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LOCKPORT - A North Tonawanda man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of violating a restraining order obtained by his girlfriend, who seems to have changed her mind about the matter.
Thomas L. Jay, 42, of Schenck Street, denied the felony charge of first-degree criminal contempt of court. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said North Tonawanda police arrested Jay April 25 when he was allegedly seen hiding in bushes outside his girlfriend's home.
Nichols told County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that the woman wants the restraining order lifted, which Murphy declined to do. Nichols also told the judge that the woman "is not currently participating in the prosecution."
Jay is serving a six-month jail sentence for misdemeanor contempt involving the restraining order, imposed June 21 in North Tonawanda City Court.