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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing vulnerable adult this morning...  

Officials say 74 year-old Diana Chase was last seen on Blockville Flatts Road in the Village of Panama at 1:30 PM yesterday.  Diana Chase has Alzheimer's disease and was last seen wearing blue pajama pants, a grey hooded sweatshirt and walks with a cane.  Officials say she has short blonde hair, blue eyes and is just over 5-feet tall. Anyone with information of Diana's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131 or dial 9-1-1. 

A farm accident in the north county early last weekend claimed the life of a Fredonia man....  

State Police say a trooper on patrol was flagged down on Route 60 about 4 PM.  The officer investigated and, found that 50 year-old Daniel Hunt of Spoden Road was southbound on 60 in his 1976-model tractor when he turned onto a farm access road.  However, the trooper says the tractor went into an embankment, striking a tree then rolled coming to rest on top of Hunt.  Police say Hunt was pronounced at the scene by the Chautauqua County Coroner. 

An Olean man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison after being convicted on one count of receiving Child Pornography....  

U-S Attorney James Kennedy, Junior in Buffalo has announced that 30 year-old Jacob Tunison received the 188-month term from U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.  Prosecutors say that, in November of 2018, Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a girl who was under the age of 16.  They say he sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor and solicited the minor to produce and send him pictures of herself.  The Jamestown Office of the FBI, and Cuba Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Local Congressman Tom Reed is supporting President Trump's decision to withdraw about 50 military advisors and troops from northern Syria before Turkey began an invasion of Kurdish-held territory....  

However, the Corning Republican says he still has some concerns about the move, which took place last week.  On Sunday, the administration also announced that U-S forces would be moving it's remaining troops in the region southward.  There were also hints of the U-S possibly getting out of Syria all together, something Reed says needs to be considered.

Late Sunday, Syrian Kurdish officials said they will now work with the country's central government in Damascus to fend off Turkey's offensive.  The president was blasted by members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle by the move, but Reed says if Congress wants to change it, lawmakers can take a vote.  Many are saying the U-S betrayed the Kurds, who helped keep thousands of ISIS fighters imprisoned in the region.  Reed says what happens to those ISIS fighters is a concern to the U-S.

The New York State Capitol's second floor is bustling as the governor works on his budget proposal due in January....  

The legislative session may be a season away, but lobbyists are already stalking the halls and pitching their funding priorities to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has broad power over the state's $175.5-billion dollar spending plan.  One big issue this year will be Medicaid spending. New York had delayed paying a $1.7 billion bill until fiscal year 2020 to avoid breaking a spending cap.  Other looming issues include possibly legalizing recreational marijuana sales to adults, which Cuomo has called a priority for the next session.  Albany will also see a push to tax the wealthy from activists and newly elected lawmakers on the left who ran on tackling economic inequality.

Dunkirk city lawmakers wil consider a $24.7-million budget this Fall that includes no tax increase and no increase in fees for 2020...  

Mayor Willie Rosas released his tentative spending plan last Friday afternoon, which he says does include about $700,000 in added spending.  Rosas says the budget includes six more positions in city government.

Rosas says four of the positions are in Department of Public Works, and one each in the police and fire departments.  He says the budget is balanced, as it needs to be in New York state, and the city of Dunkirk.

National Grid says it'll immediately begin connecting over 1,100 customers denied service after New York rejected an application for a new pipeline...  

The Public Service Commission order late last week calls on the company to connect those customers.  The commission's chair says the law requires utilities to provide gas service without delay when there's sufficient supply.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo says the pipeline wouldn't be in service until at least next year. 

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