On Monday February 5th, 2018 at about 3:40 AM, officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department responded to an address on Lake Shore Dr E after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault. Officers arrived on scene and after an investigation determined that Terry T. Young-Copeland, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY, had allegedly threatened another subject with a sledgehammer during a dispute. Young-Copeland was taken into custody and transported to City of Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked on a charge of Menacing in the Second Degree. He was arraigned by Judge John Kuzdale and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.
On Sunday January 22nd, 2018 at about 12:01 AM officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle after observing it fail to stop for a red traffic light. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on N Pangolin St and both the operator and passenger exited the vehicle. Both subjects ignored officer’s commands and proceeded to flee on foot from the scene. After a brief foot pursuit both subjects were taken into custody. The operator was identified as Alverado Salazar-Sanchez, age 26, of Dunkirk, NY. Further investigation revealed Salazar-Sanchez to be intoxicated and unlicensed. He was transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and locked up on charges of DWI and several vehicle and traffic law infractions. The passenger, was turned over to Border Patrol for further investigation.
On November 27, 2017 at about 1:10 AM, an officer on patrol observed two male subjects walking down Columbus Ave in the City carrying cut up copper piping. Through investigation, it is alleged that Omar Contreras, age 37, and Michael Banach, age 23, both of Dunkirk, NY, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave, cut the copper piping from the basement and removed it without permission. Subsequent investigation, warrants were later applied for and issued by Judge Walter Drag for Burglary in the Third Degree (D/Felony), Possession of Burglar Tools (A/Misd), Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (A/Misd), and Petit Larceny (A/Misd). On January 4th, 2018, Jamestown PD apprehended Omar Contreras and on February 9th, 2018, Buffalo PD apprehended Michael Banach. Contreras was committed to CCJ and Banach is awaiting arraignment.
The Dunkirk Police Department, continuing its involvement with the Police Department Reader Day Program, read to School # 3 students on February 2nd, 2018. Police Officers visit the Elementary Schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spent time with the children explaining the Job of a Police Officer and answering any questions the children may have.
This program continues to help to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them be familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program will help to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.
We again want to thank the City of Dunkirk School District for working together with the Police Department on our programs in the Schools.