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2 Jeannette men pistol-whipped, shot in home invasion

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Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

A man was shot and beaten during a home invasion involving three men whose faces were covered when they burst into his Jeannette home early on Thursday morning, city police said.

Faron “Oldman” Stanford, 56, was shot in the shoulder and pistol-whipped, according to Cpl. Chris Mason. He was admitted to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, where he was kept overnight for observation.

Police and paramedics found Stanford lying on the living room floor, his shirt soaked in blood. In addition to the gunshot, he had cuts on his head.

A second man in the home, Jocquinn Harris, 27, of Braddock, also was beaten with the handgun and suffered head wounds, police said. He was taken to Forbes for treatment.

Stanford answered a knock at the door at 3 a.m. and was shot as soon as he opened it, police said. The three men rushed inside and demand he “give them everything they got,” police said. The assailants got away with $100.

A third person, Latasha Cottrell, was in an upstairs bedroom and hid when she heard the gunshot.

“The woman was under the bed,” Mason said. “She heard what sounded like a loud argument.”

Police don't know how many gunshots were fired. Officers found a live .45-caliber round on the floor but no spent shell casing.

One of the assailants wore a red hooded sweatshirt, according to a police report.

Mayor Richard Jacobelli was angry that police did not notify him of the incident.

“I gave specific orders that I was to be notified,” he said. “Nobody informed me about that last night. I'm furious. I'm livid.”

In November, police arrested a suspected drug dealer who sprayed several houses with gunfire, barely missing the occupants. At the time, residents complained that dealers were openly selling drugs on the street. Citizens and business owners have spoken out at council meetings about the proliferation of drug deals they have observed day and night.

Jacobelli said he has received license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles from neighborhood residents and turned them over to police, who traced vehicle registrations to owners from Ohio, New York and West Virginia.

Harris was sentenced in 2006 to serve two to four years in prison for drug dealing, according to Allegheny County court records.

Police said they are investigating any link to drug activity.

“We look at that as a possibility,” Mason said. “We had reports of complaints from residents about high traffic in that area, people coming in and out of the residence,” Mason said.

Richard Gazarik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6292 or at



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