US lawmaker’s bill forces men to get note from wives before purchasing Viagra

Viagra Photo: Supplied Mary Lou Marzian, a member of the Kentucky General Assembly, is putting fellow legislators’ family values to the test. Photo: Kentucky State Legislature

Tired of what she considers the government inserting itself into women’s private lives, a Kentucky lawmaker has decided to return the favour.

Louisville Democrat Mary Lou Marzian has introduced a bill that would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through a series of humiliating hoops beforehand, such as visiting a doctor twice and getting notes from their wives.

“I want to protect these men from themselves,” Ms Marzian, who is a nurse, said.

“This is about family values,” she added.

Ms Mazian told broadcaster WDRB that House Bill 396 would also require that someone seeking Viagra, Cialis, Levitra or Avanafil “make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse”.

“I started thinking, ‘How would this body of men feel if the government was injecting [itself] into their private medical decisions,’ ” she said.

Ms Marzian’s proposal arrives a week after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican, signed a bill requiring women to consult a doctor at least 24 hours before an abortion, according to the Courier-Journal. The “informed consent” bill, as it was labelled, passed with 92 “yes” votes on January 28, according to WDRB. Ms Marzian was one of three members of the Kentucky House to vote against the law, the station noted.

An abortion rights supporter, Ms Marzian has argued that government should not be able to interfere with people’s medical decisions. She told WDRB her proposal was also inspired by her fellow lawmakers’ values.

“We are very ‘family values’ in the Kentucky General Assembly – they are all awash in Christian family values – so that’s why I put that part in there that [erectile pills] can only be used in a marital relationship,” she said.

Ms Marzian admitted her bill was more symbolic than serious and she did not expect it to receive much support. And yet, she isn’t done introducing provocative proposals.

The lawmaker told a local newspaper she intends to introduce a bill that would require gun buyers to get counselling from victims of gun violence 24 hours ahead of a firearms purchase.

“I’m just making sure the government is taking care of your safety,” she said.

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Man skulks in dam after driving van into water to escape police

The man refused to emerge from the water. Photo: Sunrise The man in the dam after driving a stolen vehicle into the water. Photo: Sunrise

Police kept their guns trained on the man as he remained in the dam. Photo: Sunrise

A 45-year old man drove his van into a dam at Penrith early on Tuesday morning, and then skulked in the weedy water and refused to emerge even when police drew their weapons.

Police from Penrith Local Area Command were racing to the scene of another crime – an alleged robbery of a bobcat – with lights and sirens blaring when they saw a white Toyota van strike some debris, travel through a fence and eventually stop in a dam.

As the officers stopped their vehicle to check on the driver of the van, he got out and swam to the middle of the dam.

Officers attempted to negotiate with the man – who can be seen submerged in water on video obtained by Sunrise – but he refused.

He allegedly threatened police when they drew their firearms, police said.

As police organised for a boat to be delivered to the area, the man left the water and was arrested, wrapped in a towel and bundled into the back of a police van.

The man was allegedly driving a stolen van. He was taken to Penrith Police Station where inquiries into the van and the incident continue.

Another man was arrested nearby. He is not believed to be linked to the van but is being spoken to in relation to other alleged offences.

AT 2pm on Tuesday, police charged a man with allegedly stealing a bobcat at Glenmore Park earlier this morning..

Meanwhile, officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a nearby incident at Orchard Hills, where a man crashed a stolen vehicle into a dam.

The man was arrested and remains in custody at Penrith Police Station but no charges have yet been laid.

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Kanye West probably isn’t in $US53 million debt

Kanye West claims in his latest outburst he’s $74 million in debt, but he probably isn’t. Photo: Kevin MazurHe made headlines this week for claiming to be $US53 million ($74 million) in debt, but maybe Kanye West shouldn’t be passing around the collection plate just yet.

The 38-year-old rapper, who simultaneously launched his new album and fashion collection at NYFW last week, lamented to his Twitter followers that he had incurred a significant “personal debt”, tweeting billionaires including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him out, but it seems unlikely that West has incurred a debt anywhere near the figure quoted.

