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DA: No charges filed in North Buffalo fight involving judge

DA: No charges filed in North Buffalo fight involving judge

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Mark Grisanti

State Supreme Court Judge Mark Grisanti.

No criminal charges will be filed related to a fight that broke out on a North Buffalo street about a parked car that involved Mark J. Grisanti, a former state senator who is now an acting State Supreme Court justice and his wife, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

"The Erie County DA’s Office has thoroughly reviewed the incident involving the Grisantis and Meles that occurred on the evening of June 23, 2020. Criminal charges will not be filed against those involved," an emailed statement from the DA's Office said.

The people involved in the North Buffalo dispute are neighbors on Duluth Avenue: Mark J. Grisanti, 55, his wife Maria T. Grisanti, 60; and their across-the-street neighbors, Joseph R. Mele, 65, a city worker, and his wife Gina D. Mele, 53.

The incident seems to have started because a truck parked in the street may have been partially blocking the driveway of the Grisantis' home. The argument over the parked car turned physical, according to law enforcement sources and witnesses at the scene.

Maki Becker

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Chief of the Breaking News/Criminal Justice Desk

I've worked at The Buffalo News since 2005. I previously worked as a reporter at the New York Daily News and the Charlotte Observer and was a special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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