Posted by thedarwinexception on May 22, 2007
I must say – we have lived here for a year and a half now, and I never hear about any crime in the area. For all the prisons and jails we have in the area, I can certainly believe that it isn’t the local population who is filling them.
One thing we have to applaud Malone for is the low crime rate.
The only murder I’ve heard of was last year when some guy went off and killed his estranged wife like a mile away from my house, and I never hear about rapes or muggings, burglaries or vandalism. The local “Day in Court” is mostly empty and the local news is devoted to crimes in other areas.
We have a drug problem, for sure, but the drug of choice around here seems to be pills – mostly because of their availability with a population prone to being on disability.
So I was surprised Sunday morning when I went grocery shopping and saw crime scene tape all along the local nightclub on Main Street and seemingly every cop car the town has surrounding the parking lot. Malone had a stabbing incident. I was worried that John P. was involved – he’s the only person I know who frequents the nightclub, most people preferring to buy their beer and drink it at home, strictly out of financial concerns.
We called John P.’s house, and he confirmed that yes, he was there, but no, he was neither the stabber nor the stabbee. Which was a good thing.
I found this article at the Plattsburgh Press Republican.
Westville man critical after stabbing
Westville man hurt; downstate visitor accused
By DENISE A. RAYMO
MALONE — A Middletown man who was visiting Malone is in Franklin County Jail, accused of stabbing another man outside a nightclub early Sunday.
Eugene Burdash, 38, is charged with second-degree assault and is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 insurance bond.
Benjamin St. Ann, 28, of Westville remained in critical condition Monday at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with multiple stab wounds to his torso, said Malone Village Police Chief Stephen Stone.
Exploratory surgery was performed on him Sunday to determine the extent of his internal injuries, the chief said.
Stone was unsure of the exact number of stab wounds St. Ann suffered but said it could be as many as eight.
The “sharp-edged instrument” used in the attack had not been recovered as of Monday, the chief said.
The department received a frantic cell-phone call at 1:23 a.m. that there had been a multiple stabbing in the parking lot at the Nightlife Night Club, adjacent to the Villa Fiore Restaurant on Main Street.
When Village Police and State Police arrived and found St. Ann bleeding, he was quickly taken to Alice Hyde Medical Center.
“As far as we can tell, they didn’t know each other,” Stone said. “Eugene hadn’t been living here for 10 years.
“It started when they had words between them at the bar. They were separated at different times and reconnected in the parking lot.
“It was not over a girl, and they had no past problems,” he said. “Alcohol appears to be a factor because they were in a bar, but the investigation is continuing.”
As officers tried to learn what happened, some of the crowd from the bar who were either friends of one of the men or curious onlookers began shoving each other and getting rowdy, Stone said.
“We called in the Border Patrol to help because there were several incidents of disorderly conduct. With the help of the owners, we closed the nightclub to get everybody out.”
Because the parking lot had become a crime scene, some bar patrons had to find alternate transportation home because their vehicles were inaccessible