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Happy Royal Birthday HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

The Chiang Mai Mail team joins the Kingdom of Thailand in humbly offering our best wishes to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of His Royal Birthday Celebration July 28. For more about this remarkable Crown Prince. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28, 1952, in the Ambara Villa of the Royal Dusit Palace in Bangkok. He is the second of four children, and is the only son of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit.

LOGO (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

The Crown Prince received his primary schooling at Udorn Hall of the Dusit Palace and attended secondary school in Sussex and Summerset, England. In August 1970, the Crown Prince attended the King’s School, Paramatta, Sydney, Australia and in 1976, he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Military Studies at the University of New South Wales. HRH the Crown Prince also attended the Royal Thai Army Command and General Staff College, graduating in 1978, and later received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok in 1987. In 1990, he successfully attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred his son with the title of “Somdech Phra Borama Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” on December 28, 1972, making him the Crown Prince and Heir to the throne.

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attended numerous military training courses in Australia and the United States, with observation tours in England, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. A long list of military courses attended by the Crown Prince includes helicopter and high performance aircraft flight training, special warfare training, demolition training, parachute training, and courses in small arms and other weapons used in modern warfare.

The Pattaya Mail Media Group joins the Kingdom of Thailand in humbly offering our best wishes to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of His 64th Royal Birthday Celebration, July 28. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

Some assignments include Commanding Officer of the King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment and Command; Commanding General of the Royalty Security Command; and Instructor Pilot of the F-5 E/F. Intermittently, he engaged in actions for counter-insurgency purposes in the North and Northeast areas of Thailand as well as for protective purposes in areas around Cambodian refugee camps at Khao Lant, Trat Province.

The Crown Prince has continued the Royal Family’s assistance programs to underdeveloped areas around the country and visited depressed urban areas around Bangkok distributing food and necessity items to people in need. Another impressive undertaking was his participation in a fertilizer preparation project in Suphanburi Province using natural ingredients to enrich the land in support of the country’s great agricultural pursuits. Farming is considered to be a highly significant and noble profession in Thailand and the Royal Family takes an active role in advancing the vital industry of agriculture.

HRH the Crown Prince opens the ceremonial curtain, to reveal the RVYC signboard inaugurating the new clubhouse in 2005. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)

In 2005, HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn officially opened the splendid multi-million baht Royal Varuna Yacht Club, built on choice seaside property at Kasetsin Beach, South Pattaya. Before an assembled crowd of ministers, Royal Thai Navy officers, Palace and Pattaya City officials, and a large number of Royal Varuna members, including a number of past club commodores, HRH the Crown Prince activated the ceremonial curtain, revealing the Varuna logo, thus officially opening the club.

The Chiang Mai Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in offering our best wishes to HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of His Royal Birthday Celebration, July 28.v


Happy Birthday HRH Princess Soamsawalee

Chiang Mai Mail joins the people of Thailand to humbly wish Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawalee a very Happy Birthday Friday, July 13. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

HRH Princess Soamsawalee of Thailand was born on July 13, 1957 at Guy’s Hospital in London, United Kingdom. She is the eldest child of Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara (her father was an elder brother of Queen Sirikit of Thailand) and Thanpuying Bandhu Savali Kitiyakara (Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala). She also has one younger sister, Mom Luang Sarali Kitiyakara, born April 8, 1966.

Royal cipher of Princess Soamsawalee. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

HRH Soamsawalee is a member of Thai Royal Family, and is the former wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. She was titled “the Princess Mother of the King’s First Grandchild” in 1991.

Her father was the second child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the Prince of Chantaburi II and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her mother was daughter of Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala and Mom Luang Soiraya Sanidvongs.

She first attended the primary level at Chitralada School, then moved to Chiang Mai with her father when he was a judge at the Chiang Mai Court. She moved to study at Regina Coeli College, the all-girls academy in Chiang Mai in 1967.

