Highway Cop Dies in the Line of Duty

A Highway Police officer died today after a truck plowed into the back of his patrol car as he was parked on the road shoulder behind a broken down car. Five others were injured in the accident. At around 11:00am Officer Chen and Officer Yang pulled up behind the broken down car On Freeway 3 in Hsinchu County to improve visibility and prevent a rear-end accident as a tow truck prepared to move the vehicle. A truck then rear-ended the

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Chiayi

Police swooped on a property in Shuishang township, Chiayi County yesterday and arrested organizers of a dog fighting ring and gamblers. Two pit bulls were rescued. A total of 16 people were arrested including the 55 year-old organizer named Chen. Chen collected a NT$200 entry fee from customers and took 5% from bets placed on the fights. The customers have been charged with offenses relating to gambling regulations, while Chen and the owners of the two dogs were also charged

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Killer Driver in Custody: Toddler Fights for Life

A woman who caused a car accident that killed three members of a family of five in Pingtung County Friday, August 4, will be kept in custody after a court ruling this morning. See previous article: Driver Runs Red Light: Kills 3 Injures 7 Ms Yang, 36, sped away after rear-ending a car stopped at a red light in Wandan township at around 10:00pm Friday evening. Two hundred meters down the road, Yang rear-ended another car carrying two adults and

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Police Block National Freeway to Make Massive Drug Bust

National Highway Police yesterday used four patrol cars to block the northbound lanes of National Freeway 3 in Taoyuan, causing a 3 kilometer-long traffic jam, allowing Coast Guard and police investigators to intercept drug traffickers carrying 181 kilograms of ketamine. At around 4:00pm Friday, August 4, coast guard officers from the Northern Coastal Patrol Office in a joint operation with Taipei City and Taichung City police followed suspects driving two cars, one described as a black Mercedes Benz from Taichung

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Driver Runs Red Light: Kills 3 Injures 7

A driver in Pingtung County last night sped away after a minor collision with another vehicle, then ran a red light and crashed into two other cars, leaving 3 dead and 7 injured. The 36 year-old female driver named Yang was not intoxicated at the time, but maintains that she doesn’t remember what happened. At around 10:00pm Friday, August 4, Yang was driving a silver SUV in Wandan township when she collided with a stationary car stopped at a red

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Tainan City Calls Emergency Stop Work/Class Due to Flooding

Tainan City Government this morning called an emergency stop work and class order after torrential rains brought by Typhoon Haitang caused extensive flooding around the city. As of 3:00am this morning, July 31, 436 people have been evacuated from flood-prone homes in 11 districts of Tainan. The mayor called the emergency stop work and class order at 6:25am. Stop work and class orders are usually issued the previous evening ahead of typhoon related weather events, however, Tainan City last night

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3 Stabbed in KTV Fight

Four people were hospitalized this morning, three with stab wounds, after a fight broke out between rival gangs of youths at a KTV in Mucha District, Taipei City. The fight broke out at around 4:00am at a branch of the Holiday KTV chain. Police found the injured at a blood-splattered crime scene, but the perpetrators had fled. Two men suffered stab wounds to the abdomen, while another was cut on his arms. A woman was treated for hyperventilation. After the

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Fear of Brownouts After Power Tower Collapse

The collapse of a high voltage electricity transmission tower in Ilan County during Typhoon Nesat yesterday poses a threat to the national power supply network, according to national power supplier Taipower. The tower’s collapse prevents 1.3 million kilowatts from Heping power station entering the power grid. Engineers from the privately owned power plant are on site attempting repairs, but national power supplier Taipower expects it will take at least two weeks before supply can be resumed. The 345KV EHV tower,

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19 Year-old Sentenced to Life for Murder

Zhou Jian-liang (周建良), 19, was sentenced to life imprisonment today for stabbing to death an 88 year-old man in Taipei City’s Four Beasts Mountains June last year. See previous article: Elderly Man Stabbed to Death on Tiger Mountain: 18 Year-Old Man Arrested The murder victim, Mr Lee, was practicing qigong beside a pavilion on Tiger Mountain, when Zhou’s dog began barking at the elderly man. Zhou got into an argument with Lee, and felt offended about Lee’s remarks about his

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Bargain-Hunter’s Opportunity: Confiscated Sand Dredge Up for Auction

Kinmen District Prosecutor’s Office today announced that a Chinese-registered sand dredging ship confiscated after encroaching on Taiwan territory will be put up for auction August 10. The Yuantai 99 was intercepted after being found stealing sand from territorial waters near Kinmen County. January 18, seven crewmen were sentenced to 6-8 months detention, while the ship was confiscated under prevention of profit from crime law. A reserve price of NT$11 million (under US$363,000) has been set for the auction. It is

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Bank Robber Arrested After Dropping the Money, Then Tripping over His Own Feet

Police arrested a man outside a bank in Tianmu, Taipei City, today after he committed an armed robbery but dropped the loot as he was running out the door. After trying to pick up the money, the 40 year-old man named Lin tripped and fell, and was quickly arrested. Earlier today, Lin staked out the bank by pretending he was inquiring about a foreign currency exchange. He acknowledged the guard, intending to make himself known to the guard so that

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