Nantou’s Biggest Marijuana Cultivation Operation in 20 Years Busted

Police raided a cannabis cultivation operation in a remote mountain district in Nantou County yesterday, and uncovered what they described as the biggest cultivation operation in 20 years. More than 500 plants were uprooted by investigators in what appeared in police videos to be steep, jungle-clad terrain. Along with the plants, 372 grams of seeds, and 176 grams of dried cannabis tops and leaves were taken as evidence. A 59 year-old man named Deng and his girlfriend were arrested. Deng

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16 Year-old Guns Down Two Men Outside Convenience Store

Two minors were arrested this morning after two men were gunned down as they exited a 7-11 convenience store in Zhushan Township, Nantou County, in the middle of the night. A convenience store clerk told police that two men entered the store and purchased beer after attending a temple fair nearby. As the men exited the store, six shots rang out. When the clerk went out to investigate, he found the two men laying in pools of blood. One had

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Driver Prosecuted over Fatal Bus Accident in Nantou County

The driver of a tour bus that crashed in Nantou County in October last year was prosecuted today, after an investigation determined that he had ignored warning indicators, and continued to drive downhill in high gear until the brakes finally failed, leading to one death, and 23 injured passengers. [See previous article: Bus Brakes Fail: 1 Dead, 23 Injured ] On October 24, 2017, the bus driver, Mr Lai (賴), was in charge of a tour bus carrying a group

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Gravel Truck Overturns on Rain-Damaged Road

A truck driver escaped with minor injuries after hitting a washed out section of road in Nantou County this morning. The accident happened at around 6:30am after heavy rain overwhelmed the drainage culvert, causing a cross-section of the road to wash out. The complete front wheel and axle assembly was ripped out from under the truck, which then overturned. The road is part of an 11.5 kilometer network built exclusively for the use of gravel trucks. The road was opened

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Driver Fighting for Life After Attempting to Speed through Intersection

The driver of a little blue truck was thrown out the window before his vehicle flipped and landed on top of him after a collision in Nantou County this morning. At around 6:00am, the traffic lights at the intersection of Nan’an Road and Zhongzheng Road in Puli township were not yet operational, and were flashing orange in one direction, meaning slow down, and red on the perpendicular, meaning stop and give way. According to traffic monitor footage, the 70 year-old

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Veterinarian Demonstrates How to Rescue Huntsman Spider from Sticky Rat Trap

A veterinarian at a wildlife first aid station in Nantou County yesterday, made painstaking efforts to rescue a huntsman spider from a sticky rat trap. Eventually, the Heteropoda venatoria, also known as the giant crab spider, or cane spider, was freed of its predicament using flour, salad oil, cotton swabs, and a lot of patience. The spider’s Chinese name (白額高腳蛛) refers to the prominent white streak on its forehead and white stripes on the legs. Spider expert Luo Yingyuan (羅英元)

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Pregnant Mum and Toddler Survive Crash and 50 Meter Plunge

A female driver crashed on a mountain road in Nantou County yesterday, slipping 50 meters into a valley. Fortunately, the 7-month pregnant woman and 2 year-old child suffered only superficial injuries, and were rescued more than two hours later. Ms Zhang, 40, was driving a Jeep with her 2 year-old daughter on board when the accident happened at around 5:00pm. Zhang had been on her way the local elementary school to pick up her children. When Zhang had failed to

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Murder Suspect Requests Quick Execution

A man arrested after 19 days on the run requested prosecutors have him executed as quickly as possible for having accidentally killed his own niece last month. On October 16, in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Wang, 60, was drunk and had an argument with one of his nieces about her noisy children. When another niece attempted to mediate, Wang shot her in the back. The bullet went through the 41 year-old woman’s heart and killed her. Wang then fled the

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Bus Brakes Fail: 1 Dead, 23 Injured

A tour coach carrying a group from a church in Tainan crashed on a mountain road in Nantou County this afternoon leaving one passenger dead and 23 people injured. The group from the Presbyterian Tainan Datong Christian Church had just visited Qingjing Farm and were on their way home on Provincial Highway 14 when the driver suddenly called out “brake failure” and crashed into a tree at around 3:00pm. According to reports including United Daily News, some passengers were thrown

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Police Rescue Man About to Be Buried Alive

Police in Nantou County yesterday found a man wrapped in a plastic bag with eyes glued shut in the trunk of a car during a drug search. The man told police that he was being taken to the mountains to be buried alive. Changhua criminal investigators working on a drug trafficking case went to Nantou County yesterday and waited outside a residential building ready to ambush two suspects named Huang and Chen. When the suspects appeared, police blocked their car

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Bungee Jumpers Banned

Local police and representatives of Nantou County Government showed up at a suspension bridge in Xinyi Township this morning to stop a bungee jumping event slated for today February 19. The authorities were informed by members of the public that bungee jumps from the bridge were planned for February 19 and March 5. However, the organizers had not obtained permission from the county government or relevant authorities. The Dongpu Suspension Bridge is the longest and highest in Taiwan, with a

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