Theerarak Suthathiwong

Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:59

Fugitive terrorist bomber arrested in Pattaya

Police and military officers raided an East Pattaya house, apprehending a fugitive Sikh terrorist convicted for masterminding a 1995 bombing that killed 18 people, including the chief minister of a northern India state.

A Norwegian expat and business acquaintances in Pattaya donated 99,999 baht to an HIV/AIDS charity evicted from a Pattaya neighborhood by intolerant neighbors.

Actor Ad Asada hands out Christmas gifts at the Glory Hut Foundation’s Christmas party in Lang Nern. The famous actor and members of the national windsurfing team threw their support behind the HIV/AIDS charity after it recently had been served eviction orders by the Pattaya neighborhood.  Many of the neighborhood residents also were at the party. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 16:15

American stabbed breaking up couple’s argument

An American man was stabbed in the back after intervening in a domestic dispute between a Thai woman and her French husband.

Morgan Kant, 36, suffered a single stab wound, allegedly from the woman he tried to assist in the Dec. 13 attack in front of the S.S. Laundry & Salon on Soi Buakaow.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 16:14

Premature baby dies after delivery at bus stop

An extremely premature infant died after its mother went into labor at a Sukhumvit Road bus stop and Banglamung Hospital medical personnel decided to deliver the baby in her pickup truck.

Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation rescuers and doctors from the hospital responded to the Dec. 14 call from the Nakhon Chai bus station on Sukhumvit Road, about 100 meters from the Central Road intersection.

Five-months-pregnant Parichard Karmdam, 19, was in labor and had been on the way to the hospital when she realized the baby was coming.

Rather than transport her, the medical team decided to deliver the child. It took medics about 10 minutes to do so and the baby was tiny and breathing lightly.

They rushed the child and mother to the hospital, but the infant died.

A British man earned buckets of “likes” both online and from his neighbors after he volunteered to paint dirty walls at Sutthawat Temple.

Terry Smith, 77, was found Dec. 18 still putting an eggshell-yellow coat of paint at the Nongprue Sub-district temple shortly after a video of him starting the project went viral on the Internet, generating many “likes” and praise. His Thai wife sat nearby providing emotional support.

Briton Terry Smith takes a break from painting the wall at Sutthawat Temple to smile for a photo.Briton Terry Smith takes a break from painting the wall at Sutthawat Temple to smile for a photo.

Neighbors and locals who saw the video clip also came out to show support while also bringing snacks and drinks and asking him to pose for a photo.

Smith said he is married to a Thai woman and converted to Buddhism. They stay in Pattaya at a vacation house several months and, recently, he noticed that the walls of Sutthawat Temple were black and dirty.

So Smith asked for permission from the abbot to paint the wall. The job was expected to take several days. He said he volunteered to make merit and provide a holiday gift to local residents.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:21

Tour bus driver crushed by own vehicle

A tour bus driver performing do-it-yourself brake repairs died after the vehicle rolled and crushed him.

Amporn Chumwan, 50, was found near the rear right tire of the Pornthip Travel Ltd. coach parked at the Pattaya Floating Market Dec. 11. Near the Udon Thani resident police found a broken piece of wood that he’d tried to use to stop the bus from rolling.

Floating Market employee Preecha Pamaka told police Amporn had just dropped off a load of Chinese tourists when he went under the bus to reset the brakes, using a block of wood to brace the vehicle. Nearby drivers and employees pushed the bus off him, but it was too late.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:59

Visiting elephant gives birth in North Pattaya

In town to perform at a celebration of HM the King’s 87th birthday, the Magnificent Thai Elephant Show received an unexpected new addition after a pregnant pachyderm delivered a baby bull.

Pattaya police have set up a fund to cover medical expenses for one of 10 Russian tourists injured in a collision between their baht bus and a pickup truck whose driver became a fugitive after fleeing the scene.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:21

Honest cabbie returns Briton’s bag

A Samut Prakan taxi driver rescued a British tourist’s Pattaya holiday when he returned a fat wallet left in his cab.

Vichai Taweekan, 53, turned in to police a bag belonging to James Richardson that had more than 100,000 baht in Thai baht and British pounds, plus an Apple iPad Mini, mobile phone and documents.

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