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2 men charged in Jeannette attack

| Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Two Jeannette men were charged on Friday with attempted murder in a shooting last week on South Seventh Street in the city.

Albert Matthew Thomas, 25, and Herbert Rollerson IV, 23, were arraigned before District Judge Joseph R. DeMarchis on charges that included attempted homicide, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure.

Those charges are tied to a shooting on Oct. 23 in which Joseph R. Good Jr., 28, of Jeannette claimed that three men fired at his house, shooting his friend, Mariell McGowan.

McGowan, 23, was treated in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg for a gunshot wound in the right shoulder, police said.

Good said he saw Rollerson, Thomas and another man on his front porch before the shooting and he told them to leave, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Westmoreland County Detective Robert W. Weaver.

A man who heard the shots told police that he saw a man who looked like Rollerson drop something down a storm drain in a nearby alley. Detectives recovered four spent shell casings from the drain.

Good said that after the shooting, Thomas and another man came into his house “like they were going to rob them,” according to police.

Last Sunday, Patrolman Justin M. Scalzo charged Good with attempted homicide for an alleged retaliatory attack that occurred on Saturday.

Good allegedly attempted to shoot at Rollerson, who called police to report that Good was threatening him.

Scalzo observed a confrontation during which Good extended his arm toward Rollerson and Rollerson jumped back and swung at Good.

The pair fled on Clay Avenue, and Scalzo chased and tackled Good.

According to the complaint, police found a .22-caliber pistol in Good's pocket. The firearm had a live round in the chamber and the safety was engaged, police said.

Suspected crack cocaine was found in Good's possession, police said.

Good, who is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison, has a preliminary hearing before DeMarchis scheduled for Thursday.

Thomas and Rollerson, who were jailed on $250,000 bail each, are scheduled for preliminary hearings on Nov. 14 before DeMarchis.

McGowan was arrested on Thursday for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery on Sunday.

He was jailed on robbery, aggravated assault and related charges. DeMarchis set his bail at $250,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 14.

According to police, McGowan and alleged accomplice Taylor E. Foster, 21, of Jeannette pointed handguns at a woman. They fled once she gave them $125.

Police are looking for Foster.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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