HRH Princess Soamsawalee has been performing many functions on behalf of the Royal household. She has shown keen interests in public health and social welfare. The following Thai Red Cross Society programs are officially under her patronage: The Reducing AIDS Infection from Mother to New-Born Baby Program; Medical Funding for AIDS patients; Funding for Reducing AIDS infection from Mother to the New-Born Baby; Milk funds for infants under the “Reduce AIDS effects from Mother to the New-Born Baby” Program; The Foundation of Professor Dr. Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara; The Program of Life Giving to the Parents of AIDS-infected Babies; Funds for Cancer Treatment in Children; The Princess Pa Foundation.

Her titles since her birth to present:

* The Honorable Soamsawalee Kitiyakara: July 13, 1957 - January 3, 1977.

* Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawalee, Consort of the Crown Prince: January 3, 1977 - 12 August 12, 1991.

* Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawalee: August 12, 1991 - present.

HRH Princess Soamsawalee, through her office, is very active in relief efforts throughout Thailand.


Fire shuts down GSSM 91.75 radio station

Medics save life of resident cat

Firefighters were forced to break into a locked building to put out a fire that broke out in the middle of the night in Chang Puak on July 23, 2016. The building housed the GSSM 97.1 Radio Station.

Firefighters were called to a fire at a building housing the GSSM 91.75 radio station on Theparak Road in Chang Puak around 12:10 a.m. on July 23, 2016. They arrived to find the three storey building ablaze. It took the firefighters over an hour to put out the fire as it took some time to gain entrance as the building was locked up and there was nobody in the building.

Medics saved the life of the only occupant of the house; a white Persian cat named Kiki.

Firefighters did find a white Persian cat and rescued it from the fire. Medics worked to save the cat, named Kiki; the cat survived but the smoke was so heavy it stained the cat’s fur.

Parked on the ground floor were several motorbikes and a car that were damaged and the radio equipment on the second floor was destroyed in the fire. Police attempted to contact the owner but his phone was turned off. The owner Phusit Thanachailit, DJ BB Boy or Bobby as he is known, arrived on the scene later. He told police he’d gone to see a movie with his wife and had turned off his phone.

Bobby said that he and his wife had burned some candles before they left and that could be the cause of the fire or it could be an electric circuit failure. He said the radio station will be off the air until further notice.

The radio equipment was completely destroyed in the fire, damages are estimated at 3 million baht.


Dengue rates lower this year than same time last year

Mae Taeng leads in dengue cases

The rainy season brings increased mosquitoes, public health officials urge citizens to eliminate all mosquito breeding grounds even though the numbers of Dengue fever patients are lower than the same period last year prevention is the best option.

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office reported that the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito borne disease Dengue fever were lower than the same time last year recently.

Mrs. Chonlisa Jariyalertsak, Deputy Director of Chiang Mai Public Health Office reported that the number of patients was lower this year than from the same period in 2015.  in the same period. There have been 917 patients diagnosed with Dengue fever in the period from January 1 to July 24 with no deaths. Most of the patients have been between the ages of 25 – 34 years old with the second highest rates in youth from the age of 15 -24 years old followed by people aged 45 – 54 years old. Mae Taeng had the highest number of cases of Dengue fever followed by Muang Chiang Mai, San Sai, Mae Rim and Doi Saket.

She noted, “The best prevention measure is elimination of breeding grounds for mosquitoes by keeping the area in and around the house clean with air flow, collecting garbage and removing anything that can hold water and properly cover containers filled with water or change the water regularly to destroy the larvae. This should be done a weekly basis, at home, at work, at temples, schools, child care centers and hospitals especially. Moreover people should try to prevent mosquito bites by sleeping under a mosquito net, screen windows and use mosquito spray on your skin.


Lucky license plate auction to be held in September

Proceeds of sale to go to Road Safety Fund

Chief of the Chiang Mai Land Transport Office Chanchai Keelapaeng announces the upcoming lucky license plate auction to be held September 3 – 4, 2016.

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office announced the next auction for license plates which will be held on September 3 and 4, 2016 at the Empress Hotel Convention Center.

