The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating two armed robberies. The first armed robbery occurred on September 28, 2015, at about 12:41 AM, at the Clarion Hotel, which is located at 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY. The second armed robbery occurred on September 28, 2015, at about 7:35 PM, at Kwik Fill, which is located at 769 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY. During the Clarion Hotel robbery, one subject dressed in dark clothing, with a concealed face and armed with a weapon demanded money. The clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. During the Kwik Fill robbery, two subjects, dressed in dark clothing, with concealed faces and armed with weapons demanded money. The clerk complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The Dunkirk Police Department wants all city residents to contact Headquarters if anyone or any vehicles appear to be suspicious. Anyone who may have information, please call the police desk at 366-2266 or the confidential tipline at 363-0313.
On Thursday, September 24th, 2015, at about 1:35 PM, Police responded to the hold alarm at Cattaraugus County Bank, located at 1065 Main St. Ext Dunkirk, NY. The bank employees gave a description and direction of travel to the police. They report the man passed a note to the teller without saying a word, demanding money. The teller complied with demands and then pressed the bank hold up alarm. A perimeter of the area was set up by officers responding from the Dunkirk and Fredonia Police Departments, DPD K9 “Nico” and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and University Police from Fredonia. The suspect was located in a field a short way from the bank and identified as Tyler Moon, age 29, of 54 N. Greenfield Rd. Porter Corners, NY and taken into custody. No weapon was displayed or located. Cash, in an amount excess of one thousand dollars was taken and recovered through investigation. Moon was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. Moon was arraigned and being held without bail for a preliminary hearing scheduled September 29, 2015 in Dunkirk City Court.
“A job well done by all involved in bringing this to a swift and safe conclusion”. “The tellers were attentive and gave a good description and direction of travel, they did all they could do in a case like this. They are trained and told to cooperate to prevent further complications and followed through with this.” – Captain Kenneth Kaus
On Monday September 21st at or about 1:45 am, while on patrol, Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department discovered that the front glass door at the Family Dollar Store located at 168 E. 4th St. had been broken out. On-scene investigation and review of the in-store surveillance cameras indicated that the door was damaged by two male subjects, who then entered the store and stole items. Officers were able to obtain a physical and clothing description of the two subjects from the video, which was relayed to the on-coming 7am-3pm shift. Two subjects matching the description were later located and subsequently interviewed at Police Headquarters. Several items of stolen property have been recovered as a result of the investigation. Two male juveniles, ages 11 and 12, have been charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, and Petit Larceny in connection with the incident. The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents and have been scheduled to answer to the charges in Family Court at a later date.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department, WCA ALSTAR Ambulance, and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Department in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off day on Saturday September 26, 2015 from 10AM-2PM.
WCA ALSTAR Services has again graciously provided their North Headquarters for the drive in drop off location. ALSTAR North is located behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in the City of Dunkirk. The prescriptions can be dropped off with no questions asked.
This is a very important program because any unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issues leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. In many States deaths from Prescription drugs now exceeds those from motor vehicles accidents with opiate painkillers like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin leading abuse. In 2010 it was reported that the number of people seeking treatment for painkiller addiction had increased 400 % within the last 10 years. Reports show that one in 10 12th grade students used pharmaceutical narcotic pain killers for non medical use. The reports also show that the majority of the teenagers (62%) using prescription drugs got them from family and friends including from medicine cabinets in their own homes. Unintentional overdose deaths from prescription opiods increased 175% over a 5 year period. Recent reports note that there were 6.2 Million Americans aged 12 years and older who abused prescription drugs within the past month with 7 of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers being prescription medicine.
Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer systems. Most importantly proper disposal can help lower the deaths rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults.
Please take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in Dunkirk on Saturday September 26th from 10AM-2PM. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.
Chief David Ortolano
City of Dunkirk Police Department.
Sheriff Joseph Gerace
Chautauqua County Sheriff
At approximately 2:05 AM on Sunday September 20, 2015, City of Dunkirk Police Officers observed Justin T. Schuk, age 34, operating a vehicle on East Second St. Officers had prior knowledge of an outstanding arrest warrant for the subject which was issued by City Court Judge Walter Drag. A vehicle and traffic stop was executed and Schuk was taken into custody without incident. Miguel A. Delvalle, age 41, who was a passenger in the same vehicle, was taken into custody after further investigation revealed that he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, which was concealed on his person, an amount of Cocaine, prescription pills and a substantial amount of currency. Both subjects were held in City Jail pending arraignment. Schuk’s warrant was for Petit Larceny and Delvalle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree with intent to sell, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.
The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works wiishes to notify residents and motorists that E. Seventh Street between Monroe Street and Deer Street will be closed to all traffic beginning at 7:00 am on Friday, September 4. Also, Main Street between E. Sixth Street and E. Seventh Street will be paved and closed to all traffic.
Residents are asked to move their vehicles ahead of the 7:00 am start time.
On September 1st, 2015, the City of Dunkirk Police Department arrested a Dunkirk man on an array of charges after an extensive manhunt that lasted from mid morning until just before 2:30 this afternoon. The incident began at about 9:20 AM when police were called to a Hoyt St. residence for a report of a violent domestic disturbance. While on scene investigating the incident, officers learned that Devon Wilson, age 21, of 111 Lord St, Dunkirk, NY, who was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants for Assault 2nd Degree (Felony), Criminal Possession Of A Weapon 3rd Degree (Felony), Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Menacing 2nd Degree, Harassment 2nd Degree, and Disorderly Conduct, had fled the scene after displaying what appeared to be a handgun. A search of the surrounding area ensued and several sightings of Wilson by area residents were reported as he ran from the area. Officers from surrounding police agencies, including the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, the New York State Police and the Fredonia Police Department responded to assist and a perimeter was established. Police K-9 units conducting a training in the area from Dunkirk PD, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, NY State Police, Jamestown PD and Lakewood-Busti PD arrived at the scene to conduct an extensive K9 search of the area. Police developed information that ultimately led them to an upper apartment at 51 E. Fifth St, Dunkirk, NY. The house was surrounded and Devon Wilson surrendered to police without incident after a brief standoff.