Jawdropping waterfront estate goes from Frying Pan to $2m fire-sale

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoBut construction was abandoned eight years ago. Picture: Lachie MilllardOver 160 people had inspected the property, with 30 making offers on it and five contracts offered ranging from $1.4m to $2m, according to real estate agent Peter Grainger of Rock Real Estate, who marketed the property for a year before it sold for $1.94m.“It was a very tough sell because it was incomplete and also it was left for eight years, (so) it looked like ruins although it’s very strong construction,” he told The Courier-Mail.The $4m paid in 2009 was in an inflated market, he said, “at least $1.5m over what it should have been”.“It’s what we call an out-of-line sale, which is when a property sells for an extraordinary amount of money over and above the market. During that time a lot of those properties were at least 30, 40, 50 per cent over the market price.”Mr Grainger said the new buyers had paid a “good price however there are risk factors involved in buying a property like that”. The structure seems surprisingly strong considering it’s been open to the elements. Picture: Lachie Milllard The block looks back towards the Noosa Parade area across the water. Passersby in a file shot inside the shell of the incomplete mansion. Picture: Lachie Milllard The large plot has its own beach. You just have to visualise the possibilities. Picture: Lachie Milllard“Buyers don’t want to take it on with unknown risk and unknown risk will only be found when they (re) start construction. They still will need another million to finish it off – in cash as banks don’t generally like lending on half-finished houses.”He said if the property had resold six months after building activity had stopped “it would have been a different story.”“The difference is when it’s finished it could be worth anything, it’s 1.61ha in a totally unique, beautiful position.”Mr Grainger said it was a “very complicated sale”.“No wonder it took them 12 months to finalise. I thought for sure would be $3m but ultimately the market does decide what the price should be and it was well and truly tested with 160 views over that time.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX undefined Lot 2 Frying Pan Track Noosa North Shore Qld 4565A BEACHFRONT owner has gone from Noosa’s Frying Pan to a fire-sale, after selling off her prized 1.61ha estate at a bargain $2m discount.The Singapore-based seller had paid a boomtime price of $4m for the jawdropping Noosa North Shore estate in mid-2009, according to CoreLogic records, but was unable to then complete construction of the 1100sq m mansion proposed for the site. BRISBANE SUBURBS RESIDENTS DON’T WANT TO LEAVE LIVE LIKE CLIVE PALMER’S NEPHEW, CLIVE MENSINK THIS IS WHAT $12M CAN BUY last_img read more

