Cop Who Shot Suspect Dead Exonerated

A police officer who shot a suspect dead in Wanhua District 5 years ago was acquitted after a court hearing in Taipei today. Taipei City Police Commissioner Chen Jia-Chang went to the Wanhua Police Bureau to congratulate the officer, and speaking to the media, Mr Chen thanked the judges for standing up for the benefit of society and making a decision fair to all parties. August 13, 2013, a suspected thief named Lee was stopped by police in Zhonghe District,

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Taiwan Greets the New Year

[Picture: East Coast National Scenic Area Administration.] Crowds gathered at prime spots around Taiwan to greet the first sun of 2018, while in Taipei and Taichung ceremonies were held to commemorate the founding of the Republic of China, which is the nominal ruler of the island nation. In Taitung County, on the east coast, thousands gathered at Sanxiantai to watch the sunrise, but a veil of clouds led to many feeling disappointed, some of whom had stayed up all night

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Woman Survives Fall from 15th Floor

[Picture: United Daily News] A woman in Taichung City survived a fall from the 15th floor, after jumping off a balcony, and landing on a sheet-metal roof at the 3rd floor level. The 35 year-old woman named Hsieh, was drinking with her 30 year-old boyfriend at around noon today when she apparently began to question him as to whether or not he had a mistress. An argument ensued, during which Ms Hsieh attempted to jump off the 15th floor balcony.

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Parents Arrested After Death of 5 year-old Daughter

A couple in Taoyuan City were arrested after bringing the lifeless body of their five year-old daughter to a hospital for medical treatment after they allegedly beat and kicked her to death. The child weighed just 9 kilograms and had signs of long-term physical abuse. At around noon yesterday Mr Huang, 36, and Ms Liao, 34, were taken by police for questioning. Today, prosecutors ordered they be detained in custody while the death is being investigated. Mr and Mrs Huang

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County Councilor Dismissed After Third Drink Driving Offence

A Changhua County councilor was sentenced to a 7 month term in prison after being convicted of his third drink driving offence in 4 years, and has won the distinction of being the first person in Taiwan to be dismissed from public office for the offence. Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) representative Ke, Jhen-Bei (柯振杯), 57, was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.82mg/l in March 2013, 0.56mg/l in December 2016, and 0.43mg/l in May this year. All

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Burnout Driver Fined and Ordered to Class

A man who performed a burnout in front of a scenically located Starbucks cafe in Chiayi County October 4 was fined NT$5.000 and ordered to attend an environmental education class after the driver was identified last month. The European chalet style building in Minxiong Township is a hot-spot for sightseers to take photos to upload to social media, and has been dubbed “Taiwan’s most beautiful Starbucks.” But the same social media users were indignant after pictures and video of the

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Man Rescued From Burning Car: Wife Jumps to Her Death

A man attempted to commit suicide by setting his car alight but was rescued by police. When the man’s wife was informed of the incident, she jumped to her death from their 9th floor apartment. Shortly before 3:00am, police in Sanmin District, Kaohsiung city attended to a report of a car on fire under a bridge. When the officers arrived, they heard a call for help, and found a man beside the burning car. The officers pulled the man away

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Indonesian Woman Killed in Fall While Attempting Escape

An Indonesian woman working as a carer died after falling from an 11th floor window in Taichung City yesterday. Police believe the woman was attempting to escape from her employer. At around 6:00am, November 18, the guard at an upmarket apartment complex in Taichung’s Xitun District went out to investigate after hearing the sound of a large object that had fallen. The guard didn’t find anything, but a short time later he received a call from a resident on the

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Suicidal Woman Rescued From 18th Floor Window Canopy

Formosa Television(FTV) today reported that a woman accidentally fell from a balcony and landed on an awning on the 18th floor of a 20 storey building in Taichung City yesterday, November 16. China Times went so far as to furnish a “schematic diagram,” i.e. a picture unrelated to the story, that showed a broken rain cover and bent canopy frame, suggesting that someone had fallen onto it from a height. Apple Daily also reported that the 30 year-old woman had

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Nursery Teacher Fired after Terrorizing Toddlers on Halloween

A nursery teacher working at a private childcare center in Kaohsiung lost her job after a video of her wearing a horror mask and chasing terrified infants around a playroom went viral on social media. The video caused public outrage after it was uploaded to a public Facebook group. The director of the childcare center issued an apology on the center’s own Facebook page, stating that the teacher had been asked to leave, but the center closed down the page

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Elderly Injured in Stampede for Freebies

Dozens of senior citizens were injured and one was rushed to hospital after a stampede for lucky tickets and free gifts at a Taipei City Government organized event this morning, October 28. Taipei City Social Welfare Department held an annual Senior Citizen’s Day activity and invited older residents to join the Mayor on a hike starting in Beitou District. Around 7,000 people were expected at the event, according to a press release issued by the Social Welfare Department. According to

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