Month: July 2002

  • Phuket NewsYa bah found under mattress | Thaiger

    Ya bah found under mattress

    PHUKET TOWN: Police arrested a couple in a raid over the weekend and discovered illegal drugs hidden under a mattress in their hotel room. Acting on a tip-off that a delivery of ya bah (methamphetamine) had just been made, Marine Police took Rhom Chantarat, 48, and Jinawal Phromharn, 22 into custody early on Saturday. In a plastic bag under the…

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  • Phuket NewsSurasak offers B100,000 bounty on gunman | Thaiger

    Surasak offers B100,000 bounty on gunman

    PATONG: Patong Mayor Surasak Maneesri said today he would give 100,000 baht to anyone who can name either the gunman who shot at his Mercedes last month or the mastermind behind the shooting. Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the June 23 assassination attempt, which took place at the traffic light near the Tesco-Lotus Supercenter. Three…

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  • Phuket NewsTour boat propeller kills crewman | Thaiger

    Tour boat propeller kills crewman

    CHALONG: A crewman on a dive boat was killed when a propeller slashed open his stomach and almost severed his limbs on Wednesday off Koh Racha Yai. While recreational divers took a midday break, the crewman, Witaya Taktin, 25, had donned scuba gear and gone under the boat in order to clean the propeller. The boat, the Ladawan 2, had…

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  • Phuket NewsVillagers lobby for expo center | Thaiger

    Villagers lobby for expo center

    MAI KHAO: About 200 people from Mai Khao yesterday lobbied Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi to designate Tah Chat Chai as the location for the proposed International Exhibition and Convention Center (IECC), so that visitors will spread income among local people. Somporn Tansakul, the leader of the Mai Khao deputation, said that if the government decided to build the center in…

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  • Cannabis NewsHostage suspect tests negative for drugs | Thaiger

    Hostage suspect tests negative for drugs

    PHUKET TOWN: The suspect arrested in yesterday’s dramatic murder and hostage taking on Soi Hutchana Nivet was found to have no trace of ya bah (methamphetamine) in his system, though during the hostage negotiations he had claimed to have taken the drug in large quantities over the past few weeks. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station,…

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  • Phuket NewsBroken-hearted man hangs himself | Thaiger

    Broken-hearted man hangs himself

    PHUKET TOWN: A young man committed suicide by hanging himself from a beam because his boyfriend had left him for a woman, police said today. Pol Capt Chokechai Suttimake, of Phuket Town Police Station, said the body of Thanuthong Patchim, 21, was found in his house in Tambon Rassada by neighbors on Wednesday morning. He added that K. Thanuthong had…

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  • Phuket NewsBrutal double murder in Chalong | Thaiger

    Brutal double murder in Chalong

    CHALONG: Police are searching for a Burmese rubber tapper after the discovery on Tuesday in Soi Nakok, Moo 5, of the mutilated bodies of a man and a woman, in what police are calling a “love triangle” double homicide. Pol Capt Anak Mongkul, of the Chalong District Police Station, said the bodies were found in a rubber plantation 100 meters…

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  • Phuket News

    Robber caught, another on the run

    CHERNG TALAY: Police yesterday arrested Laotian construction worker Kae Kampukao, 19, for his part in a robbery in which a woman was threatened with a hammer, and are hunting his Thai partner-in-crime. Pol Maj Gen Kongpol Suwannaraks, Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, said this afternoon that at about 4:30 pm on Tuesday, local resident Saowarak Inyam, 28, reported to police…

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  • Phuket News

    Fishball seller in hostage drama

    PHUKET TOWN: Police this morning rushed a knife-wielding man and ended a four-hour hostage siege in Soi Hutchana Nivet, near the abandoned Phya Thai hospital. The hostage drama began at about 6:30 a.m. when, it is alleged, Tiem “Tia” Srisuktham, 34, from Srisaket, first bludgeoned his nephew, “Ta”, 23, also from Srisaket, with a heavy iron bar, then killed him…

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  • Cannabis NewsDrug abuse in Phuket “on the rise’ | Thaiger

    Drug abuse in Phuket “on the rise’

    PHUKET: A two-day conference involving 60 officers with an interest in controlling drug abuse was told today that the number of narcotics cases in Phuket could rise dramatically this year. “There were about 1,500 cases last year. This year the number may be 2,000,” Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi told the conference. Concern is also growing about the increasing use in…

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  • Phuket NewsCraft fair to mark 100 years of jail | Thaiger

