- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Judge refuses to release Olson

SACRAMENTO — A judge has refused to free a 1970s radical and longtime fugitive who was sent back to prison days after state corrections officials released her by mistake.

Attorneys for former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sarah Jane Olson failed to show that corrections officials acted illegally, and Olson should have realized she was freed too soon, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cecil said in a ruling released yesterday.

Olson’s attorneys had argued that corrections officials had no authority to rearrest her after she was mistakenly paroled March 17 after six years in prison.

Olson, 61, pleaded guilty to the attempted bombing of Los Angeles police cars and to the killing of a customer during a 1975 bank robbery in suburban Sacramento. She lived as a fugitive in Minnesota for 25 years until her capture in 1999.


Teen wanted to kill Jesus, investigators say

FLORENCE — A South Carolina teen accused of plotting to blow up his high school told police that he wanted to die, go to heaven and kill Jesus, federal authorities said.

A dark portrait of Ryan Schallenberger emerged yesterday in a federal courtroom as prosecutors argued that the teen needs a psychological evaluation.

An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Mr. Schallenberger told a sheriff about his wish to die after his arrest. Prosecutors also played a 911 tape of the teen’s mother calling police after he smashed his head into a wall. She said on the tape that her son had threatened to shoot police if they were called to his home.

Authorities said the teen bought materials to make several bombs and had written a journal detailing his plans to attack Chesterfield High School.


Dog survives days trapped in rubble

BRECKENRIDGE — A dog was found alive and in relatively good shape after spending eight days trapped in the rubble of a building that exploded, critically injuring the pup’s owner.

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