This is the 18th such auction and this time the 301 license plates up for auction will start with the auspicious letters Kor Mor which means many treasures for richness and happiness. For the first time ever the plates were blessed at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep by Somdej Phra Buddhajan, Dean of the East Region and member of the Sangha Supreme Council.

Chief of the Chiang Mai Land Transport Office Chanchai Keelapaeng said that as this is the 18th such auction there will be a parade of 18 luxury cars from Royal Park Rajapruek to tour around Chiang Mai to promote the sale. He said that so far they have raised 408.6 million baht from license plate auction sales. This auction they hope to raise 15 million baht in sales. All funds go to the Road Safety Fund.


Course held on Royal duties of HM the King for students and officials

Members of the Royal Thai Police at the opening ceremony for the class held at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center on the Royal duties of HM the King and the Royal Family.

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The Special Branch Police held a course at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center on July 25, 2016 to raise awareness on the Royal duties of HM the King. The class was attended by about 300 people including students and government officials.

M.L. Panadda Diskul, Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister, Pol. Lt. Gen. Sadka Cheunpakdee, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police and Sr. Col. Nared Jitrak, Chaplain for the Royal Thai Army took part in the class, discussing the good works of HM the King and the Royal Family and all the efforts that they have made on the behalf of Thai people for their wellbeing.

There was also an art competition for secondary and high school students under the theme The King and His Royal Duties that was judged by Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpiphat and other artists.

The Special Branch Division 1, Special Branch organized classes for students and youth from all provinces in the country. The classes, which finished June 16 aimed to praise and protects the monarchy which is loved and the center of all Thai people. The classes remind students of the duties and sacrifices by HM the King and instill respect, praise and protection for the monarchy. The students were also asked to report those who worked to destroy national security.

Students submitted their paintings for a contest under the theme The King and His Royal Duties.


President of PAO suspended for anti-charter letters

Boonlert Buranupakorn and former MP Tassanee Buranupakorn called in for questioning

Boonlert Buranupakorn has been suspended from his duties as President of the Provincial Administration Organization and called to Bangkok to meet with the Army along with his nieces Tassanee and Thanthip Buranupakorn.

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The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) leader used Section 44 to temporarily suspend Boonlert Buranupakorn,  President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization in his role as President on July 26, 2016 after it was determined he played a part in the attempted distribution of thousands of letters deemed to be spreading falsehoods about the upcoming charter.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-O-Cha announced the suspension in announcement number 44/2559 along with a list of government officers who are under investigation for distributing falsehoods about the proposed charter that will come to a vote nationwide on August  7 , 2016.

Mr. Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization was suspended without pay from his duties until a change in the order is given. He has been instructed to return from overseas and meet with Army officials for questioning. Also called in was Mr. Boonlert’s niece, Vice President of the PAO and former Member of Parliament Tassanee Buranupakorn and her younger sister Thanthip. Tassanee is currently in custody with the Army in Bangkok.


Fire at temple in Doi Saket causes 2 million baht in damage

Wat Kannithayaram in Doi Saket suffered 2 million baht in damages after a fire on July 18, 2016.

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A fire that broke out in Wat Kannithayaram in Doi Saket on Monday, July 18 caused about 2 million baht in damage it has been estimated. Firefighters were called out to the temple around 9:30 a.m. on Monday after monks called for help.

Novice monks had informed Abbot Phra Kru Buddhathi Dhammaruk, also the Dean of Mae Pong in Doi Saket that the three story Dhamma Practice Hall was on fire. It took four trucks over an hour to put out the blaze which damaged the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Firefighters took over an hour to put out the fire at the temple. It was believed to have been started by an electrical short.

Initial investigation appears that the fire was caused by an electrical fault but the Forensic Division will investigate to find the cause.


Man killed in gun fight with Chiang Rai police

600,000 Yaba pills hidden in the car

Police show the packs of Yaba hidden in the yellow car driven by the suspect that was killed in a shootout with police on July 17, 2016.

