Fire destroys barn, extensively damages house in Ripley...

The fire was out by mid-morning... but, fire crews remained at the scene of a barn and house fire on Route 20 in Ripley.  Sheriff's Department dispatchers report that the call came in just before 5:30 this morning.  Initially... the call was for a barn fire... then a nearby house also caught fire.  Ripley, South Ripley, Sherman, Westfield and North East, PA firefighters were called out.  No injuries have been reported.  Route 20 is closed between State Street, and Shortman Road in the Town of Ripley due to the fire.  The barn was reportedly destroyed... while the house was extensively damaged.  Fire investigators were called to the scene about mid-morning.

 

No one hurt in blaze at Amish home near Sugar Grove, PA...

More than a dozen fire companies from Pennsylvania and New York helped put out a major blaze at an Amish home in Sugar Grove Towship last night.  The Jamestown Post-Journal reports Sugar Grove fire crews were called to the scene at 946 Wilson Road about 8 p.m.  Trucks could be seen pumping water into holding tanks at the scene because there was no nearby natural water source.  The home was on the border between Sugar Grove and Farmington townships.  Amish families assisted firefighters at the scene, moving ladders and hoses, and bringing bottles of drinking water to the scene.  Around 9:15 p.m., a ladder truck from Lakewood reached the scene and began extinguishing the flames shooting from the roof.  Joining Sugar Grove at the scene were Lander, Youngsville, Starbrick, Pleasant, North Warren, Russell and Wrightsville firefighters.  Several other crews from New York at the scene or on stand-by were including Busti, Frewsburg, Kiantone, Lakewood, Ashville, Panama, and Celoron.  No injuries were reported.


Trial date set for one of four suspects in Carroll double-homicide case...

A trial date has been set for one of the four Central New York men accused in the brutal deaths of a town of Carroll couple last April.  District Attorney David Foley's office Wednesday confirms the trial for 34 year-old Davide Coggins will begin next Mar. 11.  No dates have yet been set for 21 year-old Joshua McCormick... and 18 year-olds Ricky Knickerbocker and Steven Todd.  The date was set during a pre-trial conference Monday in Chautauqua County Court.  All four suspects are from the Elmira-area... face murder charges in the deaths of 66 year-old Gordon... and, 59 year-old Joyce Skinner last April 17.  Coggins and McCormick are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder... while Knickerbocker and Todd face two counts each of second-degree murder.  Coggins and McCormick face first-degree charges because they are over the age of 18.  Public Defender Ned Barone is representing Coggins... who is accused of leading the attacks.  The other three have been assigned attorneys.  The four allegedly stabbed the couple... and, set fire to their home to try and cover-up the crime.  Foley is out of town... and, was not available for comment.


New offer for Chautauqua County Home to be announced today...

There is a new purchase offer for the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.  County Executive Greg Edwards says he'll be joined by County Attorney Stephen Abdella for the announcement at 3 p.m. in his office.  It's the first solid offer since the county legislature rejected selling it twice... early this year... to an Illinois-based nursing home operator.  The legislature voted 16-to-9... then 15-to-9 to sell the Dunkirk home... but, a "super-majority" of 17 votes were needed.  Altitude Health Services made the offer of $16.5-million to buy the Dunkirk facility.  Edwards has been working with Chicago-based real estate firm Marcus and Millichap to find a new buyer.  The home has been running in the "red" for the past few years.


 

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