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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Motorcyclist takes kid on hair-raising ride on expressway

Police are investigating an incident after motorists recorded a man riding a motorcycle on an expressway at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour with a small, helmet-less child clinging for his life. The video was recorded yesterday, May 12, on Provincial Highway 68, in Hsinchu County, and drew the ire of viewers after it was uploaded to social media. The unidentified man, wearing a full-face helmet, is seen riding a heavy motorcycle with a male child around 4

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Postman injured in vicious pit bull attack

A postman in Hsinchu County’s Hukou Township was treated for bite injuries and a sprained ankle, after a pit bull suddenly jumped off the back of a truck and attacked him yesterday, May 10. The postal worker named Zeng (曾), was approaching an intersection on Cheng-gong Road on his postal motorcycle when a black pit bull bitch, one of two dogs on the back of a truck stopped at a red light, leaped off the tray and attacked. Video footage

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Prosecutors drop charges against Taiwanese man accused of sexually assaulting French exchange student

A 40-year-old man accused by a 17-year-old French girl of using his position of power and influence to entice her into a sex act, had charges against him dropped after prosecutors decided the relationship was probably consensual. Local media reports say that a hearing was held by Hsinchu District Prosecutors yesterday, April 8. It appears from the reports that the alleged victim was not present at the hearing, and that evidence was presented from statements made to police, and the

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Man Shot in Broad Daylight in Hsinchu County

A man suffered four gunshot wounds after a gunman strafed his car in a drive-by shooting in Hukou Township, Hsinchu City, yesterday, Sunday, December 9. At around 2:00pm Mr Wang, 21, was driving his white Mercedes Benz sedan when he noticed a vehicle following his. Wang stopped outside the residence of an acquaintance named Guo, on Shengli Road. The driver of the following vehicle stopped beside Wang’s vehicle, lowered the window, fired more than 10 shots at the driver’s side

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Father Flees after Public Outrage over Child Abuse Case

A man and his partner moved out of their residence overnight, after a case of child abuse was uncovered in Hsinchu County, yesterday, and pictures of a malnourished, battered boy were posted on Facebook. A woman who remains unnamed in media reports, yesterday paid a surprise visit to her two sons, who live with their father, only to find her three-year old son malnourished, covered in bruises and faeces, and locked out on a balcony with cable ties wrapped around

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Drunk Driver Hits and Kills Woman then Drives 3km with Body on Roof

An elderly woman was hit and killed in Hsinchu County this morning, and the driver fled the scene with the woman upside down on the roof, and her head stuck in the windshield. The woman’s body fell off the vehicle while he was making a left turn around 3 kilometers from the scene of the accident. Ms Wu, 77, was with her husband, on their way to do their morning exercises on Xinhe Road at around 4:00am when she was

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Wanted Man Hides in Drain for 3 Hours

A man wanted for drugs-related offenses abandoned his vehicle and escaped up a storm-water drain until police hunted him down in Hsinchu County this morning. Police stopped 52 year-old Mr Deng after he made an illegal right turn on a red light at around 7:00 am this morning. Deng supplied police false information about his identity, but then fled when he realized that police did not believe him. The suspect leaped over a guard rail off a low bridge, then

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