Neighbor Rescues Infant Dangling from 4th Floor Window

A 2 year-old girl dangled precariously from a 4th floor window with her head stuck in the security bars in Taoyuan City last night until a brave neighbor climbed onto a narrow awning to help rescue the child. At around 10:00pm November 3, a man left a 2 year old child and a baby alone in the house as he went out to buy supper. The two year old managed to crawl out of a window and fell through the

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Tug Sent to Rescue Stranded Freighter Also Runs Aground

Taoyuan City firefighters had to rescue the crew of a tugboat sent to help a coal freighter stranded off the coast, after the tug lost power and ran aground today, October 18. Taoyuan Fire Bureau dispatched 15 firefighters, an ambulance, and 6 inflatable boats to rescue the crew of 9 on the tug. On October 14, the Panamanian-registered Harvest Sky ran aground in foul weather 300 meters off the coast near Taoyuan City. The 95,717 tonne bulk carrier has a

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Five Injured After Bus Hits Clearance Warning Bar

Five people were injured, one seriously, when a bus carrying students smashed into a clearance warning bar on the approach to a bridge in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan City, this evening, September 21. At about 8.30pm, the bus hit the clearance bar at a speed high enough to cause the impact to peel away part of the roof from the front of the vehicle. Five people were sent to hospital, including a seriously injured 17 year-old. The bus was carrying 29

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Lawyer in Coma After Post Court Case Beating

A lawyer in Taoyuan was beaten up near the Taoyuan District Court yesterday, September 18, by the man he had just faced in court. The 60 year-old lawyer, Mr Ju, was rushed to hospital unconscious, and remains in a coma in the intensive care unit of a local hospital after undergoing brain surgery. Mr Ju had faced 43 year-old Mr Wu in court over a NT$150,000 debt Wu owed to Ju. Wu had offered items as security and compensation for

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Tour Bus Driver Killed in 6 Vehicle Accident

A bus driver died at the scene but no other casualties were reported after a tour bus rear-ended a truck, which in turn plowed into other vehicles, on Freeway No. 2 in Taoyuan this morning. A total of 6 vehicles were involved in the accident. The driver’s compartment bore the brunt of the impact. Firefighters found the 58 year-old driver trapped and “obviously dead” when they arrived at the scene of the accident. The bus was carrying 5 passengers en

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Dog Fighting Ring Busted in Taoyuan

Police in Taoyuan yesterday raided a property hosting dog fights involving pit bulls. A total of 55 people were arrested. Contest organizers used spears to torture and draw blood from the dogs in order to enrage them before fights. Guanyin District, Taoyuan, Saturday, June 24, police raided an isolated house and arrested organizers and gamblers. The organizer of the fights was named as a 33 year-old man, Mr. Hsieh. Thirteen people were classed as “staff,” including the organizer, the MC,

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Taoyuan City Prepares for Coldplay Concerts

Taoyuan City government warned commuters and residents that several streets around the outdoor venue for Coldplay concerts will be closed to traffic between 2:00pm and midnight on April 11 and 12. [See Related Article: Coldplay to Play in Taiwan.] A total of 80,000 tickets have been sold for the two concerts to be held in the front square of Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station. Commuters traveling to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport for flights on the 11th and 12th have been

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Factory Goes up in Smoke in the Middle of Residential Neighborhood

A massive fire in a tire factory in Taoyuan County’s Zhongli (Chungli) District resulted in a pall of smoke that could be seen from the neighboring Hsinchu County and New Taipei City. Fortunately no injuries or fatalities were recorded, but a legislator called for the factory to be relocated to an industrial zone. Taiwan lags behind many countries when it comes to zoning laws. Many neighborhoods offer a mix of industrial, commercial, and residential establishments. Manufacturing facilities are even often

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Not the Beautiful Blue Danube

Taoyuan City Council Green Party councilor Xavier Wang (王浩宇) released a picture on his Facebook page today, showing an unnaturally blue-colored stream flowing through Taoyuan City. Mr Wang reported that at 6.15pm this evening, the source was traced to a company upstream, who will face a penalty that carries a maximum fine of NTD$6 million.

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300 Teachers and Students Poisoned by School Lunch

Photo: Taoyuan City Health Bureau. About 300 students and staff suffered abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating a school lunch delivered to 3 elementary schools in Taoyuan County, Thursday, November 17. School administrators were not aware of the problem until the following day, when they noticed an extraordinary number of students and staff took the day off sick. The three schools affected were Dongmen, Ximen, and Qingxi Elementary schools. On Friday morning, the three schools canceled lunch delivery from the

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Killer Surrenders to Police

A man wanted for a murder in Taoyuan turned himself in to police in Ilan County yesterday. The victim, who operated a money lending business, lived in Taoyuan’s Guishan district. After having lunch with his family July 24, he went out alone, but failed to return for the evening meal. The family reported him missing and police accessed his phone records to trace his route.  Accessing surveillance cameras, they saw the victim, Mr. Zhou, walking with a Mr. Yang and entering

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