Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Courts

May 29, 2013

Mongielo jury trial to start July 29

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

David J. Mongielo will get his jury trial.

On July 29 the Town of Lockport auto shop owner will be tried for violating the town’s electronic sign ordinance that prohibits signs from changing the format or message more than once every 10 minutes. It's the second time Mongielo has been charged with violating the ordinance.

The jury will consist of six people and one alternate. If convicted by the jury, Mongielo could be sentenced to up to six months in Niagara County Jail, according to Town Prosecutor Bradley Marble.

At a court hearing Wednesday, Donald Jablonski, a town zoning board member, testified he shot a nine-minute video of Mongielo's sign, recorded in August 2011. The sign is located at Mongielo's shop, Mongielo's Auto Specialties on Robinson Road.

In the video, the sign displays two scenes, one with words highlighting a fundraiser for an injured Niagara County Sheriff's deputy and the other with the deputy's picture.

Mongielo objected to the video, stating it looked as if it had been edited due to some jerkiness seen in the video. Jablonski said on the stand he did not touch the video after he shot it.

The reason for Jablonski shooting the video was a political one, Mongielo alleged in court. Jablonski is also the town Republican committee chairman, of which Mongielo is a member.

Mongielo claimed he had another version of the video, where in it Jablonski reportedly can be heard on the phone saying he has the video. Jablonski testified that he was on the phone while shooting the video.

Mongielo asked Jablonski if the sign's format or message had changed in the video. Marble objected, saying that was for the court to decide.

Mongielo asked Schilling for permission to submit a variety of evidence supporting his charge that the video was shot as some kind of political attack. His request ranged from having town officials testify to minutes from Republican committee and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.

Text Only
Courts
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.