This will be a very busy weekend along the waterfront in the City of Dunkirk with many activities including the Offshore Grand Prix Boat Races, Air Show, Beach Bash in Wright Park and Music all weekend.
The Great Lakes Offshore Grand Prix:
Friday: Boat parade at 5PM. The parade will start on 6th Street and proceeding North on Central to the City Pier. Music in Memorial Park starting at 5:30PM
Saturday: Boat trial/test runs from Noon-4PM. Airshow 1:15PM. Music in Memorial Park starting at 5PM.
Sunday: Boat Race starting at Noon and running thru 4PM. Airshow during race intermission at 1:15PM. Music in Memorial Park starting at 5PM.
Beach Bash will be ongoing on City beaches during the weekend with sand sculptures.
Please be aware that traffic will be congested on Friday between 5PM and 6PM on Central Ave. for the boat parade and during the morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday there will be traffic congestion along the entire waterfront for the boat races. Many streets will be closed or have limited access and parking in the Lakefront Blvd and Pine Street areas and Point Drive North/Cedar Beach area. There will be heavy congestion in the areas of the City Pier, Lakeshore Drive and Clarion Hotel. There will be very limited access to the City Pier on Saturday and Sunday. We are urging everyone to pay attention to posted no parking signage, traffic cones and please follow the directions of Police Officers and Fire Police who will be directing and controlling traffic. We want everyone to enjoy the festivities but we will tag and tow vehicles that violate posted/coned off no parking areas as we have to keep streets open for public safety and emergency services access. Please check the City Website dunkirktoday.com for alternative parking areas, bus shuttles and more details regarding this weekend’s activities.
Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you enjoy the festivities along our waterfront this weekend.
Officers of the Dunkirk Police have arrested Andre McQuiggan, 22 years old, of Dunkirk on Thursday, August 16th, 2018. He was arrested on a Chautauqua County Court arrest warrant signed by Honorable David W. Foley for the Felony charge of Robbery in the 2nd degree. The charge stems from the November 17th, 2017, robbery of Robo Mart in the city of Dunkirk which alleges that a subj held up the clerk and made off with an amount of money after brandishing what appeared to be a firearm. The arrest was made after a lengthy investigation by Officers Martinez, Kozlowski, Christopher and Carruth of the Dunkirk Police Department along with Assistant District Attorney Erik Bentley.
As we close out our milestone 25th year of National Night Out and begin to prepare for the 26th edition I want to take a few minutes to reflect on this year’s amazing program. On a personal note I was very humbled to be recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Congressman Tom Reed, Senator Cathy Young, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, County Executive George Borrello and our own Mayor Willie Rosas for 25 years of Community Service for National Night Out. I have known Senator Young(and her representative County Legislature Kevin Muldowney), Assemblyman Goodell, County Executive Borrello and Mayor Rosas for a long time and they are all good friends to myself, the Police Department and our Community as well. Although I was recognized for our program it would not be what it is today without the support of the Night Out Coordinators, the residents of this great Community, Chief Mike Edwards and the Dunkirk Fire Department, DPW, Parks Dept., our current and past City Administration and Common Council members along with all of the support from the business community who always donate no questions asked. I also have the distinct privilege of working in a Police Department with the best men and women any Police Chief could ever ask for, they do not have an easy job and they do so much for the best of our Community each and every day with no questions asked. The highlight of the evening for me was seeing all we have worked for the last 25 years culminate with my son and daughter on stage reading proclamations written for me. Many of my family members and good friends were in attendance and several hundred Community residents celebrated with us. Our Night Out coordinators are an amazing group of ladies and we would not be where we are today without them. Lori Michalak Herman, Donna Howlett and Ruby Green have been by my side for over 15 years and Arlene Langendorfer who started this program with me has been by my side from day one 25 years ago when we looked at each other and said let’s do this and see what happens. And I must say it has been an amazing ride from there. In addition to our long time Coordinators we are excited to have Martha DeJesus and Amy Noble as new members of our Team.
