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December 10, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours before he was killed, Nick Markowitz thought he was finally going home. It had been a strange, often scary two-day odyssey since a group of young men had snatched him off the street in his West Hills neighborhood and carted him up the coast to Santa Barbara, according to testimony before a Santa Barbara County grand jury released last week.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities say the killing on March 1, 1976, began after William Bradford Bishop Jr. learned he'd been passed over for a promotion at the State Department earlier in the day. Bishop had been receiving psychiatric care for depression and suffered from insomnia when, the FBI alleges, he took a hammer to his wife, mother and kids at their home in Bethesda, Md. His wife, Annette; his 68-year-old mother, Lobelia; and three sons - William Bradford III,...
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December 4, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After a week of searching through swampy, bug-swarming river bottoms, law officers hunting death row inmate Martin E. Gurule finally found their man Thursday--dead, beneath a bridge over the Trinity River near Huntsville, with tantalizing hints about how he'd made his way over the prison's two razor-wired security fences. The body of Gurule, 29, was swathed in cardboard and two sets of heavy underwear, according to officials.
OPINION
March 27, 2014 | By John Sandweg
President Obama recently directed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to examine U.S. immigration enforcement policies to see how the department can "conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law. " The answer to the president's directive is surprisingly simple: Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, known as ICE, should eliminate "non-criminal re-entrants and immigration fugitives" as a priority...
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December 20, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A woman with a pistol forced a chartered helicopter to land in a prison compound Thursday, scooped up a killer and two armed robbers and flew away 90 seconds later after a gunfight in which one guard was wounded. In a daring escape reminiscent of the Charles Bronson movie "Breakout," the overloaded chopper lumbered off the ground amid a rain of bullets and barely cleared the 12-foot-high fence around Perry Correctional Institution.
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July 28, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the Antelope Valley, where the Old West survives just beyond the peach walls of cookie-cutter subdivisions, sheriff's deputies have put a modern twist on the old practice of posting an outlaw's picture on the post office wall. Taking their cue from the "America's Most Wanted" television program, investigators broadcast photographs of the Antelope Valley's most wanted on a local cable station. The 30- to 60-second "AV's Most Wanted" airs every 70 minutes on Channel 15.
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July 27, 2010 | Richard Marosi
Jason Harrington, wanted on a battery charge in Alameda County, was caught after a chase across rooftops in the Baja California fishing village of San Felipe. Alleged child molester Father Joseph Briceno of Phoenix was handcuffed amid a crowd of parishioners in Mexicali. Tony "The Big Homie" Rodriguez, a Mexican Mafia boss from Indio, hurled threats after being hauled off a street corner by Mexican police posing as junkyard dealers. All three fugitives had a similar escape plan: Flee to Baja California and leave their troubles at the border.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Federal authorities say two of Medicare's most-wanted fugitives may be hiding out in Glendale. Healthcare investigators say Karo Gotti Blkhoyan, 32, and Anush Sahakyan, 29, set up a phony medical clinic in South Carolina from 2009 to 2010 and billed for $1.3 million in false claims. Medicare paid out more than $300,000. The pair, indicted last year on charges including healthcare fraud and money laundering, used the stolen identities of Medicare patients in California and New York, officials said.
NEWS
December 8, 1988 | United Press International
One of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives has been captured after a tip from a viewer who had seen the suspect on a television show about criminals. The FBI said Steven Ray Stout, 32, was arrested Tuesday by FBI agents and Gulfport police on charges of murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1992
Santa Monica police captured two fugitives, one a convicted murderer, hiding out in a Santa Monica hotel on Thursday, authorities said. Scott Franz, 28, and Richard Fennen, 39, escaped together from a New Jersey prison March 22, Santa Monica Police Sgt. Ray Cooper said. Franz was serving a sentence for murdering his parents in 1984. Fennen was serving a robbery sentence, Cooper said. New Jersey authorities warned police that the escapees could be headed their way, Cooper said.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Federal investigators say one of Medicare's most wanted fugitives , who was convicted in a $20-million fraud case, may be hiding out in the Los Angeles area. Authorities say Nuritsa Grigoryan fled last month after being found guilty for her role at a Glendale clinic where she was accused of posing as a doctor and writing prescriptions for pricey anti-psychotic medications. Investigators with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say the clinic often recruited homeless patients, used their information to bill Medicare and Medi-Cal for the drugs, and then resold the medications, such as Abilify, to rake in even more money.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO - U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came at the behest of the governments of Libya and Cyprus, the Pentagon said in a statement. “No one was hurt tonight when U.S. forces … boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory,” the statement said.
