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Run-in at roadblock set for court hearing

LOCKPORT – A hearing has been scheduled for next Wednesday on the circumstances surrounding David J. Mongielo’s June 27 run-in with Lockport police at a traffic roadblock. The officers called it resisting arrest, while Mongielo, who is suing the city for $575,000, called it police brutality.

Defense attorney Frank T. Housh said Wednesday that he is asking City Judge William J. Watson to dismiss some or all of the charges against Mongielo, who won the Conservative Party nomination for Lockport town supervisor in Tuesday’s primary election.

The hearing may produce testimony from the officers who dealt with Mongielo, who went through the roadblock twice and objected to it both times.

On the second trip, police ordered him out of his vehicle, wrestled him to the ground and charged him with resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and two counts of using a cellphone while driving. Mongielo’s statement said he turned on the phone to try to take video of the officers.

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