We had a very large turnout again this year with a constant flow of several hundred citizens visiting throughout the evening. Again this year we saw a lot of new faces and families at the event as well as a many familiar faces. There was a mix of citizens of all ages from babies to senior citizens, that is very encouraging and exactly what we want to see. Unfortunately in Law Enforcement most of our interactions are not in a positive setting. National Night Out is one of our programs that gives us the opportunity to have positive interaction with citizens, families and children and build a relationship that teaches the value of trusting in the Police Department. We constantly work with the Community to send the message that we are here to keep it safe and the best way to do that is to have Community support starting with the children all the way to our senior citizens. A strong partnership within the Community is truly our best weapon in keeping it safe, it only takes a few minutes of time to get involved and make a difference. Without the help of the Community we would not have the success that we do in public safety.
With recent tragedies within our Law Enforcement family nationwide it is now more important than ever to have this great relationship with our Community that we enjoy so very much. There has been an outpouring of support for our Officers throughout the years that has been unbelievable and we truly found out just how much support we have from the Community we serve when we lost our beloved K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton last year, we were both humbled and proud. We constantly receive all kinds of baked goods and we have a wall that is full of thank you cards in the Police Station. We have children waiving at patrol cars and there are so many citizens stopping our Officers to just say thank you and telling us they appreciate what we do that we can’t even keep count. These are just a few examples of the acts of kindness that have been shown to the Police Department. This support from our Community is second to none and we are very proud to have them standing behind us, it truly is a great feeling to know they take the time to let us know they appreciate what we do and in turn we will continue to do our best for them each and every day.
I want to commend every citizen that gets involved in crime prevention and steps up to make this Community a safer place. I want to especially thank our Night Out Coordinators Arlene Langendorfer, Donna Howlett, Ruby Green, Lorie Michalak Herman, Martha DeJesus and Amy Noble for their hard work. We also had several teenagers volunteer to help with set up, clean up and monitoring the bounce houses throughout the evening. Their dedication is amazing and we could not do this program without them. I want to also commend all of our Police Officers who have given their time to this program every year for the last 25 years, the large number of Officers who volunteer to participate each year shows their dedication to the Community. This is their night to have positive interaction and show the fun human side of who we are as well. I also want to thank the Dunkirk Fire Department for their many years of participation, we have an amazing relationship with our Fire Department and they have been a very welcomed addition to our Night Out activities.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our business sponsors for their support and dedication over the years, without them we would not enjoy the success we have. Our many thanks to Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Tops Markets – Scott Obert, WalMart – Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs – Cody Britton, P&G Foods – Gary & Patty Damico, Paper Factory – Bruce & Ann Mulkin, McDonalds Restaurant – Sam Giambrone, G&E Tents – Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Awesome Bouncers – Jason & Sherry Genovese, Bounce Chautauqua – Jim Fisher, Save a Lot – Kevin Connelly, Atlas Comfort Cabins- Roger Gloss, Zen City Band – Frank Beach, Bill Sutton and Don Hinman, Justin Jakubowicz, Family Video – Shelby Saylor, and Tim Hortons – Dave & Gina Kron. A special thanks to WDOE, The Observer, Mayor Willie Rosas, the Common Council and the Parks, Recreation and DPW Departments for all their support. This is truly a Community event and with everyone working together we will continue to make a difference in making our Community a safer place to live, visit and work in.
On August 15, 2018 at approximately 8:37 A.M., at 527 S. Roberts Rd. in the City of Dunkirk, the Dunkirk Police SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant that had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Kuzdale. The entry was made without incident and four subjects were taken into custody. The search warrant was issued based on a month long investigation into narcotics trafficking from this address and these subjects. During the course of the investigation agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force made numerous controlled purchases of heroin from subjects within the residence. At the time of the entry officers possessed a search warrant for the residence and an arrest warrant for Onix LOPEZ ORTIZ, Age 38, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Dunkirk, NY. LOPEZ ORTIZ was originally charged based on the arrest warrant.
As a result of the search, agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized over a half an ounce of Heroin, Marijuana and a large quantity of Money. As a result of this seizure each of the four (4) subjects were charged with two (2) counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Additionally, Onix LOPEZ ORTIZ was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree when he was found to be possession of an additional quantity of heroin while he was being booked into the Dunkirk City Jail. Myra RIVERA CRUZ, age 28, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Jann MONTANEZ CALDERON, age 38, of 527 S. Roberts Rd, Dunkirk, NY, and Pedro L. RIVERA, of Glasgow Rd, Fredonia, NY are being held at the City of Dunkirk Jail without bail pending arraignment and further action of the Court.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.