According to a TMZ source, the $US53 million figure just refers to West’s investment in his music and fashion empires, not actual debt.

The source said that, although his artistic outlay had been significant (the source said West had spent $US40 million on his Yeezy fashion empire alone, which he originally funded entirely from his own pocket) it was unlikely that it had sent the rapper into that level of debt.

The expenditure seems paltry when you consider West’s net wealth (widely estimated to be north of $US100 million) as well as his annual income (which Forbes put at $US22 million in 2015 and $US30 million in 2014), making it unlikely that the $US53 million figure is debt in the traditional sense of the word.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, is also not exactly what you would call a low-income earner, having an estimated net wealth of $US50 million.

The TMZ audit comes after West took to Twitter to express alleged financial struggles on Sunday.

Following a series of tweets about his new album, The Life of Pablo (which he said is named after Paul the Apostle), West revealed it costs a lot to be the self-professed greatest artist of all time.

“I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt … Please pray we overcome … This is my true heart,” he wrote.

The rapper went on to encourage his followers to subscribe to artist-owned music streaming service Tidal, which he is a shareholder in, saying that he would not release his new album on any other platform for a week.

“Please for all music lovers. Please subscribe to tidal I decided not to sell my album for another week. Please subscribe to tidal.” I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016Please for all music lovers. Please subscribe to tidal!!! I decided not to sell my album for another week. Please subscribe to tidal.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016Man thank you so so so much everyone for signing up to Tidal. Tidal is now the number one app in the world!!! pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/O3r9DkX03R— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016

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need2know: ASX poised to rally

Local shares are poised to open higher as base metals and oil advance. Results pending from NAB, among others.

What you need2know

SPI futures up 35pts or 0.7% to 4820

AUD 71.43 US cents, 81.85 Japanese yen, 64.04 Euro cents and 49.48 British pence

Wall Street is closed for a holiday

In Europe, Stoxx 50 +2.8%, FTSE +2%, CAC +3%, DAX +2.7%

In London, Rio +0.19%, BHP -0.34%

Spot gold -2.3% to $US1209.10 at about 7am Sydney time

Brent crude +1.4% at $US33.83 at about 6.30am Sydney time

Iron ore up $US2.61 or 6% to $US46.26

What’s on today

RBA latest meeting minutes, lending finance.

Overseas economic data: UK January inflation, German February ZEW index, US February Empire State manufacturing, US February homebuilder sentiment, US Treasury December net foreign securities purchases.

Central banks: South Korea rate decision. US Fed speakers: Philadelphia president Patrick Harker, Minneapolis boss Neel Kashkari, Boston chief Eric Rosengren.

Germany’s constitutional court holds a hearing in a lawsuit against the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions program. UK Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the leaders of political groups in the European Parliament in a closed session in Brussels.

Overseas earnings: Hormel Foods, Vornado Realty Trust, Express Scripts Holding, Public Storage, Zoetis, Devon Energy, FMC Technologies, Cimarex Energy, Air Liquide, HeidelbergCement, Electricite de France, Orange.

Stocks in focus

Local earnings: NAB, Bradken, Cash Converters, Challenger, CSL, G8 Education, Greencross, Invocare, Pacific Brands, Paladin Energy.


The European Central Bank will take measures to ensure its monetary policy reaches the real economy if that appears threatened by financial-market turbulence, president Mario Draghi told European lawmakers. The euro fell. The Frankfurt-based bank faces its next policy decision on March 10.

China’s currency appreciated 1.2 per cent, the most since July 2005, to 6.4962 a US dollar as of 11.29pm in Shanghai, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The offshore yuan rose 0.08 per cent to 6.5035, broadly in line with the onshore rate. The People’s Bank of China raised its daily fixing against the greenback by 0.3 per cent, the most since November.

“In the near term, the stronger fixing and Zhou’s comments reflect the PBOC’s consistent view of stabilising the yuan,” said Ken Cheung, a Hong Kong-based strategist at Mizuho Bank. “Containing yuan depreciation expectations and capital outflows remain top-priority tasks.”


