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6 million baht lottery winner goes on drug-fuelled rampage, tries to burn down house

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A man who won a six million baht lottery prize in June is now in police custody in Sisaket, northeastern Thailand. His mother reported to police that “he’s become a berserk drug addict”.

Police told Thai media that 56 year old Kom Poka called police to arrest her 32 year old son Chainarong in Sisaket after he went on a drug-addled rampage and tried to burn down their house. The blaze ended up being put out with the help of relatives and neighbours.

Chainarong was arrested with 20 methamphetamine tablets and his urine test came up positive for substance abuse. He told police that he acted under the influence of the drugs and was now sorry for what he had done. Kom says her son was a labourer at a Bangkok construction site when he won the lottery last June.

When returning home from Bangkok he kept all the money for himself, buying a pickup and other goods, but he also became addicted to drugs and, according to his mother, frittered away most of the 6 million baht. There was now less than 200,000 baht left out of the total winnings.

SOURCE: The Chiang Rai Times | PPTV Online

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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Isaan woman saves her husband from elephant attack

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A woman saved her husband from a wild elephant attack by screaming and banging objects together, driving the elephant away with the loud noises. 33 year old Supat Klonsalab, a rubber tapper in the Isaan province Bueng Kan, is being treated at a local hospital. Luckily, his injuries from being stomped by the elephant are not severe.

37 year old Primanee Chairat says the elephant in the area caught her and her husband off guard, adding that wild elephants don’t typically roam in the area.

Chief of the nearby Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary, Taweep Khamphaengmuang, says elephants sometimes wander out of the sanctuary looking for food. He offered some money to cover Supat’s medical bill as well as some gifts.

To ward off elephants, Taweep recommends that locals place bright lights around the perimeter of their property and to burn chili peppers.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Tigers and tiger body parts seized from Thai zoo investigated for alleged wildlife smuggling

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In a crackdown on suspected wildlife trafficking, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation seized 5 tigers from a private zoo in the Isaan province Mukdahan. DNA tests confirmed that at least 3 of the 5 tiger cubs are not related to the tigers in the Mudka Tiger Park & Farm, leading officials to believe the wildcats were smuggled in, according to DNP director general Prakit Wongsriwattanakul.

Thai media reports say that some of the tigers seized were not alive and photos of a severed tiger head apparently have been posted by various Thai news websites.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time the Mukda Tiger Park & Farm has been investigated. In January 2018, DNP officials seized protected species from the park including red pandas, grey-shanked douc monkeys and elongated tortoises.

Officials are conducting DNA tests on another 20 tigers and the results will be released by the end of the month. If found guilty of wildlife smuggling, the park owner could face up to 5 years in prison.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Police officer allegedly shoots and kills married couple, injures ex-wife at Isaan restaurant

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A police officer was arrested for allegedly firing shots in an Isaan restaurant, killing a married couple and severely injuring his ex-wife. 44 year old Aram Sangchai is facing charges of premeditated murder.

Aram had just returned home to the Isaan province Buri Ram from Bangkok after working with a police unit at the November 27 pro-democracy protest. The Bangkok Post says Aram “stormed” into the restaurant with a handgun and opened fire. He waited at the restaurant and surrendered to police.

The victims were taken to the Non Suwan Hospital where Jaran and Somkid Sukwong, ages 42 and 37, were pronounced dead. Aram’s ex-wife, 42 year old Nucharin Kaewchaturat, was transferred to Buri Ram Hospital and is in serious condition.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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