Three hours of rain April 11 again wreaked havoc in Pattaya, especially for places with little or no active drainage.
Sukhumvit Road near Nong Yai Temple, North Pattaya Road, Pattaya Third Road, Central Road, South Road near Tukcom and Beach Road all were inundated. Smaller vehicles, homes, property, cars, and motorcycles all were damaged, with many vehicles stalled in the high water.
Pattaya police have arrested two of three men wanted for mugging a Mukdahan man April 10.
Annan Waikarn, 35, and Weerawat Phawut, 32, were apprehended in separate arrests a day after they allegedly jumped Supachai Chuahong, 27, in Sunee Plaza in South Pattaya.
Chonburi police arrested four men accused of running a motorbike-theft ring in the Pattaya area.
Chonburi police superintendent Pol. Maj. Gen. Nithipong Niamnoi announced the arrest of Kiathisak Litthep, 19, Mitr Jiewplumejit, 29, Wasan Pathsiri, 22,and Jetsada Noysamran, 18.
A drunk wallpaper hanger drowned while diving for shells in a lake near the Pattaya Kart Speedway off Thepprasit Road.
Songkram Phuangket, 47, of Srisaket was pulled from the lake April 10. Police arrived about three hours after he died, finding the man wearing jeans and no shirt, with a bucket of shells near him.
The dead man’s employer, Manop Duangpat, 50, said Songkram had reported he was going drinking with friends who lived near the lake. He arrived the next morning to pick him up for work and found the two friends asleep on the banks of the water and Songkram face down in the lake.
Police speculated Songkran went diving for shells for supper and snacks while drinking, but had too much to drink and drowned.
The body was taken to the Banglamung Hospital where relatives can collect it.
A Norwegian-Thai toddler drowned in his backyard swimming pool in Jomtien Beach.
Police were called April 16 to the Viewploy Village on Soi Chaiyapruek where they found the lifeless body of 19-month-old Mathias Aiya. His grieving mother said he’d been dead about an hour.
Police said the mother admitted she fell asleep and Mathias climbed on a tricycle to scale a half-meter wall installed to prevent kids from reaching the pool. He fell into the pool and drowned before his mother woke up to find him dead.
The boy’s father works offshore for an oil company and comes home only periodically.
An elderly Chinese tourist drowned off Koh Larn while swimming with fellow tourists.
Wu Long Yu, 71, was brought to shore and CPR administered, but to no avail.
Wu was part of a group of Chinese tourists who were brought to Koh Larn to enjoy the beach after shopping in Pattaya.
Two youths who snatched a gold chain from a woman on Soi Buakaow were captured by closed-circuit cameras.
The two men on a Honda wave pulled up alongside Konokwan Romkalong, a laundromat worker on Soi 12, as she drove home April 10 in front of the Easy R-Con Beer Bar. The pillion passenger then yanked off her 1-baht-weight gold chain.
A Buddha amulet on the necklace fell to the ground as the thieves drove away.
Police said, however, a CCTV near the bar captured images of the snatchers and they are hopeful of catching them.
Images of two youths snatching a gold chain from a woman on Soi Buakaow were captured by closed-circuit cameras.
Two Thai military officers were detained, but not charged, after they allegedly colluded with a pair of South Korean gangsters to extort a half-million baht from a Pattaya massage parlor owner.
Three Issan men were charged with assault and the British man they allegedly attacked was slapped with sexual assault charges after an altercation in Pattaya.
Two people were hurt when an ice truck’s brakes reportedly failed causing it to ram into the back of a tour bus in Pattaya.
Surat Thai-oun, the 42-year-old driver of the Racha Ltd. ice truck, and passenger Worachai Sripanoun, 47, both sustained abdominal injuries with Surat breaking a leg. They were pinned in the truck and had to be cut out.