Theerarak Suthathiwong

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:24

Noisy geese supplant watchdogs in East Pattaya

A pair of well-trained geese are amusing residents of an East Pattaya neighborhood with their ability to understand English-language commands and act as “watchbirds.”

Rumors of public land near Bali Hai Pier being sold off to private developers sparked a protest from Pattaya residents who still remember a corruption case involving the waterfront property.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:50

Small oil spill fouls Koh Larn beach

About 50 Pattaya and Marine Department workers needed about four hours to clean up a minor oil spill that washed ashore at Koh Larn’s Tawan Beach.

Suspected to emanate from a passing ship, the oil slick fouled a portion of beach, clumping in balls along the shoreline Dec. 7. While not permanently damaging, the spill prevented tourists from going in the water at the beach.

One beach umbrella vendor said such minor spills occur frequently and accused locals boats of dumping fuel overboard or negligently polluting the sea.

Rescue workers clean up oil deposits from at Koh Larn’s Tawan Beach.Rescue workers clean up oil deposits from at Koh Larn’s Tawan Beach.

A Takhiantia motorcyclist was killed when she was hit and run over by a six-wheeled truck.

Kanjana Payomhom, 56, died Dec. 6 after dropping off her grandchild at Pattaya School No. 5. The truck fled the scene.

Witnesses reported that the six-wheeled truck hit the bike, which knocked Kanjana to the ground. At least one of its wheels ran over her back.

Police are now pursuing the hit-and-run driver.

A British tourist died after falling from the third floor of an East Pattaya apartment.

Satpal Singh Binag, 35, expired at Pattaya Memorial Hospital of excessive blood loss Dec. 7.

Police found the Briton bleeding profusely from a head wound and suffering various broken bones outside the P.R.S. Mansion.

Hotel employees said Binag had been vacationing in Pattaya for a month. Lately he’d been seen spending lavishly on a Thai woman and was said to be concerned about his finances.

It remains unclear whether he fell, jumped or was pushed to his death. Police speculated he was drunk, but sent the body to the Forensics Institute for a more-educated determination.

Deputy Prime Minister Yukol Limamthong joined city officials and police in a snap inspection of Koh Larn marine operators aimed at ending Pattaya’s string of deadly boat accidents.

A Chiang Mai man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 14-year-old’s handbag containing 78 baht.

With another high season revving up, police made their annual sweep of pharmacies illegally selling sedatives and tranquilizers.

Almost exactly a year after their last crack down on drug stores, Pattaya and Tourist police again visited 36 pharmacies Nov. 27, making arrests at three.

An elderly German has become the latest tourist to be drugged and robbed by a Pattaya prostitute.

A groggy Joachim Gerd Lay, 73, met police in his Markland Hotel room Nov. 24. A cut on his mouth and bleeding from the nose, Gerd pointed to an opened and empty safe. Broken beer bottles and wine glasses were scattered on the floor.

Condo owner Silvia Pattanasiri said the German had rented the room for past two months, but called them that day to report he’d been robbed.

Gerd told his landlord that he and a German friend had met two Thai women in their 30s at a restaurant in Naklua. They’d returned to the Markland at 11:30 p.m. and had coffee in the lobby. At that point, the victim’s friend left and he went upstairs with the two hookers.

He admitted he’d drank wine the two had given him, then passed out. He cut himself in the fall.

Missing in the robbery were 200 euros, 50,000 baht, a digital camera and his credit card.

A former Chonburi Public Health Office administrator was arrested for allegedly operating an illegal medical clinic in Pong Sub-District.

Jutha Suriyawongs, 59, was arrested Nov. 22 at his home where a clinic was set up in a back room. Children and Women Protection Center officers caught Jutha red-handed injecting an elderly patient with medication.

Officers seized 400 generic antibiotic tablets and 220 tablets of generic anti-inflammatories.

Jutha is a former Level 6 public-health management officer with a master’s degree from the National Institute of Administration and a political science doctorate from an Australian university.

Investigators said he’d resigned from the Chonburi Public Health Office in 2007 and believed he’d gleaned enough medical knowledge from his time there to open an unlicensed clinic. He’d been treating patients, mostly elderly neighborhood residents, since then, officers said.

Jutha was charged with running an unlicensed medical office, performing medical treatments without a license, selling unregistered pharmaceuticals and operating as a medical practitioner without a license.

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