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News Update for Fri., Nov. 7, 2014

Coggins takes the stand in his own defense; Foley says he "was ready...."

The defense has now rested in the double-murder trial of Davide Coggins in Chautauqua County Court... but, not before the defendent himself took the stand.  That from District Attorney David Foley... who says -- in a surprise move -- the 34 year-old Coggins was on the stand all day Friday.  While he was surprised... Foley says he "was ready" for him.  The past few days have featured efforts by Public Defender Ned Barone to get evidence and witness testimony admitted into the record.  However... most items were denied after reportedly being rejected as irrelevant to the case.  Through those efforts... and, putting Coggins on the stand... Barone tried to incriminate Coggins' three alleged accomplices in the torture-murders of 66 year-old Gordon Skinner... and, his 59 year-old wife, Joyce.  Two of the accomplices testified for the prosecution after all three took plea deals.  Closing arguments are set for next Wednesday in County Court.

City woman hospitalized after bizarre domestic incident takes to Jamestown street...

A pregnant Jamestown woman is being treated at WCA Hospital after she was pinned between her car and another vehicle during a bizarre domestic incident on the city's westside.  Jamestown police say the woman was putting her children in the back of her parked car vehicle on Andrews Street about 8 this morning when three vehicles approached... and, appeared to be trying to 'pin-in' her car.  Officers say one of the cars... driven by 22 year-old Devon Mosher... struck the vehicle operated by 67 year-old Randall Holmes... from behind.  Police say Holmes' car pinned the woman between her vehicle and his.  Officers say the woman, who is eight-months pregnant, was not able to move.  She was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  Police say Mosher, Holmes... and, a third person, 50 year-old Terri Mosher-Holmes... were each arrested on charges including Felony unlawful imprisonment... two counts of endangering the welfare of a child... and, first-degree reckless endangerment.  All three are being held pending arraignment.  More charges are expected.

NWS forecaster says little accumulation from Friday morning and afternoon snows...

Some hilltops areas in both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties got a taste of winter this morning and afternoon... but, there wasn't much snow accumulation.  However... it's not the end of cold weather over the next several days.  In fact... a "Polar Vortex" will move south about mid-week next week.  Forecaster Tony Ansuini says temperatures will drop to about the mid-30s during the day-time hours.  But... Ansuini says the vortex won't make it into the U-S.  He says there will be some colder air... with daily highs in the mid-30s, and overnight lows in the 20s.  At the most... Ansuini says some hilltops got a half-inch to an inch of the white stuff today.  However... we should see rain -- if anything -- tonight.  Another round of rain is expected on Sunday.  The colder air will move in from Canada next week.  However... Ansuini says the Polar Vortex will only come as far south as northern Ontario province around mid-week.

59th "What's New Fair" set for Saturday and Sunday...

The annual November event that previews what's new for the Holiday season is set for this weekend at Jamestown Community College's Hamilton Collegiate Center.  The 59th "What's New Fair" is put on each year by the local chapter of the American Association of University Woman.  The AAUW's Maggie Irwin says the event begins tomorrow at 10 a.m., and, runs until 5 p.m., and, again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Irwin says they have 65 vendors tis year... selling their newest merchandise.  Admission is $3 for adults each day... and, $2 for JCC and Jamestown Business College students with I-D... and, $1 for children 6 to 12 years of age.  The event has raised about $300,000 for scholarships for JCC and JBC women graduates going on to get a four-year degree.