West Salem Man Critically Injured in Bar Fight


A 34-year old Sparta man has been charged after allegedly critically injuring a West Salem man in a bar fight early Sunday morning.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Rite Spot tavern in Sparta for a male subject who was unconscious outside the tavern. Authorities determined the suspect in the fight, Joshua Orrico was seen leaving on foot. A Sparta police officer was able to find Orrico a short distance from the tavern.
A witness to the fight says Orrico hit the victim, knocking them unconscious and then continued to assault the victim while they were on the ground.

Orrico was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangering safety and aggravated battery.

He was released on a $5,000 signature bond with special conditions not to have contact with the victim, not to consume alcohol or be in any bar, tavern, or liquor store, and not to act or threaten to act in any violent way.

 The victim remains hospitalized

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