On Friday August 10, 2018, K-9 Officer Mathew Hazelton’s wife, Jennifer, with his daughter Ava and their family and friends, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards, Dunkirk Police Officers with their family members, Dunkirk Firefighters, City Hall personnel as well as members of the community gathered in front of Dunkirk Police Headquarters to dedicate a memorial permanently placed outside of Police Headquarter at City Hall. After the ceremony US Rep. Tom Reed stopped to pay tribute to Matthew and he presented Jennifer and Ava with a proclamation and flag.
Chief Ortolano began the ceremony with:
“Welcome, we are here today to honor K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton on the one year anniversary of his last call and end of watch services. One year ago right here at CentralAve./4th Street, there were two fire trucks with a flag hoisted high over the intersection in memory of Matt as the funeral procession passed under them. Our hearts were broken on that day and they still are today one year later.
Matthew L. Hazelton was an amazing husband, father, son and Police Officer. He served the City of Dunkirk Police Department for over 14 years. He was our K-9 Officer and a member of our SRT Tactical Team and the City Fire & Police Departments Underwater Rescue Team. Matthew served this community with Dedication, Integrity, Honor and Respect. He truly was one of the greatest Officers to ever wear a Dunkirk Police Department Badge.
After Matt’s services we started thinking about setting up a permanent memorial in memory of him. At the same time, like a ray of sunshine from heaven a City resident who wished to remain anonymous came to the Chief’s Office and made a very generous donation and wished that we would use it to do something in memory of Matt. Lt. Mark Timmerman, Sgt. Mark Gruber and D/Sgt. Dan Manzella and myself, started plans for a permanent memorial to be set in front of Police HQ. We entrusted the memorial plaque to Cody Britton of Southpaw Signs and the memorial stand to City Welder/Fabricator Ken Sek. Yesterday morning with the plaque in hand Ken Sek and City Mechanic Jason Schrantz put the finishing touches by attaching the plaque to the memorial stand. City Custodian Lou Polichetti trimmed the grass and tree and wrapped the blue line flag around it awaiting the unveiling today. And in a few minutes when we unveil the Memorial Plaque you will see what an amazing job Cody and Ken did.
We know that we have an angel above looking over each and every one of us. There is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. Matthew will always be a part of us, he will always be in our hearts and never be forgotten.”
Mayor Willie Rosas then read a proclamation (featured below) to his family and our Community and to honor him the Mayor declared Friday August 10th 2018 as Matthew L. Hazelton day in the City of Dunkirk. The Mayor added how proud he was of Matthew and the entire Police Department and he presented the proclamation to Matt’s wife Jennifer and daughter Ava.
Matt’s wife Jennifer thanked everyone for all the support for her family and for paying tribute to him with this lasting memorial.
Jennifer’s beautiful words:
“Thank you all for being here today. It has been an emotionally overwhelming year for our family. But, we have had the most amazing group of people to help us through. Matt would be proud of this memorial as it is a symbol of the officer he strived to be every day. His legacy will always be that he touched so many lives in so many ways as well as being an amazing son, brother, husband, father, co-worker and friend. Our family, Ava and I would like to thank you for honoring Matt in this way. It means the world to us that all of you are here today and that this memorial will be here as a lasting tribute to the man we love.”
Jennifer and Ava removed the thin blue line flag to unveil the memorial.
On Tuesday August 7th the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 25th year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring Night Out in the City of Dunkirk. When many Communities have stopped their Night Out Programs our program is going strong and still growing after 25 years. This is directly related to the dedication of our Night Out Coordinators, the Police Department, Fire Department and the citizens of our Community in working together as partners to keep our City safe. We will have some special events to celebrate our 25th year and will announce the 50/50 raffle winner.
National Night Out is designed to give strength to neighborhood crime and drug prevention efforts and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and not afraid to fight back. Our National Night Out program is directly correlated to our neighborhood watch programs that are active throughout the community.
