Taxi driver arrested for drug dealing, blames wife

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Patcharapol Panrak
A Nongprue motorbike taxi driver was arrested for allegedly dealing methamphetamines, but told police the drugs they found in his Banglamung apartment belonged to his wife.

Chinese tourist falls from Pratamnak Hill lookout

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
An elderly Chinese tourist was injured when she fell from an observation point on Pratamnak Hill. Chiew Juayee, 61, suffered a broken hip, sprained limbs and other contusions Sept. 7…
Two Italian men robbed by women they picked up for in-room massages expressed impatience with police for not immediately finding their unidentified masseuses.

2 Sattahip trash men injured in fight over karaoke girl

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Patcharapol Panrak
Two garbage men were injured after a brawl over a karaoke girl in Sattahip. Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan medics found Prawit Chinwiwattnapol, 26, and Chatree Sreeploi, 23, unconscious and bleeding at…

5 French nationals arrested in Pattaya ATM scam

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Boonlua Chatree
Five French nationals were arrested for allegedly using counterfeit electronic cards to rob millions of baht from Pattaya automated teller machines. Siam Commercial Bank fraud officials notified police Sept. 11…

Chonburi Red Cross donates 1.1 million baht in scholarships

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By CPRD
The Chonburi Red Cross handed out a million baht in scholarships and provided kids living far from school free bicycles. Red Cross Vice-President Sasithorn Preechawit led the Sept. 13 donation…

Officials see storks delivering for tourism in Rayong

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Patcharapol Panrak
Rayong government, cultural and tourism officials searching for new eco-tourism destinations expressed shock and delight after discovering a flock of open-billed storks are using the Rayong River as a habitat.

Central Festival leads effort to renovate Suttawas Temple

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Warunya Thongrod
Central Festival Pattaya Beach, the Provincial Waterworks Authority, and Nongprue residents joined forces to renovate toilets and beautify landscapes at Suttawas Temple.

Pattaya drawing creates whole lotto frenzy

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Warunya Thongrod
Lottery players worked themselves into a frenzy as the Government Lottery Office came to Pattaya to hold its Sept. 1 drawing, giving gamblers a chance to beat the odds in…

Millions of sea animals released in Rayong

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Patcharapol Panrak
Hoping to restore the ecological balance after a traumatic oil spill, Rayong’s Fishing Department released more than 7 million shrimp, crabs and fish into the sea.
Less than 24 hours before two Chinese tourists would die in yet another speedboat accident, Pattaya city and Marine Department officials had met with more than 100 boat operators to…

Thailand’s first ‘tourist court’ opens in Pattaya

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Warunya Thongrod
Thailand’s first “tourist court” aimed at solving minor disputes before visitors leave the country has opened in Pattaya. Virat Chinvinitkul, secretary-general of the Courts of Justice, and Tourism and Sports…
ECPAT International has chosen Pattaya as a site for research into migration of children who often end up homeless or exploited. Mark Capaldi, head researcher for the child-welfare organization, listened…

370 tourism-sector workers trained to spot human trafficking

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Boonlua Chatree
Nearly 400 taxi drivers, rental car agents, restaurant employees and tourism-sector workers were trained to recognize signs of human trafficking and transnational crime at a seminar sponsored by the Chonburi…

Gift-wrapped present hides marijuana shipment

Friday, 13 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 37 By Theerarak Suthathiwong
A mid-30s Thai woman carrying a gift box wrapped in floral wrapping paper didn’t fit the profile of a drug dealer, but inside the “present” was 2kg of marijuana. The…
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