to an alleged assault that occurred at Rehab Nightclub in Avarua on June 7.

The Cook Islands Police Service says the service they provide to the community is “often taken for granted and perhaps not fully appreciated”, after it was revealed officers responded to 247 incidents last month, an average of eight a day.

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