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Four jurors have now been seated for the murder trial of the alleged ringleader involved in the deaths of two town of Carroll residents in April of last year.  Chautauqua County Commissioner of Jurors Kathleen Krauza says two more men were selected to the panel Wednesday for the trial of 34 year-old David Coggins.  Jury selection began Tuesday in county court.  Coggins... along with three others... are accused of breaking into the home of 66 year-old Gordon... and, 59 year-old Joyce Skinner on Wheeler Hill Road.  The four are also accused of setting the home on fire to try and cover up the crime.  So far... two of the accomplices -- all from Elmira, New York -- have accepted plea deals in return for a break in sentencing.  All four had been charged with two counts each of second-degree murder.


A woman who bought the guns used by her former neighbor to kill two upstate New York firefighters on Christmas Eve of 2012 have been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.  A federal judge on Wednesday handed down the sentence to Dawn Nguyen (WIHN)... who's already in state prison for up to four years on related charges.  The state and federal prison sentences will run concurrently.  Nguyen has admitted to buying a semi-automatic rifle and shotgun in 2010 for William Spengler Jr., a felon prohibited from owning weapons.  More than two years later, Spengler fatally shot his sister, set fire to his West Webster home and ambushed responding firefighters. He shot four, killing two, before committing suicide.  Nguyen on Wednesday apologized to West Webster firefighters who showed up in court.


A serious two-car accident on Route 62 in the town of Kiantone Wednesday morning sent two Jamestown-area residents to an Erie, Pennsylvania hospital.  Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 5:45 AM... and, their investigation found that 48 year-old Radha Latona of Kiantone was northbound when she entered the southbound lane... and, struck the second car, driven by 67 year-old Douglas Bergstrom of Jamestown, head on.  Deputies say Latona had to be freed from her vehicle with a hurst tool.  Both Latona and Bergstrom were initially taken to WCA Hospital for treatment... then flown to UPMC-Hamot due to the seriousness of their injuries. The investigation is ongoing and charges may be filed at a later time.


The date has been formally set for the official renaming of the county airport near Jamestown after late U-S Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.  Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will preside over the ceremony on Saturday, October 4th, beginning at 10 AM.  Horrigan says the new name will be The Greater Chautauqua-Jamestown Airport -- Robert H. Jackson Field.  He says the airport terminal was previously dedicated in Jackson's honor in June of 1973... and, now the airport's runways and surround grounds will be named in his honor. Horrigan says having the plane there also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.  He says the C-47 will land at the airport just before the ceremony to name the field after Jackson... who grew up in Frewsburg... and, was chief Prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial following World War-Two.  Horrigan says there's also a third part to the program on October 4th.  The county will officially welcome Sun Air Express... which will be the county's new aircarrier. Silver Airways has continued service to and from Cleveland during the interim period.  Silver early announced it would be ending air service earlier this year.  However... with Sun Air not moving in until October 1st... Silver said it would continue service until that time.


Two Amish children were seriously hurt when the buggy they were riding early Monday night in the Cattaraugus County town of Leon (Lee-in) was hit from behind by a pick-up truck.  Sheriff's Deputies in Little Valley say the horse and buggy was southbound on Route 62 about 5:30 PM when it was struck by the truck... driven by 33 year-old Peter Riley of Route 62.  Officers say the buggy's occupants... Marie Miller and her one-year old... and, 5-week old sons... were all thrown from the buggy.  Officers say Miller suffered minor injuries... while the one-year old suffered a cut to the eye.  They add the 5-week old suffered multiple skull fractures.  All four were taken to Brook's Memorial Hospital for treatment.  Officers say the one-year old was transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in buffalo.  The investigation is continuing.


New York is working to make it easier to get checked for hepatitis C.  Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed a new law that will allow qualified registered nurses to administer hepatitis C tests.  Before the change... registered nurses could only give the test to specific patients as directed by a doctor or nurse practitioner.  Cuomo says the old rules created ``unnecessary barriers'' to testing.  He says early detection of the illness can help patients get treatment faster.  Last year... the state began requiring hospitals and doctors to offer hepatitis C to patients born between 1945 and 1965, a group who are at greater risk of having hepatitis C.


Bad road conditions from our past Winter haven't been exclusive to New York state.  There have been rough road conditions through-out Warren County, Pennsylvania as well.  We've heard a few complaints about the roads... but, Pine Grove Township Supervisor Charlie Morrison says their crews have been working as fast as they can to get roads up to par.  Morrison says they just finished up work Wednesday on Gould Town Road. Morrison says... weather permitting... they'll be moving onto Norberg Road -- near the Cable Hollow Golf Course.  He says the worst road they've worked on yet is Stanton Hill Road... where the bottom was completely washed out.  That's been temporarily repaired... and, Morrison says crews will be returning to that shortly.  If residents have concerns about roads -- or other town issues -- he urges them to attend their regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at the town hall at 7 PM.  As for State roads... like Route 957... Morrison says Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews have been patching that -- mainly from Route 62 to Corry.

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