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Minnesota news in brief at 8:58 p.m. CDT

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Official says administrative error led to early release of Olson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just days after her release on parole, former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson was headed back to prison Saturday to serve at least one more year after what corrections officials called an "administrative error" resulted in her early release.

Criticism that followed Olson’s release Monday spurred a thorough review of her sentence and the timing of her parole, Chief Deputy Secretary Scott Kernan said at a news conference. Officials discovered a 2004 miscalculation that resulted in the former Symbionese Liberation Army member being released a year too early, he said.


Olson, 61, was intercepted at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday night and told her right to leave the state had been rescinded. She was sent to stay with family in Palmdale, Kernan said.

On Saturday, a warrant for her arrest was issued and she was taken into custody without incident.

She will be returned to the same prison in Central California that she walked out of Monday and will not be eligible for release until March 17, 2009, Kernan said.

——— Former SLA member Olson back in custody of Dept. of Corrections

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson was back in the custody of the California Department of Corrections on Saturday just days after she was freed on parole from a Central California prison.

Spokeswoman Terry Thornton would give no details as to why Olson was detained, but said there have been "a lot of developments" in the case.

Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, was detained Friday night between 11 p.m. and midnight at Los Angeles International Airport, airport spokeswoman Treva Miller told the Sacramento Bee.

Olson spent six years in prison for trying to bomb Los Angeles police cars in the 1970s and was released from the state prison in Chowchilla on Monday.


Olson was sentenced in 2001 to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty in the attempted police car bombings in 1975 for the Symbionese Liberation Army, the urban guerrilla group that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.

——— Minnesota goes to OT, again, in beating Colorado College

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mike Hoeffel’s overtime goal, his second goal of the game, lifted Minnesota to a 2-1 win over Colorado College on Friday and into the WCHA Final Five championship.

The Gophers picked up the win when a centering pass by Hoeffel from a deep angle glanced off the back of defenseman Nate Prosser and past goaltender Richard Bachman, sending most of the 16,967 fans at the Xcel Energy Center into a frenzy. It was the Gophers fourth overtime game in five games.

The Gophers, who got 37 saves from Alex Kangas, play Denver for the tournament title Saturday night. The Pioneers advanced to the final by beating North Dakota 3-1 in Friday’s opening semifinal.

Colorado College broke out early in the second period on a power-play goal by Andreas Vlassopoulos, who slapped the puck past Kangas during a scrum in front of the crease. The Gophers answered 59 seconds later when Hoeffel one-timed a pass from Jay Barriball and went top shelf on Bachman.

Minnesota managed to escape the first period unscathed despite allowing 20 shots by Colorado College, which also had three power-play opportunities.

——— After scary head injury, Gopher hockey player returns home


RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gophers hockey player Tom Pohl is home in Red Wing after a week in the hospital to treat a serious head injury.

Pohl left the St. Marys Hospital in Rochester on Friday. The senior was hospitalized last weekend with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. The injury was sustained in Sunday’s overtime victory over Minnesota State, Mankato in the WCHA playoffs.

Jim Pohl, Tom Pohl’s father, said his son had to have "life-saving surgery."

He spent most of the week at St. Marys before being discharged on Friday, and the family drove through a spring snow storm to get him home.

"We drove home in a Good Friday blizzard," Jim Pohl said. "It was a great Friday. It’s really nice to have Tom home."

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