Theerarak Suthathiwong

A privately-owned Nong Plalai housing development now has its own police box following a donation of two cars to Banglamung Police by the village’s owner.

The president of the Nong Plalai Sub-district Council is under investigation for hiring a private company to dig up land surrounding a public irrigation canal.

A drunken Russian both broke and broken-hearted was arrested for allegedly stealing a bottle of Bangyikhan, a strong rice spirit somewhat like vodka but more harsh, to drown his sorrows.

A nine-year-old boy with Down Syndrome kept watch over the body of his dead British father for nearly a week until police discovered the body in East Pattaya.

Officers and Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan officers were called to the Soi Khao Talo home of Robert Sorenson, 36, April 26. Police broke through the locked door to find Sorenson’s decomposing body in a back room and a shocked Luke Attiroot Soronson nearby.

Officers are unsure whether the developmentally challenged boy was aware his father was dead. Sorenson had been dead five to seven days, officials estimated.

Neighbor Weawdao Stromberg, 27, called police after hearing the boy crying and detecting the foul odor. She said Sorenson had been raising the boy since his mother left several years ago.

Pol. Lt. Col. Vinai Horhin stated that from initial examination of the body, he believes that Robert must have died from an illness or due to suffocation because of the heat and there is no air conditioning within the house leading to shock and eventually death.

The body was sent to the Forensic Institute to determine the cause of death while the child was taken in by a foreign neighbor.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 15:30

Teen wounded in fireworks explosion

A teenage woman was severely injured after fireworks exploded in her hands.

Waraporn Gasan, 19, suffered burns to both hands and bruises to her stomach stemming from the April 21 explosion. She was transported to Banglamung Hospital for treatment.

Jaruwit Thipradab, the 45-year-old owner of the Nongprue home where the accident occurred, said he was unsure how the accident happened, as he was in the front of the house when he heard the explosion in the back. He entered the room to find the family friend crying amidst remnants of a large set of fireworks.

Police were skeptical of the story and planned to investigate further once the victim recovered.

Police and social workers rescued 23 children from the clutches of suspected human traffickers during a raid of four locations in Pattaya.

Minister of Social Development and Human Stability Paveena Hongsakula ordered the Department of Special Investigations, Chonburi human-trafficking police, and officers from Nongprue and Banglamung stations based on reports that Thai and Cambodian traffickers were forcing children to work as beggars in Pattaya’s entertainment districts.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:51

Oil slick blackens part of Jomtien Beach

An oil slick that washed up on Jomtien Beach had locals pointing fingers at a tanker that was thought to have capsized three days earlier.

Police say an Issan man impersonating as a booking agent is ripping off taxi drivers in Pattaya.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:20

Teen motorcyclist killed by garbage truck

A teenage motorcyclist was killed after he apparently cut off a garbage truck and was crushed by it.

Police and paramedics responded to Soi 4 April 12 to find the dead man, approximately 18 years old, lying in the middle of the road with a fractured skull. His pink-and-black Honda Scoopy-I laid damaged nearby.

An abandoned garbage truck was parked about 50 meters away. Its driver had fled the scene.

Investigators said the truck was driving from South Pattaya heading towards Sukhumvit Road when the victim exited Soi 4, cutting off the truck, which then hit him.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:23

Minivan driver wanted for attempted rape

A drunk minivan driver is wanted for the attempted rape of a female passenger.

The unidentified driver for The Transport Co. was visibly intoxicated while driving a van-full of people from the northern Bangkok bus station to Pattaya April 4. All but one passenger disembarked in Sriracha, leaving only an 18-year-old woman in the vehicle.

The victim told police the driver threatened her with physical harm if she didn’t sit in the front passenger’s seat. When she did, he molested her until stopping for gas on Sukhumvit Road. Afterward, he tried to drag her to the back of the van, but she talked him out of it, exchanging phone numbers and promising to meet up with him later that day once they arrived in Pattaya.

Police record details of the minivan before beginning their search for the attempted rapist.Police record details of the minivan before beginning their search for the attempted rapist.

When they arrived at the DK Bus Depot in central Pattaya, the woman called her boyfriend who beat up the driver once he arrived. Drunk and bloody, the minivan driver ran away, leaving the van behind.

Police said the 20s-age man is being sought by police and authorities seized the minivan.

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