Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1980 · Page 11
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February 25, 1980

Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 11

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Woman on trial for having sex with young son NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A 25-year-old Westmoreland County woman was jailed on charges she repeatedly had sexual intercourse with her 4-year-old son, prosecutors say. The woman, a resident of New Kensington, 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond Wednesday pending a preliminary hearing June 21, said Thomas Tridico, Westmoreland County chief of detectives. She was arraigned before New Kensington Magistrate Buddy Cipolla on charges of statutory rape, incest, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of a minor, Tridico said. The incidents allegedly occurred during the 10 months from January to October 1984, when the boy was 3 years old. He will be 5 in December. - The child is now living with his grandparents, authorities said. The boy described the incidents in detail to prosecutors using anatomically correct dolls. The case came to the attention of authorities after two women found the boy, with a black eye, scratches and two broken ribs, wandering in a rural section of neighboring Allegheny County last October. His mother was found later the same day, lying beaten and unconscious, in a nearby cornfield. Bill passed to curb domestic violence ' HARRISBURG (AP) — Legislation allowing police officers in certain cases to arrest without warrants people suspected of domestic violence has been approved by the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Under the bill, sent to the full Senate on Tuesday, a police officer who has probable cause to believe a person has committed one of certain crimes specified against a spouse or live-in partner could arrest the suspect. The crimes are involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. Under the measure, a defendant who is considered a threat to the victim would be forbidden to enter the victim's residence or place of employment for a 72-hour period. The proposal, already passed by the House, would also require police officers responding to a domestic violence case to notify victims of the availability of shelters. UNDER 21 ROCK PARTY Wcyt <3(ttfe*ana <g»a*eite / Fridoy, June 14, 1985 — Poge 11 MONUMENTAL — Japan's grand champion sumo wrestler, Takanosa- to, sits on a flower pot near the Washington Monument during a tour of the city Wednesday. A group of sumo wrestlers are visiting the United States and will paticipate in the first official sumo tournament in the U.S. in Madison Square Garden on June 14-16. (AP Laserphoto) Researchers: Fungus detoxifies pollutants TONIGHT 9 P.M. TO 1 A.M. EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After years of searching for substances to neutralize deadly chemicals in the environment, researchers say they've found a hungry fungus that digests dioxins, pulverizes PCBs and dotes on DDT. "We believe that we should be able to degrade anything, almost anything," said Steven D. Aust, a biochemist who heads Michigan State University lab where the white-rot fungus was tested. The theory that white-rot fungus, which commonly rots dead trees, would break toxic pollutants into harmless chemicals was formed about yh. years ago, Aust said Thursday. At the time, graduate students 938-6600 antolL cXo Become a Professional Hair Stylist ENROLL NOW For June Classes Stop in or give John a call (814)938-8811 Veterans Rehabilitation O !_ f anc ' OCliOOl Equal Opportunity 222 N. Findley St., Punxsutawney, PA 15767 were studying the chemical processes that enable the fungus to break down lignin, a highly resistant natural substance in wood, he said. The fungus, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, broke down dioxins, DDT, benzopyrene and two kinds of polychlorinated biphenyls in experiments financed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he said. The results of the experiments will be published in the June 21 edition of Science magazine. Aust said the fungus also should be able to degrade other chemicals, called organohalides, which include PBBs and are made up of carbon, chlorine and bromine. The naturally plentiful fungus would be relatively cheap to use in cleaning up large 'contaminated sites, like the dioxin-tainted town of Times Beach, Mo., he said. "There are many varieties of the fungus," Aust said. "They