Army prepares sandbags for rainy season
As part of
the flood prevention program soldiers from the 33rd Military Circle and
Kawila Army Camps prepared sandbags along the lower parts of the Ping River
this past week. The sandbags are being placed along the river to prevent
overflow flooding in case of heavy rains. The bags will be aid at the lowest
levels around Nawarat Bridge. The Army has set up a support center in case
of flooding. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
Child Development center continues to grow
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited the Child Development Center which was
recently set up to provide pre-school and kindergarten services for Chiang
Mai children. The Center now has 104 children attending pre-school and
kindergarten classes with 6 teachers. The school provides small children
with a healthy environment in which to learn and play. (Photo courtesy of
Chiang Mai Municipality)
Governor visits schools in project to promote pride in Thailand
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul speaks to the students from Navamindarajudis
Payap School on June 12, 2012 about the gracious love HM the King has
towards the Thai people and the tremendous contributions he has made towards
Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul
presided over the opening ceremony on June 12, 2012 at Navamindarajudis
Payap School. The project is being launched by the Internal Security Command
(ISOC) at schools around the province to promote pride in Thailand and in
being Thai, to instill the values and ideals of Thailand and to promote
patriotism and respect for the country, the monarchy and the culture.
The Governor noted that the youth of
today are key to the country’s future prosperity and stability. The lecture
series that will take place at various schools over the next few weeks will
urge students to realize their future responsibilities to the nation and to
protect and respect the institutions of the nation; to promote unity and
maintain respect for HM the King who has contributed so greatly to the
Blood drive at Majaraj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital
The Faculty of Research Medicine at
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital is holding a blood drive until June 18 at
the Blood Donor Room, the 1st floor of the Sriphat Building. The
Dean encouraged members of the public to donate blood regularly saying that
the number of patients who need blood increase yearly. The hospital needs
about 150-200 units a day for accidents and surgery and noted that during
festival periods such as Songkran, the amount of blood needed is much
higher. He encouraged members of the public to donate regularly so as to
build up the blood bank reserves.
Doi Lor gang arrested in motorcycle thefts
arrested 7 people suspected to be members of a motorcycle theft gang.
Seven people suspected to be part of
the “Doi Lor” gang that has been implicated in a rash of car and motorcycle
thefts around the city were arrested by the police recently. On June 13,
2012 at 10 a.m. Deputy Commander of the Chiang Mai Provincial Police Pol.
Col Weerawuth Neamnoi announced that crackdown on thefts had resulted in the
arrest of 7 suspects. Charged with theft in 11 different cases, the accused,
Tassanai Keadthewa age 20 Saranyu Panyafong age 14 Samran Keawkanphor age 31
Kiattikun Panyo age 28 Warakran Thaisanga age 17 Wittaya Konglah age 33 and
Likhit Sritha age 18 were charged with theft of motor vehicles and receiving
stolen goods 3 Kawasaki KSR motorcycles and one Honda Dream were confiscated
as police believe the suspects used these to patrol the area looking for
bikes to steal.
Doi Lor police worked in cooperation
with the Provincial police are numerous reports of stolen vehicles were
filed. The Deputy Commander noted that more than 100 motorcycles had been
lost mostly from dormitories in the city in the past few months, mainly from
owners forgetting keys in the motorbike and forgetting to lock the wheel.
Police arrested Wittaya Konglah on
possession of a stolen motorcycle, he confessed to police that he had bought
the bike for 5,000 Baht from Kiattikun Panyo. Police investigation of
Kiattikun led to the arrest of the suspected gang members.
Police said the Euro Cup games has led
to an increase in gambling and that more thefts are expected by people who
will need money to repay their gambling debts and urged people to take extra
precaution in locking their motorbikes.
Sansai police arrest monk and fake nun in charity collection scheme
Kata-thammo, a 57 year old monk from Srinil Wanaram Temple in Loei Province
and Tippawan Phumee age 38 resident of Chaiyaphum province were arrested by
police and accused of soliciting funds.
Sansai police arrested a monk from Loei
and a woman from Chaiyaphum on Tuesday June 12, 2012 after police received
complaints from locals of fake nuns soliciting funds from people in the
Police arrestd Phra Yard Kata-thammo, a
57 year old monk from Srinil Wanaram Temple in Loei Province and Tippawan
Phumee age 38 resident of Chaiyaphum province, who was dressed as a nun at
the time of arrest. Police said the accused kept a hotel room where they
would change into their Buddhist robes and that Phra Yard would allegedly
solicit alms while the woman would ask for funds for fake charities.
