Boonlua Chatree

An overzealous civil-defense volunteer is being blamed for a motorbike accident that injured an 18-year-old on Sukhumvit Road.

Pongthep Bunserm, a worker at a wood factory in Rayong, was hurt when he collided with a BMW sedan Nov. 12 in South Pattaya. Moments later, the volunteer, who legally has no arrest powers, slapped cuffs on the teen and hauled him away to police without seeking immediate treatment for his wounds.

Fire ranged through a Banglamung plumbing-supply shop, causing about a million baht in damage, but no injuries.

About 30 firefighters and 10 trucks needed about 20 minutes to snuff out the flames at Thai Water Systems on Sukhumvit Soi 79 shop in Moo 13 village Nov. 10.

Owner Maythaphorn Seaitang, 29, said she was away from the shop and returned to find the fire burning on the mezzanine level. She said she was puzzled how the blaze could have started as the area had no electrical wiring and was used for storing equipment, including welding gear, an electrical generators and other machinery. No fuel was stored in the area and nothing flammable.

The fire caused about a million baht damage to the equipment, she said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

A drunk Chachoengsao man was arrested after allegedly running a police checkpoint and possessing a fake gun in Pattaya.

Suthee Noppasit, 31, was captured near Soi 9 following a 2 a.m. police pursuit.

Police accused Suthee of driving through a police checkpoint, causing several injuries as officers dove out of the way of his speeding Honda.

They then followed him and stopped the car behind Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

The suspect failed the alcohol-breath test and, after searching his car, police found a fake handgun and six fake bullets.

He was charged with reckless driving, running a checkpoint and possession of a fake firearm.

Suthee Noppasit awaits his fate after driving drunk and running a police checkpoint.Suthee Noppasit awaits his fate after driving drunk and running a police checkpoint.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:34

American found dead in Naklua condo

An American man found dead in his Naklua condo on Loy Krathong is believed to have died of natural causes.

The body of Gregory Scott Grinstead, 67, was found fully clothed and sitting up, a pillow on his lap, inside his Ocean View 1 room Nov. 6. There were no signs of foul play in the Naklua Road apartment.

Police had been contacted by telephone from Chumphon province by Grinstead’s girlfriend of four years. She said she called him every day to check in on the elderly man and, on Loy Krathong, she didn’t get any answer and got worried. She also contacted an Australian friend of the Oklahoma man to meet police at the condo.

Police suspect a heart attack or other natural causes for the death, but sent the body for autopsy.

An American man who spent all his money but didn’t want to go home committed suicide by throwing himself from the 27th floor of central Pattaya condominium.

Douglas Rex Rinehart, 52, was captured on video lying on a ledge on outside a room in the View Talay 6 condo tower next to Central Festival Pattaya Beach Nov. 5. After a crowd and police assembled, he rolled off and fell to the third-floor pool area where he was pronounced dead.

Rinehart had no identification on him, but police found his expired passport and a suicide note at the 27th floor elevator.

The note said he spent all his money and his passport was expired. But, he wrote, he did not want to go home and wanted to “party here for a long time.”

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:33

Pattaya cops caught flat-footed by shoe thief

Pattaya police were literally caught flat-footed after a market vendor allegedly stole 40 pairs of shoes left outside officers’ dorm rooms

Siriwan Nhongharnpithak, 37, was caught in the officers’ dorm on Second Road around 5 a.m. Nov. 1 by cops waiting to see who was taking their shoes and those of family members living there.

Police said Siriwan confessed to lifting loads of loafers, about 40 pairs before she was caught. She told police she planned to sell them second-hand at the Thepprasit Market for 200 baht each to pay her rent and expenses.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:38

1 killed when truck hits light pole

A 27-year-old man was killed when he collided with a light pole on East Pattaya’s railway road.

Not wearing a seatbelt, Salawut Wongislarm was ejected from his Nissan Big M pickup truck in the 2 a.m. accident Oct. 23 near the Pattaya train station.

Police speculated the driver was speeding and was either drunk or fell asleep.

A 27-year-old man was killed when he crashed his Nissan into a light pole on East Pattaya’s railway road.A 27-year-old man was killed when he crashed his Nissan into a light pole on East Pattaya’s railway road.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 15:35

22 arrested in cock-fighting raid

More than 20 people were arrested when police raided an illegal cock-fighting ring in Pong Sub-district.

Dozens of participants surrounded the ring on Soi Ponglang 2 when police swept in. People ran in all directions, but officers were able to capture 22 alleged gamblers.

Police also seized fighting cocks, a cage and other equipment, plus the ring.

Officers said the ring was owned by a Banglamung District volunteer and the registration for it had expired more than a year ago. The unnamed owner was taken in for questioning.

One of the arrested gamblers still has his rooster with him at the police station.One of the arrested gamblers still has his rooster with him at the police station.

A Koh Larn seafood restaurant owner was shot dead after returning from the island to Bali Hai Pier.

Chalor Testhong, 50, owner of the Chalor Seafood restaurant, died of a single 11mm gunshot to the eye Oct. 27 in the parking lot of the Canal Pump Building in South Pattaya near Bali Hai.

Chalor’s grieving widow, 48-year-old Pranee Satiern-nam, said they returned to Pattaya by ferry every day after work. They were approaching their Toyota Tiger pickup truck this day when a stocky man in a helmet and cream-colored T-shirt pulled up on his Yamaha Fino and fired, then drove away.

A witness said he tried to catch the gunman, but failed.

Pattaya’s police chief, Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong said a preliminary inquiry found that Chalor had an undisclosed side business from the restaurant. He said motive was still unknown and the investigation was ongoing.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:31

30 ladyboys swept up, return to Beach Road

Pattaya police again swept Beach Road of transgenders suspected of both prostitution and petty thefts, but released them in time for them to go back to work.

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