all should be capable if they can degrade wood, which contains lignin, the most recalcitrant natural chemical." Contaminated soil could be "inoculated," or mixed, with the fungus grown on sawdust or wood chips, the biochemist said, and although rivers or lakes couldn't be treated directly, sediment could be dredged up for treatment. "I think we have discovered something that is probably going on in our environment right now," Aust said. The process is slow and degrading large amounts of some chemicals could take years, he said. The time needed, he said, would depend on the amount of fungus used and how active the fungus is. Aust said the fungus is superior to toxin-eating bacteria because the fungus doesn't have to absorb the chemicals to break them down and because it's non-specific, or will break down almost anything. Michigan State University applied for a patent on the process in February, he said. University researchers now are working on the possibility of small field tests and are discussing a field site for further tests with the EPA, he said. Clean Water Act sails through Senate, but House uncertain WASHINGTON (AP) — The first major environmental legislation of 1985 — a renewal and strengthening of the Clean Water Act — is halfway through Congress but faces choppy seas ahead. The Republican-controlled Senate, on a 94-0 vote, sent to the House on Thursday a bill that would continue federal anti-pollution aid to states at three times the level requested by the Reagan administration. The proposal to update the basic 1972 clean-water program also maps out an attack on toxics discharged into the nation's rivers, streams and lakes and a plan to combat polluting runoffs from cities and farms. In many respects, the legislation is identical or similar to a bill approved recently by the Democratic- controlled House Public Works and Transportation Committee, which wants to continue the aid program at slightly higher levels. The major difference is over how the money pie will be sliced. The House bill makes no change in the four-year-old formula under which $2.4 billion has been distributed to states each year to help construct sewers and wastewater treatment facilities. The Senate, however, rewrote the formula to shift about $225 million a year away from large-population states — most of them along the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean — and give it mainly to smaller states in the South and West. The push to change the formula was initiated the Environment and Public Works Committee. Twelve of the 15 states represented on the panel gained under the plan, and even a supporter. Sen. John Chafee, R-R.L, acknowledged the proposal involved "politics." Nevertheless, Chafee and committee Chairman Robert Stafford, R- Vt., said the formula was a fairer reflection of a 1984 Environmental Protection Agency study of state needs than the existing formula, written in 1981. The Senate committee's formula would have cost the 19 states nearly Faulty Ford part may be cause of death WASHINGTON (AP) — An additional 11 deaths from accidents involving alleged faulty automatic transmissions in certain Ford Motor Co. cars raises the total to 306 deaths, an auto safety group says. Ford reported the additional deaths to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a letter last month, according to the Center for Auto Safety, which released a copy of the letter Thursday. The previously unreported deaths occurred between 1973 and April 1985, and along with the others are linked to the tendency of allegedly faulty transmissions to allow cars to suddenly slip from park to reverse. NHTSA spokeswoman Roslyn Kasier said the agency was reviewing the new information from Ford but had not recently updated its tally of 260 fatalities linked to the alleged Ford problem. Ford repeatedly has maintained its cars contain no safety defect and that accidents linked to the alleged problem occurred because drivers failed to follow proper parking procedures. NHTSA in late 1980 agreed not to force Ford to recall 23 million cars for the alleged problem. Instead.the agency allowed the automaker to distribute dashboard warning labels advising drivers to shut off their engines before leaving their cars. The Ford letter to NHTSA also said other automakers' cars had been linked to similar accidents and that "unexpected vehicle movement of 1970-1979 model vehicles is not a Ford-only phenomenon." VISIT OUR 1 r/2 ACRE GREENHOUSE ALL FLOWER and VEGETABLE PLANTS 50 off Tropical Plants Greenhouse will be closed to the public beginning July 1 . We will re- 4 1 / 2 " POTS 99' 6" POTS ONLY SPECIAL SALE In Bud & Bloom GERANIUMS NOW $100 FOR I 8 Limited Quantities on Certain Items NOW THRU JUNE 30 SPECIAL SALE ON 10" FLOWERING HANGING BASKETS GREENHOUSE re-openmg ad. ^^^ Across From The Homer City Power Plant 479-3542 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: MON. & THURS. 