Metro Beat: Fourth grader caught smoking pot in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – The principal at Pittsburgh Roosevelt grade school in Carrick tells parents that a fourth-grade girl has been caught smoking marijuana in a school restroom.

Pittsburgh Public Schools officials aren’t identifying the girl, who was taken to a hospital after she reported feeling ill after she was caught on Thursday.

Acting principal Anthony Pipkin wrote in a letter to parents that other students told staff that the girl was smoking the drug. Pipkin says the girl told school officials she brought the marijuana joint and cigarette lighter from home.

A police spokeswoman could not immediately say whether the girl’s parents or guardians might face charges in connection with the incident.

The girl was treated and released from the hospital and school district officials say she’ll face disciplinary action.

No other students were affected or harmed.

DA: Western Pennsylvania chief stole $8K for bills

MOUNT OLIVER, Pa. (AP) – The police chief of a tiny borough near Pittsburgh has been charged with stealing more than $8,000 from his department to pay personal expenses, including his cellphone, electric and credit card bills.

The defense attorney for Mount Oliver police Chief Frank Mosesso declined comment on the theft charges filed Thursday by the Allegheny County district attorney’s office.

Mosesso is charged with using 14 checks totaling more than $3,300 from a police department account to pay his bills, and with cashing another nine more checks totaling more than $4,700.

The alleged thefts began in 2006.

Mosesso has been an officer in Mount Oliver since 1997 and chief since 2001. He’s been on paid leave with a shoulder injury since October 2012.

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