Theerarak Suthathiwong

A bouncer at Pattaya’s Lucifer disco has been arrested for allegedly assaulting an Israeli customer who belligerently refused to buy a drink.

Wittaya Chairak, 25, was taken into custody June 8 by provincial police officers the morning after the altercation with Eli Aurheem, 31, and Dekel Aurheem, 27, at the Walking Street discotheque.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:12

American arrested on pedophile charges

An American expat has been arrested for allegedly molesting two young Cambodian boys in Pattaya.

Christopher Lee Hoff, 56, was arrested by Region 2 Children and Women Protection officers at his home on Soi Chalermprakiet 20 June 8. Officials from the American embassy also participated in the arrest.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:08

2 Iraqis arrested on burglary charges

Two Iraqis alleged to be part of a larger Middle Eastern burglary gang were arrested during a break-in at the View Talay Holiday Resort.

An Russian born American man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease died after falling from the 21st floor of a Jomtien Beach condominium.

Semyon Roitman, 67, died instantly in the fall from his balcony at the Lumpini Park Jomtien. It’s unknown whether the victim fell or jumped, but police have ruled out any foul play.

A condominium maid said Roitman was suffering from the dementia of Alzheimer’s and was often forgetful.

The body was sent to the Forensics Institute and the American embassy was contacted.

Top area politicians turned out to bid farewell to Chinese charge d’affaires Zhang Yiming, who is returning home to take over the country’s commerce ministry.

The military-appointed police chief for the eastern region is calling for a cleanup of the Pattaya Police force.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Sanit Mahataworn, the former chief of the Office of Police Commission, replaced Royal Thai Police Region 2 commander Kawee Supanan May 29 in a nationwide reshuffle by the National Council for Peace and Order. That same shakeup also saw Pattaya Police Superintendent Pol. Col. Supachai Puikaewkam removed from office.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:48

Honest cleaner turns in nearly 100,000 baht

An honest custodian who found almost 100,000 baht on the side of the road returned the cash to the American teacher who lost it.

Crowds jammed the Chonburi Land Transport Office last week trying to get a driver’s license before the department’s new, tougher driving test came into use June 2.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 15:34

Drunk painter drowns during hunt for snack

A drunk painter died after diving into Mabprachan Reservoir to hunt for snails.

The unnamed victim, in his 30s, was fished out of the lake by four divers May 28.

Tawee Simmakul, 45, said he met the victim the day previously at a construction camp. They had been drinking together and gotten hungry. The dead man decided to hunt for snails that he could grill as a snack.

The swimmer cut his jeans down to shorts, dived in and never surfaced.

Tourism officials are looking to the domestic market to revive Pattaya’s tourist sector, showing off the city at a Bangkok trade fair and launching a new weekday travel promotion.

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