Rebar collapse on Kaohsiung City construction site leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

One person died, and four others are injured, one in a critical condition, after a stack of rebar collapsed on a construction site in Kaohsiung City’s Gushan District this morning, March 4. At 9:20 am, five workers were tying rebar five floors underground when a stack of three-meter high rebar collapsed like dominoes for a length of between 40 and 50 meters, leaving two people trapped. Three others were injured but managed to extricate themselves from the tangle of steel

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Gangster dead after shootout with cops in Kaohsiung City

A suspect being investigated for a kidnapping and ransom case was declared dead in hospital after being shot several times during a shootout with police in Kaohsiung City this morning, March 2. Police from Chiayi City Police Department, the Criminal Investigation Bureau, and Kaohsiung City Police Department were investigating a 57-year-old man named Lee, who is suspected of masterminding the kidnapping and ransom of a wealthy businessman in Chiayi City in January. Lee was driving a white BMW SUV near

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1 killed, 2 injured by runaway truck wheel on freeway

One person died, and two were injured after a wheel came off a truck and bounced over the center guardrail into oncoming traffic on National Freeway 1 in Kaohsiung City this morning, February 27. At around 8:00 am, two wheels came off a semitrailer traveling northbound at the 364 kilometer mark. One wheel remained in the northbound lanes, while the other bounced over the center guardrail, and hit a car traveling in the fast lane southbound. In the car were

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Monkey appears to be hard at work at Sun Yat-sen University

A picture of a Formosan macaque in an office at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung City has gone viral on social media, as it appears that the monkey is working diligently, and highly focused on the task at hand. “Currently, universities are on vacation, but look who’s at work in the communication office at Sun Yat-sen University,” Chang Morgan posted on Facebook, Wednesday, February 3. Lin Meiyin, secretary-general of the Taiwan Macaque Coexistence Promotion Association said that Sun Yat-sen

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Firefighters work overnight battling chemical factory fire in Kaohsiung City

Firefighters in Kaohsiung City worked through the night to extinguish a fire at a chemical plant in the Linyuan Industrial Park after an explosion and fire was reported at around 8:30 pm yesterday evening, January 29. Thirty-six vehicles and 75 personnel were dispatched from 14 fire stations to battle the blaze at the UPC Technology Corporation (1313.TW) plasticizer plant on Gongye 2nd Road. The fire destroyed around 300 square meters containing plasticizer dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and phthalic anhydride (PA) production

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Unexploded depth charge found while unloading catch in fishing harbor

Coast Guard officers blockaded a fishing port in Kaohsiung City yesterday, after an unexploded depth charge was found on a fishing vessel while the crew was unloading the catch at the fish market. The unexploded bomb was found at 11:00 am at the Keziliao Fishing Harbor. Entry to the port was blocked until an bomb disposal team from the Army Fourth Regional Support Command ammunition depot arrived at around 1:00 pm. Army personnel identified the bomb as an MK6 depth

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Three family members dead after residential fire in Kaohsiung City

Three members of a family died after a fire in a four storey residential building in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning today, January 15. The Kaohsiung City fire department responded to reports of a fire in Fengshan District at 4:44 am. Twenty-eight vehicles and 62 personnel were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 33-year-old woman named Wu, holding a one-year-old infant, on a balcony on the third floor calling for help. Firefighters raised

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Ketamine smuggled from Pakistan in rock salt shipment leads to major drug supplier bust

An investigation into a haul of ketamine hidden in a shipment of rock salt imported from Pakistan earlier this month led to the bust of a local drug manufacturing operation, and prevented the import of more than 500 kilograms of ketamine and heroin from Thailand, Kaohsiung District Prosecutors revealed today. On December 4, a joint task force of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Kaohsiung City Maritime Affairs Field Division, and Kaohsiung City Customs Department opened a container at the Port of

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One man shot dead, two escape, after cops fire at wanted man’s car in Kaohsiung City

A man was found dead in the back seat of an abandoned car, after police fired 10 shots towards a vehicle that had rammed two police officers during a chase through the streets of Kaohsiung City, yesterday evening, December 30. At around 7:40 pm Wednesday, Deputy Director of the Wujia Police Station, Wu Chien-ming, and Officer Dong Chia-ho, saw a black sedan with three occupants parked illegally at the intersection of Nanguang Street and Jintian Road in Fengshan District. The

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Stray bullet that hit hiker probably came from sea exercises

An investigation into an accidental shooting has found that a .50 caliber machine gun bullet found at the scene most likely came from a marine exercise in waters near Chai Mountain last Friday. See previous story: Hiker suspected shot by stray bullet from military firing range A 66-year-old man named Chen was shot in the ankle while hiking on Chai Mountain in Kaohsiung City December 11. Investigators at first believed that the bullet came from a nearby military shooting range.

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Hiker suspected shot by stray bullet from military firing range

A man hiking on a mountain in Kaohsiung City yesterday is suspected to have been shot in the ankle by a stray bullet from a military firing range 1.2 kilometers away. A 66-year-old man named Chen was hiking alone on a trail at Chai Shan at around 10:00 am, Friday, December 11, when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his left ankle. Chen found that he was bleeding, and began to descend the mountain. Around 100 meters down the

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