Man stabbed in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – City police early Saturday morning investigated the second stabbing in the city in one week.

Although authorities are saying they are unrelated incidents, Chief Mark Gifford said both stabbings can be attributed in part to “substance addiction.” Victims in both cases survived.

Lt. David Gilbo today released details on the latest stabbing, which occurred at 2:41 a.m. Saturday. He said city police were dispatched to a disturbance at 41 Parkwood Ave.

Gilbo said a confrontation occurred between two men – Todd D. Yost, 34, of 41 Parkwood Ave., and 24-year-old Brent S. Alling Jr.

“There was a party at that residence,” Gilbo said. “There was an altercation outside.”

Gilbo said the altercation at first was between Yost and a female, and then Alling got involved. He said that during the confrontation, Alling was stabbed once in the left side of the chest with a knife.

Alling was treated and released at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.

Gilbo said Alling “got lucky” because the knife hit bone when it could have hit his heart.

He said Yost was found later and arrested on charges of felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Yost was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Gilbo said that during the investigation, three others were arrested on warrants issued by other counties.

Charged were:

James R. Wells, 22, of 6 Place St., Gloversville. He was arrested on two arrest warrants out of Oneida County. He was turned over to Oneida County Sheriff’s Department. Gilbo was unsure of the nature of the warrants this morning.

Philip J. Nichols, 51, of 41 Parkwood Ave., Johnstown. He was found hiding in the basement of the residence. He was arrested on a bench warrant out of Montgomery County for a probation violation, police said. He was turned over to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Tara L. Hoyt, 33, of 51 Yale St., Apartment 2, Gloversville. She was arrested on a bench warrant out of Montgomery County for criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. She was turned over to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Another city stabbing occurred April 14, and four people were charged. Police said Robert N. Guist, 19, and Joshua L. Guist, 18, both of 54 Academy St., Amsterdam, were charged in the stabbing of Christopher R. Kenney Jr., 18, of Johnstown. Both face felony charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Kenney survived after being stabbed four times. Also charged in that incident at a South Melcher Street apartment were: Jared-Corey F. Maye, 20, of 6 Milton Ave., Amsterdam, and Michael A. Rote, 46, of 88 Honeywell Corners Road, Broadalbin. Maye was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and petit larceny. Rote was charged with burglary and petit larceny.