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A Fredonia man that was thought to be missing was located Sunday evening.  88 year old Edward Sunday was reported missing Sunday afternoon after last being seen around 12:30 at the Portland Congregational Church.  Just after 6:30pm Sunday the Chautauqua County Sherriff's Department notified local media that "Mr. Sunday was located and is no longer considered missing."


Several hundred people visited the 'Pride of Chautauqua' Sunday at the Fluvanna Fire Hall.  It's an annual event put on by the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau to showcase agriculture in this area. Dick Kimball, a Dewittville dairyman... and President of the local Farm Bureau said consumers had a lot of questions, and farmers were there to answer them.  Larry Rater, a retired dairy farmer from Sherman and a former Farm Bureau President, said 'Pride of Chautauqua' is a great way for people to see the progress in agriculture... where farmers are always creating a better product, more efficiently.   A couple dozen local farms and farm businesses were represented in Sunday's event.


A Buffalo man is jailed without bail for allegedly pointing what appeared to be a gun at a Jamestown woman... holding her against her will... and, robbing her.  City Police were called to 163 Barrows Street about 11 PM Friday for an alleged domestic incident.  On arrival... they found a female yelling inside the apartment... and, that 32 year-old Devon Cottom had run off through the back door.  Police say Cottom had allegedly choked the woman before allegedly pointing the gun -- later identified as an "airsoft BB Gun" -- at her.  Officers say K-9 "Mitchell" help track Cottom to an area behind Allen Street... where a witness told that Cottom had run behind the house at 431 Allen Street.  Police set up a perimeter... and, got Cottom to come out of the house and surrender.  He faces several charges... including third-degree robbery... second-degree menacing... and, unlawful imprisonment.  They also found a parole warrant had been issued for Cottom's arrest.


New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (Hay-stee) has assembled a small group of Democratic lawmakers to study ways to make state government more transparent.  The Bronx Democrat announced the appointments to the 12-member panel late last week.  Heastie says the panel will recommend changes to encourage more openness and public participation in the legislative process.  The group will also look for ways to better harness technology, including improvements to the Assembly's website and expanding what information is placed online.  When he was elected speaker earlier this year, Heastie vowed to address longstanding concerns that rank-and-file lawmakers and members of the public were too often left out of legislative decision making.  Assembly members J. Gary Pretlow of Mount Vernon and Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan will lead the panel.


Sections of three roads maintained by New York State -- including Interstate 86 -- are slated for major repairs this construction season.  That from State Assemblyman Andy Goodell... who coincidentally lost a tire on a rough stretch of I-86 east of Salamanca about four weeks ago.  However... the interstate is is much worse shape in both eastbound lanes from the Pennsylvania state line to the lake bridge at Stow.  Goodell says the project is in the state Department of Transportation's Capital Fund for this year. Goodell adds that's the same fund the DOT will use to re-surface Foote Avenue in the city of Jamestown through the Arterial to West Second Street.  He says the other projects include Route 430 from Long Point to DeWittville... and, from Mayville to Findley Lake.  Goodell says there is some emergency work begin done right now... and, contracts will be awarded soon for the major repairs.  For the time being... Goodell says patchwork is being done to temporarily smooth out the roads.


Top lawmakers and several business leaders from around New York state will join Gov. Andrew Cuomo's trade mission to Cuba.  Business leaders include the CEOs of JetBlue and Chobani Greek Yogurt, the vice chairman of MasterCard and executives from the NY Genome Center, Pfizer, Cayuga Milk Ingredients, a Finger Lakes dairy company, and the biopharmaceutical company Regeneron.  The group will travel to Havana tomorrow for a two-day visit, intended to foster economic ties between Cuba and New York.


New York state's comptroller has approved an award of a 565-million dollar contract to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for its Medicaid program.  The comptroller's office says its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corporation... and, Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.  The current system is operated by Computer Sciences Corp. Hewlett-Packard bid against Xerox.  Medicaid provides health care for millions of low-income New Yorkers with total projected federal and state spending this year of $63.2 billion.  The comptroller's office says the five-year contract will take effect in 14 days.  In a letter... the comptroller's director of contracts notes the state health department has taken precautionary measures to prevent performance issues like those that have come up with Xerox contracts in other states.


Some 25 fire departments across Chautauqua County will be holding an open house this comng weekend in an effort to get people to join as volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.  County Emergency Services Director... and, Fire Coordinator Julius Leone says the "Recruit New York" effort has picked up some momentum over the years. Leone says they had a good response last year... but, adds they need more recruits.  He says they picked up about 50 more firefighters among the 42 across the county.  However... he says -- in some cases -- departments are still playing "catch-up" as far as their numbers are concerned.  The Recruit-New York effort is for volunteer fire departments and rescue crews.  For a complete list of fire departments... and, available positions is available on-line at Fasny-dot-COM.


A Frewsburg woman faces Felony charges for allegedly receiving 45-hundred dollars in food stamps she wasn't eligible for last year.  Sheriff's Department investigators say they arrested 27 year-old Anna Towne of Warren Road late last week for Welfare Fraud.  Officers say their investigation showed that Towne failed to notify the county's Department of Health and Human Services that her husband was employed during the period she received the benefits.  Investigators say that six-month period began March 1st of 2014.  Towne faces charges including third-degree Welfare Fraud... and, third-degree Grand Larceny.  The Joint investigation involved the Sheriff's Office... and, the D-H-H-S Program Integrity Unit.  Towne was issued appearance tickets.  Instances of suspected welfare fraud may be reported by calling the welfare fraud hotline at 1-800-388-5365, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-782-7463.