Patcharapol Panrak

The Transport Ministry’s top bureaucrat visited U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport, meeting with top navy officers to discuss the airport’s future.

Airport chief Adm. Pijarn Theeranaet met Dec. 9 with ministry Permanent Secretary Soithip Traisuth.

Adm. Vasinsan Janthavarin told reporters that U-Tapao’s main income comes from fees from commercial airlines and charters using the military-run Rayong facility.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:37

Navy rescues Greek climber from Koh Larn cliff

A Greek tourist who went up a Koh Larn cliff but couldn’t get down had to be rescued by a Royal Thai Navy helicopter.

Bouras Thedoras, 37, was stuck for three hours on a ledge on the Yak mountain cliff, approximately 100 meters above ground, near Samae Beach Dec. 9.

A bond of friendship shared by a goose and a monkey ended in heartbreak for the owner of a house that burned down in Plutaluang when both animals died as one tried to save the other from the flames.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:29

Municipal worker jailed for drug dealing

A local government worker was arrested for allegedly dealing drugs.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and National Command Center for Drugs set up the Dec. 10 sting operation that nabbed Surapong Puangnak, 31, an employee in the health department for an unnamed municipality. He was caught with 10 methamphetamine tablets in the arrest on Soi Wat Khaokantamat

Phawat alleged Surapong was using his position as a city worker to cover his real career as a drug dealer to residents in surrounding areas.

Police said he confessed he has been dealing drugs for a long time and was only working for the municipality to disguise himself.

Police arrest drug dealing suspect Surapong Puangnak in a dramatic takedown.Police arrest drug dealing suspect Surapong Puangnak in a dramatic takedown.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:22

Cambodian fishermen busted for drugs in Sattahip

Two Cambodian fishermen were arrested for allegedly smoking methamphetamines in Sattahip.

District Chief Phawat Lertmukda and National Command Center for Drugs officers arrested Wat, 25, and Sritao, 36, at a rented room in Samae San Dec. 11.

Government workers, military officers and local residents turned out to say goodbye and congratulate Sattahip District Chief Phawat Lertmukda as he prepared to take over as Chonburi Province’s deputy governor.

The Royal Thai Navy and about 1,000 military, government and private-sector representatives released thousands of marine animals into the sea to commemorate HM the King’s 87th birthday.

The Royal Thai Navy arrested 54 Vietnamese fishermen and seized seven boats found operating illegally in Sattahip Bay.

Sailors from the HTMS Takbai and HTMS Tor 112 surrounded the boats Nov. 29 about 90 miles from Koh Chuang. Inspections of the boats’ holds found hundreds of sea snakes in plastic cans and some squid.

Public health, immigration, navy and military authorities practiced their response to airline passengers infected with Ebola in a drill at U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:02

3 police stations hunting for Plutaluang rapist

Police from three area stations are looking for a suspected construction worker who raped a 16-year-old student in Plutaluang.

The girl, a student at a higher-education institute still in uniform, was knocked off her motorbike, threatened at knifepoint and taken into a cassava field at on Route 331 at the Khao Sichan, where she was molested Nov. 28.

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