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February 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Officials say two teenagers are in custody in connection with the jailbreak of a 17-year-old murder suspect from a juvenile detention center. The San Mateo County sheriff said Martin Villa Patino and Vanher Cho, both 18, helped push Josue Raul Orozco over a 10-foot concrete security wall Thursday night. Orozco escaped through the hole cut in a chain-link fence that surrounds the exercise area. Orozco was being tried as an adult for murder in connection with a drive-by shooting in Redwood City.
April 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now that didn't take long. A little over a week after Los Angeles Magazine broke the story of Yasiel Puig's harrowing escape from Cuba to become the Dodgers' star outfielder, the rights to the Jesse Katz article have been sold to Hollywood. And good luck casting that part. Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment made the purchase. Ratner is the director who gave Marvel possibly its worst movie, “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Purchase of the story was broken by The Hollywood Reporter , which, it should be noted, is owned by executives of Guggenheim Partners, which just happen to own the Dodgers.
September 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A 5-ton elephant escaped from a circus north of Mexico City and wandered onto a busy highway, where it was hit by a bus. Bus driver Tomas Lopez, 49, and the pachyderm were killed and at least four passengers were hospitalized after the accident in Ecatepec. State police and media said the elephant, named Indra, escaped from the Circo Union as its keeper arrived to feed it.
April 19, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
When she was 4, Doris Pilkington Garimara was uprooted from her home in western Australia and sent to a camp for "half-caste" aboriginals, where she grew up believing she had been abandoned and forgotten by her mother. Decades passed before she learned the full story - one that would not only answer painful questions about her past but help Australians understand one of the ugliest chapters in theirs. Pilkington Garimara and her mother belonged to "the stolen generations" - the estimated 100,000 children of mixed aboriginal and white ancestry who by government edict were snatched from their homes and reared in desolate settlements.
June 6, 1989 | From Reuters
An alleged Mafia boss on trial in the southern Calabria region has escaped while undergoing specialist treatment at a hospital, a judge said Monday. He said that Domenico Libri, 55, believed to be the head of a powerful clan of the Calabrian Mafia, escaped from police custody at the hospital in Busto Arsizio, 20 miles northwest of Milan, on June 2. Judge Salvatore Boemi made the announcement as he opened Monday's hearings of a trial here at which nearly 100 people, including Libri and his brother Pasquale, are charged with belonging to the criminal organization.
June 23, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Two escaped convicts from Michigan led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Bakersfield through Orange County to San Pedro before their car, reportedly stolen, ran out of gasoline this morning. The black Cadillac sped over Interstate 5 at speeds of up to 120 m.p.h. but cruised most of the way to Dana Point at about 70, Los Angeles Police Lt. Tom Scheidecker said. The pair then turned north on Pacific Coast Highway through the beach cities before the 180-mile chase ended about 3 a.m. It was only after the Cadillac ran out of gas that Los Angeles police officers discovered the pair had escaped from a prison in Pontiac, Mich.
June 3, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, Times Staff Writer
A confessed killer who escaped from a mental hospital in Canada was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for stealing handguns, ammunition and knives from a North Hollywood outdoor supply store. But authorities said they will ask U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service agents to deport Giovanni Fasciano, 27, before he begins his prison term. Fasciano has repeatedly admitted that in 1980 he killed his mother with an ax, according to court documents. Fasciano was arrested by Los Angeles police Sept.
April 10, 2005 | Vince Beiser, Vince Beiser last wrote for the magazine about a rabbi based in Tijuana.
There are a lot of stories about Billy Cottrell. They're pretty much all true, though the details sometimes get a bit exaggerated. Cottrell himself, now 24, likes to tell the one about how he escaped from the juvenile boot camp where his exasperated parents sent him when he was 14. It was way out in the Idaho desert, in the middle of winter, and the staff took away the teenagers' boots at night. One counselor bragged that the place was as escape-proof as prison. Just to prove him wrong, Cottrell bolted.
August 8, 1995
That third-strike prisoner who escaped from his cell in the L.A. County courthouse must have taken the new harsh law literally; three strikes and he's out. WILFRED COUZIN Laguna Niguel
June 27, 1989
Cincinnati Bengals' running back Ickey Woods escaped injury in a two-car collision in Fresno, but was cited for failing to stop at a red light. Police said drugs and alcohol were not involved.