Iron ore imports by China dropped last month from a record as steelmakers in the largest producer reined in output before a national holiday. Overseas purchases fell to 82.19 million metric tons from 96.27 million a month earlier, according to customs data on Monday. In 2015, imports rose 2.2 per cent to 952.72 million tons.=

Saudi Arabia’s oil minister plans to meet with his Russian counterpart in Doha on Tuesday to discuss the oil market, according to a person familiar with the talks. Ali al-Naimi, the most senior oil official of the world’s biggest crude exporter, will speak with Russia’s Alexander Novak in the Qatari capital.

United States

Wall Street was closed on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.


The optimism that swept through European equities entered a second day as lenders and carmakers further rebounded, while investors bet on additional central-bank stimulus.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 3 per cent at 4:31 p.m. in London, taking its two-day gain to 6 per cent. Italian and Greek lenders led a bank rally, while the region’s automakers advanced, helped by a weakening euro. Miners are close to a 20 per cent rebound from their January low.

Greece’s Eurobank Ergasias, Piraeus Bank and National Bank of Greece surged more than 26 per cent, while Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena rallied 9.2 per cent after hitting record lows last week.

Danske Bank, which this year surpassed Deutsche Bank in market value, advanced 6.3 per cent after renewing a pledge to retail clients that they won’t foot the bill for Denmark’s negative interest rates.

Credit Suisse Group, which also tumbled to the lowest ever, rebounded another 2.6 per cent, while HSBC Holdings rose 1.5 per cent as it said it will keep its headquarters in the UK after considering a relocation to Hong Kong.

What happened yesterday

Australian shares on Monday bounced from recent losses, pulled higher by Friday’s global equities rally, firmer oil prices and a relatively serene return of Chinese markets after the Lunar New Year holidays.

The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index closed at 4765.3 points, up 1.64 per cent, or 78.2 points, on the day. The broader All Ordinaries Index was ahead 1.6 per cent, or 76.8 points, at 4893.4.

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Team up with your neighbours for garage sale initiative

Environmental initiative Our Super Street Sale has arrived in the Cessnock local government area.

Originally developed by Lake Macquarie City Council, the Our Super Street Sale initiative aims to help residents to reduce landfill, clear out storage space and to sell unwanted items.

Cessnock City Council is encouraging residents to hold a garage sale with two or more of their neighbours, and council will promote the sale across its website, social media and with a coloured classified ad in the Advertiser.

“Our Super Street Sale will provide an opportunity for residents to be part of the drive towards reducing waste, while building better relationships with their neighbourhood,” Cessnock Mayor Bob Pynsent said.

“It is a fantastic initiative and we’re anticipating a great response from the community.”

Residents are invited to register their on Cessnock City Council’s website to receive a free garage sale kit.

Visit council’s website or call 4993 4203 to register.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan turns down 147 break opportunity at Welsh Open snooker tournament

Colourful character: Ronnie O’Sullivan. Photo: Getty Images English snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan was a few pots away from achieving perfection in a frame of snooker on Monday. But, with a maximum break of 147 in his grasp, the sport’s most charismatic player turned down the chance to complete the coveted feat – because he felt the prize money of £10,000 ($20,220) was “too cheap”.

In the final frame of his 4-1 win over Barry Pinches during a first-round match at the Welsh Open on Monday – and on track for the 14th maximum break of his career – O’Sullivan made the bold move.

The player, nicknamed ‘The Rocket’, asked the match referee midway through his break what the bonus prize was for a 147, and appeared disappointed when told he could win up to £12,000 ($24,260) comprising of £10,000 ($20,220) for the 147 and £2000 ($4040) for the highest break of the tournament.

He also asked TV commentators in the commentary box for information.

Apparently disappointed with the information, he opted to play a simple positional shot and the pink ball off the next-to-last red instead of continuing his bid for the perfect break with the more difficult black.

The world number five then proceeded to clear up for a 146 break and a beatable marker for the tournament’s high-break prize.

O’Sullivan told BBC Wales, “I could have got on the black and possibly made a 147.”

“I knew it was 10 grand and I just thought that’s a bit too cheap really,” he said.

“To make a maxi, it’s such a massive achievement and if they’re going to pay us 10 grand, I think its worth a bit more than that.”

