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.
Pattaya Arunothai School has suspended indefinitely an art teacher who severely beat a student who forgot his homework.
Wutthikorn Sunthornwipark was also reported to the Chonburi Education Office for his caning of a fourth-grader, assistant principal Prayoon Janded said Aug. 26. He added that the school forbids corporal punishment.
An honest Pattaya baht bus driver saved a Burmese woman from a financial crisis when he returned a purse she left behind that contained more than 70,000 baht in cash and jewelry.
Rainy season will be nearly over, but water should flow much more freely in a key Naklua drainage canal once workers finish dredging it Oct. 26.
Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay and city engineers went to the canal near the Jake Houy football stadium Aug. 21 to check progress on the 2 million baht restoration work.
About 30 transvestites loitering on Beach Road were rounded up, fined and released in the Pattaya police’s latest sweep of Pattaya Beach.
A regular occurrence, the raid saw police take the ladyboys accused of being prostitutes and petty thieves into Pattaya Police Station where they were fined a mere 100 baht and released, presumably to go back to their Beach Road perches.
Police rounded up about 30 transvestites loitering on Beach Road, fined them each 100 baht, then released them, presumably to go back to their Beach Road perches.
Police Capt. Netithorn Rattanasuchanan said the transvestites target foreign tourists, annoying them with lewd propositions and pickpocketing many.
Pattaya officials have halted construction of a 53-story condominium and hotel project at Bali Hai Pier that sparked an Internet firestorm after photos showing the tower obstructing a classic Pattaya viewpoint went viral online. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome stated that the project - first launched in 2004 - has continually followed correct and fully transparent legal processes and he urged anyone alleging that shortcuts were taken to investigate the various hearings and reports themselves.
A 3-year-old girl received a trip to the hospital after getting her hand stuck in a pool-skimmer pipe in Huay Yai.
Rescuers were called to the Dusit Pattaya 3 Village Aug. 12 to free the girl, who was sitting on the poolside with her hand in the pipe’s opening in the concrete next to the pool
Rescue workers give the girl oxygen while chipping away the concrete to expose the pipe.
Officers gave the girl oxygen while chipping away the concrete to expose the pipe. They then cut the pipe and brought the girl to Banglamung Hospital to have the rest of it removed and her hand checked.
The son a wealthy Thai lighting-store owner was arrested in Pattaya after allegedly racing his 10 million baht sports car down Beach Road.
Pattaya police Chief Col. Supathee Bungkhrong spotted the Nissan GTR cutting through traffic Aug. 9 and ordered traffic police to apprehend the driver. They did so at Walking Street.
An American man got a high-heeled shoe to the forehead after rudely telling a transvestite what he could do with his provocative drink offer.
Shawn Bowsher, 36, needed 13 stitches to close the gash sustained outside the Fancy Beer Bar on Soi Buakaow Aug. 14. He told police that he’d only walked by the ladyboy bar when he was surrounded by a group of men in skirts who propositioned him. He admits he less-than-politely told one ‘no’ and was attacked by one of the lad’s spiked heels.
Suranart Suyajai was arrested for assault with a spiked heal, causing 13 stitches to the head of an American tourist.
Police the following night arrested Suranart Suyajai, 28, who had fled from the crime scene the night before.
Police said the Kampaengpet native admitted whacking the American because he rudely declined an offer to share a drink.
High-school students got a taste of life on the beat in Pattaya as area Tourist Police enlisted them in a “Youth Police” program to work with foreigners.
Region 2 Tourist Police chief Col. Prapoj Chotikhun and Pattaya chief Lt. Col. Arun Promphan led the evening course for 18 students from Pattaya School No. 11 Aug. 1.
High-school students were given a taste of life on the beat when area Tourist Police enlisted them to work with foreigners.
Before taking the field, the students had learned some basic Russian, Chinese, Korean and English phrases from the police and then, under supervision, were set loose at Bali Hai Pier to assist tourists.
Officials said the program was developed because of the historical fear youths have of police. The training session brought down barriers between the students and officers and gave them lessons in police work that they might one day go into.