WORLD
February 27, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukraine's fugitive former president, Viktor Yanukovich, announced Thursday that he has turned to Russia for protection out of concern for his personal security and declared in a statement carried by Kremlin-influenced media that he remains the legitimate leader of Ukraine. Russia's RIA Novosti news agency quoted “anonymous government sources” as saying Yanukovich's appeal for asylum had been granted by Moscow and that he was “ currently on Russian territory .” Yanukovich said in the statement that he was forced to flee his homeland because of dangers posed by "extremists" who have taken power in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, Interfax, Itar-Tass and RIA Novosti reported.
WORLD
February 23, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson, Don Bartletti and Richard A. Serrano
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's biggest drug traffickers and Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, was captured Saturday in a joint U.S.-Mexican operation after more than a decade on the run, officials of both countries announced. Guzman was arrested by agents who burst into the seaside condominium in the Sinaloa resort of Mazatlan where he had moved just two days earlier. His capture was a huge symbolic blow to Mexican drug trafficking, a world in which he had reached folk hero status, and an important victory for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
A three-week-long manhunt across the West ended in Portland, Oregon on Friday evening with the arrest of a man who allegedly assaulted a woman and escaped from a police facility in Montana, officials said.  The fugitive, Kevin Anthony Briggs, 28, is believed to have spent part of that time hiding out in northern California, authorities said. Briggs was originally arrested in Bozeman, Montana on Feb. 1, but escaped from a police interview room there, authorities said. A manhunt for him was launched and he was described as armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Tony Perry
A convicted felon and registered sex offender wanted for alleged assaults remained on the loose Friday and may be hiding in Southern California on his way to Mexico, federal authorities warned. Kevin Anthony Briggs was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., on Feb. 1 on suspicion of assaulting a woman and a police officer but escaped, the FBI said. At the time, Briggs was on probation for illegal sexual intercourse, kidnapping and burglary. He was a college student studying chemical engineering.
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November 8, 1989 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Captured fugitive Christopher Rambert, whose escape from prison touched off a nationwide manhunt that was featured on the television show "America's Most Wanted," waived his right to fight extradition to Massachusetts on Tuesday, where he faces life in prison for rape and assault. The FBI and the West Covina police captured Rambert without incident Saturday as he slept in the Comfort Inn on Garvey Avenue. Authorities found a loaded semiautomatic pistol in his room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1991
An ex-member of the Guatemalan army's presidential guard wanted in the slaying of a social scientist who studied victims of military violence was arrested in Long Beach, immigration officials said this week. Noel de Jesus Beteta, 26, was arrested Friday and turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, said John Brechtel, an assistant INS Los Angeles district director. Deportation proceedings were pending, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A convicted sex offender from Montana who escaped after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and a police officer, may be hiding in Southern California, the FBI said Thursday. Kevin Briggs was arrested in Bozeman, Mont., on Feb. 1 on suspicion of assaulting a woman and a police officer but escaped, the FBI said. At the time, Briggs was on probation for illegal sexual intercouse, kidnapping and burglary. He was also a college student studying chemical engineering.
WORLD
February 17, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CARACAS, Venezuela - An opposition leader being hunted by authorities on homicide charges announced plans to lead a protest march Tuesday and then turn himself in to police. Leopoldo Lopez, a former Caracas borough mayor, denies the criminal accusation made by President Nicolas Maduro, who is facing increasing criticism over his handling of the economy. The government is blaming Lopez and other opposition leaders for inciting violence among antigovernment marchers that left three dead and scores injured last week.
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