Manning Sets Record!

DENVER-Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has passed Brett Favre for the most career touchdown passes with 509. The ex-Indianapolis Colts signal caller has three touchdown passes in the first half tonight against the 49ers, and 18 on the season. (Update: Manning tossed four TD’s making his career total 510 as the Broncos blew out the 49’ers 42-17 in the Sunday night game.)

W is for Watkins!

ORCHARD PARK- Rookie Bills receiver Sammy Watkins was hit for a 2 yard TD pass from quarterback Kyle Orton in the final seconds, and the Bills (4-3) pulled out a 17-16 win at home over the Minnesota Vikings (2-5). The TD occurred as a result of a 15-play, 80 yard drive. Orton made  key throws on the drive, with conversions on 4th and 20 and  3rd and 12. A 28-yard reception by Chris Hogan set up shop for the decisive score at the Vikings 2. Orton overcame another mediocre day in which he threw an INT, had a lost fumble and was sacked six times for a 31-43 for 283 yards and 2 TD finish. Both TDs were to Watkins, who finished with 9 catches for 122 yards and the 2 TDs.  This marks Orton’s second last-second victory in 3 starts for Buffalo, who was forced to overcome injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield. The Vikings defense forced 4 turnovers, 2 of them when Buffalo had drives deep in Minnesota territory and the other two deep in Buffalo territory. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went 15-26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in defeat. Minnesota has now lost its third in a row. The Bills will travel to AFC rival NY Jets (1-6) for a 1:00 showdown next week, while the Vikings will be on the road against the 1-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also at 1:00.


NFL Week 6 Scores

Sunday, October 19th

Buffalo 17-Minnesota 16

Jacksonville 24-Cleveland 6

Indianapolis 27-Cincinnati 0

Baltimore 29-Atlanta 7

St. Louis 28-Seattle 26

Miami 27-Chicago 14

Washington 19-Tennessee 17

Detroit 24-New Orleans 23

Green Bay 38-Carolina 17

Kansas City 23-San Diego 20

Dallas 31-NY Giants 21

Arizona 24-Oakland 13

Denver 42-San Francisco 17

Monday, October 20th

Houston at Pittsburgh, 8:30 P.M

Thursday, October 16th

New England 27-NY Jets 25

BYE: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia 


Bills RB Duo Out

ORCHARD PARK- Bills running back Fred Jackson will not return after an injury to his groin occurred in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.  Jackson, 33, remained down on the field after he was stopped on 3rd and 1 short of the first down marker. He was eventually helped up and to the sidelines by center Eric Wood and a trainer. Hands over his face, Jackson was taken to the locker room on a cart. RB C.J. Spiller was carted off with a shoulder injury. He has been ruled out (Update: Spiller broke a collar bone, and is scheduled for surgery Monday. Indications now are he will miss 6 to 8 weeks.)Boobie Dixon is the only available running back left for Buffalo.


Advertising: TheCAT Moves Forward

JAMESTOWN-Our full copyrighted name is after all The Chautauqua county Advertiser&Transcript-TheCAT.

The advertising part, we are happy to report, is coming along-and earlier than originally planned in our business model which expected a springtime 2015 start for more than a few ads.

We now are approved by Google AdSense and also our videos on YouTube loaded by Tween Broadcasting Network. In addition we are distributing our media kits to potential local advertisers telling, we think, a compelling story about the economical and effective opportunities offered at

So for those who have asked about the business side of TheCAT, it’s coming. Content first always-that is what brings page views and advertisers benefit.


Arrest: Forceable Entry In Ellery

BEMUS POINT- Lionel Wescott Jr., 26, Bemus Point, is charged by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies with making a forceable entry into an Ellery residence along Rt. 430 and shoving a resident in the home shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Wescott is in Chautauqua County Jail without bail charged with 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree criminal mischief and harassment.

Wescott allegedly forced his way into the home, shoved a resident to the ground and damaged property, according to the sheriff’s office.


