- - Monday, August 1, 2011

FLORIDA

Casey Anthony ordered to report for probation

ORLANDO — Casey Anthony, whose whereabouts has been a secret since her dramatic murder acquittal last month, may have to report to a probation officer in central Florida this week under a judge’s order Monday in another case against her.

The Orlando judge who sentenced Ms. Anthony last year for fraudulent check writing signed a “corrected” version of Ms. Anthony’s probation order that made clear she was supposed to start the one-year term after her release from jail, not while she was detained waiting for her murder trial.

Her attorneys are likely to challenge the revised order. One of them, Cheney Mason, didn’t return a phone call for comment, and another attorney, Jose Baez, didn’t respond to an email.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland inserted the words “the defendant is to report to Probation upon release” for each of the seven counts of check-writing fraud to which Ms. Anthony pleaded guilty in January 2010. The judge also added the words, “nunc pro tunc,” a legal term that means something is granted retroactively.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Missing girl’s body found in river near home

STEWARTSTOWN — The body of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared almost a week ago was discovered Monday in a river less than a half-mile from her home, and authorities said they considered her death suspicious.

Celina Cass was reported missing July 26. New Hampshire and Game divers found her body late Monday morning near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between her hometown of Stewartstown and Canaan, Vt., ending a massive search, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said. The body was recovered from the river Monday evening.

Authorities had said that Celina, who lived with her elder sister, mother and stepfather a mile from the Canadian border, was last seen at her home computer about 9 p.m. on July 25 and was gone the next morning. Police said there was no sign of a struggle, and there was no indication she ran away or that someone took her.

Ms. Young declined to say whether there were any suspects in the girl’s death.

NORTH CAROLINA

Compensation recommended for sterilization victims

RALEIGH — A task force investigating the forced sterilization of about 7,600 people in North Carolina said in a draft report Monday that survivors should receive money as compensation.

Figures ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 have been recommended for the 3,000 victims who are still alive, but the eugenics task force said it needs more time to consider those and other amounts. Any compensation should be exempt from state taxes, the report said.

Panel members also want to consider a request that victims’ estates be eligible for compensation.

A spokeswoman said the governor had no comment.

PENNSYLVANIA

Tug pilot pleads guilty in duck boat crash

PHILADELPHIA — A tugboat pilot who was consumed by a family emergency when the barge he was steering crashed into a stalled duck boat filled with tourists, killing two Hungarian students, pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter.

Matt Devlin was preoccupied by news that his 5-year-old son had suffered life-threatening complications during routine eye surgery while piloting the tug up the Delaware River in Philadelphia last summer, investigators said. Devlin, 35, was charged with misconduct of a ship operator causing death, a maritime offense that authorities describe as the equivalent of involuntary manslaughter.

He faces 37 to 46 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

RHODE ISLAND

Cash-strapped city files for bankruptcy

CENTRAL FALLS — The state-appointed receiver overseeing the state’s cash-strapped Central Falls on Monday filed for bankruptcy on the city’s behalf in an effort to help it get back on its feet.

Receiver Robert G. Flanders described the step as one of last resort after city taxes had been raised and services cut “to the bone,” and after municipal retirees and current workers failed to agree on deep, but voluntary, cuts to their pensions and benefits.

Mr. Flanders earlier indicated that seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court, a rare step for a municipality, might be the only option without major concessions from retirees and union groups. Retirees, for instance, were asked to take cuts of up to 50 percent to their pensions and to contribute sizable amounts to their health care benefits. Twelve of 141 retirees agreed to Mr. Flanders’ proposal before the Thursday deadline, and of those 12, nine would not have had their pensions reduced.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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