Sansai police said they had received
numerous complaints about fake nuns soliciting money and that investigation
led them to the pair who were found at the Arcade Bus Station. Police
confiscated 1000 Baht in cash and other documents along with a Toyota pickup
EU Ambassadors hold first monthly meeting outside Bangkok
Ambassador David Lipman introduced the visiting Ambassadors and Deputy Heads
By Shana Kongmun
The Chedi Chiang Mai was the scene of
Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission from 13 member states with the
Ambassadors of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden joined by Deputy Heads from the
Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom to meet with Chiang Mai
government officials and business people in their first monthly meeting ever
held outside Bangkok. EU Ambassador David Lipman said, “Thailand is so much
more than Bangkok” and they felt it was time they held meetings around the
country. Trips to Isaan and the South are both planned for the future.
The Ambassadors and Deputy Heads
introduced themselves with the Portuguese Ambassador joking that they
wouldn’t discuss the upcoming Euro Cup match.
Ambassador Lipman noted that there are
27 member states of the EU of which 19 have Embassies in Thailand, adding
that Thailand was a huge trading partner with over 30 billion Euros in trade
each year, much of that in Thai exports to the EU. 8 million tourists a year
visit Thailand, of which 40% are from the EU he said.
visiting diplomats gathered for a group photo on the lovely grounds of the
Finally the Ambassador reminded of the
upcoming EU Film Festival to be held at the Visa Cinema Kad Suan Kaew from
June 15-24, 2012 where 23 films from 17 member countries will be screened.
All screenings are free of charge. The film festival schedule can be found
on their Facebook page, EUinThailand.
The Ambassadors took questions from the
press, with the Dutch Ambassador tackling the issue of long-stay visas as
recently proposed to the government by the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce.
H.E. Joan Boer noted that long stayers contribute more to
the economy over the long term than short time visitors; “They create
employment and develop relationships with their community,” noting that the
Embassies support the idea of a 3 to 5 year long stay visa for foreigners.
The Danish Ambassador
answered a question about his day to day job with the Belgian Ambassador
chiming in with his very busy schedule and the Swedish Ambassador laughing
that he was very glad to hear that everyone else worked so hard.
A representative of
the Thai media asked about their feelings on the Reconciliation Bill before
Parliament and Ambassador Lipman replied that “The EU wants to promote its
values, human rights and the rule of law. There should be respect for the
rule of law and there should be no impunity. We follow these events and hope
these principles will be upheld.”
The EU supports and
encourages the “remarkable momentum for change” in Myanmar, Ambassador
Lipman said when asked about the EU policy towards Myanmar, noting that the
EU had suspended all sanctions except the arms embargo to encourage trade
and investment. The Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Klas Molin, pointed out that
working with a civil society is of key importance to the EU states, that it
is a necessary part of a vibrant society, adding that in addition to
government to government contacts they also deal with more and more layers
of society. He noted that migration is a two way street, citing the 6000
Thai applicants for short term agricultural work in Sweden. There are
400,000 Swedes visiting Thailand as tourists, many of these coming back to
stay as long term residents.
The EU Ambassador
closed by encouraging everyone to attend the EU Film Festival next week.
Chiang Mai Governor calls for crackdown on Euro 2012 gambling
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul urges Thais to avoid gambling on the Euro 2012
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul
called on people to stay within the law and not gamble on the Euro 2012
Championships being held from June 8 to July 2. He urged people to avoid
illegal gambling on football as often gambling turns into an obsession that
leads to crime and poverty.
He added that the police will be
cracking down on illegal gambling during this period and will monitor for
sports betting venues. Any government officials found to have been involved
will face disciplinary measures. Those breaking the law will be subject to a
punishment of one year in jail or a fine not exceeding 1,000 Baht or both.
Previous football matches, including
the World Cup, have seen a spike in gambling around the country with many
people losing everything they own gambling on matches and often turning to
crime to pay off their gambling debts.
Over half of the noodle shops do not meet health standards
from the Office of Public Health in Chiang Mai meet with local vendors at a
seminar on noodle shop health and safety standards.