On Tuesday August 7th citizens in Dunkirk will be locking their doors, turning their lights on and spending the evening with their neighbors, Police Officers, Firefighters and City Officials. Again this year we will have one centralized Night Out location at Washington Park. This will be the fifth year we have done the central location and we encourage everyone to come to Washington Park for the evening. Our coordinators will be working together on this event and we ask that anyone who can assist to please come to the Park before the event begins to help with set up. Also as in the past we also appreciate anyone who can to bring a desert to pass. The coordinators, who are the same dedicated citizens who work on our neighborhood watch program, donate a tremendous amount of time and work to this program every year, my hat is off to them as they make it all happen. The coordinators along with the support of the local businesses who donate to our program truly make Night Out the success that it is.
The Police Department will be at Washington Park during the evening with patrol cars, McGruff the crime dog you can meet our K-9 Gunny as well. Everyone from our Senior Citizens down to small children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our Police Officers, this emphasizes the importance of the Police community partnership and pride in the community and allow for positive interaction between our citizens and our Police Officers. Also participating again this year will be the Dunkirk Fire Department. The Fire Department has joined forces with us and their participation is a huge success, it is important to show that we all are committed to making our community a safe place. The interaction between the Police Officers, Firefighters, City Officials and community residents build positive relationships that will benefit the entire community.
As an added bonus this year we will have music by Zen City featuring Frank Beach, Bill Sutton, Justin Jakubowicz and Don Hinman. We have coordinated with the Recreation Department to have the Movie in the Park series at dusk to cap off our Night Out event. This year the movie will be Zootopia. We will have picnic tables to sit on or you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Park to sit on and enjoy the Movie.
***Again this years celebration will be held at Washington Park and we encourage everyone from all Wards of the City to attend. Night Out celebration will start at about 6:30PM with our usual activities and then cap off the night with a movie in the park donated by Family Video featuring Zootopia at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).
Fifth Street will be barricaded from Washington Ave. to Park Ave. to allow those attending Night Out a place to park. There is also plenty of parking on Washington and Park Ave. in the surrounding area around Washington Park for everyone to attend the celebration.
Also as a reminder the coordinators could use a little extra help and we ask anyone with a few minutes to show up a little early and help with set up or stay a few minutes afterwards and help with clean up. We also stress that parents do not send their children alone to the events, this program is a family event and is devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.
A strong Police/Community partnership within the community is the best weapon we have in keeping our City safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. We have seen a very large change in the program over the years and more families are becoming involved, that is what this program is all about. As the program grows so does our commitment to working together to keep the community safe.
The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and dedication over the years. Our many thanks to Tops Markets – manager Scott Obert, WalMart-manager Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs- Cody Britton, P&G Foods- Gary and Patty Damico, Paper Factory- Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Save A Lot- Kevin Connelly, McDonalds Restaurant, Barts Cove – Jason Schrantz, G&E Tents- Bob Bankowski & Bob Karin, Music by Zen City, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Bounce Chautauqua – James Fisher, Atlas Comfort Cabins – Roger Gloss, Family Video – Manager Shelby Saylor, and Dave & Gina Kron from Tim Hortons. Many of these sponsors have been part of National Night Out for a very long time and they donate services, food & refreshment items or financial support for our program, we could not have the success we do without their support. A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM , Access 12, The Observer, the City Administration and our DPW and Parks Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event, together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.
Just a reminder that National Night Out is 3 weeks away Tuesday August 7th at Washington Park. The City of Dunkirk Police Department is celebrating our 25th National Night Out. Our program has been going strong for 25 years and this year we will be celebrating a very special event to honor the commitment of our Community to keep this program growing for 25 years. Our crowds have been growing for this program and we want to see a record number of people for this year’s Night Out.
Mark your calendars and remember to join us for this great event that brings the Police and Fire Departments together with the Community and celebrate a continued bond of working together for the best in Public Safety. Our program is family oriented so please join us for a fun evening !!
We will be releasing additional information on the program as we get closer to Tuesday August 7th.
Thank you for your continued support of our Police Officers and Firefighters and for caring to make a difference in our Community.
The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as 4th of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy.
Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating 4th of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the holiday if left to the professionals. With the exception of the licensed professionals, possession and use of dangerous fireworks are illegal. Use of dangerous fireworks can cause serious injuries especially to children. Even though Sparklers are legal during the July Holiday we urge parents to supervise their children with the use of sparklers as they can still cause injury if not used properly. New laws enacted in recent years now carry more severe punishment for the possession, furnishing and sale of dangerous fireworks. Selling furnishing or exposing for sale any dangerous fireworks to persons under the age of 18 can now be punishable by a Felony which can carry a sentence in excess of one year in jail. Anyone arrested for just possessing fireworks can be punished by up to a year in jail. Police in neighboring States also pay close attention to New York residents who purchase fireworks and intend to transport them into New York. Anyone who possesses fireworks can turn them into the Dunkirk Police Department without worry of being charged. We have issued a zero tolerance order on arrests related to possession and use of dangerous fireworks.
Many activities are planned for July 4th such as music and food vendors in Memorial Park. There will be a fireworks display from the City Pier at dusk on July 4th and we invite everyone to come to the waterfront and enjoy the show. The City Pier will be completely closed at 5PM on July 4th with limited access days prior in order to allow the Fireworks Company to set up. On July 4th if possible please park in the City Parking Lots near Second/Washington, Third/Central and areas away from Lakeshore Drive and walk to the Waterfront area. Due to the heavy amount of traffic this helps alleviate traffic congestion.
When leaving the area after the fireworks please use Central Ave., Main St., Brigham Rd., and South Roberts Road as they will provide the quickest routes away from the waterfront area. Many traffic lights will be on flash and there will be Police Officers and Fire Police at intersections, please be patient with them and follow their directions. All efforts should be made to avoid Lakeshore Drive as it will have heavy traffic volume during the evening. Please make right hand turns only when exiting side streets and lots to help with traffic congestion.
Those who will be enjoying the City’s Parks and Beaches are also reminded to obey all of the rules regarding alcohol consumption, no glass containers allowed in any City Park areas, noise, dog restrictions/cleaning up after them and parking regulations. No parking on the grass areas of any Parks. Please keep all dogs on a leash and a safe distance from other people. We also remind pet owners that some animals can be sensitive to loud noises so please make sure to keep an extra eyen on them during July 4th activities. A 4th of July family holiday outing can be ruined by those who disregard the laws and are not courteous. We remind everyone about bicycle safety rules, all bicycles must follow the rules as if they were operating a motor vehicle, helmets are required for bicyclist under the age of 14. For pedestrians that walk in the roadway, you must walk single file facing traffic and you can’t obstruct traffic.
Also this holiday and as always if you have celebrated too much and can’t safely and
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responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Have a designated driver, find a designated driver, walk or take a taxi. Real friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle when they know it can’t be done safely. Avoid confronting aggressive drivers and report any unsafe operation to the Police. Please remember to wear a seatbelt and make sure that children are properly secured in a child safety seat, it’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Talking on a cell phone while driving and especially texting while driving can have tragic results.
Please pay attention July 4th and throughout the summer for large crowds along the waterfront areas City Parks, during festivals, music on the Pier and on weekends. Please slow down and watch for pedestrian traffic. The 4th of July and entire summer can be a very safe and happy time for everyone if we all are responsible and courteous and have respect for others by following the rules.
We will have extra Patrols in service for the Holiday and during festivals and events. Please call 911 for emergencies or our Communications Desk at 366-2266 for any needs or assistance.
We wish all our area residents and visitors a happy and safe summer season.
Recently the Dunkirk Police Department has received a report that individuals are going door to door allegedly soliciting for City functions. The City of Dunkirk does not solicit door to door for donations to any City event – please contact the Dunkirk Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 should anyone saying they represent the City come to your door asking for a donation.
In addition, should anyone come to your door soliciting money please ask to see their City Permit. If they do not have one send them on their way and call police HQ immediately with a description and direction of travel. We will send a patrol car to check on these individuals and advise them of the proper procedures for going door to door.
With Summer fast approaching and activities on the increase along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.
Please wear a seat belt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seat belts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous.
If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.
Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15 MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25 MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.
Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments. Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave. Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.
Be aware of the increased activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned. The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 28th, we encourage everyone to come out for the ceremonies and enjoy the day in the downtown and waterfront areas.
During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.
A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront. Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.