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Cabbie stabbed in Schenectady expected to survive

A stabbing victim is taken from the Schenectady Public Library on Liberty Street to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A stabbing victim is taken from the Schenectady Public Library on Liberty Street to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance Thursday.
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The taxi driver stabbed Thursday night near the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library is expected to survive and has been identified by police. Derek Leach, 28, who drives for Glove City Transportation in Gloversville, was stabbed near Liberty Street just before 7 p.m. He called 911, and when officers responded they found him bleeding inside the library. Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said Leach’s injuries were serious but not life threatening. The ...

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February 7, 2013
9:52 p.m.

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Although the police station is next door, the stabbing victim was treated inside the main branch of the Library, and the Library was cleared of all patrons and closed two hours early because of the activity. Crime tape was stretched to block both entry doors of the Library. I hope the Gazette will find out how the incident unfolded and why the Library became so involved in the incident.

February 8, 2013
7:10 a.m.

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I guarantee he was treated where he was found. And, if they did not know where it happened - you have to err on the side of caution so as to not lose valuable evidence.

February 8, 2013
11:33 a.m.

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Seriously? It's common sense time. The cab driver went to get help...and the library was a logical choice. I listened to the 911 archives and the library personnel called 911 to say he was "not doing well". Clearly they were assisting him in the library, and they're not going to move him next door to the police station to finish treating him just because library patrons will be inconvenienced. Moving a victim like that could be fatal.

February 8, 2013
4:22 p.m.

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After dark, the library is much brighter than the police station. The driver was from Glove City Transportation, as in GLOVERSVILLE. Being 25 miles from your own city & having a choice of a well-lighted, obviously busy public building or a large, dark, brick monolith, which would you choose? Either way, the 911 dispatcher saw where the call came from & dispatched paramedic aid from the fire department (which is only seconds away from either one). If there's any lesson to be learned, it's to look into making the police station seem less hostile at its front entrance.

February 8, 2013
4:43 p.m.
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