“Rob” Taglianetti Is In Great Meadow Prison

COMSTOCK-Convicted murderer Anthony “Rob” Taglianetti is an inmate at Great Meadow Prison, a maximum security state institution north of Albany near the Vermont border.

Taglianetti was committed there in March shortly after receiving his maximum sentence for the shooting death of former Clymer school superintendent Keith Reed Jr in September 2012.


Sect VI Local Scores 10-17-14

Friday, October 17th

Jamestown 19-Orchard Park 0

Southwestern 17-Falconer/CV 3

Portville 42-Frewsburg 12

Fredonia 50-Dunkirk 48  F/4OT

Randolph 56-Westfield/Brocton 6

Silver Creek/Forestville 28-Catt/LV 7

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake 50-Allegany Limestone 3

Gowanda 30-Akron 6

Saturday, October 18

Panama 7-Sherman 6




Update: Drug Raids Net 6 Suspects

JAMESTOWN-Six persons are charged after two drug raids Thursday afternoon. (See initial report below.)

Laura Dubois, 24, and Lawerence Gary, 45, both of Jamestown, were arrested along with Ollie Alford, 32, of Buffalo, at 108 Crescent St.

Torry Knight, 46, of Jamestown and Ervin Mitchell, 31, and Rayquan Brooks, 18, both from Buffalo, were arrested at 165 Barrett Ave.

All six face 3rd degree Criminal Possesion of a Controlled Substance charges stemming from about one ounce of crack cocaine found, police said, at each location.

In addition, Alford and Gary, both convicted felons were charged with possesion of a loaded rifle.

Police said the arrests were the result of an investigation of crack cocaine trafficking in the city by the Metro Drug Force which included JPD and Town of Ellicott PD.





Reed “Likely Winner”- Sabato Predicts

From the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics:

Rep. Tom Reed(R)is likely to retain his NY-23 seat in the US House of Representatives, according to the latest election outlook posted by “Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball”

Sabato had the race against Ithaca’s Martha Robertson as “leaning GOP,” but Thursday changed it to “likely.”

Also the national Democrat Congressional Committee has ceased spending for Robertson who is already badly behind Reed in media spending.




imageimageJAMESTOWN-Raids at 108 Crescent and 165 Barrett Thursday netted “lots of drugs, money and at least one gun,” according to JPD Capt. Robert Samuelson shortly before 6 p.m. Crack Cocaine was the drug seized, Samuelson said. He expects a full media release later Thursday night.


Fire In Skinner Murders Was Set

MAYVILLE-The fire that badly burned Gordon Skinner and his wife Joyce was deliberately set and its intensity indicated “accelerants” were used, Chautauqua County Fire Investigator Lance Hedlund testified Thursday as the Davide Coggins double murder trial continued.

Hedlund said the fire in a basement room was “hot, fast and localized,” and likely originated in the wooden rocker where Mr. Skinner’s charred remains were located.  Nearby, Hedlund said were gasoline cans both inside and outside the basement door.

Earlier in the trial Dr. Tara Mahar, Erie County Chief Medical Examiner, testified Mr. Skinner’s cause of death was either smoke inhalation or multiple stab wounds. Mrs. Skinner did not have any evidence of smoke inhalation indicating she was dead due to multiple stab wounds before the fire started.

Afternoon testimony in Day Six of the Coggins trial was taken up with a string of Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies testifying about their custody of the general crime scene and identifying photos of what appear to be bloody and sooty footprints and other artifacts collected during the first day of the investigation at the Skinner’s Wheeler Hill home near Frewsburg.

Among the artifacts- a pair of “brown slippers,” one found on the deck, the other on the ground.

Coggin’s trial is set to resume Friday at 9 a.m.


Monofrax Strike Continues

FALCONER-Pickets continued their 24/7 presence outside the main gate to RHI Monofrax Wednesday night.

imageUnion members denied there was a recent negotiation to end the strike. They characterized the latest meeting between labor and management as informational only.

