- - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

REGION

Two-dad birth certificate case denied by high court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied without comment a petition to consider the case of two Louisiana men who want their names on a birth certificate for their Louisiana-born son, whom they adopted in New York.

In April, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that Louisiana, which does not recognize gay marriage and only permits married couples to jointly adopt, did not have to reissue a birth certificate naming Oren Adar and Mickey Smith as the boy’s parents.

Traditional-values groups hailed the circuit court’s en banc decision, saying it reinforced states rights’ to uphold the mother-father archetype in their family laws.

Lambda Legal attorneys, who asked the high court to review Adar versus Smith, expressed disappointment with the denial, but said they would urge Louisiana lawmakers to pass laws to recognize and protect gay families.

FLORIDA

Casey Anthony lawyer subject of bar complaints

ORLANDO — The attorney who represented Casey Anthony is the subject of two complaints to the Florida Bar stemming from the case.

Bar officials said Tuesday that the complaints against lawyer Jose Baez have gone to a grievance committee. Bar attorneys previously concluded there was enough evidence of a possible violation to warrant further investigation.

The exact nature of the complaints and who filed them is not made public unless the committee makes a probable cause finding. There are a wide range of possible punishments.

Miss Anthony was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in July. She is now serving probation on an unrelated charge.

ILLINOIS

3 teens charged in deaths of friend’s parents

BRIDGEVIEW — Weeks after a suburban Chicago teen was charged in the brutal slaying of his parents, authorities announced Tuesday that they charged three of his friends in what they now say was a months-long plot to rob and kill the couple.

High school senior John Granat, 17, was charged with first-degree murder Sept. 13, two days after his parents, John Granat, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found dead, all but unrecognizable, in their Palos Park bedroom. The walls, ceiling and floor were splattered with blood.

On Sunday investigators started interviewing Christopher Wyma, 17, Mohammad Salahat, 17, and Ehab Qasem, 19. The three quickly gave detailed, videotaped confessions, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said, and led investigators to where they had hidden a knife, baseball bats, bloody clothing and cash taken from the victims. The three are charged with first-degree murder and Cook County Judge Peter Felice denied them bail during a Tuesday bond court appearance.

MISSOURI

Cistern search finds nothing in missing-baby case

KANSAS CITY — Police say a search of a cistern under a deck at a vacant Kansas City home turned up no signs of a 10-month-old girl who has been missing for a week.

Kansas City firefighters took turns Tuesday being lowered into a 40-foot cistern at a home five blocks from where Lisa Irwin went missing Oct. 4. But officials say the three-hour search came up empty.

Lisa’s parents reported her missing after her father returned home from work around 4 a.m. Oct. 4. Her parents said someone must have crept into their home while the child’s mother and brothers slept and snatched the girl.

Police say they have no suspects and have found no evidence despite an intense hunt by hundreds of investigators from local, state and federal agencies.

PENNSYLVANIA

1884 steam vehicle sold at auction for $4.62M

HERSHEY — An 1884 French-built steam runabout, billed as the world’s oldest running family car, has sold in Hershey for $4.62 million, about double the amount auctioneers expected.

The de Deon Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout sold Friday at the annual RM Auctions Inc. sale to an undisclosed buyer, said Tyler Castle, the Blenheim, Ontario-based company’s client services coordinator.

The auctioneer said there are older running vehicles, and some older cars that possibly could be made to run again, but “La Marquise,” as it’s known, is one of the world’s most important collectible cars.

Pre-auction estimates had put the value at $2 million to $2.5 million.

It seats four, has a top speed of 38 mph and requires about 45 minutes to get pressure in the boilers sufficient to operate. A brass plate documents mandatory boiler inspections in 1889, 1894 and 1899.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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