The Office of Public Health for Chiang
Mai’s chief, Dr. Wattana Kanchanakamol disclosed at a seminar at the Mercure
Hotel on June 8, 2012 that 59.4 percent of noodle shops inspected to not
meet the health and safety standards as set by the Ministry of Public
The seminar was held to educate noodle
shop owners as to the required standards to maintain public health, over 300
people joined in the meeting.
Dr. Wattana noted the prevalence of
noodles in the diet of Thais but noted that often the consumers are not
aware that they food they were eating was not up to standards, resulting in
health issues and disease. The City will push for all restaurants, stands
and shops to meet kitchen safety standards around the city by 2016.
The Deputy Head of the Office of Public
Health, Dr. Surasingh Wisarutrat, noted that
there are more than 2,500 noodle shops and stands around Chiang Mai and the
number continues to increase. He said that after inspection in 25 districts
in Chiang Mai they found 22 percent of the shops and stands used pots
containing lead. A further 22 percent were found to use noodles with
excessive amounts of preservatives, including Benzoid while 58.7 percent
used vegetables with high amounts of pesticides. 26 percent of the shops
offered substandard vinegar and 64 percent used unhygienic plates, bowls and
chopsticks. 37.6 percent of the vendors had bacteria on their hands and 96.5
percent of the shops used environmentally unfriendly foam packaging. In
total 59.4 percent of the noodle shops and stands did not meet health and
Democracy group submits letter to Chiang Mai Governor
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul receives the letter of protest from the
representative of the group “Chiang Mai People Who Love Democracy”,
Around 50 members of the group “Chiang
Mai People Who Love Democracy” submitted a letter of protest to Chiang Mai
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul at City Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012, asking
that it be sent to the Thai Government and Somsak Kiatsuranont, President of
The group is concerned that the current
political problems are not conducive towards peace and reconciliation and
added that the behavior of Members of Parliament for the Democrat Party were
not behaving in a way to promote those goals. The group says they support
the democratic process in Parliament and wish the members of Parliament to
heed public opinion regarding the current Reconciliation Bill that is before
the House. The group also approves of the move to amend the 1997
The leader of the group, Kittipong
Nokkaew, said the group was comprised of kamnans, village chiefs and local
people in Chiang Mai’s Muang district and they they are not affiliated with
any color and did not have a hidden political agenda.
The Governor assured the members of the
group that he would forward their letter on to Parliament and the
Convention center reaches 85 percent completion
Prime Minister and Advisor to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism Banharn
Silpa-archa, right, meets with officials at the nearly completed
International Conference and Exhibition Center.
The Chiang Mai International Conference
and Exhibition Center has reached 85 percent completion it was reported to
former Prime Minister and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and
Sports Banharn Silpa-archa and the Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol
Silpa-archa on Thursday, June 7 2012.
The total budget for the largest
convention center in South East Asia was 3 billion baht for the project that
is on 335 rai of land in Baan Nong Hor in Chang Puak District of Chiang Mai
city. Projects that remain uncompleted include road construction, pipes and
drainage and landscaping around the completed building.
Originally slated to be finished in
September of 2011, political turmoil and last year’s floods delayed
completion of the project that saw construction begin in 2009. The center is
now expected to be finished by the end of July 2012 and the TAT has a
management budget of 100 million Baht. The project was initially proposed in
1991 but wasn’t approved until 2003 during the government of Chiang Mai
native Thaksin Shinawatra.
Located south of the 700 Years Stadium,
the Convention Center is expected to be a huge draw for visitors and promote
Chiang Mai as the economic center of the Upper North.
Hit and run accident knocks car into the moat
The Muang District Police were called
to the scene of an accident in front of the Khoey Chiang Mai Restaurant at
the Sriphoom corner of the moat at 2 p.m. on Thursday June 7, 2012.
Pol. Capt. Adul Suayson of the Muang
Chiang Mai Police, officers and rescue personnel found a Toyota Corolla in
the moat with the driver trapped inside. Police and rescue workers pulled 28
year old Suvapong Tripthepchanchai from the car in time.
He told police that his car had been
rear-ended hard enough to knock his car into a tree, the ricochet forced his
car into the moat. The driver of the car that hit him drove off, leaving the
car in the moat and the driver stuck inside.
