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Nine elephants from Nong Nooch Tropical Garden offered nine candles to nine eastern-region temples for Buddhist Lent.

Park General Manager Pantanan Kanthisookapan oversaw the July 20-29 event, in which the nine elephants with a combined age of an auspicious 99 years began the casting of lent candles.

Unused for almost 8 years, moving this A-7E Corsair II bomber along the highway to the Naval Education Center drew many shutterbugs in Sattahip.

Police were called in to settle an argument between a Sattahip minivan conductor and a customer who complained he was spoken to rudely.

Police arrived to find Flt Sgt Manop Poonrun arguing with Nawee Siengpanit, 43, who sells tickets in front of the Sattahip Naval Base. Manop complained to officers that Nawee used profanity and spoke rudely to him.

The argument broke out after Manop inquired about the price. When he was told it was 145 baht, Manop complained the normal fare was 120 baht and he refused to buy.

Nawee said he was upset because he didn’t like the tone Manop used to speak to him.

Police ultimately smoothed things over and extracted an apology from Nawee.

Officials at the Sattahip Naval Base have reported the first arrest and seizure of a boat under new fishing rules that went into effect July 1.

Following a report that a boat had left the Samae San fishing pier without permission, a patrol boat intercepted the Sinsuwannaree 3 near Koh Sanchalam in Samae San Bay July 21. It, in fact, had been heading back to port due to a leak.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:31

Bang Saray brush fire scorches 30 rai

A brush fire in Bang Saray scorched more than 30 rai of land, but houses escaped damage thanks to work of both firefighters and local residents.

Ten engine companies, backed up by residents with buckets, took two hours to extinguish the wildfire in a field near Baan Nawee House July 13.

A Plutaluang grandmother has been charged with child abuse after residents reported that she whipped a 5-year-old boy with wires.

Sattahip District Chief Parinya Photisut, Plutaluang volunteer Sunaree Jabung and other officials responded to a home in Moo 1 village where the boy had suffered more than 100 lashes from wires allegedly wielded by grandmother Malai Wattananon, 55.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:58

Elderly German drowns in Najomtien

An elderly German man died after apparently drowning off a Sattahip District beach.

The body of Ernst Erhard Schneeweis, 79, was pulled from about two meters of water 20 meters off of Somprasong Beach in Najomtien Sub-district July 11.

Mayuree Anuleechan, owner of nearby Jejuan Seafood, said the German was walking along the beach alone before he came and sat down at a restaurant nearby. He later went for a swim, and about 10 minutes later people noticed that something was drastically wrong.

The Sawang Rojthummasathan rescue team took the body to Sattahip Kilometer 10 Hospital for an autopsy.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:49

Navy launches crackdown on drunk sailors

The Sattahip Naval Base has launched a crackdown on on-duty drinking after a drunk sailor was involved in a hit-and-run that cost a young girl her leg.

Capt. Wirath Somjit, chief of the Naval Inspection Department, ordered Cmdr Phutpan Sila-art to inspect shops and restaurants around the base area and set up more checkpoints to prevent drinking and driving during official hours.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:45

Injured sailors compensated, promoted

Two sailors injured in a bomb blast in the far south earlier this month were rewarded with cash and promotions at a ceremony in Sattahip.

Vice Adm. Tanakan Kraikruen and Rear Adm. Somkit Timsad, director of Queen Sirikit Hospital, presented compensation to Petty Officer 1st Class Supphakrit Lerkkasem and Seaman Anan Pansiri July 14.

It was almost as if the monkeys could read the signs that say “don’t feed the monkeys”.

More than 1,000 monkeys destroyed four “no feeding” signs in Sattahip’s Khao Laem Phu Jao area July 16.

Naval officer Atorn Ninla said monkeys are often seen waiting along the road leading up the mountain, waiting for people to feed them.  As the population grew, the animals began invading the Marine Corps base nearby, looking for food.

It was almost as if the monkeys could read, as a troop of them destroyed 5 signs that say “don’t feed the monkeys”.It was almost as if the monkeys could read, as a troop of them destroyed 5 signs that say “don’t feed the monkeys”.

Khet Udomsak Sub-district then put in signs to discourage feeding while also sterilizing 100 monkeys to control the population boom.

Why the monkeys destroyed the signs is anyone’s guess, but it’s unlikely they’ve developed the ability to read Thai.

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