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No Charges in Casino Incident Involving Sen. Mark Gristanti

12:50 AM, Feb 26, 2012   |    comments
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NAIGARA FALLS, NY-- Niagara Falls Police said Friday no charges will be filed following a two week investigation into a disturbance at the Seneca Niagara Casino involving State Senator Mark Grisanti.

Niagara Falls Police called the events the night of February 10th an "unfortunate incident" and say the case is now closed.

The matter started when the Senator attempted to break up an altercation in the Lobby Bar involving two Seneca businessmen. The Senator's wife was allegedly assaulted and suffered a concussion during the fracas.

In the days that followed, charges and countercharges were exchanged between the Grisantis and others there that night, including Eric and Kristina White and Ellen Heron.

Police say their decision was reached after taking statements, reviewing security camera video and consultations with the Niagara County District Attorney's Office.

Late Friday afternoon, Grisanti issued the following statement:

"It is disappointing that enough evidence could not be collected to charge the people who attacked and injured my wife.

My only priority in all of this has been the well being of my wife Maria, and that does not change with the DA's decision.

We have been entirely consistent and truthful in this matter. The inaccurate allegations that were reported against us have also been squashed.

I disagree with the decision to not press charges. However, I respect the judicial and legal process."

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