Memorial Day weekend brawl leads to stabbing
TUPPER LAKE - A Memorial Day weekend brawl involving about 30 people near a local bar led to two women getting stabbed and a handful of people facing gang assault charges.
Police said Jason Jauron, a Fort Drum soldier, was attacked on Cliff Avenue near the Old Northern Pub and pulled out a knife, stabbing Bethany Carmichael and Sarah Poirier, both Tupper Lake women in their early 20s. The crowd continued to try to attack Jauron even after he was in police custody.
Three Tupper Lake men pleaded not guilty to gang assault charges and one to a felony mischief charge. Carmichael was one of several people charged with disorderly conduct.
Jauron was originally charged with two counts of second-degree assault, but a grand jury found he was justified in his use of deadly force. He is still facing a misdemeanor weapon charge.
Missing man's body found in SL backyard
SARANAC LAKE - The three-month mystery surrounding the disappearance of Gary Sklaryk came to an end in early April when his body was found in the backyard of a home on Keene Street.
Sklaryk, 55, was last seen alive in the early morning hours of Jan. 2, when he walked away from the Ampersand Avenue home where he lived with his father.
After he was reported missing, Sklaryk was the subject of an intense search that involved village police, forest rangers, a state police helicopter and a K-9 unit.
His body was ultimately found on April 10 in the backyard of Sue Goldsmith's house. Goldsmith discovered the corpse, which had been somewhat preserved by the snow, when she went outside to take out her trash. It was an area where Goldsmith had several trees cut down on Jan. 17 - two weeks after Sklaryk disappeared - but also a week after a winter storm dumped up to two feet of snow on the village.
An autopsy and toxicology tests later determined that Sklaryk died of exposure and that he had three different prescription drugs, as well as a trace amount of alcohol, in his system at the time of his death, which was ruled accidental.
Two men with Tupper Lake ties involved in murder
TUPPER LAKE - Locals were shocked when they learned that two young men who had spent time in Tupper Lake were the center of a murder case in Plattsburgh this summer.
On a summer night, Dustin Hill strangled Jason Larabie to death in a Plattsburgh parking lot shortly after meeting him for the first time and engaging in a brief sexual act with him. After the murder, Hill took $5 from Larabie's wallet and threw the wallet in the Saranac River.
Hill went home and told some friends about what happened. They called police, and he admitted his crime to them, too. After some issues with his court representation, Hill pleaded guilty to the murder in November. He faces sentencing in January.
Both Hill and Larabie spent time living in Tupper Lake - Hill when he was a younger child, and Larabie finished high school here - and both still have family in town.
Multiple buildings burn
TUPPER LAKE - Several large buildings burned around Tupper Lake during the last half of this year.
It began when a Charland Road camp was destroyed in an early August fire and a Washington Street home burned down at the end of August.
Then in November, a large building containing several apartments and businesses at 61 Lake St. burned down.
An apartment building at 51 Main St. burned in December. Then a week later, an apartment building at 12 Berkley Ave. was also destroyed in a fire. Two people were sent to the hospital after the Berkley Avenue blaze: one occupant of the home and a firefighter who fell off a ladder.
Also in Tupper Lake this year, two cats died in house fire in October, and a dog died in a car fire in March.