April 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the publication day of a second magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba, the main subject of the story was smiling. “I feel normal,” Puig said in Spanish. “I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me.” Asked how he could remain focused in light of recent revelations about his past, Puig was about to start answering, only for a Dodgers staffer to prevent him from doing so. The next inquiry was also shut down by Roman Barinas, the Dodgers' manager of international scouting.
April 14, 2014 | From Times staff writers
The Dodgers and Major League Baseball declined to comment Monday about a magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba and the death threats the 23-year-old right fielder received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Through a team spokesman, Puig also declined to comment on the story, which is scheduled to run in the May issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Puig has never talked about how he left Cuba. The Dodgers and MLB wouldn't say what measures they have taken to ensure the safety of Puig and his teammates, though the club is known to have hired full-time security detail last year.
April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
April 11, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
ORLAND, Calif. -- Jonathan Gutierrez, 17, said he was eager to sit at the front of the charter bus that was going to shuttle him and other high school students from Los Angeles to Humboldt County on Thursday, but another student convinced him to sit in the back row. His change of heart may have saved his life. Gutierrez, a student at Banning High School, was one of the survivors of the deadly crash in Orland that claimed at least 10 lives. The 12-hour bus ride was for Los Angeles-area students accepted to Humboldt State University.
April 11, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
You don't have to travel all the way to East Africa to go on safari. Grab your binoculars and camera and scan the 50-mile-long Carrizo Plain National Monument for its array of wildlife. Carrizo Plain, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known as California's Serengeti, is the largest single native grassland remaining in the Golden State. It's home to the highest concentration of endangered species in California. Drive slowly on Soda Lake Road and search for herds of pronghorn antelope and Tule elk. The real challenge will be spotting rarer critters such as the blunt-nosed leopard lizard, San Joaquin kit fox, San Joaquin antelope ground squirrel and giant kangaroo rat. Don't ignore old fence posts either, favorite perches for raptors such as ferruginous and red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons and American kestrels.
April 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Almost as impressively as the Nashville Predators hovered around the net Friday, the Ducks circled around their beaten veteran goaltender Jonas Hiller after a 5-2 trouncing at Honda Center. Hiller, returning from a three-game hiatus that Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hoped would enhance the goalie's sharpness for the approaching Stanley Cup playoffs, gave up four first-period goals on nine shots. After a 14-game win streak from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12, Hiller is 6-8-3 since. SUMMARY: Nashville Predators 5, Ducks 2 He was replaced with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the period by the emerging rookie Frederik Andersen, who's gaining serious traction for playoff use with a 19-5 showing this season that included three consecutive wins in Hiller's absence.
June 29, 2008 | Steve Hymon
A well-known chimp named Moe -- whose owner was brutally attacked by two other chimapanzees held in captivity -- is missing from the wildlife facility where he lived, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Saturday. "I have a chimp missing. I don't know if he escaped or not," said Tom Betty, a supervisor with the department. Moe was believed to have escaped from the Jungle Exotics center, a wild animal rental business that caters to the movie and television industry.
April 10, 1989
Police in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania searched for 11 escaped prisoners who remained at large after separate jailbreaks. Officials in both states blamed the escapes on overcrowding and understaffing in outdated jails. Thirteen prisoners slipped away from the 173-year-old Norfolk County House of Corrections in Dedham, Mass., after sawing through a prison window bar Friday night. Seven have been recaptured. In New Castle, Pa., seven prisoners escaped the Lawrence County Jail on Saturday by cutting a hole in the metal ceiling of their cell.
April 4, 2014 | By Marc Stirdivant
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags; [805]
April 3, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
An inmate who escaped last month from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles was captured Wednesday night in Santa Monica, authorities said. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was taken into custody "without incident" after being identified by an informant outside the Pico Youth and Family Center near Pico and Lincoln boulevards, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Quiana Birckbeck said. Authorities said the Sheriff's Department contacted Santa Monica police, who apprehended Brown, and that Sheriff's Department detectives later transported him back to the Twin Towers facility from which he had escaped March 12 by posing as another inmate.
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