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Dispute over downed limb escalates into attack with golf club

NIAGARA FALLS – Thunderstorms that caused outages overnight Friday also managed to fray nerves, leading to one arrest, Niagara Falls police said.

Dennis C. Townsend, 50, of Ashland Avenue, was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and harassment for striking a neighbor in the head with a golf club, police said.

Townsend is accused of attacking the neighbor during an argument over the placement of a limb downed by storm, police said. The victim, whose glasses were broken, received several stitches, police added.