Elderly woman loses two bundles of cash: both turned in to police by separate finders

Police in Kaohsiung City took just three hours to find the owner of two bundles of cash handed in by separate finders on November 11, Apple Daily, and ET Today reported today. According to the reports, an 82-year-old woman named Hsu, withdrew NT$20,000 from a post office in Daliao District on Wednesday, and stuffed the money into one of her pockets. While walking home, and unbeknownst to Ms Hsu, a portion of the cash fell out of her pocket at

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Endangered stork, rare visitor in Taiwan, found dead of electrocution

Birdwatchers in southern Taiwan were over the moon earlier this month when a rare oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana) appeared for the first time in nine years, however, the bird was found dead this morning, October 27, of apparent electrocution. The stork was first spotted in Yong’an Wetlands, Kaohsiung City in mid-October, when it was noted that the bird was tagged with the number “E37,” and fitted with a satellite transmitter. The bird was found to have been bred by researchers

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Man involved in two hit-and-runs before smashing into taxi, killing driver and passenger

A man in Kaohsiung City hit two motorcycle riders in succession, and kept driving until he rear-ended a taxi, killing two people last night, Monday, September 8. Mr Shen, 43, driving a black sedan on Yanhai 1st Road in Xiaogang District, first hit a heavy motorcycle ridden by a 41-year-old man named Liao. Shen didn’t stop at the scene of the accident. Around one minute later, Shen hit a scooter ridden by a man named Chen at the intersection of

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Man shot after injuring four police officers with a knife

Kaohsiung City police shot a man in the hand after he cut three police officers and stabbed another, during an attempt to get the man into compulsory treatment for mental illness today, June 8. Four police officers from the Nanzih police precinct accompanied by a psychiatrist from the Health Bureau went to a man’s residence at around 3:00 pm, after it was reported that the man had been suffering psychosis, not taking his medication, and had been frequently going out

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Kaohsiung City Speaker dies after mayor defeated in recall election

Kaohsiung City Speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) was found dead this evening, June 6, after his party suffered a severe defeat in an election to recall the mayor. Hsu, 63, is believed to have fallen from his 17th-floor apartment. The recalled mayor, Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) , was shocked and saddened by Hsu’s death, Liberty Times reported, and called on his supporters to calm down. “Politics is temporary; life still has to go on,” Han said. Hsu’s brother Hsu Kun-long was a

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Train driver, three passengers injured in level crossing collision

Four people were taken to hospital after a local commuter train hit a truck on a level crossing in Kaohsiung City this afternoon. The collision occurred at 1:13 pm on a level crossing near the Nandong cement factory between XinZuoying and Nanzi Stations. The local shuttle service #3198 train suffered serious impact damage to the front cabin and was derailed. Train traffic was blocked in both directions affecting 34 trains and an estimated 5,090 passengers by 5:00 pm. Single-line two-way

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Helicopter crashes during training exercise in Kaohsiung City

Five people walked away from a helicopter crash unharmed at Kaohsiung City’s Xiaogang International Airport this afternoon, April 7. At 3:35 pm, the National Airborne Service Corps AS-365 Dauphin helicopter suddenly fell onto the tarmac from an altitude of around 30 feet, according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. The aircraft and crew were taking part in emergency response training at the time, and practicing vertical take-off and landing. The aircraft hit the tarmac then landed on

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Firefighters spend two hours rescuing rabbit from roof, but criticized for lack of efficiency

Firefighters in Kaohsiung City faced a challenging mission after being called to rescue a pet rabbit trapped on an awning three floors high, Friday night. Not only did the firefighters have to deal with a rascally rabbit, the neighborhood warden kept shouting instructions, and making demands on the emergency responders, while complaining about their lack of efficiency. Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau received a report about the rabbit at around 8:00 pm, February 21, and firefighters arrived at the scene in

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One firefighter dead, 4 injured after collision in Kaohsiung City

A Kaohsiung City firefighter lost signs of life at the scene of an accident, and four others were injured, after a fire truck dispatched to the scene of a fire collided with a semi-trailer, last night, February 13. Five firefighters were aboard the fire truck, dispatched from the Fengxiang Fire Station to Dingpu Street in Fengshan District at around 10:00 pm when the accident occurred. Dash-cam footage provided by a witness to local media agencies showed the firetruck, with sirens

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Suspected bomber shot 3 times and arrested after 12-hour stand-off with police

A Kaohsiung City Police SWAT team officer today shot a suspect three times in a raid to take down a man suspected of planting an explosive device in Tainan City two days ago. At around 1:00pm Thursday, December 12, a suspicious bag, containing around four liters of liquid in two bottles, a quantity of white powder, wires, and a possible detonator or timer, was spotted against a wall of the Kuomintang (KMT/Chinese Nationalist Party) headquarters in Houbi District, Tainan City.

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19-year-old medical student on trial for acid-murder of 80-year-old man

A student of Kaohsiung Medical University faced the first day of trial proceedings, yesterday, October 9, for the murder of an 80-year-old man who died in a park last year after being shocked with a stun gun, and doused with hydrofluoric acid. On the morning of July 7, 2018, the 18-year-old student named Lin, on summer vacation between graduating from high school and starting medical studies, went to a pavilion in a park at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, to practice

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