Locked inside a house, neighbors had been
Three abandoned young children were finally rescued by
Sattahip police last week after months of neglect. The three had been left
in the care of an elderly scrap collector, who locked them in a house as
he daily went about his business.
rescued these three abandoned young children and turned them over to the
Chonburi Assistance Office.
A resident from Ban Phanleun in Moo 8, Sattahip finally
contacted police on August 15th to report the 3 young children were being
mistreated. Representatives from the Chonburi Assistance Office, the
Pattaya Redemptorist Home for Street Children and Sattahip police
investigated the report and found the three children inside a small house
with the door and window’s locked tight. A few small holes had been cut
into the rear of the house where neighbors were able to get food and
snacks to the children.
Police forced entry into the house, finding the
children left on their own in a wretched smelling room filled with the
children’s own waste, which had not been cleaned for months.
Of the three children, only the 3-year-old boy was able
to communicate his identity, but he as unable to identify his parents.
Another boy appeared to be about 2-years old; the third child was a little
girl about 1-year-old. All three were in poor physical condition from
months of neglect. The children were handed over to official caretakers
from the Chonburi Assistance Office.
An elderly woman in the community told police a man of
about 60 years, only known as “Lung Lom”, brought the two boys into
the house about 3-4 months ago. She said that last month the little girl
She said “Lung Lom” was employed as a scrap
collector and that he locked the children in the room each day leaving
them crying and calling out for their parents. Neighbors cut small holes
in the back of the house to bring them food each day. She said they
questioned “Lung Lom”, who claimed he was given 2,500 baht to look
after each child.
Police later found “Lung Lom” sitting at a corner
store drinking liquor. He was taken into the Sattahip police station for
questioning. He identified himself as Nilom Ondeekul, age 64, and told
police the children were given to him by their parents. He said the
parent’s only parting words were that he could sell them to anyone
Police have mounted a search for the parents who, when
found, will stand trial for their heinous behavior.
Get ready for
higher fuel costs
Petroleum Authority of Thailand (PTT) Governor Wised
Chubhibal announced that 95 octane fuel prices might increase up to 17-18
baht per liter, while diesel costs are expected to go up to 14 baht per
ready to pay more at the pumps, as fuel prices are expected to rise more
than they have in the past decade.
The PTT Governor said that the skyrocketing costs are a
result of problems at refineries in Kuwait and Indonesia, as well as the
Thai Oil Refinery temporarily closing to make repairs and improvements.
Singapore has added to the problem by reducing production.
Analysts predict that if prices continue to increase
till the year’s end, the rate of economic growth could be slowed by as
much as 0.5%, having a detrimental impact on the country’s economic
The impending crisis has caused top levels of
government in Thailand to begin looking for ways to contain what is
considered an unprecedented hike in fuel costs, the highest in the past
Members of the National Energy Policy Commission,
chaired by Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, met to address the situation.
Deputy Prime Minister Banyat Bantadtan and the Ministry of Interior were
charged with the task of urging provincial governors all over the country
to implement community campaigns to conserve energy.
Minister of Industry Suwat Liphataphanlop said that the
members of the NEC are advocating each ministry and government agency to
establish internal plans to minimize the use of energy within the next 15
days. This includes reducing street lighting in designated areas.
Police search for suspect
71-year-old U.C. Ernst Schaper was found stabbed to
death in his South Pattaya condo on Monday, August 21st. Schaper received
three stab wounds to the chest and neck.
U.C. Ernst Schaper and a gay bar employee police believe might possibly be
Management of the condo notified police after neighbors
complained of an abhorrent odor emanating from the room. Officers broke into
the room and armed with joss sticks, discovered Schaper’s body next to his
bed. The blade of a paring knife was still buried in his chest with its
handle broken off. A half-closed folding knife was lodged in the right side
of his neck and underneath the body was a broken knife handle, false teeth
and a wooden cutting board.
Region 2 Provincial Police Investigators from the
Scientific Investigation Division inspected the room, collecting
fingerprints and hair samples. They also found a number of bloody footprints
in the room. Bloodstains covered the walls and bathroom sink area. Another
paring knife stained with blood was found in the kitchen.
Schaper’s safe had been forced open, and a number of
photos of Schaper with a probable gay bar employee were found.
The manager of the condo told police that a man named
Sombat Pratumma from Sri Chiang Mai in Nong Khai was documented by the
receptionist as visiting Schaper at 2.00 p.m. on August 18th. Sombat was
described as 19-22 years old and very tall. Approximately two hours after
registering, he was observed leaving the condo in haste.