Workers say the work stoppage is because of company proposals to cut back health insurance and pension benefits. (For more background see the exclusive video report below)


Coggins Trial Resumes

MAYVILLE-Key witnesses against accused double murderer Davide Coggins are likely to testify sometime this week as Coggin’s trial on two 1st degree murder charges resumes Wednesday morning with a scheduled 9 a.m. start.

Those important witnesses are three of the four suspects who have copped to lesser pleas stemming from involvement in the April 17, 2013, brutal slaying of Gordon and Joyce Skinner in their Wheeler Hill home near Frewsburg. The Skinners were both repeatedly stabbed, then burned and left in a basement room.

Steven Todd, 19, Ricky Knickerbocker,19, and Josh McCormick,22, all accepted plea bargains rather than face trial for murder leaving 35-year-old Coggins as the only suspect to stand trial in Chautauqua County Court. [Read more...]



FREDONIA-A 68 year-old Portland woman is dead after her vehicle was struck by a train at the Walker Road crossing in the Town of Pomfret, according to a NY State Police source.

Phyllis Poloncarz was pronounced dead after her vehicle was struck by a westbound freight train and dragged for more than a mile while the train slowed to a stop.

Investigators are waiting for video from the locomotive’s front camera to learn more.

Meth Bust-Superior St.-2 Jailed


130 Superior St. which police report is now cleansed of any dangerous chemicals following a 24-hour scouring.

Kristen Nelson-Image provided by JPD

Kristen Nelson-Image provided by JPD

Joseph Casel-Image provided by JPD.

Joseph Casel-Image provided by JPD.

JAMESTOWN-A man and a woman are charged after a raid on an alleged meth lab at 130 Superior St. Saturday. Police, fire and haz-mat equipment were still at the site early Sunday afternoon.

Joseph Casel, 43, and Kristen Nelson, 34, were arrested at their Superior Street apartment Saturday afternoon following a larceny complaint from a Fairmont Avenue motel which reported the theft of a “4-wheeler” Saturday morning.

JPD, working with Ellicott PD, report tracing a van to the address, and finding it contained a “4-wheeler” reported stolen. Officers also observed what they suspected were ingredients used to make methamphetamines, and obtained a search warrant for the residence where they report there were indications the illegal drug was made there.

Both suspects are charged with felony manufacture of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of two small children in the home. Both children are now reported to be with relatives.

Brady Conquers…Again!


Tom Brady leaves Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday. Brady’s bullseye accuracy, ability to throw every kind of pass and find open receivers netted him a 4-TD day. Image by Ryan Hedrick, News Director, 95.3 The Lake.

ORCHARD PARK- New England Patriots (4-2) QB Tom Brady  again defeated (feasted on?) the Bills (3-3) , this time 37-22. Brady threw for 361 yards and 4 TDs on the afternoon,  2 of them to WR Brandon LaFell in the 4th quarter.

All but 50 of the Pats 396 offensive yards came via the pass as Brady showed the Ralph crowd what a premier quarterback can accomplish.

The Pats running game was stalled all day long, but it didn’t matter. LaFell, TE Rob Grankowski and WR Julian Edelman all had huge days receiving, each surpassing 90 yards. Bills QB Kyle Orton  had a mixed day with 299 yards in the air, 2 TDs but a costly INT, and took what appeared to be two unnecessary sacks. Buffalo  also gained  fewer than 100 yards on the ground. The last game Buffalo was able to eclipse the century  mark was Week 2 against the Dolphins.

Ebola Update:

From the digital New York Times:

A health-care worker in Texas is quarantined after a positive test for the Ebola virus.

Drug Raids Continue In City

Ezequiel Villafane-Rodriquez, 20, 10 Winsor St., charged with possession of a "quantity of Heroin and cash.

