Jealousy, not business, turned out to be the motive for the June killing of a boat-rental agent and rescue volunteer.
Boonsong Saechau, 38, surrendered to police July 1, nearly two weeks after allegedly shooting business partner Wijan Suwanpodok, 39, at Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya. Wijan had been a volunteer with the Sawang Boriboon Foundation.
Seven Indian tourists were injured when their minibus slammed into a utility pole in Huay Yai.
Four men and three Indians, plus the Thai driver, suffered injuries ranging from broken limbs to head lacerations in the July 1 crash on Highway 36 about 500 meters from the Khao Maikaew ramp. All were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and Banglamung Hospital for treatment.
Police suspect Virat Plengplang, 37, driver of the G&G Voice Age Ltd. van, fell asleep while transporting the tourists from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Rayong.
Police believe the driver may have fallen asleep while transporting Indian tourists from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Rayong.
A German man was drugged and robbed by two prostitutes inside his Soi Buakaow guesthouse.
A groggy Laszlo Kolberg, 20, greeted police at the Jasmine Villa around 6 p.m. June 30. He told investigators that, around mid-day, he’d met two women who’d rented a room in the low-rent Soi Buakaow inn. They offered him a special massage, but in his room, not theirs.
Warning bells apparently didn’t sound loudly enough for the eager young German who gulped down a Coke one girl gave him before passing out. He woke up to find 10,000 baht and his mobile phone missing.
The hotel, which rents rooms on a daily or monthly basis, collected identification from the two women, who had already checked out. Police checked security camera footage and will verify if the names the suspects used to register were legitimate.
Everything came up roses for a Naklua flower vendor when she won 12 million baht in Thailand’s government lottery.
Nanthida “Nooch” Khampamool, 33, had bought three tickets bearing the number of her pickup truck license plate before the July 1 lottery. When the lucky numbers were announced, the owner of the Nooch Pothisan Shop in the Pothisan Market discovered she’d be driving that truck all the way to the bank.
Flower vendor Nanthida “Nooch” Khampamool just won 12 million baht in the government lottery.
Sister Pangdee Makaew, 55 - who was working in the shop with her father - said the sudden riches has forced her into seclusion, perhaps to avoid all the other new “relatives” that suddenly showed up on her doorstep.
Pangdee said she didn’t know how Nanthida planned to spend the cash.
Saichon Mansri, 50, and his wife received quite a surprise June 22 when, after doing their shopping at Makro, they discovered a giant python “guarding” their pickup.
One teenager was arrested and another half-dozen warned after a gang fight broke out in front of Pattaya School No. 5.
A 15-year-old boy from Phothisamphan Phitthayakhan School was taken into custody June 20 after being found with a 60cm-long knife. The other six School No. 5 students were given warning by school officials.
A 15-year-old boy from Phothisamphan Phitthayakhan School was taken into custody after being found with this 60cm-long knife.
Police were called after the 15-year-old, a former School No. 5 student, brought 10 of his friends from Phothisamphan to find a senior he had a problem with there. They couldn’t find the senior, but got into a kerfuffle with three Mattayom 3 boys.
Seven students fled the scene before authorities arrived.
The niece of a well-known Kanchanaburi village chief was arrested for allegedly trying to sell a gun she stole from her uncle on the Internet.
Police are speculating that gambling debts related to the FIFA World Cup prompted a well-known local boxer to hang himself in Pattaya.
The body of Tianchai Doungtanoo, 25, was found hanging from an electrical cord tied to a window sill June 28 at his Saengsupha 2 home. The room showed no signs of struggle and he’d been dead only about an hour.
Friend Mongkol Sa-adiem, 25, told police they’d been watching a World Cup football match and drinking. Mongkol left to take his girlfriend home and, when he returned, he found Thienchai dead. On a table next to him were two piggy banks, both broken open and coins left on the table.
Thienchai, who earned local fame in the Muay Thai ring as “Singsamut S. U-Tapao Gym” had left boxing and opened the Hae-Ha pub on Third Road.
The ex-boxer was said to be broke and couldn’t afford a birthday present for one of his three sons. Police speculate he’d bet and lost on the football, checked what he had in change and, dismayed with the bank balance, killed himself.
Police raided Walking Street’s Ginza go-go bars, arresting their managers on charges of employing underage girls.
Suicide is suspected in the case of an older Italian man whose body washed ashore in North Pattaya.
Fully clothed and wearing shoes, Antonio Lardo died of apparent drowning June 14, two days before his 62nd birthday. The body had suffered only a cut to the head, possibly from offshore rocks. He had been dead about three hours.