Reported cases of dengue fever hit a five-year high in January and the Banglamung Health Department is moving to quell the outbreak.
Sahapumi Dethanapirom from the Health Department, told District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana at a Jan. 28 meeting that 25 cases of dengue were reported between Jan. 1-18, with one fatality.
A Swedish tourist received 5,000 baht in emergency funds from the Tourist Assistance Foundation after being robbed by a transvestite.
Chairman Suphisarn Pakdeerunart, a former police major general who headed the suppression division at Pattaya Police Station, presented the funds to Tor Langseth Jan. 28.
New Pattaya police chief, Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang told officers to stop taking bribes and focus on snatching thefts and tourist druggings to clean up the city’s image.
A Koh Larn restaurant owner surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.
Kithiwin Jowe, owner of the Heng Hua restaurant, turned himself and his 9mm handgun in to police Jan. 23. He was charged with illegal possession of a gun in public, but not before he told his side of the much-publicized incident earlier that day.
Police said Kithiwin reported that he had fired several shots into the air - not toward Chinese tourists eating at the Ramchonchan Hotel’s restaurant as reported by Thai media - to break up an attack by tour guides on his brother-in-law, identified only as Huey.
Kithiwin Jowe surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.
Kithiwin said Huey called him after he was attacked by Somjit Saelee, a tour guide for VLC Tour and his friends after Huey complained about their loud music. Kithiwin said he arrived to find his relative outnumbered and, unable to stop the assault, fired into the air.
Somjit, meanwhile, filed a police report with Banglamung Police that it was he who was assaulted by Huey and that he fought back in self-defense.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
A tourist was beaten unconscious over 700 baht by a Naklua beer-bar bouncer and nearby motorcycle-taxi drivers in what turned out to be a miscommunication issue.
The unidentified man - believed to be Russian in his mid-30s - was struck in the head by the bouncer and then set upon by up to five taxi drivers until he was left senseless and bleeding on the ground outside the VIP Beer Bar complex on Naklua Road Jan. 19. He was taken to Banglamung Hospital.
Witnesses said the victim was drinking beer at the Honey Bar and didn’t have money on hand to pay the 1,300 baht bill. He paid 600 baht and arranged with the staff to visit an ATM opposite the bar to pay the balance.
He was stopped by the security guard, however, and due to language problems the bouncer believed he was running out on the bill and mayhem ensued.
A heartbroken Canadian man slit his own wrist at a Pattaya bar after spotting his Uzbek girlfriend drinking with another man.
Mehdi Rsekh Ahmadi, 44, was bleeding profusely from the slit to one wrist in front of the Habibi phone shop on Soi 16 around 3 a.m. He was transported to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Witness Vasana Yusapaap, 36, said Ahmadi had seen the Uzbekistan woman with whom he’d been having a relationship drinking with another Middle Eastern man at a nearby bar. After unsuccessfully trying to convince her to get back together with him, he reportedly slit his wrist and ran from the bar.
One person was killed and five others seriously wounded when an auto manufacturer’s company shuttle bus was struck by an 18-wheeler while making a U-turn.
Pattaya’s new war on rats extends beyond Bali Hai Pier, with sanitation workers opening a new front in Jomtien Beach.
Public Health Department workers, led by Kanrapha Mukdasanit, director of disease control and prevention, sprayed pesticides to reduce the vermin population on Jomtien Beach.
Fire caused about a million baht in damage at a Khao Maikaew oil-processing factory that officials said was operating illegally.
Firefighters took about 30 minutes to extinguish the Jan. 15 blaze at Everfrank Technology Co. in Huay Kai Nao village.
Taiwanese owner Huang Feng, 30, said he was preparing base oil to be used in hydraulic machinery when the processor overheated and set the oil aflame. The fire spread quickly, he said.
The Ayutthaya-regional Fine Arts Department has agreed to restore an 18th century temple in Banglamung District, provided it can acquire funding.
Methadol Wiehakana, director of the 3rd Regional Department of Fine Art, together with a team of experts and local residents, surveyed the ancient temple Jan. 8.