Buddhist faithful walk up Doi Suthep on eve of Visakha Bucha Day
By Shana Kongmun
On the eve of the most important
Buddhist holiday of the year hundreds of people walked up Doi Suthep to make
merit at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep where early morning ceremonies were held.
Phrathat Doi Suthep was filled with Buddhist faithful making merit for
Visakha Bucha Day. (Photo by Tanakorn Manvirat)
The annual walk up Doi Suthep is a
highlight in the Chiang Mai calendar and many faithful make the trip to join
in this pilgrimage. At the mountaintop, the faithful will make merit at the
Buddha image and walk three times around the temple.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul
took part in the ceremonies to start the walk on Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
when lustral water was carried up the mountain in a Lanna parade. The
following evening he took part in a merit making ceremony at Wat Phra Singh
where traditional donations of more than 200,000 Baht in a white envelope
were made, a Buddhist sermon was given by the Abbot and Buddhist followers
walked around the temple three times carrying lit candles.
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul takes part in the Lanna parade to start the
walk up Doi Suthep. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)
camped out for the night, waiting for the early morning ceremonies. (Photo
by Shauna Pugh, Soho Guesthouse and Bar)
Governor M..L. Panadda Diskul is joined by his wife, Amporn Diskul President
of the Chiang Mai Red Cross at Wat Phra Singh to take part in the candle lit
ceremony and listen to the Buddhist sermon. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)
The road up
Doi Suthep was packed all night long as people made the climb. (Photo by
Shauna Pugh, Soho Guesthouse and Bar.)
EU supports public partnership on World Environment Day
Students participated in
World Environment Day activities held at JJ Market on June 5, 2012.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart
Keelapaeng opened World Environment Day at JJ Market Chiang Mai on June 5,
2012. Hosted by the Environment Office, Region 1 and other private and
public groups, the event was also the launch of a new EU sponsored project
“Holistic Approach of Public Partnership for Environment” or HAPPEN.
The Environment Office Region 1 held
ordination ceremonies for forest trees and planted trees on June 4, 2012,
World Environment Day, in Tambon Nam Phare in Hang Dong to help restore and
preserve the forest.
The Office then held various seminars
on overfishing, tree planting, smog and forest fire reduction and other
causes of environmental concern for Chiang Mai at JJ Market in addition to
the launch of the HAPPEN project which will work together with local
governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools, and local people
to educate and help them manage their natural resources and protect the
environment. The project will cover Muang district , Mae Rim, San Sai , Hang
Dong and Doi Saket districts.
Duangduan na Chiangmai was joined by Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying at a
tree planting ceremony held at the Train Park on June 5 as part of World
Environment Day. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Environment Office)
Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng opens World Environment Day at JJ Market on
June 5, 2012 (Photo by Atthapron Suhom)
Heavy rains flood roads around town
The heavy rains, strong winds
and thunderstorms typical of this time of year hit hard on the afternoon of
June 5, 2012. Drivers found their afternoon commute slowed by overflowing
drains and flooded streets from the downpour. Heavy rains in Mae Hong Son on
Monday night triggered landslides, blocking access to Pakalo village in the
Muang district. Mae Hong Son governor Naruemol Palawat warned residents of
Pai, Pang Mapha and Muang districts to expect further landslide during heavy
rains. The Meteorological Department said that the North could expect
further such heavy rains due to a low pressure front.
Pheu Thai Party wins Constituency 3 election
Prime Minister. Yingluck
Shinawatra campaigned with Kasem Nimmolrat (right) from Pheu Thai Party
candidate in San Kamphaeng district (File Photo).
Kasem Nimmolrat of the Pheu Thai Party
won Constituency 3 by-elections handily on June 2, 2012, taking 72,385 votes
compared to second place Democrat candidate Kulyakorn Koamkitwattana who
garnered 18,975 votes. Third place Puea Pandin Party candidate Anucha
Rungtranont took 1,124 votes.
San Kamphaeng, Doi Saket and Mae On
districts saw 73.65 percent of voters take part in the election. 100,363
people out of the 136,273 registered voters.
The by-elections were held after the
previous winning candidate, Chinnicha Wongsawat, daughter of former Prime
Minister Somchai Wongsawat and Yaowapha younger sister of ousted Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was stripped of her seat after being found
guilty by the Election Commission for making a false assets and liabilities
Chiang Mai Governor checks out popular nightclubs
Chiang Mai Governor M.L.
