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Man arrested for allegedly driving with monitor lizards tied to his motorbike

Caitlin Ashworth

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A man was arrested on animal abuse charges for allegedly catching water monitor lizards, tying them to his motorbike and driving around Prachuap Khri Khan, south of Phetchaburi province.

The man, who is identified as Chaowalit, posted photos on Facebook of lizards tied up to the back of his motorbike. One photo shows a large monitor lizard tied up to the back of the bike, hanging upside-down. Apparently, Chaowalit has been posting photos for about 4 months now on Facebook page on wildlife hunting.

Officials from the Kui Buri National Park were notified about the photos and a team of special unit officers were sent to Chaowalit’s house to arrest him. He was charged with catching and harming protected wildlife as well as violating the Wild Animal Reservation Protection Act. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to 1 million baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    James

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Why don’t motorcyclists get arrested for using their child as an airbag as they sit or stand in front of the parent who is operating the motorbike?

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      BC

      Friday, October 30, 2020 at 6:28 pm

      You’re in Thailand, remember? I’d rather deal with a family trying to survive with one motorbike, than a hi-so Mercedes owner who slept during his driving lessons and now operates his car like a cluelessly arrogant prick. Don’t like lower middle class folks taking their children to public school on their motorbikes? Move back to your country and your own way of life. They aren’t the bad guys, they’re the reality and you oughta accept and respect it.

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        MARK GOODYEAR

        Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10:34 pm

        maybe you’re the arrogant prick that should F.O. back to your own country! TOSSER!

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          BC

          Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10:07 am

          Touche’. I ripped a bit too hard. But I’m a repeat long-term visitor (since 1987) and full time resident (2002-04, and since 2013) and a motorbike owner. Families on motorbikes are a part of the culture here, and in most circumstances are less harmful and more helpful to the average worker bee here. The “arrogant pric&%” comment was made shortly a Mercedes driver blantly cut me off in traffic. Yes, motorbike users can be terrible drivers but many automobile drivers are just as bad, and when they do dumb stuff it often seriously injures or kills others. Better now, ya TOSSER? ; )

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        James

        Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:29 am

        I am in England, I only spend 50% of my time in Thailand.

        I don’t care if they risk the lives of their children, it is up to them.

        But it does seem strange a lizard is more important than a child as far as the police are concerned.

        Do you think it is ok to risk children’s lives on motorbikes, would you do it, I wouldn’t?

        PS, you are a temporary visitor to Thailand, you may be on a one year visa but it still has to be renewed every year with three monthly reports, you like me are a visitor, you have no right to stay there.

        As far as Thailand goes just pay up and remain a second class citizen with no rights whatsoever, but it is a good place for long holidays and is as cheap as chips for us rich Westerners as long as the airport is not too far away.

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          BC

          Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:55 pm

          No James, I’m not really “the same as you”. I live and work here. I commute on the roads everyday. I have no home anywhere else. I’ve probably spent 8 years in this country, over the last 30. The topic isn’t about visitors or residents, or 90 day reports or what rights I might or might not have. It’s about people who “use their children as airbags on their motorbikes”. That was the comment that I sort of objected to. By the way, it’s totally ok to care if someone else risks the lives of their children, and I can’t believe that you don’t. But are any Thai people getting on their motorbikes with that deliberate thought in their minds? “I’m going to put Jr in front of me so he will cussion any collision I might have”? Of course not. It’s just another of the realities of life here. Not everyone can afford a car (thank goodness). I think it can be dangerous too, in some circumstances, but I’m not going to judge something that, for the most part, works for them. Yes, we all know about the horrendous road death rates, but that is a separate issue of more connected to speeding, youth, bad driving habits (both bikers and car drivers), and alcohol. Just sayin’.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    Another example of the wonderful Thai.
    The West should wake up and realise what the Thai race are.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Ai hia!

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    Alex

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    10 years up to prison. Good riddance!