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Police uncovered 600,000 Yaba or methamphetamine pills stashed in the car of a suspect that was killed after firing at police at a checkpoint in Chiang Rai on July 17, 2016.

Police at the press conference announce the death of a suspect who opened fire on police and the seizure of 600,000 methamphetamine pills.

Pol. Maj. Gen.Prayad Boonsri - Deputy Commissioner, Provincial Police Region 5,  and the Superintendent of Chiang Saen Police in Chiang Rai Pol. Col. Raywat Yuendhamma announced the death of the suspect Mr. Thara Arniku from Chiang Rai and the seizure of the large haul of drugs.

Police had received a tip off that a yellow car would be transporting drugs from the Myanmar border near Mae Sai and so set up a checkpoint between Mae Kam Tai and Ban Nong Pla Saket in Chiang Rai. A yellow car fitting the description passed through the checkpoint and when police attempted to stop the car for inspection the driver sped off but lost control of the vehicle and slid to the side of the road. The suspect opened fire on the police as he ran, they returned fire killing the suspect who was identified as Thara Arniku.

After investigating the car the police found 600,000 methamphetamine pills and a shotgun in the car. Police will continue investigation to see if the suspect had accomplices or who were his partners in the trafficking.


Uttaradit man arrested in assault and robbery

Suspect convicted for robbery twice

Sangat Sompa of Uttaradit was arrested on charges of assault and robbery after attacking a woman in Mae Rim and stealing his gold necklace.

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An Uttaradit man was arrested by police on July 19, 2016 after assaulting a food vendor with a hammer to steal her necklace Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanont, Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police with Pol. Col. Sutee Jampa, Superintendent of Mae Rim Police Station announced.

Police said the suspect ordered food at a shop owned by 44 year old Maliwan Makjit in Mae Rim, while she was cooking the suspect allegedly attacked Mrs. Maliwan with a hammer, hitting her in the head three times. He then snatched her two baht weight gold necklace and fled the scene on a motorcycle.

Police checked CCTV footage in the area after the brutal attack that left the woman severely injured. The cameras showed a man with a bad right leg with a limp, police tracked the man to his accommodation in Rim Nua in Mae Rim. Upon arrest Sangat Sompa, age 47 of Uttaradit, confessed to the police. Subsequent investigation found that the man had been jailed for four years in Phitsanulok and two years in Chiang Mai for prison. An arrest warrant was issued by the court in Samut Prakan for the suspect on charges of carelessness causing another person’s death. Mr. Sangat was released from prison on August 6, 2015 and moved to Chiang Mai for work.


Chiang Dao man arrested for brutal stabbing murder after drunken argument

Suspect apprehended at Lamphun Hospital after accident

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A Chiang Dao man was arrested for the brutal stabbing of two friends after a drunken argument broke out. One man was injured and the other died after the suspect stabbed him 28 times.

The murder occurred in Kee Lek in Mae Rim on July 14, 2016 when the three men were drinking together. An argument ensued and he allegedly stabbed 41-year-old Inkaew Chaiprom 28 times; Praphan Baisang was injured trying to stop the attack. Inkaew died at Nakorn Ping Hospital three hours after the attack. The suspect fled the scene on his motorcycle.

Loong Boonsri, age 63 of Chiang Dao, was arrested in Lamphun after the courts issued an arrest warrant. He was arrested after being admitted to Lamphun Hospital after an accident. Police arrested the suspect who confessed to the murder.


Foreign pickpockets arrested at Wat Doi Suthep

Third member of the gang escaped police

Trinh Thi Thu from Vietnam and her partner Heng Junta of Cambodia were arrested in Chaiyaphum after police tracked them down through stolen credit card purchases.

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Region 5 Police joined with Chaiyaphum Police to announce the arrest a foreign couple accused of picking pockets at Chiang Mai’s famed Wat Doi Suthep, The couple, Ms. Trin, Thi Thu age 52 from Vietnam and Mr. Heng Junta age 45 from Cambodia, were arrested at an orange farm in Thepsatit District in Chaiyaphum after the Chiang Mai Courts issued an arrest warrant based on CCTV footage.