Panadda Diskul was joined by police, officials from the Public Health Office
and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) discusses governmental
concerns with nightclub managers.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul
was joined by police, officials from the Public Health Office and the Office
of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) on June 2, 2012 in an inspection tour of
several nightclubs around town that are popular with young people.
Concerned with underage drinking,
illegal drug use and resident complaints about noise and disturbances caused
by late night clubs, the Governor visited Fabrique, Mandalay, Infinity, and
Warm Up Café in the evening to remind owners of the importance of following
laws regarding allowing in only those 20 years and older, to close at the
legal time and to police their clubs for illegal drug use.
The Governor also asked owners and
managers to contact his office if they encounter threats of extortion from
police or government officials and that all complaints would be reported to
the Prime Minister and investigations into the officials would be initiated
and criminal or disciplinary actions would be taken against those found
Venus to transit the sun in June
Venus will traverse the sun
in a rare astronomical event that won’t be seen again until 2117. (Photo
courtesy of NARIT).
In a rare astronomical event, Venus
will transit across the face of the sun from 5:49 a.m. to
11:49 a.m. on June 6, 2012 appearing as a small black dot traversing the
sun. Solar scopes are necessary to view the event and the National
Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) noted that people should
not stare directly at the sun but should use special glasses, special solar
scopes set up at the Observatory or even take photos with a digital camera
of camera phone to view.
The last transit of Venus was June 8,
2004, they occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of
transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of up to 121.5 years.
Before the last one in 20014, the last pair of transits were in December
1874 and December 1882. The next transits won’t be seen until the next
century, on December 11, 2117.
A live webcam view of the event can be found online:
World No Tobacco Day at Tha Pae Gate
Students participate in World
No Tobacco Day at Tha Pae Gate.
Chiang Mai honored World No Tobacco Day
with activities at Tha Pae Gate on Thursday, May 31, 2012 where Governor
M.L. Panadda Diskul presided over the opening ceremony in front of students
and teachers in the non-smoking campaign.
Around 1,500 participants in the
campaign paraded along the city streets on four different routes to promote
public awareness on the importance of not smoking. This year the World
Health Organization has selected “Tobacco Industry interference” as the
theme, highlighting the interference of the tobacco industry and how they
work for monetary benefits to the detriment of public health.
Thailand has seen the prevalence of
smoking drop in 18 years from 1991 with men dropping from 59.3% for males
and 5.0% for females in 1991 to 40.5% and 2.0% in 2009.
The Ministry of Public Health study has
shown that despite the drop there is still a major economic affect from
smokers’ health and loss of work. Additionally, while smoking has dropped,
there has seen a growth of young smokers especially in Chiang Mai.
New school at historic Governor’s House
Chiang Mai Governor M.L.
Panadda Diskul cuts the ribbon to open the new learning center at the
The historic Governor’s House is the
site of a new learning center with a focus on learning English and the
ethical responsibilities of citizenship. The new learning center was opened
by Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul on May 31, 2012 where he was
joined by Education officials, teachers and students.
One of the benefits of attending
classes at the Governor’s House, the Governor pointed out, is that students
would become acquainted first hand with architecture of old buildings by
attending classes at the 75 year old building and be able to view the many
antique photos and paintings of old Chiang Mai that are on display at the
The learning center will help encourage
students to improve their English skills and practice by helping tourists
who visit the Governor’s House.
The head of the Chiang Mai Provincial
Tourism and Sports Office Jurairat Prewprai added that students from Chiang
Mai University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, North Chiang Mai
University, Far Eastern University, Maejo University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University, and Payap University would help out at the Tourist Information
Centre and Governor’s House School to work with students and help tourists
out with information.
Chamber of Commerce hosts Give a Chance to life program
The Chiang Mai Chamber of
Commerce President Narong Kongprasert was joined on stage by keynote
speakers and members of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce at the Give a
Chance to Life seminar.
The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and
North Chiang Mai University held a seminar on promoting marketing as a
subject of study among students.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Worakarn
Yokying opened the seminar held on May 30, 2012 at the Geneva Room at the
Mercure Hotel Chiang Mai. Self-made billionaire Mae Sai Paprasawat, CEO of
MS Factory, Co. Ltd was the keynote speaker for the seminar and discussed
sales and marketing principles that would enable success from students.
