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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Suspect shot and wounded after ramming police car

A wanted man driving a stolen car suffered a bullet wound to the head after a police detective fired three shots at his vehicle when he rammed their unmarked police car in Chiayi County last night, August 21. Detectives from Tainan City Police Department Baihe Precinct located a stolen vehicle driven by the suspect in Shuishang Township, Chiayi County at around 11:00 pm. According to reports in United Daily News, the four detectives followed the vehicle for some distance until

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Woman held at knifepoint in post office robbery

A man grabbed a female volunteer worker and held her at knifepoint until staff handed over a stack of cash in Chiayi County today, May 7. Shortly after 4:00 pm this afternoon, a man wearing an open-face helmet and a face mask, walked into a post office on Zhongshan Road, Dalin Township. When a female volunteer stepped forward to take his temperature, as required under epidemic prevention regulations, the man pulled out a knife, grabbed the woman, and shouted “robbery!”

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Chiayi City rolls out retro-style electric buses

A fleet of new retro-British-style electric buses was unveiled in Chiayi City today, with four colors to ply four routes starting in June this year. “It’s really amazing,” Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui gushed, adding that the buses were a form of mobile art that will enhance urban aesthetics. The fleet consists of 10 regular buses and 12 minibuses colored in red, yellow green and blue. The green buses will begin plying the Zhongshan line in June, with the rest

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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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Gunman arrested after 50 shots, explosions in 5 hour siege

A man surrendered to Chiayi County police after a five-hour long siege in Minxiong Township, during which the suspect fired 50 shots and threw numerous explosives. Police officers went to a residence in a lane on Jianguo Road after neighbors reported hearing people arguing, followed by three gunshots at around 8:00am. The officers called for backup after a suspect on the third floor responded to their arrival with more gunshots. Police blockaded the area while a SWAT team and police

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Two Indian students drown in Chiayi County

Two Indian exchange students were declared dead at the hospital after they took a late night swim and drowned in a pond nearby their university dormitory early this morning in Chiayi County. According to United Daily News, Chiayi County Fire Bureau received a report at 2:44pm, from a location in Dalin Township, and rushed to the rescue. However, when paramedics arrived the two men had been pulled out of the pond by their companions, but had lost breathing and heartbeat.

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Suspected drunk driver slams head-on into scooters and a school bus

Four people were injured after a the driver of a minivan hit vehicles head-on at high speed while traveling on the wrong side of the road in Chiayi County this morning, April 19. The van slammed into two scooters, and sideswiped a sedan, before hitting a school bus carrying 35 students to Sieh Chih Vocational High School at around 7:30am. The fire bureau received reports of an accident on Xing-gang Road in Lunyang Village, Liujiao Township, at 7:32am. The two

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Dog rescued, farmer faces fine, after stray dog kicked like a football

Police and animal protection workers responded quickly after a video shot by a student showed a farmer violently kicking a young dog wandering in a rice paddy in Chiayi County this morning, April 3. The thirty-second video showed the farmer, in Puzi City, chasing the dog with a stick, and kicking it several times. Two kicks resulted in the small, black dog flying into the air like a football. The student who filmed the incident while on the way to

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Motorcyclist survives crash and fall into 15-meter-deep ravine after landing on dumped mattress

A 19-year-old man crashed into the guardrail of a bridge after losing control of his motorcycle on a mountain road in Chiayi County yesterday, and plunged 15 meters into a boulder-strewn stream bed below. Fortunately, the man landed on a discarded mattress, and survived the fall with only minor injuries, including a busted knee, and a mild concussion. At around 5:00pm, Mr Cheng (程 ), 19, was riding a heavy motorcycle on Provincial Highway 3 (Inner Mountain Highway), in Chiayi

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Elderly Drunk Driver Kills 2 Bicycle Riders

Two people who were riding bicycles in Lucao Township, Chiayi County yesterday are dead, after being hit by a car driven by a 72-year-old man affected by alcohol. The drunk driver, Mr Chen, had attended a temple fair in Lucao Township where he consumed alcohol before heading back to Puzi City at around 1:30pm. At the approach to an intersection in Fengji Village, Chen slammed into two people riding bicycles from behind. A 50-year-old woman also named Chen, and her

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