Train/Pedestrian Fatality


At approximately 12:04 AM, City of Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported Train/Pedestrian Fatality Accident on the CSX Rail Line West of Middle Road. The victim was walking along the tracks and was struck by a Westbound CSX Freight Train.

The investigation into the accident determined that it appears there was another person walking along the railroad tracks with the victim at the time of the accident. The Police Department is asking for the person to come forward and talk with investigators about the accident.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to notification of family. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Dunkirk Police Department Communications Desk at 366-2266.

City Police were assisted at the scene by City of Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff Department, Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team, CSX Railroad, County Coroner’s Office and the Chautauqua County Fire Police Traffic Control Team.

Job Well Done!

Darnell Baldwin, from" Just Like New" detailing, donating his time washing the Dunkirk Police Department patrol cars

Darnell Baldwin, from” Just Like New Mobile Detailing,”, donating his time washing the Dunkirk Police Department patrol cars

Earlier this summer, Darnell Baldwin, who owns “Just Like New Mobile Detailing” and his 9 year old son, Zeph, came to the Police Department and wanted to show their support for our local Police Department by donating their time to wash our Patrol Cars on Fridays so we have clean cars for the weekend. They have been washing the cars at the Police Station on a regular basis and we really appreciate them giving their time to do this for us. The most amazing part of this was to see Zeph donating his time helping his dad and giving back to the Community. What a great way to teach a young man the value of being a positive part of his Community and creating a positive relationship with our Police Officers. We cannot thank Darnell and Zeph enough for showing their respect to the Community and the Police Department. Job well done !!

-Chief David Ortolano


img_0005On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, at approximately 8:20 PM, Officers responded to Maple Avenue near Grant Avenue for a report of a large fight in the roadway. On arrival, Officers observed a minivan stopped in the northbound lane, blocking vehicular traffic. Multiple subjects were engaged in a physical altercation in the area, with several onlookers standing in the street and on the sidewalk. Officers on scene broke up the altercation, taking Jose Figueroa, 36, of Maple Avenue, Dunkirk into custody on outstanding warrants out of the City of Jamestown. Elaine Herrera-Concepcion, 28, of Deer Street, Dunkirk, was also taken into custody on an outstanding violation of probation warrant. Herrera-Concepcion was additionally charged with Criminal Contempt in the second degree and disorderly conduct. The crowd was dispersed shortly after and traffic returned to normal. Charges are pending against a third subject involved in the altercation.

The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted by the Fredonia Police Department, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police.

Weapons Arrest

The City of Dunkirk Police Department arrested a Dunkirk man on an array of charges after responding to a local manufacturing plant after receiving a report that an employee had displayed a handgun in a threatening manner toward other employees and made threats. Just after 5:00 AM Dunkirk Police uniformed patrol officers entered the facility and confronted the man who had displayed the weapon. A pat down of the suspect resulted in the location and seizure of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which the suspect had in his back pocket. Officers recognized the suspect to be Rolando Rivera-Santos, who was known to officers to be a convicted felon and therefore not entitled to possess any firearm. He was taken into custody and was transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters, where he will be held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court. The three felony counts are based upon (1) the suspect being a convicted criminal in possession of a firearm, (2) the suspect possessing a loaded firearm and (3) the suspect possessing the firearm with intent to use it unlawfully against another person.

Narcotics Arrest

Jonathan Linger

Jonathan Linger

On September 8th, 2016 at about 4:00 P.M. the City of Dunkirk police arrested Jonathan M. LINGER on an arrest warrant charging him with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The warrant was executed without incident and LINGER was transported to the Dunkirk City Jail where he is being held without bail pending his arraignment. The warrant had been obtained earlier from the Dunkirk City Court by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that LINGER has sold quantities of crack cocaine to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions in the City of Dunkirk. There will be additional charges filed against LINGER.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their community at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313

NYS DOT adds new safety markings on State roads in City of Dunkirk

These are “sharrows”

The new markings on New York State Route 60 in Dunkirk are called “sharrows.” They are an official marking designated in the New York State Department of Transportation’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Section 9C.07 of the MUTCD describes these as “shared lane markings.” They are used nationwide to promote shared safe use of the road by indicating:

When you bike: Sharrows designate a safe and visible place to ride. Sharrows also indicate the correct direction to travel.

When you drive: Keep an eye out for all types of travel — bikes, pedestrians, skateboards, etc. Drive slowly and give ample room when passing.

New York State Route 5 in the City also has additional new markings for bike routes, bike lanes, and for crosswalks that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

More Information: (Section 9C.07)