3 Grandma Pickpockets Arrested Working Traditional Lunar New Year Markets

Sharp-eyed police officers formed a task force in greater Taipei and have arrested three female pick-pockets at three different traditional markets as shoppers throng to buy supplies for the Lunar New Year holiday. The three were aged 71, 64, and 59. Ms Huang, 71, traveled from Taichung to work the markets in Taipei. Police believe Huang, who has criminal records for pick-pocketing extending back to 40 years ago or more, is too well known in Taichung, and thus headed to

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200 Dogs Rescued from Animal Purgatory on the eve of Year of the Dog

Animal protection officers rescued 200 dogs and 7 cats from a property in Danshui District after a report was received from the Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. New Taipei City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office personnel acted after the TSPCA proffered photo and video evidence of dogs eating dogs, according to Liberty Times. Inspectors, with the help of a number of veterinarians and animal protection volunteers, visited the property February 6, and found a rat-infested

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Military Explosives Team Identifies Grenade on Sidewalk as Fake

A military explosives team was called to Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, this morning, after a grenade was spotted on the sidewalk outside an electrical appliance store. Police blockaded the area and called the military after receiving a report about the grenade at around 8:00 am. After inspecting the object, the military ordnance team identified it as a non-lethal model grenade, possibly designed as a movie prop.

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Store Window Hit by Stray Bullets During Police Shoot-out with Drug Dealer

Stray Bullets hit a convenience store window in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, yesterday, after a police officer fired four shots at a suspect who pulled a gun on the officers. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the incident. Police officers investigating suspected drug dealers followed two suspects from a residence in Ximending to a location in Zhonghe District. At around 11:00 pm, a 32 year-old suspect named Chen got out of a car as police approached to question the men.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Flees after Crashing into Campus Building

Police suspect a drunk driver fled after crashing into an outbuilding of an elementary school campus in Danshui District in the early hours of the morning, today, January 22. At around 2:00 am, a driver lost control of a black Lexus and crashed through a hedge before smashing through a low brick wall and hitting a building in the campus of Xinshi Elementary School. The building is located on the school’s farm. Residents in nearby high-rise apartment buildings were woken

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15 Kilometer Car Chase Ends with Kamikaze Scooter Cop

Senior police officers criticized a young police officer’s tactic of hitting the throttle as he jumped off his police scooter, sending it crashing head-on into a suspect’s car, during a police chase in New Taipei City yesterday, January 15. At around 4:00 pm, Monday, police in Banqiao District approached a parked vehicle which they considered suspicious. The driver sped off, with the rear hatch of his hatch-back sedan open. Weaving through a narrow crowded street, the driver knocked over a

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Elderly Man Survives After Jumping into Path of Train

[Picture: Taiwan Railway Administration] A man in his 70s rushed forward and jumped off the platform as a train came into Shanjia Station, at around 8:05 am this morning. After being hit by the train, the man ended up between the platform and the wheels, suffering scratches and bruises, but conscious and not seriously injured. The man, dressed in pajamas and a light jacket, was rescued by firefighters and rushed to Far East Memorial Hospital in Banciao District. Shanjia Station

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Eleven Vehicle Pile-up on Freeway One

Two trucks and nine cars were involved in a pile-up on Freeway 1 at the 36 kilometer mark on the Taishan section at around noon today. Five people were sent to hospital. All five were said to have been conscious and suffering minor injuries. Traffic was limited to passing through the site on the shoulder of the road, causing traffic to back up over 5 kilometers until the scene of the accident was cleared at around 1:30pm. According to preliminary

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Elderly Woman Murdered for Money

A man in New Taipei City’s Taishan district has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an elderly woman was found dumped by the seaside near Linkou yesterday, December 20. Police forensics investigators making an initial examination of the corpse at the scene discovered that the woman had obviously been murdered. There were signs of a heavy blow to the back of the head, strangulation marks around her neck, and a plastic bag had been put over

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Man Survives 5 Storey Fall After Landing on Car

A young man was hospitalized after falling from the 5th floor of a building in Xizhi District, New Taipei City, this afternoon, Tuesday, December 12. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident on Fu-an Street at around 3:45pm, and found a man, around 20 years-old, conscious, but suffering multiple injuries after falling onto a parked SUV. Pictures showed firefighters pulling the man out of the crushed vehicle, after he apparently crashed through the windshield.

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Fatal Arson Attack was a Criminal Cock-up

According to the testimony of suspects and evidence collected by police, the men who set fire to a restaurant, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday evening, had not intended to start a fire, but had merely wanted to splash paint in the restaurant in order to intimidate a debtor. The paint, however, was mixed with lacquer and paint-thinner, and as the liquid came into contact with flames on the gas stove, the mixture ignited, causing an instant, intensive blaze

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