Theerarak Suthathiwong

Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.

Last year, Pattaya installed a 1.3 million baht, 1-kilometer-long drainage pipe to dump storm runoff into the sea. A backhoe and other machinery were used to construct a barrier on the beach and large stones were placed along the construction area to prevent erosion.

Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.Naklua residents are demanding that Pattaya address a long-running problem of raw sewage flowing into the sea at the north end of town.

However, for a year now, residents claim raw sewage has been continually released into the sea, causing pollution, a foul odor, and damage to the marine environment in the local water.

Boonma Pangrak, a Ban Rongmaikit community leader, said no organization has taken serious responsibility for the problem. He said it’s obvious the water being released into the ocean has not been processed by a waste-treatment plant.

He said residents are demanding some government agency step in to address the issue.

Students from the King Prajadhipok Institute paid a visit to Nongprue Municipality to see how the sub-district is run.

The 150 students in King Prajadhipok’s government management and public laws program, led by Assistant Professor Kaneungnit Sribuaeim, were met by Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and municipal officials.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:01

17 tourists hurt in Pong bus accident

Seventeen Chinese tourists were injured May 10 when their tour bus flipped during heavy rain in Pong Sub-district.

The TWB Co. coach skid off an access road on Highway 36, coming to rest on its side. Seventeen Chinese tourists were hurt along with the Thai driver. None of the injuries were serious. All were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.

A sleepy Pattaya policeman and his wife were injured when he dozed off behind the wheel and crashed his truck into two other vehicles.

Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Kittisak Yokanitch, a squad leader at Pattaya Police Station, and his unidentified wife suffered minor injuries and were taken to Banglamung Hospital.

Singha Meunchamnan, 29, driver of an Isuzu Dmax, and Pantawat Homdokploy, 32, driving a separate Dmax, were hit by Kittisak’s Toyota Vigo, but escaped uninjured.

Police said Kittisak fell asleep, hit Singha’s pickup, and skidded into another lane where he hit Pantawat’s truck, then flipped.

Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Kittisak Yokanitch and his wife suffered minor injuries when he dozed off behind the wheel and crashed his pickup into two other vehicles.Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Kittisak Yokanitch and his wife suffered minor injuries when he dozed off behind the wheel and crashed his pickup into two other vehicles.

Police are hunting down two men masquerading as police volunteers who illegally detained and robbed a pair of bar workers.

Male go-go bar worker Pornsak Yuyeuan, 26, and his girlfriend, beer bar employee Nittaya Thermyouta, 23, filed a complaint with police May 12.

Pornsak said he was driving his motorbike in South Pattaya around 5 a.m. that day when a youth he described as a smartly dressed teenager with a walkie-talkie tried to pull him over.

Pornsak said he tried to flee, but the youth followed him to his girlfriend’s apartment on Soi Khopai and banged on the door, claiming to be a police volunteer. He took Pongsak into custody, claiming he would be charged with evading arrest.

Police captured a good image of the younger suspect from CCTV. If you know this man, contact police but do not try to apprehend him.Police captured a good image of the younger suspect from CCTV. If you know this man, contact police but do not try to apprehend him.

He demanded the couple turn over an iPhone 4 and the cash they had on hand, 400 baht, or he’d shoot Pongsak.

Shortly after, a second, older man arrived at apartment, with Pongsak saying he spotted a Pattaya Police Station logo on his shirt. Nittaya went outside with him and instructed her boyfriend to remain safely inside the apartment.

She claims the older man told her to have sex with him or he’d take her to the police station for a drug test. She refused.

But the man didn’t take her to the station. Instead they arrived at a Third Road pawnshop where he demanded her ID card and used it to sell the iPhone for 3,300 baht.

At that point, she begged to be released. The fraudsters gave her 100 baht for taxi fare home and let her go.

Police said they captured a good image of the younger suspect from CCTV and are investigating the older man’s connection to the Pattaya Police Station.

Three people were hurt when a foreign man and his girlfriend crashed their motorbike due to Second Road’s uneven surface.

The unidentified couple, both in their mid-30s, was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital. The foreign man was unconscious and the Thai woman suffered injuries. Another unnamed motorbike driver suffered a leg injury.

Witnesses reported that the bike was traveling at high-speed when they hit a dip in the road near Soi 13 caused by uneven grading of the recently resurfaced thoroughfare. The foreign man lost control and hit another biker.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:24

Python has a chicken snack in Pattaya

A 2.5-meter-long python had the snake equivalent of a Chicken McNugget snack, sneaking its way into a Pattaya henhouse and swallowing eight chicks.

Supattra Tantiwat, 62, called authorities to her Sukaim Village home in Naklua May 16. There behind the single-story home, they found the slithering reptile still in the cage digesting the chicklets.

Supattra said she was bringing food out to her 10 month-old chicks when she spotted the python. By that time, it was too late for all but too of the baby chickens.

She put a cage over the snake and called animal control.

Local authorities stretch out the offending snake, noticing the bulges that convict it for raiding the hen house.Local authorities stretch out the offending snake, noticing the bulges that convict it for raiding the hen house.

More than three decades after his sister was pulled off a refugee boat by pirates in the Gulf of Thailand, a Vietnamese man has returned to Thailand to find her, offering a half-million baht reward.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:52

Suspect in Songkran shooting surrenders

A Bangkok man was arrested for allegedly shooting to death the friend of another man who hit on his girlfriend.

Accompanied by his father, Chairat Chansawang, 24, surrendered to police May 3 for the early April 20 shooting of Suwijak Prasert in front of the SB Karaoke on Naklua Soi 7.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 14:50

Family of 3 die in Sukhumvit crash

A family of three died when their pickup truck smashed into a utility pole and flipped over into a ditch.

Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa, 22, his wife Anongsri Pommmeungkwa, 32, and her 2-year-old child died in the May 3 accident on Sukhumvit Road near Wat Bannakao. The two adults were trapped in the Isuzu Dmax while the toddler was ejected.

Emergency technicians work to free the bodies of Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa and his wife Anongsri from the wreckage.Emergency technicians work to free the bodies of Pvt. Prommin Pommeungkwa and his wife Anongsri from the wreckage.

Prommin had been stationed at the 2nd Engineer’s Regiment in Nakhon Ratchasima while Anongsri worked at the Fujiko factory in Laem Chabang.

A friend of the family, Supansa Srion, 30, said Prommin had come to visit his wife and child for the Labor Day holiday. They had left a party at Anongsri’s house and were driving to continue partying at Supansa’s home.

Police speculated Prommin was speeding and lost control, hitting the pole and flipping the vehicle into a drainage ditch.

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