Ezequiel Villafane-Rodriquez, 20, 10 Winsor St., charged with possession of a “quantity of Heroin and cash.

Zuleyka Fuentas-Cruz, 33, 6 Winsor St., charged with possession of prescription pills.

Zuleyka Fuentas-Cruz, 33, 6 Winsor St., charged with possession of prescription pills.

Angel Ortiz Rodriquez, 37, 563 E. 2nd St., picked up on a warrant issued in Warren, Pa.

Angel Ortiz Rodriquez, 37, 563 E. 2nd St., picked up on a warrant issued in Warren, Pa.


Angel Cruz, 20, 6 Winsor St., charged with possession of prescription pills.

JAMESTOWN-Three search warrants resulted in four arrests on drug related charges Friday morning, according to a news release from JPD. (See details with images provided by JPD.)



David Coggins, 35, on trial for two counts of 1st degree murder in the deaths of Gordon and Joyce Skinner. Image provided by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

MAYVILE-“We ended up killing the couple”-that was what Jordon Blake testified he heard when he met three of the four accused in the double murder of Gordon and Joyce Skinner. Blake said Steven Todd, Josh McCormick and Ricky Knickerbocker were “teary eyed and nervous” when he pulled his car over after spotting the trio walking on Maple St. in Elmira about 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, the day the Skinners were murdered in their Wheeler Hill home in the Town of Carroll.

Blake also testified Friday, day four in the murder trial of Davide Coggins, that he had warned against the planned burglary of the Skinner home  just days before: “I could tell by Mr. Coggin’s demeanor it was going to get ugly.” Blake, himself a convicted felon, said was his reaction when told of the plot in the Elmira apartment of Lindsay Brown, then  Todd’s girlfriend.

Blake read the “killing the couple” comment from a sworn deposition he made, and read it as instructed by Public Defender Ned Barone. However, when re-examined by DA David Foley, Blake read an extended version of the comment which implicated Coggins as the murderer. The 35-yrear-old Coggins “drug the man” down the stairs (from the main floor to the basement) and “strangled and stabbed him,” Blake read from his deposition about what the other suspects related to him following the slayings.

Barone’s examination of Blake was designed to cast doubt on the prosecution witness’s testimony by establishing Blake is still a member of the “Bloods” gang, and has served time in prison, including at least one maximum security facility. Blake also said Josh McCormick, one of the three suspects who has cut a plea deal, was a close friend, “like a brother.”

Blake’s recounting of the “strangled” comment appears to explain a prosecution attempt to bring up the topic during the examination of Erie County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Tara Mahar. Mr. Skinner’s hyoid bone, located in the front of the neck just below the chin, was fractured, something, according to forensic texts, that can indicate strangulation. However, Mahar’s autopsy clearly states the fracture was apparently the result of a knife blade striking and passing through the bone.

Because of this Barone very strenuously objected to the line of questioning as irrelevant. Judge John Ward read through the autopsy cause of death finding and sustained Barone’s objection. Ward also told the jury to disregard the questions. (Please see “No Mistrial for Coggins” below for more details on the issue of strangulation.)

Coggins trial will continue Wednesday at 9 a.m., according to Judge Ward, who said he decided to start proceedings a half-hour earlier and “go a little longer” starting next week.




Skinner Home Was Torn Apart

MAYVILLE-Criminals from out of town tore apart the residence of murder victims Gordon and Joyce Skinner apparently seeking hidden money, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Lt. Vince Gerace who was the only witness Thursday-day three of the trial of Davide Coggins on two counts of 1st degree murder.

Lt. Gerace gave an extremely detailed account of the through ransacking of the home, often aided by photos and diagrams to help jurors understand the layout of the residence and what the forensics team, led by Gerace, found.

Gerace will continue his testimony Friday when the trial resumes a half-hour early at 9 a.m.