A CCTV picture of one of the pickpockets at Wat Doi Suthep.

Police began the investigation after three tourists reported thefts; a Chinese tourist who had her wallet stolen with 10,000 baht, 3,000 yuan and credit cards, an American tourist who had two mobile phones taken and another Chinese tourist whose travel documents and ATM card were stolen.

Police followed up on the credit card details belonging to one of the victims and later discovered that it was used to purchase a mobile phone at Kad Suan Kaew Mall. CCTV footage was checked and it appeared to be a group of three foreigners found to be staying at a hotel. However, before the police got to the hotel, they were already gone. Police checked hotel records and found that Ms. Trinh Thi Thu from Vietnam had a police record for theft already. They managed to track her down to the orange farm where she was staying with her husband, the Cambodian man.  The third person and leader had already left the farm and was on the run from the police. They both said that they have been in Thailand for many years, and made their living by stealing from people, they also confessed to police that they had done the same thing in many other provinces.

Ms. Trinh Thi Thu’s traveling documents revealed that she accessed Thailand via the Chong Sa-am Border in Si Saket. The two confirmed that they were living together as husband and wife but not legally married.


National Deputy Police Commander visits Chiang Mai for update on police progress

Region 5 Commander Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Tirasawat introduced the Deputy Commander for the Royal Thai Police and reported on arrests and seizures in the North.

Pol. Gen. Sriworah Rangsiprahamonakul, Deputy Police Commander recently visited the Region 5 Police Headquarters to join a conference with police chiefs from Region 5 Police Departments and to be given an update on police progress on crime, drug trafficking and other cases.

The deputy commander was welcomed Region 5 Police officers, including Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Tirasawat, Commander of Region 5 Police, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayat Boonsri, Deputy Commander of Region 5 Police and Pol. Maj. Gen. Nitipat Pattanatabooth along with Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Phuthipong Sirimat, officers from the Military Circle 33 and inspectors from the Crime Suppression Division Region 5.

Pol. Gen. Sriworah Rangsiprahamonakul, Deputy Police Commander, discussed police efforts to arrest criminals and drug trafficking in advance of the upcoming referendum.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Thanitsak Tirasawat reported on recent arrests including one arrest for human trafficking, nine people arrested for illegal drugs and arrest warrants under the Chiang Mai Court for 94 illegal immigrants. In addition 344 guns were seized, five individuals arrested for illegal logging and 13 logs seized, two individuals for invading forest/public property, 221 more drug related criminals with 469,354 yaba tablets, 10.76 kilograms of crystal methamphetamines, 31.93 grams of heroin, 341.98 grams of opium and 10.70 grams of marijuana.

Weapons and drugs seized recently along with some of the many people arrested by Region 5 Police.

Pol. Gen. Sriworah Rangsiprahamonakul reported that the National Police is currently doing a survey on all Police Regions before the referendum, pushing forward on unsolved crime cases, drug suppression and other criminal acts. This is to ensure stability in the local communities before encouraging residents to vote at the referendum and to announce law policies as well. Police forces will be located throughout all communities, cities and public areas for security issues during the referendum to prevent weapons, violence, drugs and others until the vote next month.


Over 6,000 letters with false information on the Constitution uncovered before referendum

Police and Army check some of the over 6,000 letters found in post offices that contained false and misleading information about the constitution before the upcoming referendum vote.

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Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart reported that police and Military Circle 33 investigators had uncovered over 6,000 letters ready to be sent in the mail at Mae Rim, San Sai, San Kampaeng and even Bangkok Post Offices to individuals around the country containing false information about the upcoming referendum.