“Once the prize goes up a bit, I’ll go for the 147. A 146 is just as good!”

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn described O’Sullivan’s actions as “unacceptable” and “disrespectful”.

“This is not a crime, but a shame.”

“Players have a duty to the fans to deliver the best standard and entertainment they can. Anything less than playing to their best ability is unacceptable and disrespectful to the paying public.”

The incident revived memories of a frame O’Sullivan played at the World Open in Glasgow in 2010.

On that occasion, he just needed to pot the black ball to complete a 147 when he decided to end the frame, on a break of 140. But after the match, the referee pleaded with him to “do it for the fans,” so O’Sullivan returned to the table and sank the black.

There wasn’t a prize for a 147 in that tournament.

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Sky rail: can we tell the difference between petitions and parody any more?

Murrumbeena residents Karlee Browning and Tracey Bigg attend a protest against a proposed elevated railway line. Photo: Penny StephensSky rail project scores a skyfail on proper consultation

Residential campaigns in Melbourne are frequently beyond parody, so how can we tell when a petition is serious or satire?

It’s not easy these days.

Protests begin with serious concerns, but then they’re so often amplified with hysteria and hyperbole.

Level crossing removal was supposed to be the state government’s easiest infrastructure sell: a no-brainer, a building program everyone wanted, the solution to traffic congestion at boom gates.

But when Daniel Andrews unveiled plans for three sections of elevated rail to sail over intersections on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line, local residents formed the No SkyRails campaign to fight the flight path past their Murrumbeena backyards.

The opposition was so fierce so fast that some wondered if it had been astroturfed, arranged by the Opposition. But no, it’s a genuine grassroots revolt  –  fuelled in part by the shock felt by locals who weren’t consulted on the scope and scale of the raised railway lines that will loom over their back fences, and in part by a reasonable suspicion that the underpasses won’t be maintained properly. 

Artist’s impression of Murrumbeena station sky rail proposal opposed by No SkyRail campaign. Photo: Supplied

And now there’s a new, rival petition, No More Train Trenches.

This latest campaign condemns separate state plans to lower the rail line below ground level on other swathes of the sandbelt, such as McKinnon on the Frankston line, so that trains can travel under the cross roads.

Could they be serious?

Artist’s impression of the train underpass at McKinnon Road opposed by the No More Train Trenches campaign Photo: supplied

Trench construction of rail lines is disruptive, the petition argues, and not in a good way: it’s noisy, dirty and ugly.

On completion, the new petition says, a trench will “be a scar that cuts through the suburbs forever. It will accumulate rubbish. It will be at risk of flooding. It will be a magnet for graffiti and tagging.”

What’s more, “train travellers deserve beautiful train lines”.

What?  “We deserve beautiful views from the train when we travel.”

At this point, we started to suspect someone was taking the micky.

But the dystopian future of the Pakenham rail line predicted by No SkyRails spokeswoman Karlee Browning also seems preposterous, with prostitutes lurking in rubbish-strewn archways full of burnt-out cars while paedophiles peer into backyards at children in swimming pools.

She’s hardly the first objector to paint an extreme worst-case scenario.

Indeed, Melbourne rail blogger Marcus Wong points out that the “paedophile card” has become the urban planning equivalent of Godwin’s Law, the Nazi argument produced once everyone’s lost grip of the debate.

Suburban campaigns often look unreasonable from other postcodes. The householders who move next to pubs, clubs and even the Showgrounds and then file noise complaints seem ridiculous, but the doof doof booming from the hotel near your place is appalling and must be turned down.

Anyway, we reached out to No More Train Trenches, checking if they were legit. Campaigners are not usually bashful about their causes, so ‘Trenchy’s’ reluctance to engage directly was suspicious.

A fake, we decided. A clever one that made some valid points, but a fake.

On Sunday, we received an email from the campaign. Still anonymous.

Yes, the author admitted, it is satirical. A little.

“Of course the ‘No More Train Trenches’ campaign is tongue-in-cheek,” the author admitted. “It includes some spurious objections and is deliberately emotive – you’ve seen what it’s up against!”

