On February 12, 2020, at about 3:09 PM, City of Dunkirk Police received several calls reporting gunshots fired on Ruggles St. Responding officers quickly located Christian A. Horta-Romero, age 21, of Ruggles St, Dunkirk, NY, coming out from a backyard of a residence on Ruggles St. It was learned through investigation that the subject discharged several rounds from a firearm while in the back yard of the residence. A loaded firearm was recovered from the scene. The subject is being held in City lock up pending arraignment on charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) -Discharging a Firearm within the city limits (Dunkirk City Code – Misdemeanor).
Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.
Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and City of Dunkirk Police Department have conducted a several month long investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the City of Dunkirk. The investigation lead to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being issued for William E. Webb, age 45, of 137 Nevins St, Dunkirk, NY. A warrant was issued for two counts of Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On January 16, 2020, at about 8:30 PM, William E. Webb was located and taken into custody in the City of Dunkirk. Webb was transported to the county jail pending arraignment.
The Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourages the public to please report any illegal activity or illegal drug activity.
On Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at approximately 8:51 AM, Officers responded to The Resource Center on Lakeshore Drive for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. While investigating the incident, the vehicle was observed traveling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive. Officers located the SUV and attempted to stop the vehicle on West Third Street. The operator of the vehicle refused to stop and led Officers on a pursuit which eventually left the City of Dunkirk, returning into the City several minutes later. At approximately 9:30 AM, the pursuit came to an end on Franklin Avenue and the suspect, Dustin S. Barrett, age 25, of Dunkirk, NY was taken into custody. Barrett was charged with multiple vehicle and traffic charges, along with several penal law charges. The Dunkirk Police was assisted by the New York State Police, Fredonia Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.
Barrett was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and was released as per New York State Bail Reform.
Multiple New York State Vehicle and Traffic violations
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree
Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree (D Felony)
Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree (D Felony), 2 Counts
Unlawful fleeing in a motor vehicle (A Misdemeanor)
Criminal Possession of a weapon in the 4th degree (A Misdemeanor)
Grand Larceny in the 4th degree (E Felony)
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree (E felony)
Justin A. Baez, 29 age, of Dunkirk has been arrested and charged with the Burglary reported at Rural Ministries located at 319 Washington Ave, Dunkirk on November 21st, 2019. Baez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on the charges of Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Petit Larceny. After arraignment, he was released as part of the New York State bail reform.
The Dunkirk Police Department for the fifth year is continuing its involvement with the Police Department Reader Day Program. Officers began in November reading to Dunkirk School #5 students.
Police Officers visit schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spend time with the children explaining the job of a Police Officer, answering any questions the children may have and reminding them of some safety tips.
This program helps to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them become familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program helps to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.
We again want to thank the Dunkirk City School District for working together with the Police Department with our programs in the Schools.
On January 8th, 2020, at about 4:24 AM, Dunkirk Police officers received a report of a suspicious subject inside 724 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY, which is a multiple dwelling. Upon arrival, officers observed Baez run from the scene. After a short foot chase, the subject was taken into custody in the basement of another multiple dwelling house near the corner of 7th & Washington Ave.
Officers determined that Baez unlawfully entered 724 Central Ave and was vandalizing the coin-operated dryer to steal the coins. Further investigation let to Baez having charges filed on him for unlawfully entering Fieldbrook Foods at 1 Ice Cream Dr, overnight on January 5th, 2020, and stealing an employee’s belongings and vandalizing a contractor trailer in the parking lot. Baez was additionally charged for unlawfully entering Ehrheart’s Collsion, 235 Bucknor St, overnight on January 4th, 2020 and stealing cash from inside the business.
Baez was released after appearing in City Court per the new bail reform procedures.
Over the last several months, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the area of East Second Street and Columbus Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa, 35, of 160 Lord Street, in the City of Dunkirk. Rodriguez-Rosa is charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 26, 2019 at about 8:51 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa at her residence and took her into custody without incident. Rodriguez-Rosa will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.
Also over the past several months members of the Southern Tier Regional Dug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have also been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics at 324 Eagle Street in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Christopher L. Torres, 34, of 324 Eagle Street, in the City of Dunkirk. Torres is charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 27, 2019 at about 4:50 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Christopher L. Torres at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Torres will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.
