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August 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Union leader Carlos Ortega escaped from a military prison where he was serving a sentence of nearly 16 years for rebellion, the attorney general said. Ortega, president of the Confederation of Venezuelan Workers, led a two-month general strike in 2002 that nearly shuttered the nation's vital oil industry in an effort to oust President Hugo Chavez.
July 9, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Seven terrorism suspects escaped from a prison in the Saudi capital, a rarity in the tightly controlled kingdom. The Interior Ministry described the fugitives as religious extremists and said they had been arrested separately during the last year. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the six Saudis and one Yemeni had escaped from Malaz, one of the main prisons in Riyadh. Authorities warned citizens against providing the seven shelter or any other assistance.
June 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two people were arraigned Thursday in Superior Court on charges of helping three inmates to escape April 23 from the county jail in Otay Mesa. Leticia Gonzalez, 46, and attorney Benjamin Sanchez, 68, pleaded not guilty. Gonzalez is the mother of Joe Morales, one of the escapees; Sanchez represented another, Mark Estrada. Morales, 24, charged with murder, and George Munoz, 31, charged with child molestation, are still at large.
June 6, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor of Greece's largest prison and three guards were suspended after two convicts escaped on a helicopter hijacked by a suspected bank robber, officials said. Justice Minister Anastasios Papaligouras accused officials at the maximum-security Korydallos Prison, west of Athens, of "lack of professionalism" leading to Sunday's breakout. Police have launched a search for Nikos Palaiokostas, 46, who with an unidentified accomplice allegedly forced the pilot to fly to the prison.
June 6, 2006 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
Richard Lee McNair's job in the prison factory was mending U.S. mailbags. Thousands of the leather pouches were routinely delivered to the shop at the federal maximum-security penitentiary here, and the middle-aged convict worked quietly each day, helping to stitch them back up. Once the bags were refurbished, they were stacked on pallets, hundreds in a pile. McNair watched for four months as forklifts scooped up the pallets and hauled them to a warehouse just outside the prison walls.
April 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One of three inmates who escaped from a county jail in Otay Mesa has been captured without incident, officials said Sunday. Mark Estrada, 18, who was being held on murder and attempted murder charges, was spotted by Border Patrol agents using night-vision equipment about 2 a.m. Sunday. He was hiding in a canyon near the jail, officials said. Still at large are George Munoz, 31, being held on charges of child molestation; and Joe Morales, 24, held on charges of murder.
April 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Yemeni member of Al Qaeda who was among 23 convicts who escaped from a prison here this year has surrendered to authorities, security officials said Sunday. Khaled Mohammed Abdullah Batati turned himself in during the last two days, a security source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
April 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities have captured two more teenage offenders who had escaped from Probation Department custody last month, an official said Wednesday. Isaiah Walker, convicted of attempted murder in adult court, was among four gang members who broke out of Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar on March 23. The other teen, who was not named, escaped from custody March 29. The two are among eight who recently escaped. Two Nidorf escapees remain at large.
April 4, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Los Angeles County authorities have captured one of two teenage girls who escaped from Probation Department custody while having tattoos removed last week, officials said Monday. The escapes came after two boys also ran from a probation camp last week and four gang members broke out of a San Fernando Valley juvenile hall the week before. Four of the eight escapees -- the other teenage girl and three of the inmates from Barry J.
March 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities Thursday apprehended a second teenager who escaped from a county probation camp this week, the Probation Department reported. The teen and another youth broke out of Camp Afflerbaugh in the hills above the San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday. The other escapee was caught Wednesday. Over the last week, eight teenage inmates have escaped while under the supervision of the Probation Department, which runs the county's juvenile detention system. As of Thursday, five remained at large.
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