The Governor said that the letters contained false information and misleading comments about the constitutional draft in general, and were aimed to create confusion for residents who are going to place their votes on the new constitutional draft on August 7, 2016. Some details in the letters stated that the 30 baht health care for residents in public hospitals was to be revoked, which is not true. Other false information was in regards to welfare issues of residents over the age of 60, and free education for children, students and youths of a certain age. The letters were proved to be completely wrong in accordance to the existing policies.
The Governor warned all residents to beware of such letters which were being sent to twist the minds of people

This is a warning to all residents concerned, that these letters were created by masterminds who wishes to twist the minds of people who will be voting next month. Chiang Mai would like to ask all residents, community leaders, social media and organizations to help announce that these letters are fake and authorities are hoping that people are aware so.


Outstanding Local Administration Award for real time disease reporting app in Chiang Mai

PODD system implemented

President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn received the Outstanding Local Administration Organization Award for the organizations implementation of the PODD system to report disease outbreaks in real time. Presenting the award is Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch who is joined by Prof. Dr.Nivet Nantajit – President of Chiang Mai University and a representative of the Skoll Global Threats Fund that introduced the project in 2014.

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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanitch chaired the Outstanding Local Administration Organization Awards and recognized the important new system used to detect health issue outbreaks called PODD or Participatory One Health Disease Detection by presenting the award to President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn for the PAO’s efforts to distribute the new system throughout the province.

The system uses an app that allows trained health professionals to report disease outbreak, sick animals that may have rabies and report on food poisoning and other health issues and has seen over 4,000 volunteers trained in its use since the initial 300 selected when the system was first introduced in 2014 by Skoll Global Threats Fund in conjunction with Chiang Mai University and local administration organizations.

The ceremony was witnessed by Prof. Dr.Nivet Nantajit – President of Chiang Mai University, Asst. Prof. Vet. Nattawuth Sathitmetee – Deputy Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, executives of Local Administration Organizations in Chiang Mai, foreign representatives from Skoll Global Threats Fund, and networks of Participatory One Health Disease Detection.

The mobile app enables live reporting of health issues and disease outbreaks in villages around the province. Notifications are made in real time and enable relevant organizations to tackle the issue immediately.

The project started in October 2014 with the cooperation of 75 local administration organizations and 300 selected volunteers trained in its use. In the past two years, the number of volunteers increased to 4,000 people from every village in Chiang Mai. The project will be expanded to cover 210 local administration offices in the province.


Man arrested with over 50 pieces of ladies underwear

A 38 year old man confessed to police to stealing women’s underwear to satisfy his sexual fetishes. He was arrested with over 50 pieces of ladies underwear in his apartment.

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Police announced the arrest of a man in Nong Hoi who was caught on CCTV cameras breaking into women’s rooms and stealing underwear.

The 38 year old man named Kergkij (last name unknown) was arrested by police after there were reports of rooms being broken into in Keha Nong Hoi 2 apartments. Police viewed CCTV footage and discovered the man, who also lives in the same complex.

The suspect confessed to police that he had a fetish for women’s underwear. He allegedly broke into rooms belonging to women to steal their underwear. He told police he had been targeting good looking women and would break into their rooms when they were away. He confessed that he took sexual pleasure from sniffing the underwear and had been doing this for years before being caught.


Police find American tourist lost in Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park

An American tourist who had become lost in the woods in Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park and her friend who alerted police offer their thanks and gratitude for the rescue effort from the Tourist Police and Park Rangers on July 7, 2016.

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Police found an American tourist lost in the woods around Monthatarn Waterfall in Doi Suthep – Doi Pui National Park on July 7, 2016 after she had gone for a hike around the waterfall and lost her way in the forest around the waterfalls.

The 1155 Tourist Police Hotline received a call from Gabriel Lerdner of Argentina that his friend Shautal Chahine, 22 had gone missing after going for a hike to the Monthatarn Waterfall that afternoon. He had tried calling but there was no signal in the area. After phoning he met the Tourist Police at the Tourist Police Station in front of the Kruba Srivichai Monument.

Tourist police coordinated with officials of Doi Suthep National Park and Doi Suthep Rescue and started the search from Monthatarn Waterfall, it was thought she had headed towards Chang Khien. Police started searching towards Doi Suthep then Mr. Lerdner received a notification that her phone had signal so he called ot make sure she was ok. Police tracked down the GPS signal and found her in the forest in a ranger’s hut around 9 p.m.

