Police and rescue workers were called to assist a frightened Cambodian woman who was about to give birth in public. The woman was an illegal immigrant worker who apparently was raped until she got pregnant. She had been hiding out in a temple until it was time to give birth.
A 42-year-old German man is looking for his missing Thai wife, who deserted him and their 1-year-old son five months ago. She needs to sign a document stating he is the biological father, so he can bring his son to Germany. He has spent a 10 million THB inheritance and is almost broke.
An apparently mentally-ill Buriram man cut up his body and penis while alone in a rented room. His girlfriend said the man had developed a mysterious neurosis during a 2-year work contract in Korea. He was sent back home to Thailand, and has acted strangely ever since.
A fire of uSearchnknown origin caused about 200,000 baht in damage to a luxury German restaurant in a Jomtien business complex. Firefighters took about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire. An alert security guard’s prompt actions to fight the fire and notify authorities helped to limit the fire’s spread.
A 46-year-old man from the Netherlands was found in a coma in his Jomtien condominium. He was rushed to the hospital, but died en route. Police did not find any injuries on his body or evidence of foul play. Doctors suspect the man died of a congenital disease.
A speedboat carrying 22 Korean tourists returning from Ko Larn island sank after being battered by large ocean waves. Rescuers picked up the floating tourists, who were not injured. The boat driver was reportedly going so fast that large waves bashing against the boat’s hull had damaged it, causing the boat to sink.
More than 200 bicycle riders supported by 20 big organizations embarked on a week-long bike ride across several provinces to spread awareness of water and marine conservation. The Navy also got involved in the event, saying that ocean pollution from coastal communities has become a serious issue.
A possibly mentally ill woman briefly disturbed the residents in Sattahip by walking around with no pants. The woman would not tell a reporter why she was acting strangely. No one had called police, but sympathetic residents gave her a pair of pants to cover herself.
Flash flooding allowed crocodiles to escape from a Rayong crocodile farm and wander around, spooking residents. The owner claimed the escaped reptiles were mostly smaller offspring of adults. But residents later captured a 1.5 meter long crocodile in a brook, so they suspect him of lying.
Pattaya’s Lord Mayor and his staff personally inspected the recent cleaning of drainpipes in the Lan Pho market area of Na Kleu. The mayor assured residents that the city has a long-range plan to ease flooding problems. About 20 million THB is budgeted for drainage projects this year, he said.
The Sattahip water company is resorting to trucking in fresh water for residents with chronic water shortages, especially in higher-elevation villages. The problem is that the water company has not been granted a permit to build another water plant, despite its repeated requests.
An Asian man was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Second Pattaya Road during a rainstorm. The man suffered broken limbs and a skull fracture. Police retrieved a fallen license plate from the vehicle, which a witness said was a black Toyota Fortuner SUV that sped away after the accident.
A 44-year-old German man apparently lost control of his Mercedes Benz and rammed into a real estate office in Pattaya. The man was pinned in his severely damaged automobile. He was later freed and taken to Pattaya Memorial hospital with an injury to his left leg.
A 33-year-old chef was found dead in his home of unknown causes. Police found no signs of violence, and the man’s two dogs were sitting by his nude body. A co-worker who arrived at the house for a party discovered the victim.
The mayor of Bangsaen has launched a campaign to reduce the use of Styrofoam food containers by vendors. Since Styrofoam is not biodegradable, disposing of the waste is a big problem. Bangsaen now uses more than 50 tons of Styrofoam material a day. The mayor encouraged more use of bagasse plates instead.
About 20 Bangkok students visiting Jomtien on a weekend outing got into a beach brawl with a gang of local teens. Both sides pulled out knives in the fight, but there were no reported injuries. The Bangkok teens said the local teens attacked them for no reason.
The DSI held a meeting to address human trafficking by creating a network to work together with Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and China. Thailand’s human trafficking encompasses the fishing, service and sex industries, as well as illegal beggars on the street.
An 18-year-old female student driving her boyfriend’s car lost control of her vehicle at Khao Khaek curve and died instantly after colliding head-on with a pickup truck. Her boyfriend and the truck driver were badly injured. She had been rushing to take an exam.
The Office of the Attorney was the welcoming host for Pattaya’s 3rd annual project to Stop Violence to Women and Children in Thailand. The event started with a fun race and included informational exhibits and drama contests for students.
An agreement was reached with irate co-op owners at the 9 Karat Condominium building and the building management. A resident committee will be created to work with management to address complaints, which include lack of security guards, a swimming pool in disrepair, and staff workers who don’t speak English.