Bail $25,000 for man accused in stabbing

The stabbing outside DelVecchio’s started because one man was "annoying" the other inside the bar, according to a statement from the 28-year-old victim.

Bail was set at $25,000 and was not immediately met for Phillip C. Rawlings, 27, of 601 Jay St., Utica, who appeared before City Court Judge Daniel C. Wilson Friday on one count of second-degree assault. His case was adjourned for a felony exam to Aug. 15.

Police said at 2:08 a.m. Aug. 9, Rawlings repeatedly stabbed 28-year-old Reginald J. Behlin with a folding knife during a fight outside DelVecchio’s bar on West Dominick Street. Police said Rawlings stabbed Behlin three times, in the stomach, in the chest and in the side. Behlin was treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

In a statement he made to police, Behlin said he was at the bar with family and friends when Rawlings entered and started "annoying" Behlin.

"Phillip kept annoying me though. By that, I mean he kept walking up to me and asking if I was alright, trying to be a clown," Behlin said in his statement.

"I told Phillip to just back off and to leave me alone."

Behlin told police he had known Rawlings for at least 10 years, and that Rawlings continued to annoy him throughout the night. Just after closing time, Behlin said the two met outside the front door to fight.

"During the fight, we ended up on the sidewalk and rolled around. At one point, Phillip got on top of me and started throwing punches," Behlin told police. When he got to his feet, Behlin said he noticed that he was bleeding, and Rawlings took off.

"I didn’t even know that I had been stabbed until people told me that I had been stabbed," Behlin told police. "I just thought Phillip and I were going to fight a fair fight with just our fists, but Phillip drew a knife and stabbed me."

Also in City Court:

¿ Andrew W. Dack, 25, of 309 Barringer Road, Ilion, pleaded guilty Wednesday to petty larceny. Charges of third-degree burglary, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and using fraud to obtain a controlled substance were dismissed. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Oct. 10.

Authorities said between November and Feb. 3, Dack, a pharmacist working at Rome Memorial Hospital, stole several quantities of hydrocodone pills from the hospital retail pharmacy. Authorities said Dack used the key to access the retail store after it had closed for the day, often while he was working at the inpatient pharmacy in the hospital.

In a statement to police, Dack said he suffers from anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder and an addiction to narcotics. He told investigators that he used the hydrocodone on himself, sometimes while working at the hospital. Dack said he stole from the pharmacy roughly once a week.

¿ Christopher J. Michik, 27, of 121 Bouck St., was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $120 surcharge on one count of disorderly conduct.

Police said at 2:27 a.m. July 16, Michik was in a fight in a parking lot in the 400 block of W. Dominick St.

¿ James R. Euson, 30, of 738 Calvert St., was ordered to pay a $500 fine on a charge of petty larceny.

Police said at 3:30 p.m. May 23, Euson stole a watch and a bracelet, worth a total of $33, from JCPenney on Erie Boulevard West.

¿ Mary Jane Sarus, 60, of 7084 Coleman Mills Road, was ordered to pay a $100 fine, $87 in restitution and was granted a one-year conditional discharge on one count of trespass, reduced from petty larceny.

Police said at 10:15 a.m. June 4, Sarus stole five packets of tanning lotion from Hawaiian Holiday Tanning Salon on Black River Boulevard.