She told police she had been using the maps on her phone to guide her on her walk from the waterfall but lost her way. She followed a path in the woods until she saw the cabin ahead and stopped there.

Mr. Lerdner wrote a thank you letter to the Tourist Police team for their help in finding Ms. Chahine who also offered a heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped find her.


Normal rainfall levels expected this rainy season

Heavy rains this week due to a low pressure front

Maetee Mahayosanant, Director of the Northern Meteorological Center reported that rainfall levels are expected to be normal this year after last year’s severe drought.

Although the Meteorological Department has predicted that rainfall this year will be in the normal range, this week heavy rains are predicted due to a low pressure front covering the North. Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae and Nan will see heavy rains and may be at risk of flash flooding and run off from the forests.

Maetee Mahayosanant, Director of the Northern Meteorological Center said that overall rainfall will be more than last year, which was very low and will be closer to normal. July should see scattered storms and rain and in August and September heavier rains that could result in flash floods and runoff.

June saw lower than average rainfall, about ten percent lower than the normal levels but still higher than last year at this same period which was 20 percent lower than normal. Overall rainfall for the entire year will be normal since the first half the year was below average and very hot. In 2011 when floods hit Chiang Mai rainfall began in January and was 50 percent higher than normal/


Four teenagers arrested in motorcycle theft ring in Chiang Mai

Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanont, Commissioner, Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol.Col.Apiwat Chaisrisut, Superintendent of Chiang Mai Police Station reported on the arrest of four members of a motorcycle theft ring operating in Chiang Mai at 11.30 a.m. on July 5,2016.

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Four teenagers ranging in age from 15- 19 were arrested after one member of their gang was caught with a stolen motorbike at a police checkpoint on Sanamkila Road in Chang Puak on July 1, 2016.

Three teenage boys were riding motorbikes and were called to stop at a police checkpoint. While two of them escaped the police one was arrested and confessed that there was a gang of boys stealing motorcycles in Chiang Mai.

Police arrested Polawat Lungdang on the scene. He led police to their rooms near Rakang Road in Haiya where they arrested three more; 19 year old Burmese national Nor, last name unknown and two other boys, one 15 and one 16 years of age. The gang members told police there were a total of ten people stealing motorbikes. They confessed to the thefts of a red Honda CBR near Sankampaeng School in April, a white MSX Honda stolen about ten days ago and a blue Yamaha R15 stolen five days ago, both stolen from behind Makro Mae Rim and a black KS Kawasaki. Police will track down the remainder of the gang for motorcycle theft.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanon, Commissioner, Chiang Mai Provincial Police reported that the suspects confessed that they worked as a team stealing motorcycles in areas with few people or during the night. He said they would take less than ten minutes to steal the bike and then sell it for spare parts on the black market.

He added that the Muang Police station has an average of 30 reports of motorcycle theft every month and asked owners to be sure and lock their wheels, or brakes and to park bikes in a safe place with a security guard.


Chinese men arrested for counterfeit credit cards

Police suspect information stolen from overseas

Pol. Maj. Gen.Montri Samboonnanont, Commissioner of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol.Col.Preecha Wimolchaijit, Deputy Commissioner, Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Pol.Col.Sutee Jampa, Superintendent of Mae Rim Police Station announce the arrest of three Chinese nationals on charges of credit card counterfeiting.

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Four men from the People’s Republic of China were arrested in Mae Rim on July 4 after hotel staff alerted police to their suspicious use of credit cards from the United States.

Police said the hotel called them after they attempted payment of their accommodation with several different cards, including a card from a bank in the United States. Suspicions were raised after the gang tried to pay with credit cards and would try a new card when a card was declined.

Staff alerted Mae Rim police who coordinated with Region 5 Police to arrest the three men on July 4, 2016. Initially two of the suspects refused the charges.

