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The search is continuing for a missing woman with Alzheimer's Disease in the Panama/Ashville area.... 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is releasing more information about a 74 year-old Ashville woman who has Alzheimer's Disease and went missing Sunday afternoon.  Deputies say Diana Chase of the Blockville-Watts Flats Road was last seen about 1:30 PM and, may be in need of medical attention.  It's believed that Diana walked away from her home sometime between 1:30 and 7 PM Sunday.  Officers say she is about 5-foot-2 inches tall and, weighs about 160 pounds.  She was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black slip on shoes.  Officers have been joined by several local poice and fire departments in the search.  If you have any information, call the Sheriff's Office at 661-7232, or call 9-1-1.

An Olean woman was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing Sunday night....  

City Police were called to a residence on Prospect Street shortly before 9 PM for an unwanted person.  During the investigation, officers determined 21 year-old Kaylee Hicks allegedly entered the home without permission and kicked the victim in the face, in front of a child.  Hicks was sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 

The city of Jamestown needs to create more "shovel-ready" industrial sites to encourage expansion for local business and, to bring in new ones....  

Those are the feelings of Republican Mayoral candidate David Wilfong, who says it's time to tear down old, abandoned, multi-story industrial buildings to leave more property for development.  The current County Legislator says this is what he's heard from business leaders and, he adds that his three-terms of experience with the county will be a benefit.

From a business stand-point, Wilfong says that if the city had enough land, they might have kept the Stannard Group, which owns Naco Trucking, which had to move outside the city to find the 26-acres of land they needed to house all of their business interests.  Current Mayor Sam Teresi told us several weeks ago that they were aware, but, didn't have the land to package for Stannard's proposal.  Wilfong says he was going to wait until he retired to run for mayor, but with Teresi not running again, he decided now was the time. 

Jamestown Mayor Candidate David Wilfong has announced that he is resigning from his position as Chautauqua County Republican Committee Chairman to focus on his campaign....  

In a printed statement Monday, Wilfong said his resignation will be effective today and, adds "it's been an honor and privilege to serve the past three years as chairman of the Chautauqua County Republican Committee.  But, I feel that at this time, that I must focus all my energy on my candidacy for Mayor."  Wilfong is currently serving third term as District 11 Chautauqua County Legislator and, is director of Maintenance for Intandem Solutions, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Center in Olean.  Current Vice-Chairman Allan Hendrickson of West Ellicott will replace Wilfong as county chairman.

Two of the biggest and most competitive races in this year's election will be high-lighted during tonight's League of Women Voters forum to be held at Jamestown Community College...  

The debates featuring the candidates for Mayor of Jamestown and, 57th State Senate seat, begins at 7 PM in the Sarita Weeks Reception Room.  The mayoral candidates include Democrat Eddie Sundquist, Republican David Wilfong, and Libertarian Andrew Liuzzo.  On the senate side, Republican George Borrello faces off with Democrat Austin Morgan.

In announcing his proposed 2020 Dunkirk City budget last Friday, Mayor Wilfred Rosas indicated he will be working on the continuation of transitional aid from Albany....  

While the city has been looking at ways to increase revenues since the closing of the NRG power plant in 2016 -- and a study will be getting underway on possible future uses of the facility -- Rosas says there is still a need to continue the transitional aid.

Rosas says he has included transitional aid in the 2020 budget, and that has helped the city to hold the line on the tax rate.  He says they are also expecting transitional aid in 2021.  Rosas says he is confident they can reach an agreement with state leaders to continue the aid.  The mayor's budget proposal calls for no change to the city tax rate of $17.25 per thousand of assessed value.   

It was a successful grand opening for a new retail outdoors chain in the Jamestown-area, which concluded Sunday....  

Running's held the formal opening of it's first Chautauqua County store located at 720 East Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott -- at the former Sam's Club.  Store Manager Rob Szymandera says they have been "well-received..." even before they held their soft opening in late September.

Szymandera says Runnings is "an outdoor... farm... and, sporting goods store."  He say about the only things you can't get are "bread, milk, and lumber."  The manager says now that they are through the grand opening, they'll be doing a little more on line.  Szymandera says the West Ellicott Runnings Store is open seven-days a week and for more information, call 296-0529.  You can also go on-line to Runnings.Com/JamestownNY

A city man faces charges for allegedly operating his Cub Cadet mower while intoxicated early Monday morning....  

Jamestown police say they stopped the mower just after 2 AM for driving on the sidewalk along Prendergast Avenue and Strong Street.  During the Investigation,  the operator -- 46 year-old Alberto Santiago -- was reportedly in an intoxicated  condition and was taken to the Jamestown City Jail where he refused a chemical test.  Santiago is to appear in city court at a later date for DWI, Driving on Sidewalk and Unnecessary Noise. 

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