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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
the Crown Prince opens the ceremonial curtain, to reveal the RVYC signboard
inaugurating the new clubhouse in 2005. (Photo courtesy Bureau of the Royal
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.
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
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.
cipher of Princess Soamsawalee. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
submitted their paintings for a contest under the theme The King and His
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.
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
Kannithayaram in Doi Saket suffered 2 million baht in damages after a fire on
July 18, 2016.
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.
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
Firefighters took over an hour to put out the fire at the temple. It was
believed to have been started by an electrical short.
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.
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.
at the press conference announce the death of a suspect who opened fire on
police and the seizure of 600,000 methamphetamine pills.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Police announced the arrest of a man in Nong
Hoi who was caught on CCTV cameras breaking into women’s rooms and stealing
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.