Cops raid family funeral and issue fines after neighbors inform of illegal gathering

Police in Nantou County raided a funeral and issued fines to eleven family members, Saturday, June 5, after neighbors informed the police of an illegal gathering. Chen Zhiwen, deputy sub-director of the Puli Police Station said that police had received a report Saturday that “twenty to thirty” people had gathered in Guoxing Township, against epidemic alert Level 3 mandates that limit gatherings to a maximum of five people indoors, and 10 people outdoors. Police rushed to the scene to find

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Firefighters airlifted to central mountains, hike 5 hours to fight forest fire

A team of firefighters was flown to a landing point in a remote area of Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range, and faced a further 5-hour hike to reach a fire on Dashuiku Mountain today, May 16. Chiayi Forest Management Office dispatched the team after a fire was reported at around 4:00 am this morning from the Yushan (Mt Jade) Weather Station. As it would normally take three days to hike to the remote location, it was decided to dispatch a helicopter

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Lone hiker robbed, kidnapped, and dumped in remote area in Nantou County

A pleasant hike in a popular scenic area in Nantou County turned into a 12-hour ordeal when a man was confronted by two men, robbed, tied up, carjacked, and dumped a remote mountain area, Friday, March 19. According to reports, the 30-year-old man named Hsia, was resting in a pavilion on Jinlong Mountain in Yuchi Township at around 11:00 am when two men approached him, and demanded his money. Hsia was physically intimidated by the men, and forced to hand

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Driver in fatal bus crash charged, released on bail: suspected of speeding

The driver of a tour bus that crashed yesterday, leaving one dead, and 20 injured, was charged with professional negligence causing death, and professional negligence causing injury, and released on bail with a surety of NT$50,000 today, December 1. See previous article: One dead, 20 injured after bus crash on mountain road Investigators say that a preliminary investigation points to speed as being the likely cause of the crash. Liberty Times reported that the evidence gathered so far contradicts the

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One dead, 20 injured after bus crashes on mountain road

One man died, and twenty people were injured, after a bus crashed on a downhill section of road in a mountain district of Nantou County today, November 30. The 23 seater bus was carrying tourists from Kaohsiung City when it crashed near Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area in Ren’ai Township at around 12:30 pm. According to the 51-year-old driver, named Lin, the brakes on the bus failed, and as it gathered speed on the windy downhill section, Lin attempted to

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Two dead, two missing after “abnormal” water release at Taipower dam floods campsite

Search and rescue personnel found two bodies and are searching for two missing people, after five members of a camping group were washed away by a flash flood caused by an accidental release of water from a dam in Nantou County this morning, September 13. Staff at Taipower’s Daguan Power Plant said that a sluice gate on the Wujie Dam automatically opened at 4:12 pm for an unknown reason. Staff noticed the abnormality shortly after 5:00 am, and closed the

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Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County

Taichung City Police Department announced today that it had seized at total of 1,361 cannabis plants in what is considered to be the largest marijuana growing operation uncovered in the history of Taiwan law enforcement. According to police report, an investigation began in July this year after a dealer was arrested in Taichung City. Police investigators traced the source of the cannabis up several levels, implicating dealers in Kaohsiung City, and eventually leading to a suspect named Liu in Nantou

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Canadian student injured in bicycle fall at Sun Moon Lake

A female Canadian exchange student was rescued by firefighters after crashing down a 9 meter slope on a mountain road near Sun Moon Lake yesterday, May 9. The 20-year-old woman was riding with friends on rented bikes, when she left the road on a downhill curve and plummeted onto a concrete pump station platform, according to reports in Liberty Times, and United Daily News. Firefighters found the woman to be conscious but covered in bruises and lacerations to her face

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Junior high student dies after schoolmate throws knife

A junior high school student in Nantou County bled to death after a classmate threw a craft knife at him during an altercation, yesterday, March 20. Two male students, named Lee and Liu had just finished school, and were buying drinks at a tea stand in Shuili Township, when one of the students called the other by an offensive nickname, according to reports in United Daily News and China Times. In the ensuing altercation, Liu pulled out a craft knife

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Banana man outshines competition at Nantou County lantern festival

A 10-meter-tall rotating, singing rat that takes selfies complete with flashes and clicks every thirty minutes is the official central attraction at the Nantou Lantern Festival this year, but a lantern named “Banana Brother” is proving to be one of the most outstanding exhibits. The festival kicked off on January 18, spanning the Lunar New Year holidays, and running until February 9. Divided into 15 themed subject areas, the lanterns are arranged to illuminate various aspects of Nantou County, its

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Little girl found alive two hours after truck plunges into ravine, one dead, driver drunk

Firefighters pulled two men out of a wrecked truck, after it left the road and plunged 50 meters down a mountainside in Nantou County yesterday, while other rescue personnel searched for a 6-year-old girl who had fallen out of the vehicle. Witnesses called emergency services after seeing a loaded truck speeding downhill, then crashing through a guardrail on a bend at the 2 kilometer mark of the Hehuan Mountain section of Highway 14 at around 5:10 pm, Saturday, December 7.

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