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Joke turns into a broken nose

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A man said he was joking with another man and the suspect took offense and punched him in the face.

The victim told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies that the assault happened in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Military Road just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

The victim refused medical treatment at the scene, preferring to go to a hospital emergency room, where he was diagnosed with a broken nose, according to a police report. He told deputies he wanted to pursue charges.

The Niagara County Sheriff Department issued a warrant from the Town of Niagara Court charging the suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Spatorico of Niagara Falls, with third-degree assault.