It is likely gambling charges will be dropped against 32 foreigners arrested at a Pattaya restaurant for playing bridge, but local police may still take action against the card club for lacking a license.
A Thai woman on the run since October 2012 for the alleged murder of her Finnish boyfriend has been brought to justice in Pattaya.
Wassana Klomkamin, 47, was captured by Tourist Police Division officers on the Trat province island of Koh Chang Feb. 1. She had been a fugitive since the stabbing of her 64-year-old lover, Timo Juhani Tara, on Soi Kophai on Oct. 7, 2012.
She was apprehended while on holiday with her new foreign husband.
Tourist police finally caught up with Wassana Klomkamin, charged with murdering Finn Timo Juhani Tara in Oct. 2012.
At the time, witnesses reported seeing a woman in her 40s tossing aside a bloodied knife and fleeing on a motorbike. Police found the blade nearby, along with laundry, a packet of Viagra and 160 baht in cash.
At a police news conference Feb. 2, Wassana claimed that Tara had wanted her to engage in group sex with his friends, but she refused and they got into a heated argument.
She claimed the Finn pulled a knife on her and she stabbed him back in self-defense.
Police said she had been hiding in her native Nakhon Ratchasima since the murder.
Twenty-one young adults and teens were arrested for staging a drug-fueled sex party in Nong Plalai.
A force of 30 Chonburi police raided the party at the Peter Pan Resort in the sub-district’s Moo 4 village Feb. 4. The windows of three-bedroom bungalow were covered with black bags to prevent anyone seeing the happenings inside.
The Chonburi Land Transport Department arrested illegal taxi drivers camped outside Central Festival Pattaya Beach.
The department’s Teerakul Kaewsuwan led a team of police and soldiers to the beachfront mall Feb. 4 following complaints about rip-off taxi services.
Police seized large amounts of steroids, tranquilizers and sexual-performance drugs in raids on seven Pattaya pharmacies.
Sixty Department of Special Investigation officers working with Consumer Protection Division police and Food and Drug Administration officials hit drugs stores throughout Pattaya following a complaint from the Australian embassy that steroids from Pattaya were being smuggled down under.
A second Russian tourist has been bitten by a wild monkey on Koh Larn.
The 20-year-old visitor, identified only as Alexandra, received deep bites to her right thigh. She was transported to Pattaya Hospital.
Alexandra told reporters she was visiting Koh Larn with her boyfriend and, despite signs in Russian warning them not to feed the monkeys, the pair approached the wild simians, who chased after the woman when they ended their session.
Russian tourist Alexandra is brought back to shore after she was received a nasty bite from a monkey on Koh Larn.
The incident was the second in a month. On Jan. 4, a 4-year-old Russian boy who teased and hit a monkey with a stick was badly bitten on the leg.
Following that incident, wildlife officials supposedly relocated bad-behaving monkeys and chased others away from Tawaen Beach, where both attacks occurred.
Top provincial police officials have told Pattaya’s police department to shift into a higher gear after learning the Soi 9 police station had 735 unsolved cases on its books.
The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration unveiled a “Smart Pattaya” smartphone application to guide tourists to popular area attractions.
Strong winds fueled by a winter-storm front that brought flooding to the South and cooler temperatures across the eastern and central regions felled trees around the Pattaya area, snarling traffic and knocking out power.
Pattaya police joined up 50 local bikers for a campaign to prevent motorbike thefts.
The “Two Locks for Safety & Security” campaign was launched by Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang, Pattaya’s police chief, with more than 50 members of the MSX All Zone Pattaya Bike Club Jan. 27.