Italian man handed 2-year prison term, deportation for attempted robbery

An unemployed Italian man who attempted to rob a convenience store in New Taipei City in August this year, was sentenced to two years in prison, to be followed by deportation, Liberty Times reported today, November 29. See previous story: Italian man arrested, charged for attempted robbery of convenience store in New Taipei City The New Taipei City District Court heard that G.M Bruno walked into a convenience store in Tucheng District wearing a motorcycle helmet and a raincoat at

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Suspect cannabis grower claims 467 plants were for his own use

A man told police that 467 marijuana plants growing on two New Taipei City properties were for his own use, but investigators are not buying his claim. Police began an investigation recently after residents reported a suspicious smell coming from a house in Tamsui District. Investigators suspected the smell was marijuana and applied for a search warrant. Yesterday afternoon, October 15, police raided the property and arrested a 43-year-old man named Liao after finding 120 cannabis plants in the house.

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Gravel truck crash flattens car: family survive with minor injuries

A family of three were taken to hospital with only “minor physical contusions” after a driver lost control of his gravel truck in wet road conditions and crashed into their SUV in New Taipei City today, Sunday, September 20. A 44-year-old man named Chen, his 39-year-old wife, and their 13-year-old son were left trapped in the severely deformed vehicle after the skidding gravel truck, driven by a 52-year-old man named Lee, slammed into them on Provincial Highway 64 at around

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Italian man arrested, charged for attempted robbery of convenience store in New Taipei City

An Italian national was arrested in Banqiao District yesterday, Sunday, August 23, after an investigation into an attempted robbery in Tucheng District, Friday. At around 9:30 pm, August 21, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet, a surgical mask, and a black jacket, walked into a convenience store on on Yumin Road in Tucheng District. The man stood in front of the cash register and remained silent. When the 20-year-old female clerk asked the man what he wanted, he took out

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Unexploded military bombs destroyed on-site off coast of New Taipei City

Navy divers set explosive charges and destroyed a cache of 13 unexploded military bombs off the coast of New Taipei City this morning. The bombs were first spotted by a recreational diver on July 20, and a search of the area by navy divers July 21 located a total of 13 bombs. Although the age and condition of the military ordnance made them difficult to identify, they are believed to be from World War II. The area was cordoned off

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Bus crash on Freeway leaves 1 dead, 18 injured in New Taipei City

One person died and 18 were injured after a tour bus slammed into the back of an intercity bus on National Freeway 3 this morning in New Taipei City. According to police preliminary investigations, the driver was not paying attention to traffic conditions in front when it crashed into vehicles backed up in the outer southbound lanes at the Xintai Interchange at around 8:30 am. The tour bus, an intercity bus, a sedan, and a small truck were damaged in

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Cache of unexploded military bombs found in New Taipei City coastal waters

A popular scuba diving location has been sealed off after 13 unexploded bombs were identified by military divers in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District today, July 21. Coast Guard personnel first sealed off the area yesterday after a recreational scuba diver reported finding a large unexploded military bomb yesterday afternoon at Mao’ao Bay at around 3:00 pm. Military divers began a search of the area at around 9:00 am this morning, and by 2:45 pm had identified 13 large pieces

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One dead, three injured after underage, unlicensed rider runs red light and T-bones police car

A 16-year-old boy riding a scooter died, and three people were injured, after the unlicensed rider ran a red light and hit a police car in the early hours of this morning in Sanxia District, New Taipei City. The teenage rider, named Chen lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was later declared dead at the hospital. A pillion passenger named Su suffered a broken arm, and the two police officers in the patrol car, officers Sun

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Child survives fall from roof of 14-storey building

An eight-year-old girl fell from the roof of a 14-storey building, then managed to get back to her home on the sixth floor to ask for help in Banqiao District, New Taipei City, yesterday, May 13. According to reports, after getting home from school, the girl and her sister went to the roof of the building to play. The older sister went back to the apartment and left the eight-year-old alone on the roof. The younger girl was riding her

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Hot weather, low oxygen causes fish kills in Taipei rivers

Hot weather and low levels of dissolved oxygen have caused fish to die in their thousands in the rivers of Greater Taipei, according the Taipei City and New Taipei City environmental protection bureaus. The EPAs tested water and found no evidence of toxicity or pollution, but oxygen levels of 2.47 mg/l. Continuous hot weather and lack of rain has caused levels of dissolved oxygen in the rivers to drop, according to inspectors. Fish kills have been reported in the Dahan,

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Driver-less electric buses to begin testing in New Taipei City

Driver-less electric buses will begin plying a 1.2 kilometer route in Tamsui District, New Taipei City tomorrow, April 24, but passengers will not be allowed on board for the first month. Road markings and signage has been completed and the road test will be launched to collect operational information and public opinions. After the first month of testing, a further 6-month-long testing period with passengers will begin. The trial route will connect Tamsui Light Rail Kanding Station with New Square

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