“But it does point out some legitimate concerns and serious deficiencies of train trenches, that we have blindly accepted with recent projects at Mitcham, Springvale and Gardiner stations, and that are going to be delivered at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh. We absolutely must demand better outcomes.”

Campaigns supporting planning proposals don’t get traction, the author said.

“It’s almost impossible to execute a successful campaign that supports something in the affirmative, especially when a groundswell of negative opinion already exists…

“So, rather than launching a ‘Support the Sky Train’ campaign, in direct and ugly confrontation with the “No Sky Rail” folks, I started the ‘No More Train Trenches’ campaign to give some airtime to the flaws of the most probable alternative.”

The trouble is, Melbourne must invest in major rail lines and roads in the next decade to cope with congestion, just as we must build high-density housing to accommodate our population boom. But as our anonymous petitioner points out, there are no perfect solutions.

“The honest truth about rail lines and grade separation is there’s no perfect method. They all have some good features, and some bad features. But once they’re done, we’ll be living with them for more than 50 years, so we had better get them right.”

This is a campaign I can get behind.

To get the best for this city, we all need to calm down. The one thing that definitely makes our lives worse is constant trench warfare over every possibility.

Michelle Griffin is state topic editor of The Age. 

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Kittens strip club blaze latest chapter in bikie plans to muscle in on lucrative security contracts

Kittens Club on Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South. Photo: Eddie Jim Firefighters outside Kittens strip club on Glen Huntly Road in Caulfield South. Photo: 3AW

The bar at Kittens before the fire. Supplied kittens苏州美甲美睫培训学校419论坛 Photo: Nino Bucci

The burnt out car in Hallam. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News, via Twitter

A strip club destroyed in an arson attack on Tuesday morning marks another flashpoint in an 18-month war waged by Comanchero bikie gang members on the security industry, police believe.

People were seen acting suspiciously around Kittens strip club on Glen Huntly Road in Caulfield South moments before the explosion about 3am.

It is the third time a Kittens strip club has been targeted since November, and the latest incident in a vicious campaign that has included seven non-fatal shootings.

While not naming the outlaw gang responsible for the violence, Detective Inspector Ian Campbell from the anti-bikie Echo task force said one particular club had been responsible for standing over security companies in a bid to claim lucrative contracts.

He said police were working with the state government to ensure bikie gang members could not work in the security industry.

Detective Inspector Campbell conceded that the violence would end if bikies were unable to be employed in the industry.

“The security industry at this stage is troublesome,” Detective Inspector Campbell said.

“We have a number of persons associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs trying to muscle in on the industry and endeavouring to take a larger slice of the pie.”

Detective Inspector Campbell said arrests were expected to take place soon, and that a witness had seen a person leaving the scene of the Kittens fire.

It took firefighters more than an hour to control the blaze, which destroyed the venue.

The strip club was closed at the time and no one was inside. The venue was set to close at 3am, according to the Kittens website.

A burnt-out BMW was found in Hallam, about 30 kilometres away, at 6am. The light-coloured car found in Basil Close was not reported stolen, but could be linked to the shooting, police said.

A car was heard idling in the laneway behind Kittens before the fire.

Another Kittens venue in South Melbourne has recently been targeted in two drive-by shootings.

Burnt-out cars were also found after each of these shootings.

A security guard was struck in the forehead by three shotgun pellets during the most recent drive-by shooting in January, and a door was damaged by another shotgun blast in November.

It is the first time another Kittens venue has been targeted. There is also a Kittens car wash in Bentleigh East, and a party boat and bus associated with the club.

The stand-over of security companies by members of the Comancheros appears to have started at a time when the gang was severely weakened by the arrests of key members.

In October, 2014, police claimed that almost half the Comancheros in Victoria were behind bars.

Commander Mick Murray, the head of the gang in Victoria and one of the most senior Comancheros in Australia, vowed to quit the club in 2014 as a condition of his bail.

Mr Murray has a variety of business interests, including in the security industry.

Two of the shootings referred to by Detective Inspector Campbell are believed to be the shooting of Clay Auimatagi, a former kickboxer who co-owns a gym and has links to a security company, in September, and the gunning down of Roberto Morando the following month.

