Dad ordered to attendschool with truant son
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- As part of a crackdown on truancy, a father must attend classes with his fourth-grade son after the pupil reportedly missed 45 days of school.
Judge Robert Hutson ordered Carlos Ayala to accompany his son to Anaheim Elementary School before returning to court Feb. 20 for a progress hearing.
Ayala could face fines, probation and even jail time as a result of his son's habitual absence but charges could be dropped if the boy attends school.
Ayala, who works nights, was charged with one count of truancy because he is responsible for the boy's care during the day while his mother works, authorities said.
"Like any other kid, he just doesn't like school," Ayala said after the hearing Wednesday. "It's boring. But I tell him he has to go because it's the law."
The judge also ordered a 17-year-old girl to get back to her classes after she pleaded innocent to three counts of truancy. Authorities say she has missed more than 17 days of school at Anaheim's Gilbert East Continuation School.
The girl's parents, who are divorced, have not been charged.
Imprisoned mob bossfaces new charges
NEW YORK -- An imprisoned mob boss who dodged prosecution for nearly seven years by claiming mental illness has been indicted on new charges alleging he runs the powerful Genovese family from behind bars.
Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, 74, and Genovese members reportedly infiltrated the International Longshoremen's Association and ran extortion rackets against companies operating at piers in New York, New Jersey and Miami, Wednesday's indictment said.
"Vincent 'The Chin' Gigante is truly the boss of the Genovese crime family," said Barry Mawn, head of the FBI's New York office. "He is a 'hands on' leader who remains actively involved in the running of the organization."
Gigante's attorney, Michael Marinaccio, said he could not comment because he had not yet read the indictment. His client remains in a federal lockup in Fort Worth, Texas.
Gigante was dubbed "The Oddfather" for his habit of wandering New York City in a bathrobe and mumbling to himself. Authorities have long alleged that his behavior was a dodge to avoid prosecution.
Niagara Falls mullsno-wait weddings
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- Good news for couples who are just itching to get hitched in the nation's honeymoon capital.
A law pending in the New York Legislature would exempt Niagara Falls from the state's requirement that couples wait 24 hours after getting a marriage license to say "I do."
The idea is meant to tap into an underdeveloped market in a city that has seen better days.
"We were looking for ways to invigorate the economy in Niagara Falls and we researched a number of the industries that presently exist," said state Sen. Byron Brown, the bill's sponsor.
The notion of no-wait nuptials in the Falls is supported by tourism officials and a majority of the city council hoping to attract engaged couples and already-married ones looking to renew vows or take a second honeymoon.
Supporters of quickie weddings envision more job-generating chapels, along with kiosks where couples could buy marriage licenses after normal business hours and on weekends.
Judge: Hand over baby
BOSTON -- A judge on Wednesday ordered two members of a religious sect that rejects mainstream medicine to hand over their newborn to the state or go to jail.
Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice Janis M. Berry said David and Rebecca Corneau would remain free until at least Friday while they appeal her ruling.
Two newborns belonging to members of the sect -- including one of the Corneaus' other children -- have died. No one has been charged in the death of the Corneaus' son, but three sect members have been charged with starving the other baby to death.
The couple has refused to acknowledge they have had another child, but witnesses say Rebecca Corneau appeared pregnant several months ago. State officials believe the couple is hiding the baby so the state won't take custody.
The Corneaus' attorney, J.W. Carney, said he immediately filed an appeal of Berry's ruling. He said he worries the state will never allow the Corneaus to raise children because of their religious beliefs.
"The government doesn't even give the Corneaus a chance to care for their child," Carney said.