Theerarak Suthathiwong

Pattaya will re-install old buoys off Koh Larn following marine accidents on two consecutive days that left one Chinese tourist dead and nine people injured.

Ekarat Khantaro, director of the Pattaya Marine Department, called a meeting with Pattaya boat operators April 28, chastising them for violating marine regulations instituted in 2014 after a string of deadly marine accidents.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:10

Stateless Karen given four days at the beach

Stateless Karen youths left their northern mountain homes for Sattahip as Pattaya’s mayor sponsored the fourth “Taking Youths to the Sea” project.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh and other Pattaya officials welcomed the 40 hilltribe youths from Tak Province’s Umphang District, along with volunteers from the Learning Center for Self-Sustainability and Seed Farm on April 21 before leaving for their four-day stay at the National Scout Camp in Sattahip.

An American man was fined and humiliated on the Internet after being caught on video performing a sex act on a bargirl outside her Soi 6 establishment.

Ben Bartanyi, 49, reported to Pattaya police April 16 along with 20-year-old hostess Natenapa Prawatdee and Uthairath Nuanprakon, 35, manager of the Toy Box bar to explain the carry-on caught in a 20-second clip first posted to Facebook and which quickly went viral.

A 31-year-old man is facing hit-and-run charges after being caught on video hitting a sailor on a motorbike in East Pattaya and then fleeing the scene.

In a viral video clip uploaded by Facebook user Phanuwat Peenasa, the driver of the white Honda City, Teerasak Pongsri, collides with Kriengsak Panwiharn, 22, at the Local Road-Soi Nernplabwan Intersection around 10 p.m. on April 19.

Social media fired up the protectors of Pattaya’s image again when yet another voyeuristic clip of foreign tourists engaging in overly amorous behavior on the beach went viral on the Internet.

An elderly Frenchman is on the hook for 500,000 baht in damages after smashing his car through the plate-glass window of a South Pattaya motorcycle shop.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 13:55

Central Pattaya warehouse burns, no injuries

Hot weather that shorted out a fuse box is being blamed for a fire that gutted a central Pattaya warehouse, causing a million baht in damage.

Firefighters with four trucks were called to Soi Paniadchang 8 opposite of the Redemptorist Vocational School for Persons with Disabilities April 14 to find the single-story structure fully engulfed. It took about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No one was hurt.

Drinks on the rocks as almost a million baht worth of mixers destroyed in the warehouse fire.

Owner Somsak Manoondhamporn, 63, said he was loading tonic water and liquor into a truck at the opposite side of the building when he learned of the fire. He lost 200,000 cases of mixers valued at 952,000 baht.

Police initially suspected  that hot weather overloaded the building’s electrical system.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 13:47

Son detained for burning mom’s house down

A teenager was detained briefly for allegedly burning down his family home after being refused an extra cash allowance for Songkran, but the real cause may be an electrical short.

Pattaya police chief, Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang announced a 100,000 baht reward has been offered for information leading to arrest of the man captured on closed-circuit television cameras fleeing on a Yamaha motorbike. Police believe he is the person that made off with 8.8-million baht in the armed robbery of a Siam Commercial Bank armored car in Pattaya. Police are now also focusing on the possibility that the crime may have been an “inside job”.

More than 400 police officers, soldiers and Banglamung District officials were given orders to maintain safety and stability in Pattaya throughout the Songkran festival.

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