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Altercation leads to stabbing at new market

Dan McClelland

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by Phyllis Larabie

Early Sunday morning, June 2, at approximately 12:30a.m. the New York State Police in Tupper Lake and the Tupper Lake Police Department responded to a report of a knife assault occurring at the new Doubleneck Gardens, Market and Bakery, located at 2594 State Route 3. Troopers were on the scene and yellow tape surrounded the commercial premises, formerly The Market Place, from the early morning hours Sunday well into Sunday evening while New York State police investigated the incident. Village police officers were also present some of that time. According to New York State Police Officer Jennifer Fleishman, Kimberly L. Watson, 34, of Long Lake, initially reported that she and her boy friend Phillip Mosher were assaulted by unknown assailants inside the building of their business. Ms. Watson then drove to the Tupper Lake Police Station on Santa Clara Avenue to alert the police of the assault and that her boyfriend had been stabbed and was still at the business. The pair was transported to the Adirondack Medical Center, in Saranac Lake for treatment by the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. Mr. Mosher was treated for multiple stab wounds to the back and chest. According to Matthew Scollin, director of communications at Adirondack Health, “Mr. Mosher is listed in stable condition.” Ms. Watson was treated and released for contusions to her face and legs.” State police officials stated they came to the conclusion that Ms. Watson and Mr. Mosher had been fighting and Ms. Watson stabbed her boyfriend in the back and chest. Both were arrested. Mr. Mosher was charged with Assault 3rd degree. Ms. Watson was charged with Assault 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, and Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd degree. Mr. Mosher was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Tupper Lake Court on June 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. Ms. Watson was arraigned at the Town of Tupper Lake Court where she was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail, or $5,000 bond. An order of protection was issued. Police tape also surrounded Kimberly Watson's car that she had driven down to the police station on Santa Clara Ave. The long-time farm market and bakery had just recently been opened by the couple. The business below Sunmount hill had been closed since last fall after Kelly and Jim Facteau opened their mobile food concession at the Raquette River Brewery. In recent years the Facteaus did extensive renovations there and ran the business as a restaurant and deli and base for their catering business. Ms. Watson told the Free Press recently that she and Phillip planned to return it to its roots here as a farm and garden market, plus add a bakery. In recent weeks they have been selling potted and hanging plants, including flowers and vegetables.