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Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

A Connellsville man was jailed after police charged him with three counts of endangering the welfare of children.

Connellsville police filed charges at District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office against Joshua Luke Hall, 27, of 408 Johnson Ave. after a June 6 incident.

Police also charged Hall with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said they received a call at 9 a.m. June 6 that Hall was violating a PFA order.

Police arrived at the residence and spoke to the woman involved. She told police he was upstairs. Police called for him to come downstairs. The woman went upstairs but told police he was gone.

When police stepped outside, they saw Hall on the roof in nothing but his underwear. He was ordered off the roof and was taken into custody without incident.

While looking for Hall inside the residence, police found glass smoking pipes, rolled-up dollar bills and burnt spoons in the basement. All those items were found on a small table on the floor. Police said there were three children inside the residence.

The residence was also found to be in disarray with garbage, mold growing on old food, dirty clothes, numerous bugs crawling and flying about each room, razor blades, knives and weapons lying about on the floors and tables where the children had access to them.

The residence was deemed unfit for human habitation by the city health officer, and Children and Youth Services responded to assist with the three children.

Hall gave an oral and written statement to police that he takes care of the children with the woman.

Police reported that a judge had not signed the PFA at the time of the incident, and Hall was subsequently served a copy.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 3 p.m. Thursday before Haggerty.

Hall was lodged in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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