The results of the initial examination suggest the murder
occurred about three days ago. Personnel from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation
transferred the body to the Police Forensic Lab after recording the
corpse’s fingerprints for identification.
A special investigation unit has been assigned to the
case to search for Sombat Pratumma and the person in the photo, who police
believe might possibly be the same person.
used in gangland style killing
Police surmise drugs involved
Pattaya police initially believe that drugs may have
been involved in the gangland style murder of Abhinant Jantarasute, age
32, from Nong Pang Khae.
Abhinant was shot twice with an AK47 assault rifle at
10.50 p.m. on August 13 in the vicinity of Soi Ko Phai and Soi Kokas.
Arriving on the scene, police found the body lying off
to the side of the street, shot once in the chest and once in the head. A
cigarette was still clutched in his hand and a bag of ice and soft drinks
were next to the body.
A witness told police the man was shot by one of two
men, both wearing dark clothing with hats covering their faces.
The witness described the two men as waiting inside a
nearby rented room and when Abhinant entered the area returning with the
ice and drinks, one of the two men shot him down with one shot. The two
men then came out of the room, walked up to the body and shot the man once
more in the head before running off into the area behind the apartment
Police conducted a search of the area, finding two AK
assault rifle shell casings. They also searched the surrounding area for
the rest of the night looking for the two assailants, but to no avail.
Two motorcycles were left in the area, one of which
belonged to the dead man. Police are tracing the owner of the other
The day after the incident, Region 2 Provincial Police
Commander Pol. Maj. Gen. Phanupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya called a meeting
with police officers involved in the case and Pattaya Police Chief Pol.
Col. Pinit Satcharoen. Expressing deep concern for the city’s reputation
and the community’s safety, he said it was imperative to bring the
killers in to maintain local security and stability.
Initially police felt the killing was probably
drug-related but further information appears to contradict that idea.
Pattaya police said a special investigation unit has been assigned to the
case. Police have identified two possible suspects belonging to a new
Two lsaan women
arrested after trying to outrun police
Police finally shoot out their tire on Soi
As part of their August crackdown on drugs, police set
up a roadside checkpoint under the overpass on Pratamnak Road on August
12. At around 10:00 p.m., a Toyota pick-up with two-female occupants
approached and ignored police signals to stop.
shot out a tire to finally bring the delinquent Toyota to a halt.
Police officers immediately suspected drugs were being
transferred and chased after the Toyota as it headed for 3rd Road.
The vehicle turned off into Soi 17 trying to outrun
police officers close behind on motorcycles, but the doughty officers soon
caught up to the pick-up and fired off one shot in the crowded area,
deftly blowing out their rear tire. However, the driver persisted to drive
on and finally crashed into two parked motorcycles, which brought it to a
The two women inside the pick-up were quickly taken
into custody and a search of the Toyota with Korat plates began. A large
quantity of old clothing was found inside the vehicle, and after closely
inspecting everything, a grand total of three-methamphetamine pills turned
The two-woman were later identified as Angkana
Chaiphutorn, age 29, from Korat and Ranchuan Sonwised, age 30, from Khon
After more than two-hours of interrogation both woman
refused to confess and denied any knowledge concerning the
three-methamphetamine pills, claiming they didn’t know where they came
from or how they got in the vehicle. Both women were charged with
possession of narcotics carrying class 1 punishment.
leaves one man dead
Careless driving leaves more chalk lines on
A 30-year-old motorcyclist, identified as Nakhorn
Phanom resident Praikaew Srimola was killed on August 11 after colliding
with a car making a U-turn on Thepprasit Road.
Srimola was killed after his motorcycle slammed into and wedged under a
Bangkok car making a U-turn on Thepprasit Road.
The driver of the car, Bangkok resident Warathorn
Tawachawajiraporn, age 44, called in the accident and was waiting for
police when they arrived with a Sawang Boriboon Rescue Unit. The
motorcycle was still wedged underneath the middle of the car. Srimola’s
body was laying a few meters away.
Warathorn told police he was making a U-turn when the
motorcycle came racing from out of no-where, crashing into the right front
corner of the car. Unable to stop, the car ran over the motorcycle, which
ended up wedged under the car chassis. Warathorn said he immediately
called police thinking the driver of the motorcycle was still alive.
Srimola’s body was transferred to Bang Lamung
Hospital until relatives claim it.
Warathorn was taken in for further questioning and to
record the information for court proceedings.
program results in 2 arrests
Over 1000 yaba pills confiscated
Crime Prevention Volunteers coordinating with Bang
Lamung District Chief Vichien Chawalit and Banglamung Police resulted in 2
arrests and 1,005 methamphetamine pills confiscated.
