Even as the government stepped up its efforts to enforce moral values and tradition on Thais celebrating Songkran this year, a drunk foreign woman trampled on social mores by dancing topless on Soi 6 in Pattaya.
A Chinese tourist who put her smartphone and wallet in a waterproof pouch to prevent losing them to a bucket of water instead lost them to thieves.
Len Ying Wei, 35, complained to police around 12:30 a.m. April 17 that three men drove by on a motorbike and ripped the pouch from around her neck and drove away.
Two Russian men were arrested for allegedly killing a compatriot in a low-rent Pattaya apartment.
Roman Chernykh, 21, and Akbar Mamasadykov, 20, were captured at the Paradise Condominium in Jomtien Beach April 6, a day after they allegedly stabbed and slit the throat of roommate Fecir Gusev, 31 at the Porn House daily apartments on Soi Arunothai.
A Czech national wanted for Internet fraud back home was captured in Pattaya.
Tomas Harmacek, 36, was apprehended April 9 by Chonburi Immigration Police officers.
He was wanted on charges of bilking more than 30 customers out of about 700,000 baht through bogus online sales of mobile phones and notebook computers.
His visa was cancelled and Harmacek was deported back home to face prosecution.
Tomas Harmacek (left) has been arrested for Internet fraud.
A python intent on a chicken dinner came away empty after animal-control officers captured it before the snake could raid a henhouse on Pratamnak Hill.
Kokarn Kaewsrignam called Sawang Boriboon officers to his home on Pratamnak Soi 7 after dark April 7 after finding a 1.5-meter-long white python chasing his 30 chickens around their pen.
Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh met with Pattaya residents to gather feedback about the city’s traffic-management plans.
Pattaya was granted a 43 million baht budget by the government last year to hire Asia Traffic Technology and Service Ltd. to take over the traffic system in Pattaya and organize traffic during rush hours, long holidays and annual events. After a year of operation, plans are to be made in order to reduce traffic congestion in Pattaya.
Kithipoj Permpoon of the organizing committee said that the project is to become a solution to traffic congestion in Pattaya during rush hours and over the long term. Roads in Pattaya must be carefully studied and shortcut routes are necessary.
The April 1 meeting at the Zign Hotel was held to provide an opportunity for road users to share their opinions and participate in the plans to help solve traffic problems.
Roads under study are Sukhumvit, Naklua, North, Central, South, Thepprasit, Beach, Second, Third, Jomtien Beach, Jomtien Second, Thappraya, and the railway-parallel roads.
Most of those attending complained there were no standards for public transport, which makes traffic bad.
Ronakit admitted the city has spent massively on plans and campaigns to solve traffic issues, but none have worked.
Community members attending the meeting represented less than 30 percent of the city’s residents, leaving critics calling the session a failure. There was no public notice of the meeting and the press was not invited.
The Pattaya Provincial Court has begun allowing jail inmates unable to afford bail to be released wearing tracking bracelets.
Top Chonburi court, police and Probation Department officials on March 30 announced the formal start of the program that already has seen 190 inmates jailed on minor charges released after being fitted with bracelets equipped with Global Positioning System chips. Allowing real-time monitoring of the criminal suspects still facing court proceedings, the bracelets restrict areas where they can and cannot legally go and how fast they drive their vehicles.
An American English teacher took police on a fast and furious pursuit through Pattaya, damaging 13 vehicles and injuring two people before police shot out the tires of her Toyota.
Three Issan natives have been arrested for allegedly killing and robbing a 60-year-old shop owner in Takientia.
Ruthairath Pom-ud, 28, of Udon Thani and Weerayut Jongharn, 28, of Khon Kaen, were brought to a police news conference April 3 after being charged with robbery and car theft. A third suspect, Supaporn Sritha, 31, was arrested in Khon Kaen on Monday.
A Russian man was detained for allegedly trying to rape a bargirl in a wooded area off Third Road.
Andrey Ignatyev, 50, was found hiding in the bushes near Chareonyon Ltd. March 31. He was bleeding from the head after being hit with a rock by Narisra Reikratok of Kornburi, who claimed he had attacked her.