Residential Burglary Arrest

On Sunday April 21, 2019, around 7:28 PM, Dunkirk Patrol units were dispatched to the 200 block of Nevins St. for two suspicious males in the backyard of a residence.  An alert neighbor called after observing the males walking around a neighbor’s house.

Upon patrol arrival, both male subjects fled on foot into adjacent backyards where patrol officers were able to locate and detain them without incident.  Subsequent investigation found that the subjects, Angel M. Rosas Jr, age 21, and David C. Smith, age 20, both of Dunkirk, NY, had allegedly entered a nearby home by forcing a window and removing a large amount of jewelry and personal belongings; the homeowner was not home at the time.  All stolen property was recovered by patrol officers.

Both male subjects were transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters and were charged with Burglary in the Second Degree (Class C Felony) and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class E Felony). Rosas Jr was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Firth Degree (Class A Misdemeanor).

Dunkirk Police would like to remind citizens to be alert and watchful in their neighborhoods and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the Police Department at 366-2266.

Prescription Drop Off

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The City of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance  in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday April 27, 2019 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. Recent reports show 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 opioids 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 April 27th   from 10AM-2PM.  Also we ask that if you have parents or grandparents that you check with them as well to make sure they sort through any prescriptions they may have that are not needed or have expired. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.

Chief David Ortolano Participates in Child Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation

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Chief David Ortolano, County Executive George Borello, and Mayor Wilfred Rosas

City and County Officials proclaimed this Month as Child Abuse Awareness Month and planted pin-wheels on the front lawn of City hall to signify our dedication to apprehension and prevention of child abuse cases. Representatives from several agencies participated in sending the message that The City, County and Law
Enforcement work 24 hrs a day to ensure the safety of all children.

Alternate and Overnight Parking Changes

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 7th  and does not resume again until Sunday November 3rd

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

Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 7th   and continuing to Sunday November 3rd  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 repairs and maintenance.

We truly appreciated the help of our residents this past winter with getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner during winter storms. Your cooperation kept the streets clear for plows and emergency vehicles. Thank you !!

Again we ask everyone to help keep the City of Dunkirk a safe place for residents, business people and visitors to enjoy. Please call the Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 with any questions regarding Parking Regulations.