Other speakers shared their experiences as business owners, such as Siam
Nissan Chiang Mai Co. Ltd., Charoen Motor Chiang Mai, mall developers
Promenada Co. Ltd., AIA Co. Ltd. and Land & House Co. Ltd. who spoke to
students at the Give A Chance seminar who were nearing graduation and to
those who wanted to change jobs. Attendance to the event was quite high.
Bodhisattva Guan Yin statue commissioned by Miracle of Life Foundation
Director of Policy and
Planning Office of the Miracle of Life Foundation Manus Nonuch, as a
representative of HRH Princess Ubolratana, marks the opening ceremony of the
84 m Bodhisattva Guan Yin.
The Miracle of Life Foundation, under
the patronage of HRH Princess Ubolratana, has sponsored an 84 meter image of
the Bodhisattva Guan Yin standing on a cloud in the garden area behind the
Chiang Mai Government Center.
On June 1, 2012, the Director of Policy
and Planning Office of the Miracle of Life Foundation Manus Nonuch, as a
representative of HRH Princess Ubolratana held the opening ceremony to pay
respects to the sacred image and to offer blessings for Their Majesties the
King and Queen.
The Miracle of Life Foundation and the
Thai Chinese Buddhist Cultural Association commissioned the 84 m Guan Yin
statue as the largest in the world. The statue shows a seamless blend of
Thai and Chinese art to honor HM the King’s 84th birthday in 2011
and HM the Queen’s 84th birthday in 2016.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul
will represent the Prime Minister at the ceremony to pour gold over the
Bodhisattva Guan Yin on June 4, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.
Chiang Mai combats drug problem in the province
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor
Chuchart Keelapaeng reports on the Province’s efforts to combat drug
trafficking and abuse.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart
Keelapaeng said on May 29, 2012 that Chiang Mai Province was formulating
strategies to fight drug abuse and fight trafficking. Major operations on
combatting trafficking and instituting drug treatment programs for addicts
implemented from April to June 2012 and for a further 6 months following.
The Royal Thai Police issued 192 arrest
warrants on drug charges during the April to June period and seized property
of drug traffickers in 200 cases. Drug use and trafficking has been
prevented in connection with prisons, blocking the ability to bring drugs
into prisons and treating addicts. Additionally, increased surveillance and
patrols along the borders with international cooperation has seen a
reduction of the drug problem in the Muang District, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng,
Mae Rim, San Patong, San Kamphaeng, San Sai, Hot, Om Koi and Saraphi
Retired American engineer found dead after robbery attempt
American Richard Walker was
found stabbed to death outside his home in Hang Dong. (Photo courtesy of
Hang Dong Rescue Foundation)
Retired American nuclear engineer
Richard Allen Walker, age 67 was found dead in an apparent botched robbery
by his girlfriend on the morning of May 30, 2012.
Hang Dong Police were called to
Thanaboon village in Sanpakwan in Hang Dong District when Mr. Walker’s
girlfriend returned to his house and found his body outside the house near
the back door. Police believe that Mr. Walker interrupted an intruder and
grabbed a knife from his kitchen. A struggle ensued, leaving Mr. Walker dead
after being stabbed with his own knife. A notebook computer and his wallet
Mr. Walker’s girlfriend, Ratchadakorn
Ritwakorn, age 43, said she lives in Nong Hoi where she runs an embroidery
and sewing machine business and visits Mr. Walker periodically. She said
that she found his body laying outside, stabbed several times. Mr. Walker
was separated from his foreign wife, who lives overseas, and leased the
house in Thanaboon.
Police believe more than one person was
involved in the robbery and are canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses.
Sansai Police arrest 3 teenage drug dealers
display the drugs and suspects arrested in the raid in Sansai.
On May 30 ,2012, Deputy Commander of
Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruadreaw and Sansai Police officers
announced the arrest of Natthapong Kamfan age 18, Prapon Duangchan age 20,
and Thanapat Thamkrandee age 18 with 1,500 methamphetamine or Yaba pills, 2
handmade guns and a grenade.
On May 29, police investigated a house
in Sansai that had become known as a location to purchase and distribute
illegal drugs where the police uncovered the drugs and weapons and arrested
the three men involved.