No Mistrial For Coggins

MAYVILLE-Davide Coggins defense team asked Judge John Ward to declare a mistrial Wednesday afternoon, a request the judge denied. All of this was revealed after the jury in the double-murder trial had left for the day.

In a near empty courtroom shortly after 5 p.m. Judge Ward had a conversation with lead defense attorney Ned Barone about a so-called side bar earlier in the afternoon after Barone twice objected to prosecution attempts to introduce strangulation during an examination of Erie County Medical Examiner Dr. Tara Mahar.

Ward sustained Barone’s objection both times, and instructed the jury to ignore the questions.

Ward told Barone that the sustaining of his objections and his instructions to the jury were the proper remedy, not a mistrial.

Autopsy findings indicated that Gordon Skinner’s hyoid bone, located in the neck below the chin, was fractured, which according to forensic texts can indicate strangulation. However, Dr. Mahar’s autopsy said a stab wound in the neck was the cause of the fracture, and there was no mention of strangulation.


Jury Sees, Hears Autopsy Details

MAYVILLE-Grisly photos and detailed medical findings were placed in evidence Wednesday afternoon as jurors continued to hear the prosecution case against Davide Coggins, charged with two counts of 1st degree murder in the death of Gordon and Joyce Skinner at their Wheeler Hill Rd Home early on the morning of April 17, 2013.

Cause of death for Gordon Skinner was multiple stab wounds, for his wife Joyce, multiple stab wounds and inhalation of combustion products, according to Dr. Tara Mahar, Chief Medical Examiner of ECMC in Buffalo who performed autopsies on both April 18, 2013.

Coggins Did 8+ Years For Sodomy/Has Been In Prison Most Of His Adult Life

Davide Coggins has been in prison 13 1/2 years of the 18 years since he turned 17, state records show.

Coggins was just a few months past his 17th birthday when he was sent to Elmira state prison for 1st degree sodomy, according to NY prison records.

Coggins, now 35, went to Elmira in Oct. ’96, and was released in April ’05.

Here is the definition of 1st degree sodomy in New York’s criminal code:

“Sodomy in the First Degree has occurred when a person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person: • By forcible compulsion; • Who is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or • Who is less than 11 years old.”

Then he went behind bars again in 2008 on a conviction of criminal possession of a forged instrument. He served his full five year term, and was released just one month before his arrest in connection with the Skinner murders for which he is now on trial.


Coggins Related To Skinners

JAMESTOWN-Ryan Hedrick, News Director of 95.3 The Lake and 106.9 KISS-FM, will report Wednesday that Davide Coggins is related to murder victims Gordon and Joyce Skinner. The source is unimpeachable.

A Big Break Described In Coggins Trial

MAYVILLE-Dave Ekstrom left work early Tuesday, April 16, 2013, and decided to report early the next day to make up for it. That circumstance was to provide  Chautauqua County authorities a huge break in the murder of Gordon and Joyce Skinner.

Ekstrom testified he left his Wheeler Hill home just one house away from the Skinners about 4:20 a.m. and immediate noticed two unusual things that Wednesday morning: Every room in the Skinners was lit, and an automobile was parked on the other side of the road.

“I thought that was very peculiar,” Ekstrom commented on the fully illuminated residence. Furthermore, Ekstrom committed to memory the first three letters on the unfamiliar car’s plate, “GCS.”

Ekstrom drove on but “something didn’t feel right,” he told the jury. He decided to double back, and this time he more closely examined the automobile and very importantly wrote down the entire plate number, “GCS 4638″ and made the car as a gold Pontiac from the early “2000’s.”

Ekstrom then went to work and later called his wife Patty to tell her about the going ons. Shortly after, he received a call from District Attorney David Foley asking him to come to the Skinners home, now a crime scene. Ekstrom quickly returned to Wheeler Hill Rd, handed over the scrap paper and described the car-a tremendous help to authorities just a couple of hours into the investigation of  a double murder.

Skinner’s Life-Long Friend Makes Move Toward Coggins!