    Craft fair to mark 100 years of jail

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket is to host an unusual national craft fair at Saphan Hin from July 20 to 26. The fair will mark the 100th anniversary of the island’s prison and will be titled, appropriately, “Neung Roi Phi Kangmanmook” – 100 Years of the Prison. National Corrections Department director general Siva Saengmanee flew in yesterday morning from Bangkok to announce…

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  • Phuket NewsDengue danger “greater this year’ | Thaiger

    Dengue danger “greater this year’

    PHUKET: Dr Wanchai Sattayawutthipong, chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) warned yesterday that the chances of people contracting dengue fever this year are higher than they were last year. According to figures released from the Ministry of Health, in the year to June 29 there have been 43,893 reported cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Thailand, and 64…

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  • Phuket NewsSri Lanka diplomat in talks over weapons | Thaiger

    Sri Lanka diplomat in talks over weapons

    PHUKET: Nimal Sirinathan, First Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Thailand, today met with senior police officers from Phuket to discuss the weapons seized at the fishing port last week. Mr Sirinathan met with Pol Maj Gen Kongpol Suwannaraks, Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, and Phuket Town Police Superintendent Pol Col Paween Pongsirin. After the meeting, Col Paween said…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice arrest motorbike bag snatchers | Thaiger

    Police arrest motorbike bag snatchers

    PHUKET TOWN: Police arrested three teenagers yesterday after a motorcycle gang snatched a bag from a tourist as she walked along Thalang Rd on Sunday night. Ingrid Monica Green, 23, from Ireland, told Phuket Town police that she was walking with friends in the weekly “walking street” when three teenagers on a motorbike stopped nearby. One came over and tried…

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  • Phuket NewsThai-Burma border “may reopen soon’ | Thaiger

    Thai-Burma border “may reopen soon’

    RANONG: Speculation is growing that Thailand’s border with Burma, closed since May 22, may reopen later this month. Closure of the border has resulted in major economic losses on both sides of the border, and has restricted visa run options for foreigners in the South of Thailand An officer at the Immigration Department in Ranong told the Gazette today, “We’ve…

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  • Phuket NewsRough seas hurl two boats onto the rocks | Thaiger

    Rough seas hurl two boats onto the rocks

    PATONG: Two tour boats being towed from Phuket to Ranong ended up on the rocks on Saturday afternoon after the line connecting them to their tugboat snapped in rough seas. A call came in to Marine Police from a friend on shore who had received a distress call from four crewmen on the “Salten 2”, caught on the rocks near…

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  • Phuket NewsSwiss tourist ignores warning, drowns | Thaiger

    Swiss tourist ignores warning, drowns

    KARON: A Swiss tourist drowned and another man was pulled from the water after ignoring a beach guard’s warning not to go swimming yesterday. The visitor, named by police as Peter Dominik Kennel, 40, was pulled from the sea unconscious and died on the way to hospital. Officers said that at about 3:30 pm the two friends finished drinking in…

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  • Phuket NewsAnother body found in “Burmese Cemetery’ | Thaiger

    Another body found in “Burmese Cemetery’

    PHUKET TOWN: The string of murders of Burmese fishermen continues with yet another body found in the notorious “Burmese Cemetery” area at the weekend. The body, stabbed more than 10 times, was found face-down at the end of Laem Tukkae, near Sri Sena Rd, on Sunday afternoon. The killing follows murders in two separate incidents last week. It brings the…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice make headway in Burmese murders | Thaiger

    Police make headway in Burmese murders

    PHUKET: Police investigating two separate murders of Burmese workers have finally come across people willing to talk to officers about what they know of the victims. Pol Maj Umpolwat Saenroeng, of Tung Tong Police Station, told the Gazette yesterday that on Wednesday afternoon he received a call from a local resident saying that a body had been found close to…

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  • Phuket NewsIsland facing drought crisis | Thaiger

    Island facing drought crisis

    PHUKET: The current water shortage on Phuket could become a crisis by the end of this month unless substantial rain falls in the meantime. Water is no longer being supplied from Bang Wad Dam, the island’s main reservoir, for fear that the dam wall may crack if the level falls too far. Water from nine former tin mines is now…

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  • Phuket NewsGov defends “average’ satisfaction rating | Thaiger

    Gov defends “average’ satisfaction rating

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi today defended his performance during his first six months as Governor CEO, from October last year to March. The Governor’s defense of his record followed the release of the results of a survey by the Rajabhat Institute Phuket of local levels of satisfaction with Gov Pongpayome’s performance. Addressing a public forum held at the…

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  • Phuket NewsSex-change operation draws a crowd | Thaiger

