UPDATE: 7:45 PM: Thanks to an alert Facebook follower of ours, she was observed leaving a local business. Through investigation, the juvenile was located hiding in a local residence. Thank you all for the assistance.
The Dunkirk Police Department is searching for Jennifer Lopez-Bautista, age 13, of Dunkirk, NY as she has run away from home. Jennifer is about 5’00”, 140 lbs, and has black hair. If anyone has information regarding Jennifer’s whereabouts, please contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266.
The Dunkirk Police Department is advising residents regarding a phone call scam involving National Grid. The resident reported receiving a call from someone representing themselves as a National Grid collections agent. The resident was advised that they owed money to National Grid and they needed to purchase a gift card for at least the amount owed. The resident was then instructed to contact the collections agent back at 1-800-206-9981 or 1-800-705-6202. The collections agent would then use the information from the card to withdraw the owed amount over the phone from the card. National Grid was contacted and it was confirmed they do not collect owed amounts with this procedure. If anyone receives this call ignore it and hang up.
On July 22, 2015, at 10 :40 A.M., the City of Dunkirk SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 25 E. Benton St. in the City of Dunkirk. The entry was made without incident and once inside officers located and arrested Robert S. Gee. The search warrant and arrest warrant for Mr. Gee had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Walter Drag. The arrest warrant charges Mr. Gee with one count of Assault in the 2nd Degree from a reported Domestic incident that allegedly occurred at 25 E. Benton St. in the City of Dunkirk. Mr. Gee was taken to the City of Dunkirk Jail and then subsequently arraigned by Judge Drag in the Dunkirk Court. Mr. Gee was then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action by the court.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task Force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.
The City of Dunkirk Police is currently investigating a series of three armed robberies that were reported simultaneously at approximately 10:50 PM on Monday July 20th, 2015.
Two of the victims were walking through the tunnel that leads from w. Third St. to Robin St. when they were approached by three light skinned males that were displaying handguns. Property was taken from the two victims and one of the victims was struck in the head with a handgun by one of the subjects. A third victim, who was on Robin St., was approached by the same group of subjects, robbed at gunpoint and the three subjects stole a vehicle from the victims yard. The vehicle is a white 2004 Pontaic Grand AM bearing New York Registration GTY-8143. The vehicle has a rear spoiler and black rims. Two of the three victims were treated for minor lacerations sustained as a result of the robberies.
At this time, the three subjects in this case are still at large and the vehicle has not been recovered. Anyone that sees this vehicle is encouraged not to approach and call the City of Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or dial 911. Anyone having information on this case can call the City of Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.
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. 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. We will have extra patrols in service for the holiday weekend.
The Holiday weekend will kick off with Music in Memorial Park on Thursday night at 6:30PM and Friday night at 6:00PM. Many activities are planned during the day on the 4th such as music and food vendors in Memorial Park, bands will be playing at 2:00PM and again at 5:00PM. 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 prior to July 4th. If possible please park in the City Parking Lots near Second/Washington and Third/Central 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. Also a reminder that a portion of Lakefront Blvd. in the area of Pangolin, Armadillo and Genet Streets will be closed due to ongoing seawall construction. Please stay out of the fenced in area of Lakefront Blvd. Depending upon construction there will be no access to Lakefront Blvd. on Pangolin, Armadillo or Genet Streets from Pine Street.
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. 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 to much and can’t safely and 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.
Please pay attention throughout the summer for large crowds along the waterfront areas and around the City during festivals 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 wish all our area residents and visitors a happy and safe summer season.