Dunkirk Police and STRDTF Make Drug Sales Arrest

William E. Webb

Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and City of Dunkirk Police Department have conducted a several month long investigation into the distribution and sale of illegal narcotics in the City of Dunkirk. The investigation lead to Chautauqua County Grand Jury Indictment Warrants being issued for William E. Webb, age 45, of 137 Nevins St, Dunkirk, NY. A warrant was issued for two counts of Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. On January 16, 2020, at about 8:30 PM, William E. Webb was located and taken into custody in the City of Dunkirk. Webb was transported to the county jail pending arraignment.

The Dunkirk Police Department and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force encourages the public to please report any illegal activity or illegal drug activity.

Dunkirk tip line 716-363-0313

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

Dustin S. Barrett

On Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at approximately 8:51 AM, Officers responded to The Resource Center on Lakeshore Drive for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. While investigating the incident, the vehicle was observed traveling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive. Officers located the SUV and attempted to stop the vehicle on West Third Street. The operator of the vehicle refused to stop and led Officers on a pursuit which eventually left the City of Dunkirk, returning into the City several minutes later. At approximately 9:30 AM, the pursuit came to an end on Franklin Avenue and the suspect, Dustin S. Barrett, age 25, of Dunkirk, NY was taken into custody. Barrett was charged with multiple vehicle and traffic charges, along with several penal law charges. The Dunkirk Police was assisted by the New York State Police, Fredonia Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.

Barrett was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court and was released as per New York State Bail Reform.


  • Multiple New York State Vehicle and Traffic violations
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree
  • Reckless Endangerment in the 1st degree (D Felony)
  • Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree (D Felony), 2 Counts
  • Unlawful fleeing in a motor vehicle (A Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Possession of a weapon in the 4th degree (A Misdemeanor)
  • Grand Larceny in the 4th degree (E Felony)
  • Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree (E felony)

Arrest Made in Rural Ministries Burglary

Justin A. Baez

Justin A. Baez, 29 age, of Dunkirk has been arrested and charged with the Burglary reported at Rural Ministries located at 319 Washington Ave, Dunkirk on November 21st, 2019.  Baez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on the charges of Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Petit Larceny.  After arraignment, he was released as part of the New York State bail reform.

Dunkirk Police Officers Read to School 5 students

The Dunkirk Police Department for the fifth year is continuing its involvement with the Police Department Reader Day Program. Officers began in November reading to Dunkirk School #5 students.

Police Officers visit schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spend time with the children explaining the job of a Police Officer, answering any questions the children may have and reminding them of some safety tips. 

This program helps to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them become familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program helps to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.

We again want to thank the Dunkirk City School District for working together with the Police Department with our programs in the Schools.

Chief David Ortolano and Officer Edwin Gomez reading to Dunkirk School #5 students
From left to right: Officer Amy Noble, Lt. Chris Witkowski, Chief David Ortolano and Officer Edwin Gomez

Multiple Burglary Arrests

Justin A. Baez

On January 8th, 2020, at about 4:24 AM, Dunkirk Police officers received a report of a suspicious subject inside 724 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY, which is a multiple dwelling. Upon arrival, officers observed Baez run from the scene. After a short foot chase, the subject was taken into custody in the basement of another multiple dwelling house near the corner of 7th & Washington Ave.

Officers determined that Baez unlawfully entered 724 Central Ave and was vandalizing the coin-operated dryer to steal the coins. Further investigation let to Baez having charges filed on him for unlawfully entering Fieldbrook Foods at 1 Ice Cream Dr, overnight on January 5th, 2020, and stealing an employee’s belongings and vandalizing a contractor trailer in the parking lot. Baez was additionally charged for unlawfully entering Ehrheart’s Collsion, 235 Bucknor St, overnight on January 4th, 2020 and stealing cash from inside the business.

Baez was released after appearing in City Court per the new bail reform procedures.