Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated National Elephant Day by providing a great feast for their revered pachyderms. They also celebrated the birth of two new calves, calling the births auspicious as they occurred during the lead up to the event. The day is observed every year to recall the role the mammals have played in the hearts and history of the kingdom.
Sattahip police and district officials arrested a one-legged teenager accused of dealing drugs in Plutaluang.
Thossapol Somanat, 18, was captured March 11 following a busted sting operation outside the Sirisa 10 Village. An undercover officer had tried to purchase 20 methamphetamine tablets, but Thossapol saw the cops coming and fled. The chase ended when his prosthetic leg broke after crashing his motorbike into a ditch.
Police found the 20 ya ba pills on his person and another 23 pills, 300 g. of marijuana and a homemade 12-gauge shotgun in his room at Thossapol Car Care.
Police said Thossapol confessed and named his supplies of the illegal gun and narcotics.
A Sattahip car mechanic detained for imprisoning and beating his toddler daughters with coat hangers was set free by Sattahip police, apparently for lack of evidence.
A hundred couples got their marriages off to bumpy starts when they took their Valentine’s Day wedding vows on the backs of elephants at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.
A drunk Kanchanaburi man was arrested on burglary charges after sneaking into his former employer’s factory in Sattahip.
Wuthichai Muangmon was captured by security guard Vinai Pitsanusaeng around 4 a.m. Feb. 11 inside the Best Tech factory at the Sattahip Pier. Clearly intoxicated he was taken into custody and his motorbike seized by Sattahip Police.
Wuthichai Muangmon has been remanded in custody for breaking and entering.
Vinai told investigators he saw Wuthichai climbing the wall around the property and hide in the factory. He was charged with planning to rob Best Tech, where he worked until being fired for abusing methamphetamines.
Wuthichai denied the charges, claiming he was drunk and simply needed a place to sleep.
A heartbroken Cambodian fisherman died after falling into the sea and drowning following an all-night drinking session.
Identified only as “Sim,” 35, the sailor fell off the Wanneepchock 10 at Bang Saray’s Petai Pier Feb. 10. Rescue officers arrived as his unconscious body was pulled to the surface. He was later pronounced dead at Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center.
Coworkers said Sim recently had his heart broken by a karaoke girl and, in his sorrow, began drinking cheap rice whiskey the night before. He apparently passed out and fell into the sea, where he drowned.
A Royal Thai Navy private was injured after crashing his truck on a cliff-side road in Plutaluang.
Pvt. Sukhee Janthages, 23, was thrown from his Isuzu pickup and was found unconscious following the Feb. 12 accident on Phukaung Hill. He was taken to Queen Sirikit Naval Medical Center for treatment.
A weak parking brake turned into a watery accident when a pickup truck fell into the sea in Sattahip.
Petty Officer 1st Class Watcharanet Chairop, 30, said he pulled the hand brake when he parked his Mitsubishi Triton near Sattahip Bay beach barrier Feb. 11. Not realizing how steep the slope was, the left the car only to return and find waves lapping at its rear end in the sand.
Sattahip Naval Base and area rescue workers took an hour to salvage the vehicle with a tow truck.
Try explaining this to your insurance company.
About 300 Royal Thai Navy sailors are training through mid-March to take over airport security and coastal patrols in southern Thailand.
Capt. Wasant Sathornkij opened the month-long training course Feb. 11 at the Air and Coastal Defense Command in Sattahip.