Theerarak Suthathiwong

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.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:15

Russian woman escapes kidnapping attempt

A Russian man accused a fellow countryman of trying to kidnap his wife in Pattaya, likely for ransom.

Vladimir Pomytkin, 47, and wife Yulia Tikhovskaya, 37, filed the report Nov. 26, accusing supposed friend Aleksander Kuznetsov of trying to abduct her three days earlier near the Chokchai 4 housing development in East Pattaya.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:10

Bellboy arrested for stealing neighbor’s gold

A hotel bellboy was arrested for stealing gold from a neighbor.

Lertlam Kunrat, 33, was taken into custody Nov. 25 with a gold necklace, diamond ring, and gold nugget worth a total 31,000 baht. Receptionist Tumaporn Arunritrath had reported all three items stolen.

Lertlam said he is a bellboy at a newly opened hotel and lives near Tumaporn’s apartment. Police said he’d confessed to stealing more gold, but had already sold some to pay off debts.

Receptionist Tumaporn Arunritrath makes a positive identification of bellboy Lertlam Kunrat as the person who admitted to stealing her gold.Receptionist Tumaporn Arunritrath makes a positive identification of bellboy Lertlam Kunrat as the person who admitted to stealing her gold.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 17:06

Ailing Swiss man dies of suspected suicide

An elderly Swiss man died of a suspected suicide, slashing his ankles, wrists and throat to end suffering from a number of diseases.

The body of Pierre Georges Glauser, 69, was found in the bathroom of his Khao Maikaew home by his 35-year-old wife Wassana around 4 p.m. Nov. 24. He was wearing only adult diapers.

Wassana told police she had been outside changing a tire on their car when her husband, having just returned from the hospital, went into the restroom and did not come out. A suicide note and bottle of alcohol was found next to the body.

Wassana told police they had been married for six years and had a 5-year-old daughter together. But Glauser was very ill and had just come from the hospital where doctors had tried to admit him for a lung infection.

Believing he was going to die anyway, Glauser told doctors he’d rather die at home, his wife recalled. Against doctors orders he left and went home to do apparently just that.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:46

Swede aided by tourist foundation after robbery

The recently launched Tourist Assistance Foundation served its first crime victim in Pattaya, coming to the aid of an elderly Swedish man who was robbed and left penniless by a woman he took back to his hotel.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:41

Second Miss Mimosa Queen Pageant crowns winner

Pattaya’s Mimosa cabaret crowned the second winner of its transgender beauty pageant Nov. 27.

Managing Director Jirachot Kaewsathien hosted the finals of the Miss Mimosa Queen contest attended by a large group of VIP guests.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 17:11

6 Cambodian monks arrested in Banglamung

Six Cambodian monks were arrested on charges of illegally entering Thailand during a raid of makeshift shelters in a Banglamung District forest.

About 50 soldiers were dispatched to the Lamao forest Nov. 19 after reports that a number of illegal aliens were residing there. Soldiers entering the area found a number of permanent structures and residents scattered in all directions.

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