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Is this the Niagara County Jail or a Lockport B&B?

When a person is sentenced to weekends in jail, it's no vacation.

Or at least we thought so until this week.

Justice Richard C. Kloch was admonishing a defendant before him who had missed one weekend of his sentence. The man's lawyer initially blamed a case of shingles, but after conferring with the lawyers in the case, the judge made it clear there was a misunderstanding about the point of being in jail.

"You're not supposed to take in candy. No pillow, no blanket," Kloch told the man.

But the judge added that a book was OK.

"Take a crossword puzzle book," he said. "That's what I do when I'm on vacation: read and do crossword puzzles."

If the Niagara County Jail makes the judge think of his vacations, he might want to consider a new travel agent.

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