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Man charged in stabbing that left Syracuse police chief's son hurt

James Smith


A Syracuse man is charged in connection with a stabbing at a bar that left several people hurt, including the son of Syracuse's police chief.


38-year-old James Smith, of 311 Merriman Avenue, is charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.


Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies say Smith stabbed 22-year-old Michael Jennings, of Syracuse, multiple times.


Sheriff's deputies responded to Lu Lu's Bar and Grill at 8081 Brewerton Road around 1:15 a.m. on October 21.


Jennings was was rushed to Upstate University Hospital where he underwent surgery and spent several days in recovery.


21-year-old Frank Fowler, the police chief's son, along with 20-year-old Jauqwell Flagg and 21-year-old Shabria Scott were also stabbed during the melee. They were treated for minor injuries at local hospitals.


Smith was arraigned in Cicero Town Court. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 5.

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