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Monessen man jailed in shooting

| Friday, March 15, 2002

A Monessen man in is jail, charged in connection with an early Thursday morning shooting at Rostraver Apartments.

Charles Edward Dickerson, 33, of 221 Delaware St., was arrested and charged yesterday for allegedly shooting Bradley Shawn Barcus, 29, of 424 Oakland Ave., Charleroi.

Dickerson was arraigned Thursday before District Justice Charles Christner in West Newton and remanded to the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $500,000 straight bond.

Barcus was flown by medical helicopter to Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh where he underwent emergency surgery Thursday morning. Barcus was shot in the neck and chin area and is in critical condition.

Dickerson is charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and carrying a firearm without a license.

Rostraver police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting, but believe the incident occurred inside Apartment 102.

Neither of the men live in the complex; both were reportedly visiting a resident. Police found Dickerson in an upstairs hallway and arrested him on outstanding bench warrants in Westmoreland County for failing to appear in court on domestic-related charges.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. March 22 before District Justice Joseph Dalfonso.

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