Dunkirk Police to hold Press Conference for New Online Neighborhood Watch and Dog Walker Watch Programs



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Dunkirk Police Department Adopts Nextdoor and Dog Walker Watch Programs

WHO: The Dunkirk Police Department, including Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Chief David Ortolano, and all Dunkirk City residents

WHAT:  Everyone is cordially invited to attend this press conference as the Dunkirk Police Department introduces two new initiatives:

(1) The Dunkirk Police Department is announcing a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Dunkirk Police Department to communicate online with city neighborhoods. Residents and the Dunkirk Police Department will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.  For the last two months, the Dunkirk Police Department has worked with neighborhood watch leaders to set up several virtual neighborhoods on Nextdoor.com and the City of Dunkirk now has about 350 members.  This press conference will detail the initiative and explain its use with the goal of expanding the membership.

(2) Dog Walker Watch (DWW) is a crime awareness program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and coordinated locally by law enforcement agencies and crime watch groups or other community organizations. The program encourages dog walkers nationwide to serve as “extra eyes and ears” for local law enforcement agencies in the ongoing crime prevention efforts.  If you are a dog walker, we encourage you to attend for a special power point presentation to learn techniques to assist police.

WHEN: May 6th, 2015 a 7:00 PM

WHERE: Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Franklin Ave, Dunkirk, NY

Upcoming Seat Belt, Cell Phone & School Zone Enforcement

Seat-BeltIn cooperation with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the City of Dunkirk Police Department will have stepped-up enforcement for speeding in the School Zones as well as stepped-up enforcement and check points for seat belt compliance along with cell-phone talking and texting.

The speed limit in school zones is 15 MPH for all school areas except 20 MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM any day that school is in session. With the cooperation of the School Officials and New York State DOT we have secured a school zone speed reduction coming in the near future for Lakeshore Drive East (Rt# 5) at School # 7. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always, voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyone’s day.texting

It is a proven fact that seat belts and child safety seats save lives and that cell phone usage, especially texting, while operating a vehicle creates a very dangerous distraction that can often have tragic results. Again we always advocate voluntary compliance but we will issue tickets to keep our streets and highways as safe as possible.

Please help us to keep our roadways a safe place for everyone to travel upon and avoid senseless tragedies that occur every year.


Missing Juvenile- Jared Ivett

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UPDATE: 5:34 pm- We are cancelling the search for Jared.  He was located by the Gowanda Police Department.  Thank you to everyone that assisted with information to his whereabouts.


The Dunkirk Police Department is searching for Jared M. Ivett, age 16, of 72 Ruggles St, Dunkirk, NY as he has run away from home.  Jared is about 5’10”, 130 lbs, blue eyes, and brown hair.  Jared was last seen leaving his house wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with orange stripes down the sleeves, blue jeans and a gray Chicago Bulls hat.  If anyone has information regarding Jared’s whereabouts, please contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266.

Attempted Burglary at Columbus Club

On April 8, 2015, the Dunkirk Police Department learned of an attempted burglary at the Columbus Club, which is at 406 Deer St, Dunkirk, NY.  The business was closed at the time and no entry was actually made.  However, a rear door was damaged in the attempt.  Clicking on the photos will make them larger.  Anyone who has information or may know the person in the photos are asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tipline at 363-0313. Thank you for your assistance.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police officers in New York State will be looking for cell phone law violators.

Enforcement mobilization dates are April 10 – 15th.

Don’t make a dumb choice with your smart phone.



New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.

Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and:

  • Talking on a handheld mobile telephone
  • Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
  • Viewing, taking, or transmitting images
  • Playing games

The law defines the following terms as:

(a) “Portable electronic device” shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.

(b) “Using” shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data.

Exceptions to the Laws

  • When the driver uses a hands-free mobile telephone, which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand.
  • Using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.
  • Using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle.
  • When the purpose of the phone call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician’s office, or an ambulance corps.
  • When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.

