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The Public Health Ministry gave a thumbs-up to Banglamung District’s efforts to ensure maritime safety during the New Year’s holidays.

Ministry Inspector-General Tharet Karatnairariwong visited the Sea Rescue Center at Bali Hai Pier Dec. 30, meeting with Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana, marine police, Chonburi Public Health officials and representatives from the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:43

4 arrested, 1,000 ya ba pills seized

Banglamung police arrested four men and seized 1,000 methamphetamine tablets after investigating a truck with the wrong license plate.

Saksit Jongsatiern, 31, Somkiet Rattanarak, 24, Supachai Waisantieya, 23, and Teeranai Kleebkomut, 27, were apprehended in two separate arrests Dec. 28. Officers confiscated 1,000 ya ba pills, a gram of crystal meth, a 22mm pistol and ammunition.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:42

Swede dies in apparent suicide jump

A Swedish man died after apparently jumping to his death from the fifth floor of a Pattaya hotel.

The shattered body of Markus Henrik Mikkonen, 41, was found wedged between the walls of the Scenery Hotel on Soi 11 and an adjacent structure Dec. 30. It took rescuers nearly an hour to free his corpse from the tight space.

Police inspected the dead man’s fifth-floor hotel room and found no signs of any struggle. There was a chair on the balcony, which would have allowed him to climb onto the rail to jump. A large number of cigarette butts also were found nearby.

Police could find no witnesses to the death and hotel staffers said they responded after hearing the sound of the body’s impact.

A Kazakh family was left wondering if they encountered a generous burglar or one interrupted in the act after returning home to find the safe in their Jomtien Beach home cracked, but only some of the money inside taken.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 11:35

Woman caught on video robbing Naklua shop

A Naklua shopkeeper is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman captured by security cameras stealing a bag of cash from his Soi Photisan store.

Manop Samarnduang, 38 of Pong sub-district, posted CCTV footage of the robbery to Facebook where it went viral.

The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security hosted a seminar on protecting children and youths from violence.

Thirty-eight families, totaling 111 people, attended the Dec. 25-27 workshop at the Adriatic Palace Pattaya aimed at preventing drug use and building closer family bonds through joint activities.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:39

DLT checks Pattaya public buses, drivers

Chonburi land-transport officials inspected public buses and checked drivers for alcohol use during a pre-holidays inspection at the Pattaya bus terminal.

Kosin Weeranantanaphan, head of the province’s Department of Land Transport office, led a team of inspectors to the Rungreung Tour Co. terminal on North Road Dec. 25 to survey drivers and the condition of buses.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:21

Long-idled Koh Larn ferry destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed an 8-million-baht Koh Larn ferry at Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya, but no one was injured.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10 Dec. 22. Nearby speedboat captains had tried to quell the flames before they got out of control, but were unsuccessful. Authorities eventually had to tow the burning boat away from the dock in order to prevent the fire from spreading to other boats.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10.It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the smoky blaze that gutted the Petada 10.

The boat, which operated as a ferry between Pattaya and Koh Larn, was operated by Petada Travel. Managing Director Ratree Kaoropkru said the vessel recently had encountered engine problems and been idled at Bali Hai for three months.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:18

Chinese tourist dies swimming in Pattaya

An elderly Chinese tourist died of an apparent heart attack while swimming off Pattaya Beach.

Medics found Zhu Fuhe, 68, not breathing in the sand Dec. 22. CPR was administered, but he died en route to Pattaya Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses said Zhu was in Pattaya with a large tour group and went for a swim before 6 p.m. But he soon disappeared and friends found him motionless in the water.

It was believed he suffered a heart attack while swimming.

Police suspect a Thai man who burglarized an elderly American man’s Pattaya apartment was a friend of a woman the expat brought home several nights before.

Security cameras at the apartment house on Soi Chalermprakiat 2 off Third Road showed the unidentified man in his 20s walk directly to the room of 71-year-old Michael Dennis Barnhost Dec. 19.

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