A former employee has been arrested for allegedly shooting his former boss and two others during a robbery of about 100,000 baht in gold and electronics from a Pattaya beauty-care shop.
Police are trying to determine how a middle-aged Thai man drowned off the old South Pattaya pier.
The body of the man in his 40s was pulled from the sea Sept. 12. There were no obvious signs of an injury that would have led to the drowning, other than abrasions that likely occurred after death. He’d been dead for about six hours.
Police were not certain of the man’s identity, although he was wearing a Suvarnabhumi International Airport police volunteer shirt with the name Lt. Col. Narong Pijak on the back.
Police said that one of the deceased’s legs had been sucked deep into the sand and it took them over 20 minutes to get him free. They could only speculate on how the man died, presuming he walked out into the sand to urinate and stepped into a mud or sand hole that the couldn’t get out of.
A storm that took down a huge tree and power poles in Naklua Monday was also blamed for knocking down a wall and crushing two cars.
A cooking-gas fire damaged a car but injured no one in central Pattaya.
Firefighters arrived at the Nirandon Grand Condotel on Soi Arunothai Aug. 31 to find a Bangkok-registered Toyota Camry in flames and its driver, Pongsak Ketboonnak, nearly in tears. He had borrowed the million-baht vehicle from a friend.
One person died and another was hurt when a pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler during heavy rain in Pattaya.
Montri Philasri, 36, was killed when his four-door Mitsubishi Triton smashed into the side of the Siam Container Co. cargo truck as it made a U-turn near Watjitpawan College on Sukhumvit Road.
Police are searching for the common-law husband of a Phayao woman who was smothered to death in an East Pattaya apartment.
The body of Atchara Khokubo, 28, was found Sept. 5 lying on the floor of a bedroom in Patchawan Place on Sukhumvit Soi 32, two pillows and a floor mat over her face. The rest of the body was covered by a blanket.
Three dead dolphins washed up on Pattaya beaches in just two days, all apparent victims of fishing nets.
A meter-long dolphin weighing about 30 kg. was found on the rocky shoreline behind the Cape Dara Resort Sept. 2. It had cuts and abrasions typical for being caught in a trawler’s net and marine officials said it appeared to have been dead about two weeks.
It was taken to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip for an autopsy.
The previous day, another dolphin was found in approximately the same area and a third on the beach near Walking Street.
Wuthichai Kham-ai of the Sea Rescue Center said big groups of dolphins typically follow currents in Pattaya Bay. But recent storms caused a change in sea patterns and the animals may have wandered into fishing areas.
The Million Years Stone Park donated Chonburi-bred buffalos to farming families in 11 districts in a belated celebration of HM the Queen’s Aug. 12 birthday.
Park executives and Chonburi Permanent Secretary Chawalit Saeng-Uthai joined Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho and Suan Panomwattanakul, chairman of the Chonburi Cultural Council and other guests at the Sept. 5 ceremony.
A man thrice treated for mental disease carjacked and held hostage a Pattaya woman, demanding Thailand’s military regime capture rosewood smugglers in the deep south and rescue his wife in Laos.
A 4-year-old boy died after accidentally strangling himself with the handle from a hammock.
Rapheephat Mhaeykhobklaang had been playing with another young child Aug. 27 at the Wat Chaimongkol Child Development Center. The two were spinning the bed and, as they did, the handle wrapped around young Nong Model’s neck and he suffocated.
His playmate ran to call nursery school staff, but they were unable to revive him. The boy was pronounced dead at Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held at Wat Nong-O in central Pattaya, with mourning family members joined by staff of nursery school and Jintana Maensurin, director of the Pattaya Education Department.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the boy’s death and whether the school should be held responsible for negligence.