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Shop Owner Sentenced To Jail For Violating Ordinance Banning Video Signs

An auto repair shop owner in Lockport, NY, has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for repeatedly violating the town’s sign ordinance. According to the report in the Niagara Gazette, the ordinance says a sign cannot change a display more than once every 10 minutes.

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An auto repair shop owner in Lockport, NY, has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for repeatedly violating the town’s sign ordinance. According to the report in the Niagara Gazette, the ordinance says a sign cannot change a display more than once every 10 minutes.

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Below is the article as it appeared on the Niagara Gazette website.

Mongielo sentenced to 15 days in sign case

April 18, 2012

LOCKPORT — David J. Mongielo faces a 15-day jail sentence for violating the town’s sign ordinance a second time, which was a violation of the first offense’s conditional discharge.

Mongielo received a pair of sentences Tuesday night in town court, the first for his 2011 violation of the ordinance. The Robinson Road auto shop owner will pay a $250 fine and receive a one-year conditional discharge. That means Mongielo will serve 15 days in jail if he violates the ordinance again over the next 12 months.

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However, the 2011 violation is Mongielo’s second offense of the sign ordinance. He was cited three times in 2009 for violating town law with an electronic sign that can play video and changes displays within seconds. The town ordinance says a sign cannot change a display more than once every 10 minutes.

Mongielo’s sentence for the 2009 violation was three fines totaling $750 and a similar conditional discharge like the one   he received Tuesday. So in the end, Mongielo received the 15-day jail sentence because the 2011 offense violated the conditional discharge of the 2009 offense.

To read the entire article on the Niagara Gazette website, click HERE.

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