Provencio’s defense calls 1 witness; jury expected to hear closing statements early Tuesday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It took the State of Kansas five days of testimony to wrap up its case against Sylvester Provencio, charged with aggravated battery, a level 5 felony.It took the defense less than five minutes.After Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer closed his case Monday afternoon, Provencio’s defense attorney Jess Hoeme called on Sumner County Detective Keith Bristor to the stand. He asked if there was any blood samples taken at the scene of the alleged crime.Bristor said there was not.Bristor said he took over for Jeff Hawkins as the Sumner County Sheriff Detective in 2015. The April 22, 2015 brawl in southern Sumner County was one of the last cases that Hawkins investigated. Bristor said he knew of no blood evidence that was submitted or documented to a state forensic crime lab.Provencio then declined to testify in his behalf. Hoeme then rested his case.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin then excused the jury for the day, and told them to reconvene on 9 a.m. Tuesday where both County Attorney Kerwin Spencer and Hoeme will present their closing arguments. The 12-person jury is then expected to start deliberation thereafter.Shortly after the state rested this afternoon, Hoeme asked the judge to dismiss the aggravated battery charge because there was not enough sufficient evidence that Provencio used force against Greg Schneider, 53, of Caldwell, who sustained significant injuries during the melee.Hoeme said the melee involving four Caldwell men, five miles east of Caldwell, which started over a truck being stuck. There was essentially two fights going at the same time, Hoeme said – one between Provencio and Brian Nispel while Reedy and Schneider were fighting elsewhere. He said since there is no evidence that Provencio hurt Schneider, then there is no reason that he should be charged with aggravated battery.McQuin said, he too has doubts that there is enough evidence to convict Provencio of aggravated battery. But he told Hoeme he was not prepared to rule on the matter and would like to see what the jury thinks.McQuin also said the only solid evidence linking Provencio to Schneider was Wednesday’s testimony of Nispel.Nispel said on the stand that he was fighting with Provencio in the opposite ditch, when he was able to escape, get in his truck and make a U-turn. It was only then that he said he saw Provencio along with Reedy kicking an unconscious Schneider.Hoeme said that there is no shred of evidence that links Provencio to any of the injuries that Schneider incurred.Both men testified last week the brawl was initiated by a verbal confrontation between Provencio and Schneider, before Nispel arrived. However, when Nispel did arrive, Provencio diverted his attention to Nispel. The melee ensued when Provencio and Nispel started fighting in the opposite ditch while Reedy and Schneider were scrapping in front of Schneider’s pink Cadillac.Nispel said once he got away from Provencio, according to his testimony, he told Schneider “let’s get out of here” before getting into his pickup and driving in a southward direction. That was when he called Sumner County 911.Between that brief exchange with Schneider to when Nispel made a U-turn several feet south, Schneider had been knocked to the ground with what appeared to be a blow to the head.Nispel said he didn’t see the blow, but when he started driving forward, the two younger men were kicking at an unconscious Schneider on the ground. He then used his pickup to attempt knock Provencio and Reedy into the ditch.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer had introduced a metal pipe piece into evidence that was found in Schneider’s pink Cadillac after it was recovered in Caldwell. Provencio and Reedy took Schneider’s car and drove it back into town. However, the judge ruled the metal piece was irrelevant in that there was not enough substantial DNA evidence that the metal piece had anything to do with the brawl.Reedy has pled guilty to aggravated battery last week and is awaiting sentencing in July.Hoeme said it was likely that Reedy made the blow to Schneider and that the only contact Provencio made with Schneider was a swing that never made contact during the initial conversation.“The aggravated battery charge is mitigated by emotion,” Hoeme said. “But there is no solid evidence that is supported by law and facts. You take out the emotion and you do not have a case.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Jerry Evans, Sr., 83, Wellington: August 7, 1932 – August 4, 2016

first_imgJerry EvansJerry Evans, sr. 83, of Wellington died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral home of Wellington from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m.. A memorial has been established with Gentiva Hospice and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Jerry was born August 7, 1932, the son of Robert and Margaret (Brown) Evans in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from the Wellington High School and earned a Bachelor in Engineering from K-State. Jerry was united in marriage to Muriel Green in 1957, after her passing in 1983 he was united in marriage to Juanita Thomas in 1984. Jerry worked as a Civil Engineer for KDOT. He enjoyed farming and his family very much.Jerry is survived by his sons: Jerry Evans Jr. and his wife Kathy of Oxford and David Evans and his partner Lynn Hutchinson of Wichita; grandchild Michael and wife Margaret Evans and their children, Grace, Jack Millie, Sam, Clara and Lulu Evans, all of Lebanon, Maine, grandchild Amanda and husband Cody Havner and their children Hunter, Baelee, Abigail and Damian Havner, all of Wellington, Kansas, Grandchild Nicole Evans and child Kassim Evans of Oxford, Kansas; sister Joan and husband Dale Nordstrom of Arlington, Texas.He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Muriel and wife Juanita.last_img read more

Five posts of directors lying vacant in various museums

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Five posts of directors are lying vacant in various museums including National Museum under the Culture Ministry, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”The posts are lying vacant mainly because of non-availability of suitable candidates and litigation,” Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply.The organisations where the directors posts are vacant are: National Museum (New Delhi); National Gallery of Modern Art (Mumbai and Bengaluru), Indian Museum (Kolkata) and Salarjung Museum (Hyderabad).Sharma, however, said, “The process of selection for the vacant posts of directors is ongoing”. PTI MP DVlast_img