A massive fire damaged Linglong International Tyre Co. at Rayong’s Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate, causing about 1.3 billion baht in losses for one of China’s largest tire exporters. About 100 fire trucks from Rayong and Chachoengsao battled the blaze for about four hours.
Pattaya-area residents and public officials welcomed Chakorn Kanjawattana as Banglamung district’s new administrative chief.
Permanent Secretary Amnart Charoensri led civil servants, police, village chiefs, senior regional police and Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit in offering flower bouquets to Chakorn at the district office Jan. 24.
Street beggars of all ages were targeted in Pattaya, Sriracha and Chonburi as part of a Jan. 26-30 nationwide crackdown.
Somdet Nanudon, head of the Chonburi office of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, said the Wat Chaimongkol Market, Tukcom and Beach Road were targeted in Pattaya.
Two teenagers were arrested for allegedly snatching a gold chain off a French tourist in South Pattaya.
Sakda Chanchai, 19, and Pittaya Daoruang, 18, both of Soi Nernplabwan were apprehended on Third Road Jan. 29, a short distance away from the crime scene in front of the PRS Hotel on Soi 17.
Reported cases of dengue fever hit a five-year high in January and the Banglamung Health Department is moving to quell the outbreak.
Sahapumi Dethanapirom from the Health Department, told District Chief Chakorn Kanjawattana at a Jan. 28 meeting that 25 cases of dengue were reported between Jan. 1-18, with one fatality.
A Swedish tourist received 5,000 baht in emergency funds from the Tourist Assistance Foundation after being robbed by a transvestite.
Chairman Suphisarn Pakdeerunart, a former police major general who headed the suppression division at Pattaya Police Station, presented the funds to Tor Langseth Jan. 28.
New Pattaya police chief, Pol. Col. Sukthat Pumpunmuang told officers to stop taking bribes and focus on snatching thefts and tourist druggings to clean up the city’s image.
A Koh Larn restaurant owner surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.
Kithiwin Jowe, owner of the Heng Hua restaurant, turned himself and his 9mm handgun in to police Jan. 23. He was charged with illegal possession of a gun in public, but not before he told his side of the much-publicized incident earlier that day.
Police said Kithiwin reported that he had fired several shots into the air - not toward Chinese tourists eating at the Ramchonchan Hotel’s restaurant as reported by Thai media - to break up an attack by tour guides on his brother-in-law, identified only as Huey.
Kithiwin Jowe surrendered to police for shooting a gun amidst tourists to break up a fight between his brother-in-law and local tour guides.
Kithiwin said Huey called him after he was attacked by Somjit Saelee, a tour guide for VLC Tour and his friends after Huey complained about their loud music. Kithiwin said he arrived to find his relative outnumbered and, unable to stop the assault, fired into the air.
Somjit, meanwhile, filed a police report with Banglamung Police that it was he who was assaulted by Huey and that he fought back in self-defense.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
A tourist was beaten unconscious over 700 baht by a Naklua beer-bar bouncer and nearby motorcycle-taxi drivers in what turned out to be a miscommunication issue.
The unidentified man - believed to be Russian in his mid-30s - was struck in the head by the bouncer and then set upon by up to five taxi drivers until he was left senseless and bleeding on the ground outside the VIP Beer Bar complex on Naklua Road Jan. 19. He was taken to Banglamung Hospital.
Witnesses said the victim was drinking beer at the Honey Bar and didn’t have money on hand to pay the 1,300 baht bill. He paid 600 baht and arranged with the staff to visit an ATM opposite the bar to pay the balance.
He was stopped by the security guard, however, and due to language problems the bouncer believed he was running out on the bill and mayhem ensued.
A heartbroken Canadian man slit his own wrist at a Pattaya bar after spotting his Uzbek girlfriend drinking with another man.
Mehdi Rsekh Ahmadi, 44, was bleeding profusely from the slit to one wrist in front of the Habibi phone shop on Soi 16 around 3 a.m. He was transported to Pattaya Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Witness Vasana Yusapaap, 36, said Ahmadi had seen the Uzbekistan woman with whom he’d been having a relationship drinking with another Middle Eastern man at a nearby bar. After unsuccessfully trying to convince her to get back together with him, he reportedly slit his wrist and ran from the bar.