The spouse of a City of Lockport councilwoman has reimbursed a regional auto mechanic for damage he brought about to a cell cellular phone in the course of a confrontation that turned actual physical very last year at a restaurant on Robinson Street.
The Orleans County District Attorney’s Place of work confirmed that Ralph Dufour, partner of city council member Patricia Dufour, paid out $375 restitution to Dave Mongielo, operator of Mongielo’s Car Specialties, as component of the resolution of costs Dufour confronted subsequent the restaurant confrontation very last spring.
Ralph Dufour was billed with 1 depend of fourth-degree felony mischief and a person count of 2nd-diploma harassment subsequent the Could 10, 2022 incident. His circumstance was transferred to the Orleans County District Attorney’s Business owing to a conflict with the Niagara County District Attorney’s Business.
Orleans County District Lawyer Joseph Cardone explained that, in addition to having to pay Mongielo for the cell mobile phone hurt, Ralph Dufour agreed to an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal which resolves all fees. Beneath the conditions of that settlement, DuFour have to refrain from violating any laws and stay clear of call with Mongielo for a six-thirty day period period. Each Mongielo and Dufour have temporary restraining orders in area, barring either one particular from interacting with the other.
“As long as (Dufour) abides by individuals terms, at the end of 6 months, the judge will dismiss the situation and seal it,” Cardone mentioned.
In an job interview this week, Mongielo explained he’s glad with the resolution of the subject. He claimed he understands that “everyone makes mistakes in everyday living.”
“I’m the style of dude that I just want accountability,” he reported.
Ralph Dufour’s attorney pointed out that the rates versus his customer have been dismissed and had no more comment.
The altercation happened on May possibly 10 when Mongielo stopped for breakfast at a community cafe and uncovered quite a few city officers, such as supervisor Mark Crocker, board users Patricia Dufour and Darlene DiCarlo, Highway Superintendent Dave Miller and Dufour’s husband, Ralph, sitting down alongside one another at a desk.
Mongielo testified all through a listening to in county court previous October that he tried to use his cell phone to file the team and, as a “citizen journalist,” supposed to ask the city officials some issues about property reassessment.
Movie received using Mongielo’s cell telephone showed that as he approached the table the place the city officers had been sitting down, Ralph Dufour obtained up, moved toward him and knocked the cell cell phone out of his hand, causing it to be broken.
Mongielo is facing 3 counts of harassment stemming from the incident. He has pleaded not guilty and stated he does not intend to settle for any plea delivers and will rather acquire his scenario to trial. His case is ongoing in Royalton city courtroom.
Mongielo’s lawyer, James Ostrowski, beforehand filed a movement to dismiss all three counts and vacate orders of safety that needed Mongielo to surrender his lawfully permitted firearms to legislation enforcement. In his motion, Ostrowski describes the charges versus Mongielo as “utterly frivolous” while contending that they had been submitted in retaliation by the other people who were concerned in the incident.
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