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Falls stabbing linked to break-up

A Michigan Avenue woman has been accused of stabbing the man with whom she shared a home after he tried to break up with her, city police said.

Kim Harbeson, 42, pleaded not guilty Friday before City Judge Robert Merino to first-degree felony assault with a weapon.

Police said they found Gary A. Granite, 46, just before 11 p.m. Thursday on the floor of a brown sedan at Robbins Drive and Michigan.

His left hand was bleeding, and he had suffered a puncture wound in his chest, officers reported.

Granite told police Harbeson had held him at knifepoint for two hours and stabbed him twice.

He also said Harbeson might have tried to take an overdose of pills.

Police rushed to the couple's home, where they said they found Harbeson "conscious, but incoherent."

Both were treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Police who searched the residence said they found blood stains on the floor in the master bedroom, along with strips of duct tape, rope and pills, plus plastic bags containing a white powder under the bed.

While in the hospital, Harbeson told officers that Granite had attacked her, so she ran into the kitchen, grabbed a steak knife and stabbed him once.

Harbeson was released from the hospital and arraigned.

She was being held in Niagara County Jail on bail of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Granite was not charged.

A hearing was scheduled for Friday.


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