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Elusive Monessen suspect picked up in Charleroi

| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 5:36 p.m.
Antoine 'Tweezy' Hairston
Michael Standard Jr.

A Monessen man on the run since escaping from his parole officer in June was nabbed Tuesday in Charleroi with a large stash of suspected drugs.

Antoine “Tweezy” Hairston, 21, of 673 McMahon Ave., is back in jail on numerous drug and escape charges following his arrest Tuesday night at 210 Ninth St.

In the escape case, Monessen police charged Hairston with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He is awaiting arraignment on those charges.

Hairston had been wanted since he allegedly assaulted Westmoreland County parole officer Terry Barnot on June 16.

In the Tuesday case, Charleroi Regional Police arrested Hairston and Michael Standard Jr. of Monessen, who were found in the apartment with suspected heroin and marijuana.

Police went to the residence 7:40 p.m. Tuesday after receiving an anonymous complaint about purported drug use at the apartment.

Officer Bill Gardner said the tenants, Michael Smith and Michelle Griest, consented to a search of their apartment. Neither Smith nor Griest is facing charges.

When Gardner brought K-9 officer Rex inside, Hairston and Standard were found in a back room. Hairston initially identified himself as Jadrian Wade, the complaint states.

In the room, Rex located a cigar filled with suspected marijuana and 370 stamp bags of suspected heroin marked “Worldwide,” “Kiss Me,” and “KO” under an entertainment stand, according to the complaint.

Gardner, the dog's handler, filed the charges Wednesday.

Hairston and Standard, 23, of 307 Park Manor, each is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Hairston also is charged with giving police false identification.

Under questioning at the police station, Smith and Griest said Standard and Hairston would give them heroin in exchange for letting them sell drugs from the apartment, according to the complaint.

Hairston and Standard were arraigned early Wednesday by Magisterial District Judge Robert Redlinger in Washington, Pa.

Redlinger sent Hairston and Standard to the Washington County Correctional Facility, each in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bond.

Hairston and Standard face preliminary hearings 10 a.m. Aug. 20 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.

Past charges

Hairston had been picked up June 16 for allegedly violating terms of a house arrest sentence related to a shooting in Monessen on Dec. 4, 2012.

Under the sentence, Hairston was barred from having social visitors and was allowed to leave his sentence only to report to work.

Monessen police removed people from Hairston's residence 1:30 a.m. June 10. Police also claimed Hairston had been seen throughout the Mon Valley and in Clairton.

Hairston was released from Westmoreland County Prison on May 5 after pleading guilty to aggravated assault stemming from the attempted shooting of Monessen resident Jaisen Irwin on Dec. 4, 2012.

Police claim Irwin, then 19, was shot at by a group of at least five people who believed he had been spreading rumors about their alleged involvement in the murder of Chris “Snax” Fincik in his Monessen home.

Co-defendants Josh and Terrance Stepoli, both of Monessen, also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

Charges of attempted homicide and conspiracy–criminal homicide against the three were dismissed.

All three received credit for time served and were placed on electronic home monitoring for one year.

However, the Stepolis never were released to home monitoring.

The Stepoli brothers are serving prison sentences of one to two years at SCI-Fayette in Labelle on gun charges related to an April 11, 2012, incident in Charleroi.

Each pleaded guilty Sept. 20, 2012, to firearms not to be carried without a license and receiving stolen property.

In the gun case, Washington County Judge Katherine B. Emery originally sentenced Joshua Stepoli to two years' probation. She sentenced Terrance Stepoli to spend 18 months in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program.

However, Emery revoked their probation terms June 20 after they were sentenced for the Irwin incident.

Another Standard case

In a separate case, Standard is scheduled to appear before Washington County Judge Valarie Costanzo on Monday to enter guilty pleas to two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. State police from the Belle Vernon Barracks charged Standard Nov. 21, 2011, in that case, according to court records.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at