Recently the Dunkirk Police Department has received a report that individuals are going door to door allegedly soliciting for City functions. The City of Dunkirk does not solicit door to door for donations to any City event – please contact the Dunkirk Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 should anyone saying they represent the City come to your door asking for a donation.
In addition, should anyone come to your door soliciting money please ask to see their City Permit. If they do not have one send them on their way and call police HQ immediately with a description and direction of travel. We will send a patrol car to check on these individuals and advise them of the proper procedures for going door to door.
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 1st and does not resume again until Sunday November 4th .
Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:
Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 1st and continuing to Sunday November 4th 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.
Nathaniel R. Lion, 30 years of age, of Fredonia, New York was arrested on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 on a Felony Indictment Warrant in connection with the Robbery which occurred at Gamerz Haven located at the D&F Plaza on 02/01/2018.
The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted in the investigation, resulting in the arrest of Lion, by members of the University Police at SUNY Fredonia and the Village of Fredonia Police Department.
City of Dunkirk Police concluded a robbery and assault investigation this morning with the arrest of Fernando Martinez Jr, age 37, of Dunkirk, NY. It is alleged that Martinez forcibly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from an individual in the afternoon hours of November 8th, 2017 and caused physical injury to that person in the course of the robbery. Martinez was taken into custody at his residence after being found to be hiding inside of a washing machine. Martinez is being held over night in City lock up and will be arraigned in City Court on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
On Saturday December 24th 2017, at approximately 6:30 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers received a call for a reported shoplifting at Walgreens located at 327 Main St. The suspect allegedly stole property from the store and then ran out. After speaking with staff and reviewing security footage officers began canvassing the area for the suspect. Shortly later officers located a subject matching the description walking in the area of E 2nd St and Park Ave. After a brief investigation it was determined that the subject was the suspect from the shoplifting. After being advised he was under arrest the suspect, later identified as Wesley M. Priolette, took off running from officers. After a brief foot pursuit Priolette was subdued where he continued struggling with officers. Priolette was taken into custody and transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and locked up. Priolette was charged with Petit Larceny and Resisting Arrest.
On Monday January 1st 2018, at approximately 3:50 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers responded to the Brooks Memorial Hospital ER for a trespass complaint. Officers arrived and were advised by hospital staff that a subject in the waiting room was trespassing. They stated the subject refused to be admitted and refused to leave the property. Officers made contact with the subject who was identified as Gregory L. Gallaway. Officers advised Gallaway several times that if he was not seeking medical attention that he needed to leave the property. Gallaway continued to refuse officers commands and was placed into custody for Trespass.
Gallaway was transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters to be booked and locked up. At headquarters Gallaway refused to obey officers commands and began physically resisting and fighting with officers. At one point during this, Gallaway struck an officer with his fist. Gallaway was also found to have a controlled substance in his possession for which he did not have a prescription. Gallaway was charged with Trespass, Obstruction 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Harassment 2nd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
Always wear seatbelts and please make sure children are in a child safety seat. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.
Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
Do not drive while texting or talking on your cell phone (except in case of an emergency). This is very distracting, dangerous and it is also illegal.
We wish for everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends but if you have celebrated to much and can’t safely operate a vehicle please don’t. Designate a safe driver ahead of time. Please don’t create a tragedy as your remembrance of this holiday. True friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle with someone if they can’t safely operate it.
If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time please take advantage of our House Watch program. Details can be found by stopping at the Police Station, calling the Police Desk at 366-2266 or by visiting the forms section on our Department website dunkirkpolice.com
Please keep an eye on what is going on in your Neighborhood. If you see or hear something out of the ordinary please call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and let us send an Officer to check it out.
The Dunkirk Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
Left to right are: Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.
The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Social Club. With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol. Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the community. The Police Department would like to thank the Moniuszko Club for their donation and the community for their continuous support. Pictures from left to right are: Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.
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 5th, 2017and stay in effect thru Saturday April 7th, 2018. 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.
Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.
Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street
E. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.
E. 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
Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.
Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.
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.
North Beaver St.
Point Dr. North
Point Dr. West
Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.
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 5th , 2017 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 7th, 2018 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 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.
Halloween can be a very fun holiday for everyone especially kids, to make the holiday a treat instead of a trick please follow these safety tips.
• Check that the costumes are flame retardant.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
• Try using make-up instead of masks, a mask can be uncomfortable and obstruct a child’s view when crossing streets and using steps.
• Wear light colored costumes and use reflective material or tape, this will make children more visible after dark.
• Avoid costumes that have weapons, if they are part of the costume make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible material.
Trick or Treating:
• Never let children go out alone.
• Young children should be with parents, older kids with friends.
• Trick or treat in groups.
• Map a route ahead of time and make sure parents know the route.
• Stop only at familiar houses with lights on.
• Try and trick or treat while it’s still light out.
• Stay in well lighted areas and carry a flashlight.
• Teach children to Never, Never go into a strangers house or accept a ride from a stranger. If someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to grab them, children should scream, yell, fight and kick to get away. They should then find a parent or adult they trust and tell them what happened as soon as possible.
• If your child has a cell phone make sure they are familiar with local emergency numbers and the proper use of 911 and what information they need to give First Responders.
• Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks.
• Teach children to not eat any treats until they get home.
• To avoid temptation give children a snack before they go out.
• Check all treats at home and eat only unopened candy and treats in original wrappers. Carefully inspect fruit and homemade treats and ask who gave them.
The City council has set trick or treating hours of 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Halloween. We urge everyone to please observe these guidelines.
The City Youth and Recreation Department will be hosting a Halloween Party for children from 3PM-5PM on October 31st at City Hall in the Mayors Conference Room.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids and parents alike. Take a few extra minutes and remember the tricks and treats of playing it safe. A lot of the safety rules that apply to Halloween are good rules to follow all the time.
Our Neighborhood Watch groups will be out keeping an eye on their neighborhoods for criminal activity and reporting to the Police Department Anyone who witnesses or suspects any criminal activity can dial 911 for emergencies.