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Mom abused son, forced him to smoke crack

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police have charged a Pittsburgh woman after they say she physically abused her 5-year-old son, left him alone for extended periods of time and forced him to smoke crack cocaine.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Pittsburgh police obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for 39-year-old Rochelle Daniels on charges including endangering the welfare of children and simple assault.

Police say the boy’s aunt brought him to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Sept. 5 after the child said his mother gave him something to smoke that investigators believe was a crack pipe.

The child has been in the custody of his aunt since Aug. 27 after Daniels left him at a home in Crafton Heights and never returned.

New pollution rules threaten 350 jobs

JOHNSTOWN (AP) — A western Pennsylvania dairy says new federal water pollution rules are threatening to shut down the 350-worker operation.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat says Galliker’s Dairy has asked the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority how to respond to a letter from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA says wastewater from the dairy can contain only slightly more than half of the organic compounds than Galliker is accustomed to releasing.

The compounds include proteins, fats and carbohydrates that can rob rivers of oxygen and create too much ammonia in the water, among other problems.

Officials at Johnstown’s Dornick Point sewage plant say they have the capacity to treat Galliker’s wastewater even under the old standards.

The redevelopment authority and the dairy plan to ask the EPA and members of Congress for other solutions.

Prosecutor: Company dumped evidence

WILKES-BARRE (AP) — A prosecutor says a towing company has destroyed a key piece of evidence against a Pennsylvania woman accused of trying to kill herself and her two young children with vehicle exhaust.

Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told a judge Tuesday that Melissa Scholl’s car was destroyed by Act Truck and Trailer of Wilkes-Barre, which was supposed to maintain the impounded vehicle. A man who answered the company’s phone Wednesday declined to comment.

Scholl’s attorney wants a judge to dismiss the charges. A hose was found running from the car to its exhaust last December, but the attorney says Scholl never started the vehicle. He says an onboard computer that could prove that no longer exists.

The judge gave both attorneys 10 days to submit more information.

Clean getaway: Police seek detergent thief

HERSHEY (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police are hoping to prevent a detergent thief from making a clean getaway.

Troopers say an unidentified man loaded up his shopping cart with more than a dozen 150-ounce bottles of laundry detergent early Tuesday then left the Giant Food Store in South Hanover Township without paying. Police say the man drove away in a dark gray sport-utility vehicle.

Police say that happened about 3:20 a.m. at the store near Hershey. Police believe the same man stole detergent form the same store on

Nov. 3, too.