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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.
March 29, 2006 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Two more teenagers escaped from a Los Angeles County juvenile detention facility Tuesday, just as the county's chief probation officer promised tough action against employees responsible for a breakout from another juvenile center last week. A spokeswoman for the Probation Department, which runs the troubled county juvenile detention system, said the teenagers escaped from a classroom at Camp Afflerbaugh in the hills above La Verne.
March 25, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
One of four teenage prisoners who escaped from a Sylmar juvenile hall was recaptured Friday, but the others remained free, police said. The escapees, all 17 and gang members -- one convicted of attempted murder -- had been moved from a locked cell to a less secure room where they broke through wall paneling before daybreak Thursday. About 3 p.m.
March 22, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux and John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writers
Since last year, the city of Muqdadiya had not been considered especially vulnerable. There were shootings and bombings from time to time, but police would round up suspected rebels in nearby villages, as they did last weekend, and haul them to cells in the downtown courthouse. Then at dawn Tuesday, masked men came to break the detainees out.
March 7, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Yemeni forces have recaptured three Al Qaeda inmates who were part of a group that tunneled out of jail in the Arab country last month, a government official said. He gave no details on who they were. Last month, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said three other militants, part of a group of 23 inmates who broke out of jail, had surrendered to authorities. The fugitives include the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the U.S. warship Cole.
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