Man who murdered, beheaded mother found not guilty: affected by drugs

A man who murdered and beheaded his mother before tossing her head from their 12th floor apartment in Taoyuan City was found not guilty by Taiwan’s High Court today, because he was affected by drugs at the time. On October 18, 2018, Liang Chong-ming stabbed his mother 37 times, cut off an arm and her head with a machete, then tossed the head into the courtyard of their gated community. Liang was arrested and found to be under the influence

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One worker dead, three injured after construction site ground collapse

A female worker’s body was recovered 13 hours after she was buried alive on a construction site in Taoyuan City yesterday afternoon, April 30. Four people were trapped after the ground collapsed at the site of an underground car park construction project in Pingzhen District shortly after 4:00 pm. Three of the trapped workers were rescued and two were treated for cuts and bruises, but a 62-year-old woman remained missing. Firefighters worked all night in a search and rescue operation

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Tesla catches fire after crash: driver dies

A Tesla Model 3 caught fire after hitting a traffic island and overturning in Taoyuan City in the early hours of the morning, April 1, killing the driver. Firefighters found the car ablaze when they arrived at the scene of the single-vehicle crash on Zhongzheng Road, Longtan District at around 12:30 am Wednesday morning. Details of the incident were widely reported today after one of the firefighters wrote a detailed Facebook post about the procedure of dealing with an AEV

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Female passenger dies after police fire at car during drunk-driver chase

Police in Taoyuan City shot at a car, accidentally hitting a woman sitting in the back seat, after the driver rammed a police vehicle, then drove at the officers last night, March 27. Officers from a police station in Bade District were on a routine patrol on Jieshou Road at around 11:40 pm when they spotted a suspected drunk driver, according reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News. The officers signaled the driver, a 48-year-old man named Wu (

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Sub-machine gun, pistols seized in Taoyuan City Casino raid

Police charged two men with weapons offences after guns were seized during a raid on an underground casino operating in Taoyuan City, December 1. Miaoli County, and Taoyuan City police units had been keeping a suspect known to be armed, and suspected of using a car wash and repair shop as a front for a casino, under observation since early October. On December 1, an ad-hoc team, including SWAT officers armed with MP5 submachine guns received a search warrant and

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Armed robbery foiled after pistol jams, security guards and customers disarm robber

An attempted armed robbery of an ATM cash box at a convenience store was foiled by security guards, and customers who came to their assistance, in Taoyuan City yesterday, November 27. A 38-year-old suspect, Liao Ming-zong, had been planning the robbery for the past two weeks, and had stolen a motorcycle, and purchased a modified pistol for the purpose. Liao and an accomplice named Huang arrived at the store on Wenhua Road in Guishan District at around 2:00pm, but Huang

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Government urged to speed up regulations on laughing gas after recent death caused by recreational use

The Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs was urged to speed up tightening regulations on the sale of nitrous oxide today, after a recent fatality related to its use as a recreational drug brought the issue to public attention. New Power Party legislator Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明), speaking to the Economics Committee of the Legislative Yuan urged the Industrial Development Bureau to not be idle on the task after fatality in Taoyuan City on November 11 was revealed

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Canadian given light sentence for cannabis cultivation

A Canadian cram school owner was sentenced to two years in prison, and will not be deported, after a court determined that he had grown for his own use, and was a conscientious and dedicated teacher of English. Mr Lee, 52, was arrested January 30, 2019, after a police search of a property in Longtan District, Taoyuan City turned up 163 marijuana plants under cultivation, 893 grams of dry cannabis, and related equipment. The police investigation found that Lee had

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Drunk Maserati driver killed after slamming into truck

A 38-year-old man was killed instantly when he slammed into a truck at high speed in Taoyuan City yesterday, September 17. Mr Lee was driving his Maserati sports car on Nantun Road in Luzhu District shortly after 4:00am, when a logistics truck pulled out of a depot and executed a left turn across an intersection. Traffic monitor footage showed Lee slamming into the side of the truck at full-speed, without applying the brakes. The Maserati was lodged under the truck,

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Police in standoff with armed gangsters holding hostages in Taoyuan City

Police have have blockaded streets around a car dealership next to the Taoyuan City Council building on Sanmin Road this evening, after two armed gangsters stormed the car yard, fired several shots, and took 9 people hostage. The siege began at around 7:00pm, and the men were said to be armed with handguns, rifles, and a grenade. The suspects are believed to be members of the Heavenly Way Alliance, belonging to a faction called the Justice League. The suspects are

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Two bus accidents in one day on one freeway leave 3 dead, 22 injured

Two traffic accidents involving tour buses on Taiwan’s National Freeway 1 resulted in three fatalities, and left at least 22 injured after separate incidents in Taoyuan City, and Changhua County, yesterday, June 10. In Taoyuan County, at the 51.4 kilometer mark southbound, a bus belonging to the Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport company crashed into the back of a flatbed semi-trailer at around 2:45pm. The driver of the bus lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was declared dead

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