Police announced the arrest of Liu Zhitao, 33, Lin Jingwen, 30 and Huang Haosong, age 43 on charges of counterfeiting credit cards, in their possession they found a card making machine and other paraphernalia to copy cards. It is believed they belong to a larger gang that is counterfeiting cards and withdrawing money overseas. Police are investigating the suspects for links overseas.


Novice monk in brutal murder stabs former monk 13 times

Flanked by monks from his temple, the novice monk was disrobed and charged after confessing to police that he had stabbed a former monk to death in front of his room in Wat San Kangpla in San Kamphaeng.

Police with the novice monk in front of his quarters where the murder was committed on July 7, 2016.

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A fifteen year old novice monk who stabbed a former colleague 13 times in the neck and body claims he did so because the man had contacted him to have sex with him at his quarters on July 7, 2016.

The San Kamphaeng Police station was called to Wat San Kangpla at 12:30 a.m. on July 7 after monks discovered the body 19 year old Udomsak Rattana of Chiang Rai in a pool of blood in front of the monks’ accommodation with 13 stab wounds to his neck and body.

Police found a used condom in the nearby house and a 15 year old novice monk from Mae Chan, Chiang Rai covered in blood. The novice confessed to police that he had stabbed Udomsak and dropped the knife under the building. The deceased had been ordained but left the monkhood in March. According to the novice Udomsak had come to his room asking to have sex but he refused. The fifteen year old told police that they argued and he stabbed the deceased in the neck in front of the room. Udomsak fell and the boy continued to stab him and then threw the knife under the building. He went into his quarters to wash off the blood which is when police found him. The autopsy revealed Udomsak had been stabbed 13 times with stab wounds in the neck, shoulder, chest, body and stomach.

Police have taken the novice to be disrobed and removed from the monkhood and he will be taken for further legal prosecution.


Highway safety in the rainy season from the Office of Rural Roads

Udom Somket, Deputy Director of Chiang Mai Officer of Rural Roads reports on measures in place to keep Chiang Mai roads safe during the rainy season.

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The Office of Rural Roads has reminded drivers to take extra precautions during the rainy season and issued three measures to tackle road safety it was announced by Udom Somket, Deputy Director of Chiang Mai Officer of Rural Roads on July 5, 2016.

Mr. Udom said that the office will put in place measures to have units in place in case of road flooding and runoff during the rainy season. These units will work to clean drainage systems and dredge areas to ensure drainage off the roads.

Plans are in place to cope with natural disasters such as collapsed roads or bridges providing measures for temporary detours and repairs of such areas. Additionally SMS alerts will be made if such an event were to occur.

Repairs will be carried out ongoing during the rainy season and any repairs must be finished within seven days of the damage. Afterwards the areas affected will be surveyed to see if measures can be put in place to prevent reoccurrences and budget will be requested to implement such repairs and changes.

The Office asked that members of the public report flooded roads to their hotline at 1146.


Immigration at Promenada adds new office for extra services

Pol. Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, Superintendent of the Chiang Mai Immigration Office and Tjeert Kwant, CEO of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall signed an agreement to open a new office for additional services at the mall. The new office will open July 21, 2016.

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Chiang Mai Immigration and Promenada Resort Shopping Mall signed an agreement to extend the offices that have been in place at the mall for a year.

Pol. Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, Superintendent of the Chiang Mai Immigration Office and Tjeert Kwant, CEO of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall with staff from Promenada and Immigration officers at the signing for the new office.

The Immigration Office there services over 300 -400 people every day for retirement visa extensions, 90 day reports, and tourist visa extensions. Most of the people using the tourist visa extensions are American, British and then Japanese Superintendent Pol. Col Rutajpong Saravanangkool announced.

The new agreement will see a new office added for special cases such as emergency cases, checking consular certification, business foundation, and reviewing those eligible for visa renewals. The new office will open on July 21 and will be open between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. although the Superintendent said the office is considering expanding the hours of the new office to deal with the increased caseload. Additional officers will be assigned to the new office to handle the additional cases.

 


 
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