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Man dies in Amsterdam stabbing

City man in custody will be charged today

November 5, 2010
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

AMSTERDAM - A city man was in custody this morning, suspected in connection with the stabbing death of another city man late Thursday night outside Skiba's Tavern on James Street.

Amsterdam police detective Sgt. Owen L. Fuhs today said the victim was Daniel Mowrey, 24, of Blood Street, Amsterdam. He believes Mowrey used to live in Fulton County.

The suspect was listed as Jose Merced, 29, of First Avenue, Amsterdam.

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The state police forensics unit works outside Skiba’s Tavern on James Street in Amsterdam today following a Thursday night stabbing that left a man dead.

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Fuhs wouldn't say whether Merced confessed to the stabbing.

Lt. Greg Culick today said Mowrey was stabbed during an assault around 11:30 p.m. Thursday and later died from stab wounds.

He said Montgomery County District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy was due to press charges today.

"It was a mutual fight," Culick said. "There was multiple puncture wounds all through the chest."

The lieutenant said he didn't know the exact cause of the fight involving the men, who were both patrons at the tavern. He said he didn't believe it was over a woman or was drug related.

Culick said a 911 call reported to Amsterdam police a man assaulted outside the tavern. Responding were Amsterdam police, Amsterdam firefighters and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

He said hospital personnel tried to revive the victim for a long time, but he succumbed to injuries believed to have been caused by a "sharp instrument, probably a knife."

Culick said police today did not have the weapon involved.

The Amsterdam police's Forensics Unit this morning was taking measurements outside the 23 James St. tavern, which was closed. A section of James Street where the stabbing occurred was blocked by cones.

Calls to the tavern and its owner, Frank Skiba, went unanswered this morning.

Skiba's Tavern was the scene of a strong-armed robbery March 31. Skiba, who police listed as 85 at the time, was attacked in his bar by a large male around 9:15 p.m. that night. The perpetrator hit the owner, knocked him down, yanked his pants off and stole the money from his pants pockets and wallet, Fuhs said at the time.

Fuhs said the large male knocked over some stools in the scuffle, but didn't cause any other damage or take any money out of the register.

Skiba was treated at St. Mary's Hospital for a broken nose and head injuries.

"It makes you feel bad," said Damaso Andujar, who lives next door to the tavern and witnessed the scene Thursday night. "But you have to be guarded about everything."

People with information on Thursday's stabbing case are asked to contact Amsterdam police at 842-1100. Information will be kept confidential.

Jamie Curtis contributed to this report. Michael Anich can be reached at



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