    Sex-change operation draws a crowd

    PHUKET TOWN: A large audience of doctors, hospital staff and representatives of the press today watched a man become a woman during six hours of sex-change surgery. The onlookers, including some 40 visiting members of the Thai Physicians of America Association, snacked on lunch while they watched the video conference broadcast. Phuket’s own world-renowned sex-change expert, Dr Sa’nguan Kunaporn performed…

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  • Phuket NewsManhunt for second war weapons suspect | Thaiger

    Manhunt for second war weapons suspect

    PHUKET: Police yesterday began a search for a second man they believe was involved in the transport of weapons seized at the fishing port Tuesday, after they discovered he was the registered owner of the pick-up truck seized for allegedly being used to transport the weapons of war. When Prachumpon Raampung, who had been driving the Toyota Tiger pick-up, was…

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  • Phuket NewsWeapons of war seized at fishing port | Thaiger

    Weapons of war seized at fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: Police yesterday seized a haul of weapons and ammunition at Por Pichai raft on Sri Sena Rd. The man arrested in possession of them told police that the weaponry was bound for “terrorists in Indonesia”. About 20 officers, including Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi and Phuket Town and Marine Police officers, nabbed 36-year-old Prachumpon Raampung, from Trang, while he…

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  • Phuket NewsGovernor shuts three nightspots | Thaiger

    Governor shuts three nightspots

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi has ordered three entertainment venues to close for 30 days because under-age patrons were found on the premises. Random checks by police on other venues are to continue between midnight and 2 am as part of the “better social order” policy of the province. The three venues are the Jammin Music Club on Poonphol…

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  • Phuket NewsProperty auction nets B239m | Thaiger

    Property auction nets B239m

    PHUKET: An auction at the weekend of 51 properties repossessed by banks brought in more than 239 million baht, and the Phuket Legal Execution Department (PLED) says there’s much more to come. Properties coming up in two more auctions could take the total over one billion baht, the PLED estimates. Saeksan Suksang, chief of the PLED, said the first day…

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  • Phuket NewsWoman robbed in motorbike ambush | Thaiger

    Woman robbed in motorbike ambush

    WICHIT: Three men on two motorbikes early yesterday morning forced a woman riding her motorbike along Sakdidet Rd to pull over and then robbed her of her mobile phone and 2,000 baht. Pol Lt Parichat Chaturonpan, from Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that Jiemjit Baewtungnoi, 31, reported the robbery at 7 am yesterday. He said that K. Jiemjit…

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  • Phuket NewsMan drowns in rescue attempt | Thaiger

    Man drowns in rescue attempt

    NAI THON: A young man drowned off Nai Thon Beach Saturday evening while trying to rescue one of his friends. The victim was named as Prisana Sripetch, 23, from Trang, who worked as a loss prevention officer at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa. Pol Maj Suppawat Suksiri, an inspector at Tah Chat Chai Police Station, told the Gazette…

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  • Phuket NewsTour Royale drivers in airport protest | Thaiger

    Tour Royale drivers in airport protest

    NAI YANG: The 65 drivers of Tour Royale Enterprise Co are staging a protest just outside the entrance to the Phuket International Airport (PIA) after the airport authorities refused to extend the company’s airport service concession, which expired yesterday. The protest began yesterday and has continued through today. Drivers have parked a long line of vehicles near the entrance to…

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  • Phuket NewsFireworks festival postponed | Thaiger

    Fireworks festival postponed

    PHUKET TOWN: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has rescheduled its fireworks festival, which was originally slated to be held at Saphan Hin on July 26. Naphasorn Kakai, Assistant Director of TAT Region 4, today announced that the 45-minute spectacular, using more than 4,000 skyrockets costing about 2 million baht, will now be held on August 12. She explained that…

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  • Phuket NewsIllegal aliens top arrest stats again | Thaiger

    Illegal aliens top arrest stats again

    PHUKET: The number of illegal immigrants arrested between June 1 and 25 was more than double the number for the same period in May, according to the latest statistics from police. Last month, police arrested 198 illegal aliens, compared with 75 during the same period in May. However, May saw a huge drop in the number of aliens arrested, falling…

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  • Phuket NewsWorkplace anti-drug program announced | Thaiger

    Workplace anti-drug program announced

    PHUKET: The Office of Labor Protection and Welfare of Phuket (LPWP) is urging businesses to join the “White Service Business” scheme, which aims to protect workers from illegal drugs. To join the scheme, a business must follow eight rules: 1. Have a clear policy about illegal drugs in the workplace. 2. Display anti-drug messages on signs. 3. Set up a…

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