Two-headed snake caught on school campus

A two-headed wolf snake was found by students at an elementary school in Chiayi County this morning, and it was sent to a research center for study despite a possible market value of up to a million Taiwan dollars. The Chiayi County Department of Agriculture dispatched a snake catcher to the school after receiving a report from school administrators. Students found the tiny snake while on cleaning duties at around 7:30 am on campus of Dayou Elementary School in rural

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Fishermen net giant sunfish off west coast

Fishermen from Chiayi County accidentally caught a rare ocean sunfish off the coast of Dongshi Township, and it was displayed and auctioned at the Dongshi Fish Market this morning. The fish weighed in at 180 kilograms and fetched NT$20,000 at auction. Seafood merchants noted that the fish is popular among seafood gourmets, with its intestines – known as “dragon intestines, being the most valued part. Wu Chunyu of the Chiayi District Fisheries Association pointed out that sunfish often appear in

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Body of graduate student found in flooded pavilion at scenic reservoir

The body of a young man who went missing at Zengwen Reservoir in Chiayi County yesterday was found stuck in a flooded pavilion this afternoon, Thursday, August 12. The post-graduate student from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, named Lin, visited Zengwen Reservoir Scenic Area with a friend yesterday afternoon, August 11. Lin went missing while trying to retrieve a phone he had accidentally dropped in the water at around 4:00 pm, according to reports. Chiayi County Fire Department

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Crew rescued from grounded freighter: weather and sea conditions hamper salvage operations

A crew of 9 were lifted off a ship by crane after the vessel ran aground at Budai Port in Chiayi County yesterday, August 5. The crew lost control of the freighter Shanbao II, en route from Penghu Islands to Budai Port, when the rudder broke in heavy seas generated by tropical storm Lupit. The ship drifted into wave breaking blocks near the entrance to the port at around 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon. A rescue team employed a crane and

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Bail denied for soldier who shot ex-girlfriend dead in Chiayi County

The Chiayi District Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that a man who shot a woman dead in the street in front of her family’s home yesterday, June 16, shall be kept in detention while the case remains under investigation. According to the police investigation, the 23-year-old active-duty soldier, named Liang, took a bus from Taipei to Chiayi County’s rural Shuishang Township yesterday in an attempt to reconcile with a 22-year-old woman named Wang. Arriving at around 5:00 pm, Liang called on

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Fireworks factory explosion leaves Filipino man critically injured

A Philippines national is fighting for his life in hospital after an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Chiayi County this afternoon, Sunday, June 6. The Chiayi County Fire Department received reports of an explosion and fire at the Yongfeng Pyrotechnic Factory in Dongshi Township at around 2:20 pm. Because the fire was located in a pyrotechnics factory, the fire department spared no precautions, and dispatched eleven vehicles and a large number of personnel to the scene from

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Wildfire, rockfalls block highway 18 in Chiayi County

The Chiayi Forest Management Office has advised the public to avoid highway 18 and use the alternative route 21 due to a wildfire and rockfalls that have blocked the road between the 68 and 69 kilometer mark. Firefighters have been fighting a difficult battle with a blaze in steep terrain below the road since yesterday afternoon, March 18. Fire fighting crews were dispatched from several local fire stations at around 2:00 pm yesterday. A National Airborne Service helicopter was also

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National record for cannabis cultivation broken once again, after 1,600+ plant grow-op busted

Chiayi County police and district prosecutors uncovered a record haul of 1,648 marijuana plants after raids on multiple properties in the county, Sunday, February 21. The previous record for a cannabis cultivation operation bust for Taiwan law enforcement was set in August 2020, when Taichung City Police uncovered 1,361 plants in Nantou County. See previous story: Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County Chiayi County police began an investigation into the operation in November 2020, and raided

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2 dead, 8 injured in 20 vehicle crash on West Coast Expressway

Two people died and eight were injured after a multivehicle pile-up involving six trucks and 14 cars on the West Coast Expressway, this morning, Sunday, February 21. The crash occurred on the Yunjia Bridge at the boundary of Yunlin and Chiayi counties at 7:30 am. One person was obviously dead at the scene of the accident, and was not sent to hospital. Another was without vital signs, and was declared dead at the hospital. Eight people were described as being

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Man arrested for fatal hit and run also faces drugs and guns charges

A suspect was arrested yesterday, after an investigation into a hit and run accident in Chiayi County, and police also found a handgun, ammunition, and drugs in the suspect’s motel room. On the morning of October 12, a car suspected to have been driven by a man named Lin, hit a scooter in Dalin Township, Chiayi County. The 32-year-old scooter rider, named Lee, was left seriously injured, and died in hospital yesterday, October 19. Lin did not stop after the

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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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