Dunkirk Police and STRDTF Arrest Two for the Sale of Drugs

For the past several months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force have been conducting investigations into the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics in the City of Dunkirk.

One investigation led to arrest warrants being issued for Alex Diaz Torres, age 32, of Dunkirk, NY. Arrest warrants were issued by the City of Dunkirk Court for the Charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree.  On November 15, 2019, at about 7:05 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force located and arrested Alex Diaz Torres at 47 East Second St. in the City of Dunkirk. Torres was taken into custody without incident.

In a separate investigation, the Chautauqua County Grand Jury issued secret indictment warrants for Carmelo Cruz, age 55, of Dunkirk, NY, charging him with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. On November 18, 2019 at approximately 8:45 AM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department observed Carmelo Cruz traveling in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive in the City of Dunkirk. The vehicle was stopped and Carmelo Cruz was taken into custody without incident. Cruz will be held at the Chautauqua County Jail pending arraignment.

The Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourage members of the community to report any suspicious or illegal activity.

Dunkirk Police Department: (716) 363-0313
Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force: (716) 664-2420

Lakefront Blvd Closed Until Further Notice

Lakefront Blvd. between North Beagle and North Serval Streets has been closed for the Winter Season and on-going repairs to the seawall. The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works has completed the placement of signage along Lakefront Blvd. as well as Pine Street North on all the side Streets in that First Ward area and have additionally placed jersey barriers.  Vehicles may travel North from Pine Street for local residential traffic only.

Lakefront Blvd. has been closed for the purpose of traffic and public safety. The roadway can become very slippery and impassable due to ice and snow build up from the lake over-spray.  The Department of Public Works will NOT be performing regular road clearing maintenance of Lakefront Blvd. during the Winter Season.

Operators of vehicles that pass the posted signs and jersey barriers can be charged with a violation under the Vehicle and Traffic law and may be subject to legal liability as well. We are asking all residents to please cooperate by not driving on the roadway until the Spring when the DPW opens the roadway back up to regular traffic.

Winter Parking

Alternate and Overnight Parking regulations on Streets in the City of Dunkirk will be changing in November to assist snow removal efforts during the Winter Months.

Overnight Parking rules go into effect Sunday November 3rd  2019 and stay in effect thru Saturday April 4th 2020. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30AM – 7:00AM.

  • Brigham Rd. from Lakeshore Dr. South to the City Line.
  • Brooks Ave.
  • Canary St.
  • Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.
  • Columbus Ave.
  • Doughty St.
  • Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street
  • Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.
  • 6th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.
  • Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.
  • Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line
  • Irving Pl.
  • Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.
  • Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.
  • Lark St.
  • Leopard St.
  • Lynx St.
  • Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to 6th St.
  • Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line.
  • Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.
  • Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line.
  • Nichols Ave.
  • North Beaver St.
  • Pelican St.
  • Plover St.
  • Point Dr. North
  • Point Dr. West
  • Roosevelt Ave.
  • Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.
  • Taft Pl.
  • Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.
  • Temple St. from 4th. North to CSX
  • 3rd St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.
  • Washington Ave. from 3rd St. South to 4th St.
  • 2nd St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.
  • 7th St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.
  • Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to  6th  St.

All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from Weekly to Daily for the Winter Months. Effective Sunday November 3rd  2019 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 4th 2020 vehicles shall be parked only on the Odd-Numbered side of the Street on Odd-Numbered Days  and only on the Even-Numbered side of the Street on Even-Numbered Days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.

Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper Snow Removal Efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of Emergency Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. We also remind motorists that vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary. Please pay attention to City Snow Plow operators and assist them with their efforts by giving them the right of way during snow storms.

This past Winter Season saw a lot of snowfall and we thank our residents for their cooperation in getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner and look forward to their cooperation again this Winter Season. The Dunkirk Police Department is again asking for everyone’s cooperation with Parking Regulations and assisting us in making the City a safe place for all those who live, work and visit here. Any questions about parking regulations can be directed to the Communications Desk at 366-2266.