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Arrest After Bar Fight Outside Merrick Bar

A Farmingdale man was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly assaulting another patron nearby Jugs & Strokers bar in Merrick, Nassau County Police reported.

According to police, James Fontana, 42, was running away from the Sunrise Highway bar when police arrived on the scene.

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Further investigation determined that Fontana was involved in a verbal dispute with a 23-year-old male victim outside the bar. The defendant then reportedly struck the victim in the face with a beer bottle causing a deep laceration to the nose.

The victim was transported to an area hospital by private automobile where several stitches were required to close the wound, police reported.

Fontana was arrested near the scene and charged with Assault 1st Degree and Criminal Possession (B felony) of a Weapon 3rd Degree (D felony). He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday.

According to the Nassau County District Attorney's office, Fontana is still charged with two felonies and is next due in court on April 11. 

Editor's Note: This story was first published on Dec. 12, 2012 and was last updated on March 19, 2013.

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greg smith March 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Jugs and strokers was totally unaware of any disturbance that you reported. Although I assume you just mimic the police report and post it with out knowing what the circumstances really were. Jugs and Strokers is tarnished by an incident that nobody was aware of that took place somewhere outside the bar. Jugs-N-Strokers is patronized by many respectable people from the surrounding towns as well as Merrick and always maintains and orderly respectable crowd. Please allow us the opportunity to paint a clear picture of what this establishment is really like instead of the perception based on an article that is really more of a police report.

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