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    peter pope

    Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hang him upside down to Honda Dax,that will teach him a lesson.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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American man arrested in Chiang Mai for allegedly killing pregnant Thai wife

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An American man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his pregnant, Thai wife and hiding her body in a rubbish bin. Police say 32 year old Jason Matthew Balzer then dumped his deceased wife’s body in a field in northern Thailand. 32 year old Pitchaporn Kidchob’s mother became concerned for her daughter’s welfare after seeing Balzer flee their home on a motorbike. She then went inside the home to check on her daughter and found multiple bloodstains throughout the house.

After her mother notified police, they checked CCTV cameras and saw Balzer fleeing the area. They gathered a team of officers and sniffer dogs to go out looking for Pitchaporn’s body in a field about 15 kilometres from their house. There, they found her body stuffed inside a garbage bag. A report by Siam Rath says police arrested Balzer yesterday afternoon in the Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai, who then confessed to killing his wife and dumping her body.

Balzer moved to Thailand in 2019 after being previously charged in the state of Colorado in America for attempted murder at the age of 30. A report from TimesCall.com included details from the incident:

“The woman said she was sleeping in her bedroom when Balzer came in and wanted to have sex. The woman said she was tired, and Balzer became angry and took her phone.

She said Balzer then grabbed her arms and squeezed then and then hit her in the face and slammed her head into the bed’s headboard five times, according to the affidavit.

She told police Balzer then grabbed a revolver out of a desk drawer in the room and pointed it at her head saying, “I will kill you.” The woman was able to push the gun to the side, at which point it went off next to her head. She was able to get the gun away from Balzer and threw it under the bed.

The woman said that while Balzer tried to begin covering up the bullet hole in the wall, she fled to a neighbor’s house.

When police responded to the apartment, they found a fresh drywall patch in the ceiling and bullet damage to the kitchen floor, kitchen ceiling, bedroom floor and mattress. An officer also found the revolver under the bed.”

Balzer was arrested on suspicion of attempted, second-degree murder, felony menacing, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, criminal mischief, obstruction of telephone use, tampering with physical evidence, criminal tampering, domestic violence, and aiming a firearm at a person.

It is not known what type of visa Balzer obtained to enter Thailand. Police say he is in custody and is waiting to be transferred back to Nan province after fleeing to Chiang Mai.

SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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12 gamblers arrested in raid on restaurant in central Thailand

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Police have arrested 12 people found eating, drinking, and gambling in a restaurant in the central province of Pathum Thani. Under disease prevention measures, there is currently a ban on in-restaurant dining in a number of provinces in Thailand.

According to the Bangkok Post, the authorities raided the restaurant in the Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani late last night. Officers from Pathum Thani police arrived at the Oud Lam Luk Ka restaurant around 11.30pm. 12 patrons were taken into custody and 15 sets of dice, gambling paraphernalia, and 3,500 baht in cash were confiscated from the table they were sitting at. Officers also found bills for food and drinks.

The owner of the restaurant, named by the Bangkok Post as Therdphan Konnard, was among those arrested, as was a 30 year old woman named as Atchra Sorin, allegedly behind the gambling operation. All 12 arrested have been taken to Lam Luk Ka station for processing.

According to the chief of Pathum Thani police, Chayut Marayat, officers were acting on a tip-off that the restaurant owner was allowing his premises to be used for gambling, as well as allowing customers to eat and drink on-site, in violation of current Covid-19 restrictions.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Chon Buri woman in custody for allegedly stabbing husband to death

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A woman in Chon Buri’s Banglamuang district is facing charges for allegedly stabbing her husband to death with a butcher knife. The woman was injured during the alleged attack and is being treated at a local hospital.

District police officers were called to the scene just after midnight to the couple’s home. They found 23 year old Burin “Geng” Bamrungphon body in the bathroom. The room was covered in blood. Geng’s body had slash and stab wounds on the face, neck, and chest. Reports say that 24 year old Aranya “Bow” Sermsap admitted to her father that she had killed her husband.

Geng and Bow had been together for 3 years. They have a 1 year old son and a 3 month old daughter. The children are now with relatives. It’s unclear if the children were home during the incident.

Police speculate that Bow may have been jealous and she may have thought Geng was having an affair. Police say they are still investigating.

Bow is now being treated at a hospital, but is in custody and being monitored by police. Bow is not allowed to speak to the media.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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