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.; TUES., WED., FR1., SAT., SUN. 9 A.M.-7 P.M. I __________________ ___ — -- ___^_^^ — .^ mtttifllli i llllll ^^^u ltllm ^ mm ^ mmffl ^ lmm ^^^^^^^^^ lt ^^^^^^^^ m ^^ l ^^^ fiim ^^ $290 million a year. Filibuster threats by big-state lawmakers led to negotiations Wednesday and Thursday that produced the final version. The revised formula is expected to run into stiff opposition in the House, where proportional representation gives the power to states with large populations. The issue will probably have to be settled in a House-Senate conference committee. The Senate bill would authorize $18 billion in aid to states through 1994, four years beyond the time the administration wants the 13-year- old program abolished in a budget- cutting move. The measure would continue grants at $2.4 billion a year through 1988 and then cut the amount in half for two more years. Between 1991 and 1994, states would share $8.4 billion with which to set up revolving loan funds to continue financing pollution-control projects, which the EPA estimates require $35.8 billion in federal financing through 2000. The bill also contains language to make it more difficult for industries to get waivers to exceed EPA dis- charge standards and would set a 1988 deadline for dischargers to decrease the flow of toxics into waterways. Other major proposed changes are stiffer civil and criminal penalties for polluters and $300 million over three years for states to draft plans to combat non-source point pollution. This effort is seen by supporters as the opening .wedge for a nationwide effort against runoffs from farms, mines, cities and construction sites. The EPA estimates that at least half the nation's water pollution comes from non-source points. Stafford said the amendments would make the Clean Water Act. "even more effective in protecting our waters from pollution." He called the basic law "perhaps the most effective piece of environmental legislation we have. If you look at many of the lakes and rivers we pronounced dead only a few years ago, you will see they have made a dramatic comeback." uilting ClasseN Start Next Week Tues., 9:30 u.m.-Thurs., 6:30 p.m. ASK ABOUT SUMMtt WOtKMOM • Transportation Qwilt • Hawaiian Quilting folding Star •l»«Co!>in • Trip Antwnd Th« Wodd OVER 300 SOLIDS AND PRINTS TO CHOOSE FROM Ov»r 150 Quilting Stencils HARRIET'S QUILT SHOP 320 Gompers Ave. Indiana, Pa. CALL 465-4990 > COMING JUNE 17-18-19 FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SALE!! SPECIALS WILL INCLUDE: DMC FLOSS PLASTIC CANVAS For $100 JTM I ^TMesh | IN Mey&l'i Rt 286 S.. Indiana • 349-8720 Located Between The Malls Jlet 4---3O fc.m. to L-.Los.Lng ficLy L2fw.m.fia.cjrL£. j 11 a.m. to 3 fi.m. — 938-6600 P re-School Recreation Program PLAYSCHOOL IN THE PARK for ages 3, 4 and 5 MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS June 24 to July 31 or TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS i o A.M.-Noon June 25 to August 1 "Rain or Shine" Meet at the Mack Park Picnic Pavilion Planned learning experiences and group play activities in the 52 acre park. Supervised by experienced teachers. Fee S 3O Sponsored by Indiana Area Recreation & Parks For Information or Registration Call Susan Kozusko 463-6331 UNIVERSITY INN 1545 Wayne Ave., Indiana Phone 349-9620 THIS WEEK IN OUR LOUNGE "PINOY" Direct From Baltimore Friday and Saturday S 2.00 Cover chg. DINING OUT IS TIMES MORE FUN AT THE BEST WESTERN UNIVERSITY INN VfJUdCitf JUNE 14 LUNCH: Sole Froreniine *3.50 DINNER: Shrimp Newburg '11.95 <* /-.fcJL.. &Gt4(lCf{*H JUNE 15 LUNCH: Grilled t • Ham Sieak '3.50 DINNER: Prime Rib '9.95 JUNE 16 LUNCH: Father's Day Buffet 4 4 .rtA C.AA 1 1 .OVTU.OU *8.95 DINNER: Father's Day Buffet 11 30*30 p.m. '8.95 JUNE 17 LUNCH: Liver STnj wn'iCTiS '3.50 DINNER: Stuffed Pork Chops «7.95 ^JtAeAttaM. JUNE 18 LUNCH: Stuffed Pork Chops '3.50 DINNER: Bracoli '10.95 WedMbt&y JUNE 19 LUNCH: Baked Meat Loaf *3.50 DINNER: Stuffed Lobster Tail '21.95 < 1UttMtt(Uf' JUNE 20 LUNCH: Chicken AI-a-King *3.50 DINNER: Chicken Cordon Bleu '9.95

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