Violation Penalties and Fines — The penalty for a violation of this law shall be 5 driver violation points and a fine, as described below. This is a primary law, which means an officer may stop you if you are observed using a hand held device. It is illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle is in motion.

  • For offenses committed between October 5, 2011 and May 31, 2013, the violation carried three driver violation points.
  • For offenses committed on or after June 1, 2013, this violation carries five driver violation points.

On November 1, 2014, the following changes to the cell phone/texting laws for drivers with a probationary license, Class DJ, Class MJ or a learner permit take effect (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):

  • Conviction will result in a mandatory 120-day driver license or permit suspension.
  • Subsequent convictions within six months of a license restoration will result in a a revocation of at least one year of a probationary license, junior license or learner permit.

On November 1, 2014, maximum fines for cell phone and/or texting use while driving will increase (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):

  • For a first offense, $50 to $200
  • For a second offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $250
  • For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $450

2015 Curbside Collection Schedule


The Dunkirk Police Department is circulating this curbside collection schedule flyer as a reminder to city residents regarding the city code on bulk item disposal.  This flyer has additional information regarding holiday rubbish collection, recycling, bulk items, construction materials, and brush and leaf collection.

Residents may bring bulk items to the Public Works Facility on W. Lucas Ave. after prepaying at the City Clerk’s Office. The clerk can be contacted at 366-0453 for fees and scheduling.  The fees are also on the attached flyer.  Any person found to be illegally dumping at the W. Lucas Ave facility may result in charges being pursued. Thank you for your cooperation.

2015 Curbside Collection Schedule

Spring and summer parking regulations

Spring and summer parking regulations will be taking effect for Alternate and Overnight Parking with the following changes.

Overnight Parking: Overnight Parking regulations on  the main streets such as Central Ave., Lakeshore Dr., Brigham Rd., Doughty St., Main St. and many of the smaller side streets will end Sunday April 5th  and does not resume again until Sunday November 1st.


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Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:

Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 5th and continuing through Sunday November 1st  for one week periods commencing at 5:00PM on any odd numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the odd numbered side of the streets affected and on any even numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the even numbered side of the streets affected. The date of the day after 5:00PM on Sunday determines the side on which parking is allowed for the following week. Courtesy tags will be issued as reminders for a short period of time, after that time parking summonses will be issued.

It is not the goal of the City of Dunkirk or the Police Department to issue parking summonses for violations. We are asking everyone’s cooperation to park properly and help those who may be visitors to our area with understanding our parking regulations. Proper parking is a matter of public safety in that we have to keep streets open and accessible to emergency vehicles at all times. We want everyone to be aware that if the need arises we will tow vehicles that hamper access by emergency vehicles or create a hazard to public safety. Proper parking also allows Public Works access for street upkeep.  Again we ask everyone to help keep the City of Dunkirk a safe place for residents, business people and visitors to enjoy.

News release – Assault Arrest


Dunkirk Police responded to 506 Main St. at approximately 2:51 PM on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 for a report of a fight at that location.  Two brothers residing in a first floor apartment along with the wife of one brother and 1 year old child were located.  The younger brother was found with a severe laceration to his lower leg, rendering him unable to stand up, with the older brother showing minor injuries to the back of his head and arms.  Upon investigation, it was determined that a machete was used in the assault and that weapon was recovered at the scene by officers.  As a result of the investigation, the following charges were placed:


David D. Sugg, 23 years old of 506 Main St. Dunkirk, was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony, Criminal possession of a weapon in the Fourth Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Class A Misdemeanors.  He was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court Wednesday and bail was set a $5,000.00 Cash or $10,000 Property bond.

 Cody Sugg, 21 years old, of the same address was transported to Brooks Hospital by Fredonia Fire and Rescue.  He was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor and will appear in Dunkirk City Court on April 6th.

East Town of Dunkirk Fire department as well as Fredonia Fire responded to assist and administer treatment to  the injured parties as Dunkirk Fire Department were on location at a working structure fire at the time.