Detective Inspector Campbell said that although Kittens was the only venue targeted, there was no evidence bikies had a particular vendetta against the club.

A security company associated with Mr Auimatagi provided services at Kittens until late last month, when the venue’s ownership and the company agreed to part ways, Detective Inspector Campbell said.

One of the venue’s owners did not return a request for comment.

Police have investigated reports that a Comanchero associate was bashed badly by Mr Auimatagi’s guards when he was kicked out of a CBD venue last year, and whether this resulted in an escalation of attacks on security.

The bashing happened about a month before Mr Auimatagi was shot, but his business partner said last month he was not convinced the Comanchero associate was linked.

The man was released from prison early last year, after being jailed in relation to a vicious bashing at another strip club.

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Geelong police search for man, boy thrown from motorbike in Robin Ave Norlane

The crash occurred on Robin Avenue, Norlane, a northern suburb of Geelong. Photo: Google MapsA man and a young boy were thrown from a motorbike in a crash on Monday afternoon only to casually walk away from the scene, leaving the driver of a car injured and confused.

Geelong police are now searching for the motorbike rider, who was wearing only shorts and thongs and no helmet, when the crash occurred on Robin Avenue in Norlane.

The boy, who is described as being around seven years old, was wearing a helmet and what appeared to be a school polo shirt.

The motorbike crashed into a Toyota sedan, as its driver was making a U-turn about 4pm.

The two riders were thrown over the bike, and the car, and landed on the road.

With the help of an unidentified passerby, the rider and the young boy got up and walked away without exchanging details with the Toyota driver.

Police have been unable to find the motorcycle, the rider, or the child.

The driver of the car suffered minor cut to the head from some smashed glass.

Senior Constable Jamie Kahle from the Geelong Highway Patrol said investigators were confident they would be able to track down the rider and the damaged motorcycle with the help of the community.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Teenager Ahmed al-Hamza shot outside Campbellfield restaurant in second Melbourne shooting in a day

The victim of the Campbellfield shooting being wheeled into the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News, via Twitter Police at the scene of the Campbellfield shooting outside the Al Diwan mediterranean restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News

A teenager with links on social media to organised crime figures was shot near a Campbellfield restaurant on Monday evening, the second shooting in a day in Melbourne’s north.

It is not clear if Ahmed al-Hamza, 18, was shot in the thigh at the Al-Diwan Lebanese restaurant in Mahoneys Road, or shot nearby and arrived at the business with the injury.

Police believe a Triple-0 phone call was made from the restaurant about 9.30pm on Monday, but none of the five people who were there at the time are co-operating with police.

Mr Hamza was taken to the Royal Melbourne hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. He was in a stable condition on Tuesday afternoon.

The restaurant’s owner, Amer Taiba, said the shooting did not happen at his business.

“Everything happened across the road,” Mr Taiba told Fairfax Media.

He said emergency services were across the road and paramedics were treating a man who was walking down the “middle of the street”. UPDATE: An 18-year-old is in hospital after an overnight shooting in Melbourne’s north. #TenNews 5pm pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/vbU7qyrlTc— Ten News Melbourne (@tennewsmelb) February 16, 2016

“100 per cent it has nothing to do with the restaurant.”

Mr Taiba is linked on social media with an organised crime figure who is facing charges over a $6 million drug smuggling operation. He cannot be named for legal reasons.

One of the co-accused in the drug smuggling case, Rami Margus, is linked on social media with Mr Hamza.

Mr Hamza is also connected with George Marrogi, who has convictions for manslaughter and recklessly causing serious injury.

It is understood armed crime detectives are investigating links between Monday night’s shooting and others that have occurred in the city’s outer north and west in the past year.

There are no clear links between Monday’s two shooting incidents.

About 7am on Monday, people in two cars exchanged shots at the intersection of View and Glen streets in Glenroy.

More shots were fired a couple of hundred metres up the road, near the intersection of View Street and Cardinal Road, but no one was injured.

There are no detailed descriptions of the vehicles, only that they were dark and one was larger than the other.

It is understood the latest shooting was the 10th in the state this year, in addition to three in December.

Anyone with information on either shooting can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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