October 28, 1993 |
Loc Thien Ho wrote about his experiences in Vietnam and escape to America as part of a school assignment when he was a junior at Santiago High in Garden Grove. Ho prepared this account with the help of Jesse Cook, a sophomore at Santiago. I was born in Vietnam in 1976. The previous year, on April 30, the North Vietnamese tanks drove into Saigon. Hanoi, the communist capital, quickly imposed a Lenin-Stalinist dictatorship on all of Vietnam. The communist regime began confiscating our property and put my whole family on trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2008 |
A 53-year-old wife and mother who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1976 is facing extradition after being arrested at her upscale home in San Diego, officials said Wednesday. Susan Lefevre, sentenced in 1975 to 10 to 20 years in prison on drug charges, was living as Marie Walsh in the Carmel Valley neighborhood, the U.S. marshal's office said. A tipster had alerted Michigan officials to Lefevre's whereabouts. Her identity was confirmed through the thumbprint on her driver's license.
June 7, 2009 |
A nearly 14-hour standoff on a ranch ended with the arrest of two men who escaped from a rural Alabama prison more than 1,200 miles away, a federal law enforcement official said. Joshua Southwick, 26, and Ashton Mink, 22, were apprehended after two shootouts with North Dakota law enforcement, nearly two weeks after their escape from the Perry County Detention Center in Uniontown, Ala. Also taken into custody were two women who authorities said helped the men escape -- Mink's sister and wife, Angela Diana Mink and Jacquelin Rae Kennamer Mink, both 25. The four had eluded law enforcement in at least seven states until a robbery at a video store in North Dakota around midnight Friday.
September 10, 2008 |
A San Diego woman who escaped from a Michigan prison more than 30 years ago and remade her life as a suburban mother pleaded guilty to escape after a judge said he would give her probation. Susan LeFevre, 53, was in court for a routine hearing on the escape charge. But that changed after the unexpected offer from Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend, defense attorney William Swor said. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. LeFevre must serve at least 5 1/2 years on the drug charge that led to her original sentence before a chance at parole.
July 1, 2005
Re "A Penny Exposes Jail's Weak Points," June 28: When Francisco Puemas used a penny to make his escape from jail you could certainly say that he got his money's worth! Donald J. Crowell Huntington Beach
September 30, 2001
I was sad to read that writer Gary Polakovic found the Paradise Cafe "disappointing" ("Santa Barbara, Naturally," Weekend Escape, Sept. 9). I have lived in Santa Barbara for 53 years, and if asked where to go for dinner, I would respond "the Paradise." My wife and I have found no place that compares. ED HERON Santa Barbara