Police officer shot in the line of duty dies after 23 years in a vegetative state

A man who was shot in the head while serving as a police officer in 1997 passed away in Chiayi County yesterday, September 18, after surviving for 23 years in a post-coma unresponsive state. Lu Jin-quan (呂進全) was on patrol with colleague Liu Neng-yuan (劉能源) in Banqiao City, Taipei County (now Banqiao District, New Taipei City), on the evening of January 25, 1997, when two wanted men in a stolen taxi purposely rammed from behind the police scooter both officers

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Cops stand guard over drunk man asleep on road in Taichung City

Police officers in Taichung City set up traffic cones and stood guard to protect a man who was so drunk he fell asleep on the road at an intersection in South District. Police were called to the scene shortly before 4:30 am, after a man alighted from a taxi, then promptly fell asleep on the road. Police were unable to rouse the man from his sleep, and fire bureau paramedics were not allowed to take the man for medical treatment

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Bus driver busted sniff-testing migrant workers: refusing service to the overly-perfumed

A bus company in Taichung City will face a fine after one of its drivers was caught refusing service to migrant workers he deemed to be wearing too much “perfume.” The driver of the Taichung No. 97 bus was caught red handed on video stepping off the bus and sniff-testing three migrant workers, before allowing two to board, and rejecting a third, who he had deemed to be wearing an excessive amount of fragrance. The video also shows the bus

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Missing hiker rescued after 10 days with no food, and immobile due to injury

A man who went missing after being separated from a hiking group on June 6 was found alive, but injured yesterday June 16. Yang Xin-zheng ( 楊欣正 ), 52, became separated from a 15-person group of colleagues while hiking on Pengji Mountain in Pingtung County June 6. Pingtung County Fire Bureau mounted a large scale search for Yang, a hospital deputy administrative director, on the evening of the same day. Search efforts were hampered by steep terrain and constant rain.

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Man shot after injuring four police officers with a knife

Kaohsiung City police shot a man in the hand after he cut three police officers and stabbed another, during an attempt to get the man into compulsory treatment for mental illness today, June 8. Four police officers from the Nanzih police precinct accompanied by a psychiatrist from the Health Bureau went to a man’s residence at around 3:00 pm, after it was reported that the man had been suffering psychosis, not taking his medication, and had been frequently going out

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Female passenger dies after police fire at car during drunk-driver chase

Police in Taoyuan City shot at a car, accidentally hitting a woman sitting in the back seat, after the driver rammed a police vehicle, then drove at the officers last night, March 27. Officers from a police station in Bade District were on a routine patrol on Jieshou Road at around 11:40 pm when they spotted a suspected drunk driver, according reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. The officers signaled the driver, a 48-year-old man named Wu (

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American Taiwanese citizens travel more than 12,000 kilometers to vote for a free and democratic Taiwan

A couple who lived in Taiwan for 39 years before retiring to the USA in 2018, arrived in Taiwan this week so they could vote in the upcoming Presidential election, Saturday, January 11. David Alexander, already a veteran of the Vietnam War, and Charlene Bos, first met in Taiwan when they were both working in English language programs for the Presbyterian Church in 1976. As David wrote on his blog Aboksu: “At that time Taiwan was listed as one of

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Elderly Japanese man found to have overstayed his tourist visa for 36 years

An elderly man will be assisted back to Japan after Hualien County police found that he had overstayed his tourist visa by 36 years. Mr Hori, 82, arrived in Taiwan on a tourist visa in 1983, according to National Immigration Agency records. Mr Hori told police that after his arrival, he had become involved in a mining venture in Hualian County’s Yuli Township. Hori worked as an engineer maintaining drilling machinery and explosives. However, when the venture failed, Hori had

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Police dispatched to head off vigilantes after child abuse video uploaded to social media

Around 50 police officers were dispatched to a township in Yunlin County last night after social media users threatened to hunt down a man who was seen violently kicking a small girl outside a residential community. A video was uploaded to Facebook showing a couple with two small children on a street outside a building in Xiluo Township, when the man suddenly hit and kicked the girl, who appears around 5 years old. The couple and children then left in

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Manspreading incident leads to punch-up on the Taipei Metro

A man was taken to hospital to receive stitches to his head after an altercation over leg space led to a fight on an MRT train this morning, July 18. At around 8:00am, two men boarded a train at Yongning Station on the MRT Blue line, and took seats beside each other. As the train headed toward Taipei City, Mr Shi, 53, became irritated by 42-year-old Mr Zeng’s “domineering, wide-open legs” (ET Today) pushing up against his thighs and taking

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Woman lends newborn to stranger then reports him missing to get back at husband

A woman in Tainan City, suspected to be suffering from postpartum depression, sent police on a wild goose chase yesterday, after she handed her 5-day-old baby to a woman she had met on the Internet, then reported him missing. The 25-year-old first-time mother, named Shi (施), was staying in a postpartum rest center, and was apparently dissatisfied with her husband’s lack of attention. When Shi’s husband, Mr Lin, 27, declined to take her to the night market, and instead went

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