Scotsman Wanted in Taiwan Remains in Custody After Bail Request

A British man wanted in Taiwan after being convicted and sentenced for a fatal drunk driving accident remains in custody in Scotland after a high court judge deferred a decision August 25, 2016. Zain Dean was accused of hitting and killing a newspaper delivery man in Taipei City in the early hours of March 27, 2010, and fleeing from the scene of the accident. After long and protracted legal proceedings, Mr Dean was convicted and sentenced to a four year

Read more

Pokemon GO Players Jam Streets in Taipei City: Residents Complain

Residents complained after being unable to drive to or from their homes due to a crowd of thousands of Pokemon GO players that gathered in the Beitou District of Taipei City today. Several cars were seen in the middle of the street, unable to move in the shoulder to shoulder crowd, and one driver complained that he had been stuck in his car for 30 minutes. He said that the car was constantly shaking as people bumped into it on

Read more

Three Typhoons At Once: Watch Out Japan

Three typhoons have formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and are all located near Japan. Two of the tropical storms have north to north-western trajectories and are expected to make landfall on Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands. A third cyclone is tracking south-west on a path parallel to the coast.

Read more

Zombie Horde Brings Traffic to a Standstill in Beitou: Police Issue 69 Fines

Police were dispatched after a horde of people playing Pokemon-Go invaded an area around the public library in Beitou District, New Taipei City. A crowd of people, eyes-glued-to-phone, shuffled around in a throng, sliding fingers on screens until traffic was blocked. Police were called to clear the road and direct traffic.

Read more

Man Charged with Homicide After Road Rage Murder

The driver of a car who had claimed he hit a motorcycle by accident was charged with murder today after police found he had aggressively chased the motorcyclist for two kilometers before hitting the motorcycle from behind. The driver of the car, surnamed Wu, 39 years-old, called an ambulance after the motorcycle he hit went down and the rider smashed into a concrete utility pole. The motorcyclist, surnamed Huang, 42 years-old, died of internal injuries at the scene. Police became

Read more

Man Surrenders to Police After Firing M15 Assault Rifle

Workers and residents in an industrial area in Tainan were on edge yesterday after hearing a series of shots coming from an abandoned factory yard across from the Anping Fish Market. Police investigators found 20 high caliber rounds had been fired into the door of a shipping container. The investigators considered it a serious case, and by this morning had identified a suspect after accessing CCTV footage and identifying a vehicle and license plate. At around 10:00am, the suspect walked

Read more

Cat Killer Beaten after Being Released on Bail:

Chaos reigned outside Taipei District Court today when angry animal lovers attacked a man emerging from the court after being charged with animal cruelty offenses. Police officers and court bailiffs struggled against a crowd of about 50 people as they led Chen Haoyang to a waiting car. The self-confessed cat killer was punched, kicked, and had his hair pulled during the 5 minute scuffle. A man in a black t-shirt put his forearm around Chen’s throat and tried to gouge

Read more

Army Tank Falls off Bridge: 3 Dead, 1 Injured

An ROC Army CM11 ‘Brave Tiger’ tank went over the side of a bridge and landed upside down in a stream this morning, trapping four people inside. Three of the trapped soldiers died while one was rushed to hospital after his heartbeat was restored by CPR. The accident happened at around 10:30am during the ROC military’s annual Han Kuang Exercise in Pingtung County near Hengchun. The trapped soldiers couldn’t be reached until 11:38am. Two of the three hatches were submerged,

Read more

Driver Crushed by Falling Boulder

The driver of cement truck was killed instantly when a large rock crushed the cabin of his vehicle in Nantou County this morning. The truck was carrying cement for maintenance work on the mountain road when the accident happened at around 10:30am approximately 18 kilometers from Xinyi Township. The driver was a 62 year-old male.

Read more

President to Visit Orchid Island Tomorrow: Nuclear Waste Issue and Transitional Justice

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Orchid Island tomorrow, August 15, to confer with residents about a range of issues including the issue of nuclear waste currently stored on the island. A Presidential Palace spokesperson said the president will offer an apology in person to the aboriginal residents for past transgressions. President Tsai apologized to the nation’s indigenous peoples in a formal speech at the Presidential Palace August 1, 2016. In the speech, the president made specific reference to the

Read more

Taiwan Tour Group Hit by Landslide: One Dead

A bus carrying a tour group from Taiwan was hit by a landslide in Fujian Province, China, this morning August 13. Twenty-two of the 23 people on board managed to escape through an emergency exit in the roof. A middle-aged Taiwanese woman died at the scene, and 12 are injured, including 2 seriously. At 10:43am this morning, the bus was traveling through Yongding District when the landslide caused by heavy rains hit the bus and flipped it over. Local villagers

Read more