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Man held in stabbing; police look for 2 more

I just read this in the Poughkeepsie paper. I find this very interesting that there are some people in the city government that say we do not have a gang problem. However Beacon Police charged this guy with first-degree gang assault, the pd is undermanned and they want to NOW close down a part of the fire department

DANG WHAT A CONCEPT just to save a $__________ (i am not sure of the price tag on safety here) and keep people safe....... i feel safer already........NOT

BEACON: A City of Poughkeepsie man is charged with stabbing a Beacon man multiple times, causing him permanent injury. Police charged Christopher L. Jackson, 19, of Pershing Avenue with first-degree assault, first-degree gang assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. Beacon police Lt. Lou Musmeci said Jackson and two other suspects are accused of chasing the victim by the Tompkins Terrace Apartments in Beacon until he slipped and fell on the grass. Jackson is accused of stabbing the man twice in the back and once in the left arm, which punctured an artery, and also slashing his right arm and face. Police think the victim knew his attackers, Musmeci said. Beacon police stopped Jackson on Main Street at 4 p.m. Sunday on a traffic violation. Musmeci said police found three folding knives, a sawed-off rifle, cocaine and marijuana in his car. Jackson was arraigned Monday in City Court. Judge Timothy Pagones set bail at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due in court later this week. Police are looking for the other two men. Anyone with information may call Beacon police at 845-831-4111.

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Comment by Attila Szendrodi on December 26, 2009 at 6:13pm
Have you ever thought that the politicians and police are the real "gang"?
Comment by James L. Eve on December 9, 2009 at 7:42pm
If you have lived in Beacon long enough you would know there has been some level of gang activity here. Low level perhaps but active. The local circuit is Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Beacon. I just hope this incident is not indicative of an uptick. As far as fire houses go. There's never enough of them when it is your house or home burning down...
Comment by Henry on December 8, 2009 at 1:28pm
They are not closing down a part of the fire dept. they are consolidating the dept. and closing an antiquated building.

Ray, I've never heard anyone deny that there is a gang problem in Beacon. Quite frankly I don't know if there is or not. If you research the definition of first degree gang assault, there is nothing in this article that would indicate that this is gang related.
Comment by RAY CLARY on December 8, 2009 at 1:14pm
You all are correct the only connection is they are both public servants that protect is all.
i to am glad to see an acknowledge of a gang problem. IT IS ABOUT TIME!!!!
Comment by Birdy on December 8, 2009 at 12:07pm
Finally, an acknowledge of a gang problem. It has nothing to do with closing the firehouse. We do NOT need three fire houses. In fact, I think the tactic the fire people are using to prevent the closing will backfire on them. I hope it does. It has been pretty dishonest and I hope people notice that.
Comment by Sarah U on December 8, 2009 at 11:58am
this is a pretty serious and scary event, but i don't quite understand the logic of connecting a potential fire dept closure to this incident. firefighters don't fight gang crime, do they?
Comment by Ben Royce on December 8, 2009 at 9:13am
put this in the "public discussion forum" group. it might get lost as a blog post. this needs to be talked about

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