The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 27, 2013

Shooting is drug-related, police say

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was charged Wednesday in connection with a drug-related weekend shooting that sent two people to the hospital.

City police said Charles Albert Meyer, 32, and another man burst into a home in the 700 block of Highland Avenue on Saturday and assaulted the man inside, who police identified in a criminal complaint as W.C.

Police said W.C. fought with one of the intruders over a handgun while the other intruder beat him on the head with a second handgun.

During the struggle, the weapon discharged striking W.C. in the knee and one of the intruders in the head, police said.

W.C. was treated at Memorial Medical Center.

The unnamed intruder also was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he had surgery and is in the intensive-care unit, police said.

Police are searching for a third suspect identified as Jason Maines.

The incident began when W.C. and K.D., another unnamed victim told police that United Parcel Service delivered a package containing marijuana to the Highland Avenue home.

City police Chief Craig Foust said the suspects had sent the package of marijuana to a residence they thought was unoccupied.

Maines visited the home several times seeking the package, but K.D. had given it to police.

Meyer, of the 700 block of Somerset Street, faces a rash of conspiracy charges, including conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and drug possession.

He also was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

He was picked up Wednesday at a home in the 500 block of Grove Avenue, Foust said.

Meyer was arraigned by District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $150,000.

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