Italian man loses appeal in attempted armed robbery case

An Italian national who was sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to rob a convenience store in New Taipei City last year lost his appeal to the Supreme Court and will serve the full term before being deported, according to United Daily News. Bruno Giuliano Maicol, aged in his 30s, was sentenced in November 2020 after being found guilty of an attempted armed robbery in which he held a pair of scissors to a female convenience store clerk’s

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Taiwan faces rolling power outages again today, May 17

Taipower informed consumers via a text message alert at 8:10 pm this evening that there was insufficient power in the national grid and areas will face rolling power outages from 8:50 pm. The insufficient supply is reported to have happened due to a coal-fired power unit at the Xingda (Hsinta) power plant being shut down at 12:54 pm due to a combustion management system module failure. Although the fault was repaired, and the power unit was restarted at 2:29 pm,

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Convenience store clerk beaten up by customer who refused to comply with epidemic control measures

A convenience store clerk in New Taipei City was sent to hospital after being beaten up by a man who refused to comply with the requirement to wear a mask and register his name and phone number when visiting the store, today, May 17. At around 7:00 am this morning a 50-year-old man, named Lai, entered a High Life convenience store in Tucheng District, without wearing a surgical mask. A 22-year-old clerk named Zhuo requested he put on a mask

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Pokemon Go Grandpa the most serious victim of earthquake alert glitch

A man who operates up to 72 phones at a time while playing Pokemon Go was the the most seriously affected victim of a glitch in Taiwan’s earthquake alert system, which caused 14 warnings to be sent in response to an earthquake at 1:36 am this morning, February 7. People were awakened by the alarming audio warning only to find the warnings kept coming after the the 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck 85 kilometers off the coast of Yilan County, on

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Man critically injured after woman falls from 11th floor

A man remains in a critical condition today after a woman fell from her 11th floor residence and landed on him as he was walking on the sidewalk with his wife and child in Shulin District, New Taipei City, yesterday evening, February 5. According to the police investigation, a 66-year-old woman fell from her apartment on the 11th floor of a building in Taiyuan Street at around 8:00 pm. A 45-year-old man named Wu was passing by at the time,

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Italian man handed 2-year prison term, deportation for attempted robbery

An unemployed Italian man who attempted to rob a convenience store in New Taipei City in August this year, was sentenced to two years in prison, to be followed by deportation, Liberty Times reported today, November 29. See previous story: Italian man arrested, charged for attempted robbery of convenience store in New Taipei City The New Taipei City District Court heard that G.M Bruno walked into a convenience store in Tucheng District wearing a motorcycle helmet and a raincoat at

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Italian man arrested, charged for attempted robbery of convenience store in New Taipei City

An Italian national was arrested in Banqiao District yesterday, Sunday, August 23, after an investigation into an attempted robbery in Tucheng District, Friday. At around 9:30 pm, August 21, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet, a surgical mask, and a black jacket, walked into a convenience store on on Yumin Road in Tucheng District. The man stood in front of the cash register and remained silent. When the 20-year-old female clerk asked the man what he wanted, he took out

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Supermarket chains launch mobile supermarkets to serve remote mountain districts

Two supermarket chains launched mobile supermarkets to serve remote mountain districts in the last few days, in what is seen as a positive move by residents in the rural areas. On March 30, Carrefour’s Tucheng branch dispatched a mobile supermarket truck to New Taipei City’s Wulai District. The mobile supermarket was set up in the fire brigade parking lot, providing fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, cooked meals, instant noodles, snacks, cleaning supplies, and other consumer goods and daily necessities.

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Hundreds of gang members arrested in law and order sweep

In response to a spate of street brawls, and in order to prevent interference in next year’s presidential election, the National Police Agency, in coordination with the Taiwan High Prosecutor’s Office, conducted five days of raids nationwide, arresting 397 people, this week. Many of the arrested are members of Taiwan’s two largest criminal organizations – The Bamboo Union, and Heavenly Way Alliance. Police confiscated guns, ammunition, weapons, and drugs, and seized cash and assets valued at almost NT$100 million. A

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Biggest Cannabis Growing Op in Taiwan History Busted in Taitung

Taitung Coastguard investigators and police raided a property in Taitung City December 3, and uncovered a cannabis growing operation containing 794 plants, 7 kilograms of dried marijuana, and prepackaged marijuana cigarettes. Investigators claim the market value of the haul is worth over NT$230 million, and is the biggest ever in Taiwan. Two men, Mr Zhang, 60, and Mr Chen, 68, were arrested and are being detained incommunicado on suspicion of producing and manufacturing a class 2 drug. Investigators said they

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Amphetamine Factory Bust the Largest in Taiwan History

Police raided a warehouse in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, and uncovered what police described as the largest amphetamine manufacturing operation in the history of Taiwan. On the Monday evening, April 16, two men were arrested, and 259kg of amphetamine crystals, along with 7,000kg of liquid precursor was confiscated. Police estimate that a total of 3,000kg of amphetamine, with an estimated market price of NT$3 billion, could have been manufactured using the product on hand. The factory was located at

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