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Man facing charges following incident

ROUSES POINT Residents are in shock following an incident in which a village man allegedly assaulted his wife and then set fire to his home with his wife and three children still inside. State police responded to a report of a domestic incident at 27 Chapman St. last Saturday at approximately 9 p.m. According to Lt. Chuck Potthast, with the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, an investigation revealed Scott E. Palmer, 35, assaulted his wife, Marcy Palmer, at their residence. He is alleged to have then poured gasoline throughout the two-story home, igniting a fire while his wife and three children were still inside. However, Marcy Palmer and the three children the couples 3-year-old son and a 10-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy who are from a different father fled the residence and were not seriously injured in the fire. Jennifer Carey, who lives across the street from the Palmers, said she and her husband, Frank Carey, were home at the time of the incident and heard the 10-year-old girls calls for help. My husband was outside and the little girl saw him and hollered to him, Jennifer Carey recalled. I called 911 while he was going over. Marcy had difficulty walking so he carried her over here while the kids came inside and we locked the doors. During that time, Scott Palmer is said to have fled on foot through the parking lot of Champlain Childrens Learning Center, which is located behind the Palmer residence. He was encountered by Clinton County Sheriffs Department and state police officers outside the rectory of St. Patricks Church on Lake Street and taken into custody without further incident. Marcy Palmer and her children were transported to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh where the children were treated and released. Marcy Palmer was subsequently transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., for further treatment. Scott Palmer was also transported to CVPH Medical Center where he was treated for a laceration he sustained during the incident and later released into police custody. He was subsequently charged with second-degree assault and arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court before the Hon. Kevin Patnode. He was remanded to Clinton County Jail without bail and was to return to court May 20. As of Monday, Marcy Palmer remained at Fletcher Allen in Burlington. Weve been executing search warrants yesterday and today, Lt. Potthast said via telephone Monday. Once weve done all the interviews, well be getting together with the district attorney and looking at the various additional charges that will be lodged. Never in the 10 years she has lived in Rouses Point has she ever witnessed an incident such as this, Jennifer Carey said. While she and her husband have lived across the street from the Palmers for only the past year, the couple has known them prior and found the incident shocking, to say the least, she said. We see them daily, Jennifer Carey said of the Palmers and their three children. We see them all going for family walks. Hes always with the kids. Theyre always rollerblading or riding bikes. It just seems so out of character for him. Its really an unfortunate thing, she added. The Palmer residence sustained major damage as a result of the fire. Fire departments from Rouses Point, Champlain and Plattsburgh were called to extinguish the blaze. Clinton County Fire Investigators, the state police Troop B Forensic Identification Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Clinton County District Attorneys Office are also involved in the continuing investigation.

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