The results of the raid were part of the Bang Lamung
District “Drug Free Community” program implemented in June when the
Bang Lamung District Chief enlisted help from district officials and
community leaders to curb drug-related crime and addiction in local
Sources involved with the Bang Lamung District Crime
Prevention Volunteers reported information indicating a house located in
Soi Khao Noi, Moo 5, Nong Prue was a base for selling methamphetamines.
Bang Lamung District Chief Vichien Chawalit and the volunteers
orchestrated a plan of action with the Bang Lamung police.
Two men were arrested with 1,005 methamphetamine pills
in their possession. The men were later identified as Tawadchai Daengtip,
age 27, and Prasan Ketsarin, age 19, both Bang Lamung residents. Both men
confessed to selling the drugs, claiming they obtained the drugs from an
undisclosed area in Huay Yai.
AIDS Awareness Campaign continues
Since 1986, 3,740 AIDS cases have allegedly been reported
in Pattaya, resulting in 498 deaths. Of the overall total, 80% contracted
the disease through sexual intercourse, but this was not broken down by
type, and 6% through drug related use. An unspecified number of people
contracted the disease via vertical transmission from mothers, with the
remaining cases coming from unknown causes.
The report also stated that 60% of AIDS victims were
laborers, 6% were from professional occupations and over 4% were employed as
merchants and vendors. Minors under the age of 18 constitute another 4% of
the overall total.
These grim statistics were shown to Lampang Municipal
Mayor Weera Loyon Pattaya by City Manager Abhichat Pheudpan and City
Environmental and Sanitation Department Director Dr Adirek Chuwanawech.
Manager Abhichat said the current AIDS situation is
considered critical, as it continues to spread, which has prompted increased
awareness training in local communities.
Pattaya currently has the second highest number of cases
on record with 848 compared to 942 cases in Chonburi’s Muang District.
Through the continuing AIDS Awareness Campaign, organizers anticipate a
decrease in the number of individuals contracting the disease this year.
forces to address street kid problem
Late night sweep nets 34 children
A group of concerned leaders from the city combined
forces with police on August 17th in an attempt to resolve the growing
number of minors roaming Pattaya’s streets at night. The joint forces
conducted a sweep and picked up a total of 32 foreigners and 2 Thai
The Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, the
Chonburi Assistance Office and city officials have been coordinating
action with Mrs. Sopin Thappajug, Associate Judge for the Family Court of
Chonburi, to resolve the street children problem in Pattaya. Mrs. Sopin is
also in charge of developing the Chonburi Remand Home.
The apprehended group told police they were brought
into Pattaya after paying 3,500-4,000 baht to Thai contacts who promised
them daily wages of 50 baht for selling flowers, candy and other
miscellaneous items in the entertainment areas. They admitted further that
at around 6.00 p.m. each evening, Thai men dropped them off in the various
entertainment areas, then picked them up during early morning hours,
returning them to Soi Ko Phai where they turned over the nightly
collection ranging from 300-400 baht each.
The 32 foreigners were turned over to Immigration
Police for eventual return to the border, after which they will more than
likely return to Pattaya’s streets.
Personal information was recorded on the Thai minors,
who were then turned over to their guardians. The guardians were given
stern warnings along with an explanation of the law.
donates land and educational funds
80 deserving students to benefit
Mrs. Katim Kuyakanon, owner of the Wised Niyom Factory,
donated educational funds to the Ban Sak Ngaew’s Pinjaem School in Bang
Lamung’s Huay Yai sub-district to support 80 deserving students from
owner Mrs. Katim Kuyakanon presented educational funds and land to support
the Pinjaem School. Chonburi Governor Sujarit Pachimnan and the Huay Yai
Municipal Mayor were on hand to witness the gracious donations.
Mrs. Katim also donated a portion of land at the
school’s entranceway, and another 7-rai of land for the future site of
the Huay Yai Municipal Building.
A total of 470 students in secondary grades M-1 to M-6
attend the Pinjaem School. Most of the students come from families engaged
in farming or manual labor.
Mrs. Katim made her donations on August 10 during a
ceremony celebrating the founding of the school. Chonburi Governor Sujarit
Pachimnan presided over the ceremony. The Huay Yai Municipal Mayor also
witnessed the gracious donations.
Pattaya Road Show
2000 put on hold
New local TAT director wants to change focus
Members of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association
(PBTA) recently met to discuss postponing this year’s Pattaya Road Show
2000. The Pattaya Road Show 2000 was headed to Africa, but members decided
to reconsider the plan, citing insufficient time to prepare.
PBTA met recently to discuss plans to promote tourism in Pattaya.
