Off-road motorcyclist found weak and hungry after 6 days lost in wilderness

A man who went missing in a remote mountain district in Hsinchu County 6 days ago has been found alive, Hsinchu County Fire Department reported today. The 30-year-old man named Qi went missing while riding an off road motorcycle on the Gaotai Mountain Trail, Saturday, September 11. 170 people including volunteers and fire department personnel have been searching daily for Qi since Sunday. Reports today, September 17, say Qi was located by using a drone with an aerial camera at

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Reward offered for finding motorcyclist missing in mountains

Friends and colleagues of a man who has been missing in a mountain district of Hsinchu County since Saturday have raised money to offer as a reward to anybody who finds him. The 30-year-old man named Qi disappeared after becoming separated from friends while they were riding off-road motorcycles in Jianshi Township in the afternoon of September 11. According to reports, Qi and friends met to ride on trails at Gaotai Mountain at around 9:30 am Saturday. At around 1:00

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Man who robbed four shops gets instant karma when he reports scooter theft

A man who reported the theft of his motorcycle was promptly arrested when a police officer recognized him as a suspect seen on traffic monitor footage during an investigation into four shop robberies in Hsinchu County, yesterday, May 22. The 30-year-old man, named Luo, threatened storekeepers with a hammer, demanding they hand over their cash at four traditional grocery stores in Hukou and Xinfeng districts late yesterday afternoon. Escaping on a scooter with a surgical mask covering the license plate,

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Large cannabis grow-op uncovered in Hsinchu County

The Criminal Investigation Bureau raided a property in Hsinchu County recently and uncovered a marijuana cultivation operation with more than 1,600 plants, the CIB revealed at a press conference today, April 21. A police spokesperson said that the Taipei office of the CIB received a report in mid-March that a drug cartel had rented a large factory in Hsinchu to plant cannabis. The subsequent investigation found that seedlings were raised in the factory, then transferred to a property in the

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Leak of highly toxic chemical gas causes road closure in Hsinchu County

Firefighters closed a section of road in Hsinchu County for three hours after a gas cylinder being transported from the Hsinchu Science Park caught fire while leaking highly volatile silane gas today, January 26. The Hsinchu County Fire Bureau received a report that a gas cylinder on a truck was emitting flame, and thick, yellow smoke on Shuangyuan Road in Baoshan Township at 8:54 am. Fire fighters sprayed water on the cylinder, while police closed pedestrian and vehicular traffic in

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Tesla charging station emits smoke in Hsinchu Science Park after transformer box catches fire

Firefighters suspect a short circuit was the cause of an incident of a Tesla charging station suddenly emitting a pall of white smoke this afternoon, November 8, at Hsinchu Science Park. According to ET Today, Firefighters responded to a report at around 5:00 pm, and after arriving at the scene, immediately called state-owned power company, Taipower, to cut off the electricity supply. After the power was cut the smoke gradually reduced in volume, and firefighters cooled the power supply unit

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President visits long-range, early-warning station: Media speculates on US personnel spotted in the background

President Tsai Ing-wen visited a long-range, early-warning radar facility today, October 13, and the media is abuzz about the first time US personnel have been included in official pictures on the site. Due to adverse weather conditions, a helicopter could not be used to transport President Tsai to the facility, but not to be deterred, a bus was deployed to ferry the presidential contingent from Zhudong Township to the remote base, situated at an altitude of more than 2,600 meters,

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Man stung to death while harvesting hornets

A 60-year-old man died on the way to hospital after being stung by Asian giant hornets while he was attempting to harvest a hive in Hsinchu County, in the evening of October 11. Mr Wang, from Beipu Township went to a remote valley with four other men to harvest hornets from a hive he had located several days before. Mr Wang was only wearing basic protective equipment, according firefighters. Wang was wearing a headlamp, which is believed to have drawn

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Chemical leak spreads stench over large areas of Hsinchu County, then causes fire

A leak of chemical gas at the Far Eastern New Century Corporation Chemical Fiber Plant in Xinpu Township spread a pungent smell over large areas of Hsinchu County, could be smelled as far away as Miaoli County, and then caused a fire, Wednesday evening, September 23. The Hsinchu County Environmental Protection Bureau was first informed of the leak at 5:30 pm. The leak consisted of a mixture of biphenyl and diphenyl ethers, according to a United Daily News report. Residents

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Toddler entangled in kite tail goes airborne at kite festival

A 3-year-old girl flew 10s of meters into the air after becoming entangled in a kite tail at the Hsinchu City International Kite Festival today, August 30. At around 3:40 pm the tail section of a large kite became wrapped around the body of the toddler in strong winds at the kite festival at the Nanliao Fishing Port. The little girl was lifted into the air by the kite, which rose and fell wildly in the gusty conditions, tossing the

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Three charged after serial cat abuser beaten up in vigilante attack

Three men in Hsinchu County were charged with violating the Social Order Maintenance Act, after a report was received that a man recently charged with animal cruelty offences had been beaten up. In late October this year, a man named Peng was charged with animal cruelty offences and released on NT$30,000 bail with the provision that he be restricted to his residence, after pictures and videos surfaced showing that Peng had tortured to death at least nine cats, four of

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