Theerarak Suthathiwong

The National Health Security Office hopes to make Thailand’s national health-insurance system a model for Southeast Asia under an agreement signed in Pattaya with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nongprue police have recovered the partially disassembled chassis of three presumably stolen motorbikes at the Mabprachan Reservoir.

Villagers called police Jan. 24 after discovering the black Honda Nova-S, black Honda Wave and Honda Flash near a water-pumping station about 500 meters from the road.

Provincial police recovered 28 cars reported or suspected to have been stolen from rental-car agencies and area residents from a field in East Pattaya.

Banglamung police arrested a Tanzanian man who allegedly drugged and robbed two middle-age women of 430,000 baht.

Maneekorn Megmorg, 54, and Thanchanok Duangpang, 42, both from Yasothon, tracked down Gailly “Sunday” Mwakibinga, 35, to a 7-Eleven store on Soi Buakaow and detained him for police Jan. 16. Police confiscated $2,200 and two mobile phones from him.

Area officials made good on their promises to crackdown - at least temporarily - on Beach Road traffic scofflaws by inspecting 17 new bus stops and writing tickets for buses and taxis not using them.

A Pattaya hotel shuttle driver died after being stabbed in the chest during an argument with his wife.

Sawat Jaiprasit, 56, suffered a single 10cm stab wound to the heart and died at his apartment house on Soi Nongkrabok 3 in Nongprue.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:30

2 dead, 3 injured in Pong car crash

A woman and child were killed and three injured when their driver likely fell asleep behind the wheel in Pong.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:29

2 more illegal cosmetic importers raided by DSI

The Department of Special Investigations raided two more Pattaya-area health products companies, seizing caches of illegally imported cosmetics and herbal medicines.

A South Korean tourist died after apparently hanging himself in his central Pattaya condo.

The body of Park Hyu Nok, 50, was found hanging from a rope tied to a golf club jammed into a 2-meter-tall wardrobe at the Pattaya Plaza Condotel opposite King Power on Sukhumvit Road Jan. 5. He’d been dead about two days.

Condominium staffers said Park was last seen two days earlier. The death was only discovered after a friend knocked on the door and detected the smell.

Park’s friend said the victim visited Thailand regularly, but had been suffering money problems and had to ask family to send him funds to cover four months of back rent.

The room showed no signs of a dispute and police are calling the death a suicide.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:23

Fish kill covers part of Jomtien Beach

A larger-than-normal fish kill set off alarm bells in Jomtien Beach, where dead and stinking sea animals polluted a stretch of sand near Soi 17.

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