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November 7th, 2012

Newburgh police officer stabbed outside nightclub

NEWBURGH - A City of Newburgh police officer was stabbed and had his throat slit by a man early Saturday morning. The incident occurred when the officer tried to break up a fight outside the Dry Dock nightclub on lower Broadway.

Police Chief Michael Ferrara reported on Monday that the officer was released from the hospital and is expected to recover. As of press time, the officer has not been identified.

Larry Gantt of Poughkeepsie has been identified as the man who allegedly stabbed the officer. The 35-year-old man was arrested and taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital to be treated for a stab wound received during the fight. He has since been transferred to Westchester Medical Center.

Gantt, a current parole, is being charged with first-degree attempted murder for the assault on the police officer and first-degree assault for stabbing a man he was fighting with when police arrived at the nightclub.

The man Gantt allegedly assaulted and stabbed is identified as City of Newburgh resident Adrian Hargrove. The 22-year-old was also taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital for treatment and then flown to Westchester Medical Center. He is listed in critical, but stable, condition.

Two other individuals were also stabbed during the fight. Police identified them as Justin Barnwell and Demetrius Ware, both of Newburgh. Barnwell was treated for injuries and released. Ware has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third-degree and disorderly conduct. Ware is currently on parole and is being held in the Orange County Jail.

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