The Department of Special Investigations brought together government officials and tour operators to address a December complaint that illegal Russian tour guides were stealing Thai jobs.
Eight schoolchildren were injured when a container truck slammed into a school bus in Nong Plalai.
Twenty-two kids were aboard Srisuvit School Pattaya’s Toyota minibus when the accident occurred on Highway 36 Jan. 29. Injuries ran the gamut from scratches to skull fractures. All the injured were taken to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya for treatment.
A police volunteer was injured after being shot in Nongprue.
Sakda Chanchai, 18, suffered a single shot to the chest in front of the J.B. Color Lab on Soi Sukhumvit 59 Jan. 29. He was listed in serious condition at Banglamung Hospital.
Sakda’s friend Sanan Chimwiset, 18, said the victim was sitting on his motorbike waiting for some friends when two youths on a Honda Wave rode by. The pillion passenger fired the shot.
Police speculated the shooters were either the teenager’s enemies or possibly someone the volunteer helped arrest previously. Investigators are reviewing security-camera footage.
A married gardener apparently hung himself in jealously over his extramarital girlfriend’s paid liaison with a foreigner.
The body of Nitithep Sawong, 30, was found hanging from a nylon rope in a restroom behind a house on Sukhumvit Soi 43 Feb. 1. Police found no evidence to counter their assumption he committed suicide.
Thongluan Yutthalay, 32, told police the dead man recently became her boyfriend. However, the night before they had argued bitterly over her work as a bargirl and the time she spent with a foreign customer.
She said her boyfriend wanted her to stop working and let him take care of her. The argument continued for hours until he left to buy some food and did not return. She later found him dead.
As the body was being taken out to Banglamung Hospital, however, a disabled woman in a wheelchair arrived and told police she was Nitithep’s wife. They’d been married about two years, she claimed, until he ran off to live with his girlfriend.
The National Health Security Office hopes to make Thailand’s national health-insurance system a model for Southeast Asia under an agreement signed in Pattaya with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Nongprue police have recovered the partially disassembled chassis of three presumably stolen motorbikes at the Mabprachan Reservoir.
Villagers called police Jan. 24 after discovering the black Honda Nova-S, black Honda Wave and Honda Flash near a water-pumping station about 500 meters from the road.
Provincial police recovered 28 cars reported or suspected to have been stolen from rental-car agencies and area residents from a field in East Pattaya.
Banglamung police arrested a Tanzanian man who allegedly drugged and robbed two middle-age women of 430,000 baht.
Maneekorn Megmorg, 54, and Thanchanok Duangpang, 42, both from Yasothon, tracked down Gailly “Sunday” Mwakibinga, 35, to a 7-Eleven store on Soi Buakaow and detained him for police Jan. 16. Police confiscated $2,200 and two mobile phones from him.
Area officials made good on their promises to crackdown - at least temporarily - on Beach Road traffic scofflaws by inspecting 17 new bus stops and writing tickets for buses and taxis not using them.