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April 25, 2013

Mongielo a no-show for court


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — For his second violation, Mongielo was sentenced to 15 days in Niagara County Jail and fined back on April 17, 2012 in Lockport Town Court by Schilling. The jail sentence was the result of the violation coming within the one-year conditional discharge Mongielo received on Sept. 14, 2010 for his first violation of the sign ordinance.

The condition for the discharge was that Mongielo could not break the sign ordinance again. Nearly a year after the first conviction, Mongielo’s sign was videotaped advertising a fundraiser for an injured Niagara County Sheriff’s deputy during which the image changed every few seconds.

But, Niagara County Judge Matthew Murphy’s ruled in October the second conviction had to be overturned and a new trial given.

Wednesday’s hearing would have decided whether or not Mongielo’s prior sign ordinance convictions could be used in a trial and whether or not a violation of the discharge took place. The May 7 appearance is just to reschedule the hearing. 

That’s if Mongielo shows.

“I’ll never show up there again,” he said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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