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    Serious damage in condo fire

    Published on 03/05/2013

    » Fire trucks responded to the 22-storey Royal Cliff Garden Resort when smoke was reported coming out of a 21st floor unit. Condo owner John Owen, a New Zealand citizen, said that the fire started in his bedroom. His two sons were sleeping in a second bedroom. Total damage was estimated at more than one million baht.  One theory is that the conflagration occurred after a lit cigarette was ignored, although investigations are continuing to check for other possible explanations.

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    Damaged electric wire kills boy

    Published on 08/05/2013

    » A nail driven through an electric wire was likely responsible for the death of a four-year-old Cambodian boy. Police said the youngster was playing near a construction site in Soi Nern Plabwan when his friends heard a bang, then spotted Sean Shew on the ground unconscious. The boy had serious burns on his back and feet and was rushed to Banglamung hospital where he later died. Investigators said that the electric wire had been secured to a wooden pole by means of an inch-long nail driven into it.

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    Suspected necklace snatchers foiled

    Published on 08/05/2013

    » The plague of teenagers on motorbikes snatching belongings from tourists and fleeing into the night had at least one set back when police, alerted by pedestrians on Second Road, radioed officers on North Pattaya Road to watch for three motorbikes. The cops stopped three motorbikes driven by youths who had equally young girls riding as pillion passengers. Police accused the youngsters of attempting to snatch jewelry from tourists, but found no incriminating evidence.  One of the suspects, 16-year-old Nhoi, said it was just a lark and they weren’t doing anything too serious. He claimed he had reached out from his motorbike to greet a friend–not to snatch anything from a stranger. Nevertheless, police confiscated three motorbikes and allowed the teenagers to go without charge.

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    Rich foreigner found dead in Banglamung

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » The body of a dead foreigner believed to be Hans Kunne, about 75, was found in a wooded area in Banglamung. The deceased had blackened eyes and several broken bones. Scattered nearby were a bank book, car licence, life insurance policy and other documents. Police suspect that the farang had been murdered elsewhere and his body dumped by the roadside.  Evidence suggests that Kunne was a well-to-do foreigner. His remains were sent for autopsy.

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    Public defrocking

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » Three men dressed as monks were detained on South Pattaya Road as they were receiving alms from passersby. Police suspected that they were not genuine monks because they could not identify which temple they were affiliated with, yet claimed they were collecting cash to repair a temple.  One of the men, Jaroon, said that he needed to use the toilet at the nearby Chaimongkol temple, and then fled, leaving behind his robe and alms bowl. The other two men were released with a warning to refrain from begging.

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    Elephant killed by rival

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » 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.

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    Chinese sign 2-billion baht investment deals with Pattaya

    Published on 09/05/2013

    » <p>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.</p>

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    Pork deliveryman returns mega-cash

    Published on 10/05/2013

    » 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.

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    Thonglor pet clinic expands

    Published on 10/05/2013

    » <p>Boonchoo Tongjarernpoolporn, managing director of Thonglor Pet Hospital, presided at the opening of the clinic’s ninth branch at Ramintra, Bangkok.</p>

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    Elderly honored in Banglamung

    Published on 10/05/2013

    » <p>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.</p>

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