Manit Bunchim, the new director of TAT Region 3
(Pattaya), who has been designated chairman of the Pattaya Public
Relations and Marketing Committee reviewing plans to map out new tourism
strategy, told the PBTA that he feels Pattaya has much potential to
attract more tourism and wants to reconsider the overseas public relations
plans, instead focusing on countries where tourist numbers have depleted,
such as Japan and Singapore. This would include highlighting tour packages
during the low season.
Manit is planning to present his ideas to the city
administration and the Thai Hotel Association (Eastern Chapter). His plans
include targeting various organizations, such as the Lions Club, where
Bangkok is the center of activity, and would eventually like to direct
some public relations and marketing schemes towards that area.
PBTA President Surat Mekawarakul said the plan suggests
a clearer understanding of tourism development for Pattaya and its future
direction. Further discussion is required to confirm the objectives and
finalize areas to be targeted for marketing, such as South America, Japan,
Europe or elsewhere.
Also being considered is the establishment of a public
relations center or network in Pattaya, which is viewed as a more suitable
location compared to Bangkok.
A general assembly meeting was scheduled for 18
Planting trees for
the King and Queen
Nong Prue Sub-district Administration Organization
(SAO) officials last week organized a reforestation campaign in support of
the Queen’s edicts to preserve the environment.
Over 1,200 tree saplings, donated by the Kreuk Garden
Nursery, were planted by community members along a three kilometer stretch
on both sides of Pornprabhanimit Road, starting from the Vocational
Training Center through to the Mabprachan Water Reservoir.
The reforestation campaign was conducted in honor of
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 6th Cycle Birthday Celebration and
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s wishes for a nationwide effort to preserve
the natural environment.
Bang Lamung District Chief Vichien Chawalit presided
over a ceremony at the Nong Prue SAO Development Center on the morning of
8 August prior to planting the trees.
Provincial council members from Bang Lamung Chalerm
Ketjae and Paramedsawa Ngamphiches, Chairman of the Nong Prue SAO Mai
Chayanit, SAO members, the Nong Prue Wives Committee and students from the
Suttawas Temple School participated in the tree planting campaign.
held at Suttawad Temple
Nearly every Thai male, regardless of social or
economic status, at one point in his life is ordained as a monk, often
when he reaches the age of 18 or 20, and usually during the month of July
or August, just before the three month rainy season retreat. Most Thais
believe that monkhood matures a man and prepares him for life.
year, 550 Buddhist “novices” entered the monkhood in Banglamung and
received training during this Buddhist Lent or “Khao Pansaa”.
This year, 550 Buddhist “novices” entered the
monkhood in Banglamung and received training during this Buddhist Lent or
The opening ceremony took place at the community center
of the Suttawad Temple located in Nong Prue on August 9. The Suttawad
Temple Abbot, Phra Khru Wijitrathamasarn, being also the Monk Dean of the
District, orchestrated the training along with the Monk Dean of Chonburi,
Phra Cholthan Methee.
The three-day training session provides the recently
ordained monks with knowledge of the required disciplines and behavioral
conduct to follow during the Buddhist Lent period while studying Dharma
In all, there are 913 monks residing at the 43 temples
in Bang Lamung, not including the 550 newly ordained monks receiving their
training at present. Banglamung is also home to one ancient temple with no
monks in residence.
Officers’ Wives Association visit 21 Homes for the Elderly on Mother’s
Members of the National Police Officers’ Wives
Association, led by Than Phuying Kitima Durongwibul paid visits to the
Bang Lamung Home for the Elderly this past Mother’s Day, 12 August, in
honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday. The benevolent
association donated useful items and brought along entertainment.
Police officers’ wives visited the Banglamung Home for the Elderly,
bringing useful items and providing entertainment on Mother’s Day.
Altogether, the National Police Officers’ Wives
Association visited 21 homes, providing assistance to the elderly on
Mother’s Day. Members of the association met up with the Provincial
Region 2 Police Officers’ Wives Committee, led by Than Phuying Suttiman
Chaikhwan at the Bang Lamung Home for the Elderly. Necessity items were
donated and an afternoon meal was arranged for the 276 residents at the
Construction of the Bang Lamung Home for the Elderly
first began in September 1967, with HRH Princess Sri Nagarindra, the
Princess Mother, laying the foundation stone. The following year, the home
was opened on 13 April 1968.
The Bang Lamung Home accepts people from the age of
60-years and older who are without family members to look after them. The
oldest person in residence is said to be 108 years old.
The staff at the home provides for the welfare of the
people in residence, including medical services, daily exercise routines,
religious ceremonies, and funeral arrangements. The staff feels its main
purpose is to impart a pleasant and healthy social environment.
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