Additionally, over the past several months members of the Southern Tier Regional Dug Task Force and Dunkirk Police Department have been conducting an investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the area of East Second Street and Columbus Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. This investigation led to Chautauqua County Grand Jury indictment warrants being issued for Efrain J. Agular-Rodriguez, 35, of 111 N. Gazelle Street in the City of Dunkirk. Aguiar-Rodriguez is charged with three felony counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On December 28, 2019 at about 9:35 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department located Efrain Agular-Rodriguez at his residence and took him into custody without incident. Aguiar-Rodriguez will be held pending arraignment in Chautauqua County Court.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage the public to report any suspected drug activity. Dunkirk Tip Line 363-0313
During Christmas and Holiday season people are often busy,
excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be
extra careful. This Season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving
burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance to do
their dirty work. Crooks love the Holidays as much as everyone else.
Here are some tips on how to celebrate this season and make
the Holidays a safe and happy time.
Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if only for a few minutes. Also lock garages and sheds.
If expecting packages try and plan on having someone home to accept them, most shippers have tracking available to let you know a time frame. If possible request that the shipper only deliver if the items are signed for. Also you can leave a note on your door requesting that your item not be left unless someone is there to sign for it. Have you neighbors be aware as well to watch for deliveries and hold the items for you until you get home.
Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or door, leave only a few presents out and store the remainder.
If out at night turn on a radio or TV so the house looks occupied.
If you go away for a few days get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house, shovel snow, pick up mail and newspapers(or have them held until you return) and park their car in your driveway from time to time.
Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations, a courier delivering a gift or public utility workers asking to enter your house. Ask for ID, look for workers vehicles and if you don’t feel comfortable don’t open the door, call the Police Desk and we will send a car to check them out.
Be wary of scam and con artists, be very careful who you give your personal information and bank account or credit card information to. Your bank will not call on the phone or come to the door asking this information. Ask for and check on references, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you are being pressured or don’t understand. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
Check electronic items and mark them with a unique identification number.
Use only fire resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections and avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Remember to keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.
Test your smoke detector and if you have guests let them know about your security and escape plan in case of an emergency.
Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
Shop before dark if possible and coordinate with a friend or relative if you plan on being out late.
Park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock car doors and close windows. Secure items in the trunk and have keys ready to enter your vehicle and check the interior before getting in. Once inside lock the doors and don’t open them or get back out. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pick pockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under the arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated or lost. Teach them to stay close and avoid contact with strangers.
Be careful with internet purchases, use reputable sites and secure payments such as pay-pal or a credit card. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
Check Debit and Credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised and call your card provider/bank directly with issues/questions.
If you have celebrated a little too
much at a Holiday party or out with family and
friends and you can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t.
Be a designated driver, find a designated driver or call a taxi. If you really
care you won’t let your friends or loved ones operate a vehicle or get into a
vehicle when you know that it can’t be done safely and responsibly. Please take
the needed steps to avoid the senseless tragedies that occur on our highways as
a result of drinking and driving or reckless operation. Also please make sure
that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in proper child
safety restraints. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats
save lives. Make sure you clear snow and ice from your vehicle, keep an
emergency pack with items such as blankets and a flashlight in your car and
plan extra time on trips to allow for changing road conditions.
Also we encourage anyone who sees
or hears anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their neighborhood to
please call the Desk at 366-2266 when it is happening. We would much rather
send a car to check the situation than to find out at a later time that
something happened and we could have had immediate information. We also advise
residents to not open their doors to anyone unless they know who it is, again
please call 366-2266 or 911 and have a patrol car respond.
If you are leaving town for an extended period
of time please fill out a house watch check form and we will check your house
while you are away. Residents can get the forms at the Police Desk or on our
Department website. Fill them out and return them to the Police Desk.
Make time to get together with family and friends and
think about reaching out and helping senior citizens or those who are less
fortunate. Take a little time to make the Holidays a safe and happy time for
everybody. On behalf of the entire Dunkirk Police Department please have a
safe, happy and joyous Christmas, New Year and Holiday Season.
On Wednesday the City of Dunkirk Police Department again this year loaded Santa for Seniors Gift Bags up in their Patrol cars and delivered them to Senior Citizens in the Community. The bags were delivered on a very snowy and windy day and the Officers spent time visiting with the Senior Citizens who were the recipients. One recipient even had her porch and sidewalk shoveled by Officers.
Senior Citizens that received the bags are chosen by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging with the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association making a donation to help defray the cost.
Recipients of the gift bags which contained a Holiday meal and daily living items commented that they were happy and blessed to receive the bags and enjoyed the company of the Police Officers who delivered them and they thanked the Officers for their service to the Community.
The Dunkirk Police Department wishes to thank Dr. Mary Ann Spanos, Kate Finch and Wendy Sullivan from the Office for the Aging for allowing us to be part of this wonderful program that reaches out to our Senior Citizens during the Christmas Holiday Season and puts a little smile on their faces.