2 men charged in Jeannette attack
By Mary Pickels
Published: 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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Judge to Cook Township drug suspect: Get new friends
- Westmoreland man’s walk in Niagara Falls State Park wasn’t allowed, police say
- Homicide charge added in Derry death
- Murrysville police will get raises in 5-year pact
- Pittsburgh man charged with threat to witness
- Mt. Pleasant board to vote on contract with Volz
- Tentative plea deal with Westmoreland drivers reached in turnpike toll fraud
- Greensburg Salem raising funds for fitness equipment
- New Ken union wants pension fund audit
- Commissioning of USS Somerset honors United Airlines Flight 93 heroes
- Safety council honors mail carrier hours before milk truck wrecks Hempfield home