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25 Bangkok Streets To Close As 80,000 Ride In Royal Cycling Event

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25 Bangkok Streets To Close As 80,000 Ride In Royal Cycling Event

Unless you’re on a bicycle, you probably want to stay in on Sunday as Bangkok closes 25 major streets for the royally sponsored Ai Un Rak Bike Event.

About 80,000 people registered to ride on 10 different tracks across Bangkok. Among the roads closed will be Ratchadamnoen Klang, Ratchadamnoen Nok and Ratchadamnoen Nai avenues, Charoen Krung Road and Suk Sawat Road.

Both the BTS and MRT also will be jammed with bicycles, as riders are being encouraged to bring their two-wheelers on the Skytrain and subway to get to race sites.

For those brave enough to drive to an event, there will be 76 parking lots at the nine registration sits that can hold 20,760 vehicles.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority will provide free bus services on 15 routes from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. to ferry participants to and from events.

A free ferry service also will be available from the Tha Chang and Wang Lang piers from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Six special trains will be operated to help transport cyclists from the provinces to the event.

Modeled after 2015’s “Bike for Dad” event for HM the late King Rama IX, the “Bike Warm Love” ride also will be led in Bangkok by HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

The nationwide event is aimed at inspiring love and unity among all Thais. More than 200,000 people in 76 provinces registered for the event with 80,000 coming from Bangkok.

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Smokers Lighting Up In Public Places Face 5k Fines

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Smokers are back in the spotlight as easing measures continue with authorities enforcing bans on lighting up in public places with puffers facing 5k fines if caught.

Tougher laws were introduced in 2017 that saw smoking in public parks, temples, hospitals, educational institutions, zoos and amusement parks banned and 5,000 baht fines for anyone caught lighting up.

Now officials are back on it claiming smokers are a risk because they don’t wear makes and have targeted bus stations and markets.

At Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok, 11 people were fined for smoking on Sunday with officials warning they will be strictly enforcing the law in the future in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Canadian Wanted For 2017 Miami Beach Murder Extradited From Thailand

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A Canadian man wanted in connection with a 2017 murder in the United States was extradited to South Florida after losing an extradition appeal back in February.

Matthew Alexander McGowan is wanted for the fatal shooting of Jose Alberto Martinez Valenzuela in Florida back in September 2017 where he was caught on CCTV at the scene and a bullet matching the gun used found in his car.

He was arrested by Thai police in November 2018 at the request of U.S. authorities with the Criminal Court ruling there was sufficient evidence in the murder case against the suspect in June 2019 with his legal team immediately submitting an appeal against his extradition.

In February McGowan lost his appeal against extradition to the USA after the Appeal Court upheld the 2019 ruling by the Criminal Court to send him back to face a murder charge.

In a press release Friday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said McGowan was now in custody in South Florida.

“I want to thank the government of Thailand, U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs, United States Marshals Service, Interpol Central Bureau and F.B.I., for all of their assistance in helping bring Matthew McGowan back to Miami to stand trial,” Fernandez Rundle said in a statement.

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American Arrested After Causing A Commotion At Pattaya Condo

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American Arrested Outside US Embassy Back In Bracelets After Causing A Commotion At Pattaya Condo

The American school teacher arrested last month outside the U.S. embassy in Bangkok was back in police custody last night after wrecking his room at a condo in Pattaya.

Police were alerted by building staff to a disturbance at the condo in Jomtien at around 11.30pm on Friday night.

Upon their arrival found Lucas McCamy, 35, from Woodland, California in a state of distress and talking incoherently.

American Arrested Outside US Embassy Back In Bracelets After Causing A Commotion At Pattaya Condo

According to condo security, McCamy had wrecked his room while screaming and shouting with local media reporting most of his possessions including a TV had been smashed up and broken.

He was captured on camera telling police he had many guns and weapons, however, after a search of the room, none were found.

Police found medication used to treat mental health disorders but it’s believed Mr McCamy had not been taking it as prescribed, leading to the incident.

American Arrested Outside US Embassy Back In Bracelets After Causing A Commotion At Pattaya Condo

In March he was arrested carrying a tazer in Pattaya after causing a public disturbance screaming about the Coronavirus before being taken into police custody in April after causing a commotion outside the U.S. embassy in Bangkok.

Police confirmed he spent time in recovery after both incidents.

He was taken to the Pattaya City Police Station where he will be held until being sent for yet another evaluation.

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