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Two Westport Men Charged In Fireworks Scuffle

WESTPORT, Conn. – Two Westport men were charged with breach of peace the night of the fireworks after one allegedly assaulted the other’s 10-year-old son, police said.

John Flood, 53, is accused of assaulting the son of Edward Iannone, a former Board of Finance member, after the boy threw a water balloon that broke near Flood, police said. Flood, of Compo Road South, allegedly chased the boy, held him against a fence and assaulted him, the police report states.

The boy later told his father what happened and pointed out Flood. When Iannone, 47, approached Flood, who was sitting in his car, he reportedly admitted to what happened.

Flood then got out of his car and threw a punch at Iannone, according to the police report. Iannone backed up and struck Flood in the nose, police said. The incident happened near the beach.

Flood was taken into custody and charged with second-degree strangulation, risk of injury to a minor, both felonies, and breach of peace, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Iannone, of Darbrook Road, was charged with breach of peace, a misdemeanor. He was released at the scene and issued a promise to appear in court. Both men are scheduled to appear in court July 13.

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