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June 29, 2013

Mongielo faces harassment, traffic charges

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A Town of Lockport auto shop owner in the middle of a fight with the town over his sign faces several new charges after being stopped at a seatbelt checkpoint on Lincoln Avenue at 1:49 p.m. Thursday, Lockport Police said.

David J. Mongielo, 46, 5099 Day Road was charged with two counts of obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle using a cell phone and second-degree harassment. During the arrest, Lockport officer William Jones sustained abrasions to his left knee, police reported.

According to the incident report, Mongielo was stopped for a traffic infraction at the checkpoint. He was uncooperative and refused to comply with officers’ requests to provide information, police said. When told he was under arrest, Mongielo began to struggle with the officer, according to the report.

Mongielo was released on his own recognizance and is to be arraigned before Judge William Watson on Monday in Lockport City Court.

Mongielo is in the middle of a court battle with the town concerning the electric sign in front of his business, Mongielo’s Auto Specialties on Robinson Road. He is accused of violating the town’s electronic sign ordinance that prohibits signs from changing the format or message more than once every 10 minutes. Mongielo is due in Lockport Town Court on July 29 for a trial on that charge.