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California urged to keep ‘70s radical

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Pawlenty sent a letter Monday to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to prevent former 1970s radical and longtime fugitive Sara Jane Olson from returning to Minnesota to serve her parole.

Mr. Pawlenty urged Mr. Schwarzenegger, a fellow Republican, to consider the requests of the St. Paul Police Federation, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Los Angeles City Council to keep Olson in California after her release from prison Tuesday.

Olson, once known as Kathleen Soliah, has been serving time in California for her role in the attempted pipe-bombings of Los Angeles police officers and in a fatal bank robbery near Sacramento in the 1970s. She was arrested in 1999 after eluding law enforcement for more than two decades, during which she married and raised a family in St. Paul, acted in community theater productions and did charity work.

The police organizations, both of which have also made written requests to Mr. Schwarzenegger, hadopposed letting Olson spend her parole in Minnesota as she wishes. The groups say she should serve her sentence in the state where she committed the crimes.


Man pleads guilty to mail threats

AMARILLO — Federal prosecutors said a New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to mailing threatening letters containing suspicious powder to dozens of banks and federal offices across the country.

Prosecutors in Amarillo said Albuquerque resident Richard Leon Goyette pleaded guilty Monday to one count of issuing threats and false information and one count of making threats and hoaxes. Other counts against him were dropped.

Prosecutors said Goyette, 47, mailed letters from Amarillo to 52 offices and banks in 11 states and the District in October.

No one was injured and the powder was found to be calcium carbonate, a component of chalk.

Goyette faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

From wire dispatches and staff reports