15 May 2013 : Thirty men and women driving while intoxicated were arrested at police checkpoints throughout the Pattaya area. Most of the arrests occurred at the Dolphin roundabout in North Pattaya where traffic is forced to slow down, thus enabling the police more easily to stop and question drivers.
15 May 2013 : Hi-tech equipment valued at more than 10 million baht was threatened by fire that was quickly extinguished by Banglamung fire fighters. But not before the flames destroyed a substantial—yet undetermined—amount of computer supplies and goods. Investigators interviewed the watchman, 35-year old Punet Chemkaew, who reported the blaze. He said he was taking a nap and was awakened by the smell of smoke. The fire chief said the fire was likely caused by a spark from a faulty electrical wire.
15 May 2013 : A foreigner entered the 7-Eleven store on Walking Street and sneaked into the store room while the clerk was busy working behind the counter. Shortly thereafter, the farang reappeared and explained that he had been looking for a rest room when he wandered into the storeroom by mistake. He then made his exit. The clerk, 20-year-old Marut Lapit, did not realize that he personally had been the victim of a non-violent robbery. But when his shift ended, he went to the storeroom to retrieve his belongings and discovered that 6,000 baht had been taken from his wallet. The CCTV camera captured a clear image of the thief, but police have no idea of his identity.
15 May 2013 : Police are investigating the perplexing death of a five-year old girl who reportedly convulsed and died after a dog walked around her, or so the story goes. The girl came to Pattaya from Chonburi with her parents Adisak Srisombat and his wife Kamfang. The couple rented a room, they say, and left their daughter alone for a short time. On their return, they found the 5-year-old dead. Doctors determined that the youngster had had a seizure following a shock. There was no evidence the dog had attacked the girl. The inquiry continues.
10 May 2013 :
Boonchoo Tongjarernpoolporn, managing director of Thonglor Pet Hospital, presided at the opening of the clinic’s ninth branch at Ramintra, Bangkok.
10 May 2013 :
The Banglamung Home for the Aged celebrated its annual seniors’ day by handing out certificates of merit to the area’s men and women over 60 who have contributed to charitable and other worthy causes. There were also donations from private individuals to buy wheelchairs and other needed equipment at the centre. Also on hand were free haircuts, acupuncture and foot massage as well as traditional pouring of water over the hands of the seniors.
10 May 2013 :
Some 300 hearing impaired children and their parents were at the opening of an extension at the Boonchu Muangmaitong Foundation near Sattahip. Pornjit Hoonruengroom, president of the Navy Wives’ Association, hosted the event and explained that education for deaf children would be free at the centre to help youngsters take their proper place in society.
10 May 2013 : Sophon Cable Company was delighted when Tawee Panwilai (2nd left), 42, asked their assistance in finding the owner of a bag containing 90,000 baht in cash and a personal cheque for 16,000 baht. Tawee found the treasure trove as he was delivering pork products by motorbike to customers at the Nhongkate intersection. He said that at first he was not sure what to do, but his wife advised him to advertise his find on TV. Local police were called in and they easily found the real owner, whose name and address were on the cheque. The haul was returned to Ruengsak Deeboonchai, a rice seller, who said one of his employees lost the bag whilst on his rounds. A police spokesman said it was gratifying that honest citizens still existed and added that Tawee received a reward.
09 May 2013 :
Pattaya’s civic leaders and 100 Chinese entrepreneurs and managers signed a memorandum of understanding worth 2 billion baht for the hotel and real estate industries. The Chinese are examining new bases to produce goods to overcome rising production costs at home. It’s also expected that the number of Chinese visitors to Thailand will almost double by 2014 to five million per year.
09 May 2013 : Two male elephants at a Sattahip reserve fought after one broke loose from its chain and gored the other—thought to be a romantic rival in the mating game. The tusks were severed from the dead elephant, 68, before it was buried. His attacker, 30, was sedated and re-chained. He will be sold and relocated to Surin. No humans were injured during the fracas, though many staffers fled in terror.