MAYVILLE-A life-long friend of murdered Gordon Skinner made a move toward defendant Davide Coggins Tuesday afternoon after testifying for the prosecution.

David Hamilton earlier had told the court of his friendship with Skinner that began when both were nine years old. Hamilton was obviously upset and frequently had to pause during his question and answer with DA David Foley. Both men joined the Marine Corps under the “buddy system,” he related.

Hamilton said he became concerned when Skinner did not appear for coffee at the usual time, about 8:30 a.m., a weekday ritual between the two, he testified.

Following repeated unanswered calls to the Skinner home, Hamilton said he drove to the couple’s home where he encountered both fire fighters and police.

After stepping from the stand Hamilton turned toward the defense desk and moved toward it with the seeming intent to confront Coggins. He was restrained by two deputy sheriffs and escorted from the courtroom.

Coggins Trial Underway

MAYVILLE-Davide Coggins, the last suspect who hasn’t opted out of a jury trial, saw his trial begin Tuesday morning for the slaying of Gordon and Joyce Skinner in their home near Frewsburg.

Three other suspects in the brutal murders have accepted plea bargains-a point emphasized by Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone during his defense presentation to the jury.

“There’s nothing that directly ties my client to the murder,” Barone said during a brief interview during the lunch break.

“…don’t know what demons…”

MAYVILLE – Jason Wells, 41, received a maximum 25-year prison term from Judge John Ward Monday for the slaying of Ruth Fisk in February, 2010.

Wells was convicted of 1st degree manslaughter in July following a jury trial in Chautauqua County Court.

“I still don’t know what demons possessed you,” Judge Ward said during his sentence explanation. This, he said, was still true after listening to psychiatric testimony presented by the defense during the trial.

Wells was charged with murder for the beating and stabbing death of Fisk, his neighbor in a Fredonia apartment house, but the jury chose to find him guilty of manslaughter.

Orton Leads The Charge!!

DETROIT-There was a huge difference between Buffalo Bill’s (3-2) kicker Dan Carpenter and Detroit Lions’s (3-2) kicker Alex Henery. Carpenter actually managed to split the uprights.

With 4 seconds remaining, Carpenter kicked a 58 yard field goal to cap a come-from-behind 17-14 victory over the Lions Sunday afternoon. The game winner came 17 seconds after Henery missed his last attempt of the game, one that sailed wide to the left from 50.

Earlier in the third quarter, Henery bounced one off the right upright from 50 yards and shanked a 47 yarder wide left on consecutive possessions.

The Bills  two-game losing skid was snapped as QB Kyle Orton made his debut as Buffalo’s starter. The defense came up big, with 6 sacks applied on Lion’s quarterback Matthew Stafford, which made defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s return to Detroit even sweeter.

Ten-year vet Orton completed 30 of 38 passes for 308 yards, with one TD and one INT. The decisive score was set up when Orton delivered a strike to rookie Sammie Watkins over the middle for a gain of 20.

The ball was thrown behind Watkins, but he was able to reach back, tipping the ball forward with his right hand, and hauled in the catch.

The Lions squandered a 14-0 lead, falling to 2-1 at Ford Field, and also lost key starters in the process. Star WR Calvin Johnson aggravated his right ankle injury a minute into the 3rd quarter, and running back Reggie Bush also left due to an ankle problem. The Lions were already thin in the backfield, with Joique Bell out (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring).

Golden Tate was huge for Detroit with 7 catches for 134 yards and a 9 yard TD catch. Cornerback Rashean Mathis helped the cause with a 41 yard pick-6. Stafford was 18-31 for 221 yards with a TD and pick.

The Bills running game had minimal success, with 49 yards gained on the ground. The Bills passing game and defense  picked up the slack down the stretch.

Next week, the Bills host the New England Patriots at home, with kickoff at 1 P.M on CBS. Meanwhile, the Lions travel to NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings for a 1:00 contest on FOX.

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