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  • Thalang defense volunteer charged for illegal possession of a firearm

    Thalang defense volunteer charged for illegal possession of a firearm

    PHUKET: A Thalang defense volunteer was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition after being pulled over at a checkpoint in Phuket. Krit Meesit, 52, wearing military trousers and a black shirt with “Royal Thai Marine Corps” written across it, was stopped at a checkpoint on Nanai Road in Patong at about 2am yesterday.

  • Phuket taxi driver to face abduction, drug charges

    Phuket taxi driver to face abduction, drug charges

    PHUKET: The Phuket taxi driver accused of holding a 19-year-old Chinese tourist captive for hours and threatening her with sexually intimidating gestures on Friday will face deprivation of liberty and drug charges.

  • Australian gunmen walk free after short Phuket Prison stint

    Australian gunmen walk free after short Phuket Prison stint

    PHUKET: Two Australian tattoo parlor owners are now out of prison after mistakenly shooting two German tourists while trying to gun down alleged Danish mafioso Dennis Mark Knudsen on January 22. John Cohen, 32, and Adam Shea, 26, were released on April 11 after having served about 40 days of prison time. “They were sentenced to a six-month, 15-day suspended prison term and fined 7,500 baht,” Phuket Provincial Prison’s General Administration chief Suparat Tantipongwiwat confirmed.

  • Phuket Opinion: For the Love of Bob

    Phuket Opinion: For the Love of Bob

    PHUKET: Many years ago, backpacking through Malaysia, I found myself at a hostel one night swapping stories and listening to a fellow traveller playing guitar and singing. When the dreadlocked musician asked if any of us had any requests I jumped in with “play some Bob Marley” assuming that he would have at least a dozen Marley songs in his repertoire.

  • Phuket Opinion: Meth-ods for drug abuse prevention

    Phuket Opinion: Meth-ods for drug abuse prevention

    PHUKET: Dr Ruangsit Netnuanyai, the psychiatric social worker who runs the drug treatment center at Vachira Phuket Hospital, is absolutely right that more needs to be done to prevent youths from falling into the potentially fatal trap of drug abuse (story

  • Phuket taxi driver arrested over Chinese tourist sex assault complaint

    Phuket taxi driver arrested over Chinese tourist sex assault complaint

    PHUKET: A Phuket taxi driver is being held by Phuket City Police today following a 19-year-old Chinese tourist alleging the driver held her captive for hours and tried to sexually assault her.

  • Phuket Opinion: Looking for privacy for Phuket’s addicts

    Phuket Opinion: Looking for privacy for Phuket’s addicts

    Psychiatric Social Worker Dr Ruangsit Netnuanyai, 36, is a Phuket native who has been working at Vachira Phuket Hospital for 13 years. He is the head of the drug-treatment program at Vachira and also does research on drug treatment for young addicts.

  • Phuket resorts caught in illegal construction blitz

    Phuket resorts caught in illegal construction blitz

    PHUKET: A team of Ministry of Interior officials landed in Phuket yesterday to raid four sites in and around Patong, all of which are now under investigation for illegal construction. Leading the raids was Lt Gen Jutti Thammanovanich from the Office of the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, ranking him among the top police commanders in the country

  • Phuket hospital offers free checkups in honor of HM Queen Sirikit

    Phuket hospital offers free checkups in honor of HM Queen Sirikit

    PHUKET: Phuket residents are invited to sign up for free medical checkups at the Phuket Provincial Hospital on May 31 in honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s 81st birthday later this year. The first 1,253 Phuket-registered residents to contact the Provincial Hospital (map

  • Education Ministry launches nationwide drug-free schools campaign in Phuket

    Education Ministry launches nationwide drug-free schools campaign in Phuket

    PHUKET: Three schools in Phuket yesterday became the launch focus of a new Ministry of Education campaign to rid schools nationwide of drugs. Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanit, joined by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut and 850 other participants, including education officials from throughout the Andaman provinces, announced the “White School” anti-drugs campaign at Satree Phuket School in Phuket Town.