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Stabbing case may go before a Fulton County grand jury

JOHNSTOWN — No arrests have been made yet in a stabbing at a New Year’s Day party in the town of Perth that left three men with serious injuries. But the incident could be headed to a Fulton County grand jury.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Jan. 1 outside a mobile home at Deerfield Estates Trailer Park off County Highway 107. Three men were stabbed in the incident, hospitalized, but have survived.

Sheriff Richard Giardino said Tuesday that the argument involved two brothers and an “unrelated male.” One stab victim suffered a punctured, collapsed lung. The wounded persons had to be taken to Albany Medical Center.

“They’re all out of the hospital,” he said.

None of the people involved have had their names released yet because they haven’t been charged, although that may change.

“We’ve sent some stuff to the state police lab for analysis,” Giardino said.

The sheriff said the entire case “may go to a grand jury” because of statements the sheriff’s office has gathered, and the fact that alcohol was involved in the incident.

According to the sheriff’s office, the stabbings resulted from an early New Year’s Day party that got out of hand.

Giardino said at that time that authorities were not able to get useful information at the scene from the many intoxicated witnesses at the New Year’s Eve house party.

But the sheriff said what is known is one individual was asked to leave the party and a fight occurred outside the mobile home involving multiple people and possibly multiple knives.

Giardino said the incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information, kept confidential, can call the sheriff’s office at (518) 736-2100.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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