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Pattaya has bought an “insurance policy” to obtain extra protection against water shortages caused by the ongoing drought, buying reserve water from Sattahip District.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:38

10 rescued from sinking speedboat

Ten tourists had to be rescued after their Koh Larn speedboat began taking on water.

Rescue officials were notified July 10 that the Chok Charlee 2 was in distress about a nautical mile off Bali Hai Pier. They arrived to find other speedboats picking up the panicked passengers.

Three men were arrested for allegedly smashing the windows of a van they thought was owned by someone who owned their employer money.

Teerayut Saengmanee, 33, German-Thai Nathapak Kiertfilipine, 32, and Subin Thiparak, 24, were charged with property damage by breaking the front and rear windows of a van owned by Jularath Kawee, 26, near the post office on Chaiyapruek Road July 11.

Another suspect, Pittayapol Na Dara, 24, remains at large.

Teerayut Saengmanee, German-Thai Nathapak Kiertfilipine, and Subin Thiparak were arrested and charged with property damage.Teerayut Saengmanee, German-Thai Nathapak Kiertfilipine, and Subin Thiparak were arrested and charged with property damage.

At a police press conference, the three confessed they broke the windows because they thought the van was still owned by a man named Noy who owes 50,000 baht to Bandit Na Dara, 40, who is currently a monk in one of Sattahip’s temples.

They didn’t know the van was sold to Jularath before Noy went upcountry.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 13:03

Condo manager busted for animal cruelty

A condominium manager was arrested for allegedly beating a stray dog.

Tawat Pinyibyok, 50, was taken into custody by police and soldiers July 13, a day after being questioned and released for the abuse of a black stray dog found lying on the grounds of the Pattaya City Resort Condominium.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:56

Briton hurt in fall from hotel

A British man was seriously injured after falling from the fifth floor of a Jomtien Beach hotel.

Brien Strathern, 30, was taken to Pattaya Memorial Hospital with multiple broken bones, cuts and bruises after the fall from the Eurostar Hotel on Jomtien Beach Soi 1.

Hotel employee Darin Phuraso, 26, said the Scottish man had checked into the hotel that day and had been heard screaming in his room. Later, staffers heard the thud of his body hitting the ground.

Police, who believe it might have been a botched suicide attempt, were waiting for Strathern to recover before questioning him.

A Swiss English teacher called for help from Pattaya officials after his cat climbed a three-story tree, but couldn’t get down.

Peter Mercsinger, a 71-year-old instructor at a Bangkok university, was waiting next to a tall palm tree when officials arrived at his Soi Chalermprakiet 10/1 home June 27.

A Pattaya disco is battling a 10-day closure order after scandalous photos of a woman appearing to be performing oral sex on a South Korean there prompted scrutiny of the bar’s record-keeping.

808 First Class Clubbing on Walking Street was ordered closed June 29 for problems related to registration of its staff. The bar has appealed the order from Banglamung District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana and, as of July 4, remained open.

The order came after the Internet erupted over photos of a woman who appeared to be giving a smirking South Korean man oral sex at a bar. The photos, snapped and posted online by a woman, brought howls of outrage, with online posters claiming that it would ruin the image of Thailand.

Police revisit the scene of the alleged incident that caused such a stir on Facebook.Police revisit the scene of the alleged incident that caused such a stir on Facebook.

Chakorn was joined by Pattaya police chief Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang and Chonburi chief Pol. Gen. Nitipong Niamnoi about 18 hours after the incident occurred.

Interrogating both security guards and bar management, they heard that the couple entered the disco just before its closing at 3 a.m. and that two Thai women reported the fellatio incident to guards, who immediately threw the amorous pair out.

Pattaya officials said security handled the incident correctly and the bar had broken no laws. However, scrutiny of the bars licenses and paperwork found irregularities, which prompted Chakorn to issue the short closure as penalty.

Chakorn added that all club operators in the area will be invited to a hearing to where government policies and regulations will be established to prevent such things from happening again.

A sailor was arrested for strutting around Walking Street with a loaded gun.

Following complaints about the man with a pistol, police tracked an Isuzu pickup truck down Second Road and stopped it near Phothisamphan School.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kittichot Krabsri, 26, was found with a Thai-made 38-caliber handgun and four bullets. His sister, in the truck, was not arrested.

Police said the sailor, stationed at the Sattahip Naval Base, had come to Pattaya to hit the town with his sister. He brought the gun for self-protection and had not threatened anyone with it, he claimed.

He was charged with possessing a handgun without permission and carrying it into an entertainment district after dark.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kittichot Krabsri (seated center) was caught after perusing Walking Street whilst in possession of a handgun (inset).

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:52

Cash-counting monk busted again

A monk who gained notoriety after being caught on video counting stacks of money on a Sriracha roadside was detained in Pattaya following complaints he was soliciting money here. Police, with guns drawn, tried to convince Mahaniphon Susutto to get out of the van, but he refused. Eventually police had to tow the van to the station with him still inside.

Traffic came to a standstill in North Pattaya as a drunken driver fell asleep behind the wheel, stopping his car in the middle of North Road.

Pornchai Wongtam, 24, was found dead asleep behind the steering wheel of his Toyota Vios, which was idling in the right lane of the busy thoroughfare around 9 a.m. June 26.

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