Dunkirk Police Receive Donation from Dunkirk Exempt Fireman’s Association

 

 

The Dunkirk Exempt Fireman’s Association recently made a donation to the Dunkirk Police Department Equipment Fund. With those funds the Department was able to purchase 2 new Alco-Sensor units that will be a valuable tool for Investigating Driving Under the Influence incidents. The Dunkirk Exempts are very generous to the Police Department on a regular basis and their donations have helped to fund many equipment needs in the past. 

The Police Department is very grateful to have organizations that support Public Safety in our community and we thank all the Club officials and Members of the Dunkirk Exempts for their continued generosity and support.

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.

Search Warrant 49 E Second St Upper Apt.

For the Past several months members of the Dunkirk City Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force have been conducting an investigation into the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics from a residence located at 49 East 2nd St in the City of Dunkirk NY. The investigation lead to officers obtaining arrest warrants for Jose E. Rodriguez Jr, age 45, Aixmary Rodriguez-Rosa, age 35, and Christian M. Padilla-Rosa, age 29, all of Dunkirk, NY, as well as a search warrant for the residence.

On March 29, 2019 at about 7:52 PM, members of the Dunkirk Police Department SRT and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force executed a search warrant at 49 East 2nd St Upper Apt. As a result of the search warrant all three subjects were located and arrested on their arrest warrants for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Third Degree. At this time a large quantity of US Currency was located and seized from within the residence. All three subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Police Department jail pending arraignment.

Members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office Southern Tier Regional Drug task Force encourage the public to please contact them with any in formation related to illegal drug activity at Sheriffs Office Tip Line 1-800 344 8702 or Dunkirk Police Tip Line 716 – 363 0313.

Gun Arrest

On March 23, 2019, at about 1:30 PM, Dunkirk Police officers responded to 152 Lake Shore Dr E, in the City, for a report of a person with a gun.  Upon arrival, officers observed a vehicle leaving the scene that witnesses reported the firearm was being taken away from the scene in.  Officers performed a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Steger High Rise parking lot which is located at 15 N. Main St, Dunkirk, NY.  Simultaneously, officers received reports that the individual alleged to have threatened subjects at the Lake Shore Dr E location with the firearm was running south on S. Beaver St from Lake Shore Dr.  That individual was located and apprehended.

Through investigation, officers found the occupants of vehicle to be Christian M. Padilla-Rivera, age 29, Limarys Carmona, age 41, Aixmary R. Rodriguez-Rosa, age 35, all of Dunkirk, NY, and in possession of a loaded defaced pistol.  It is alleged that none of the subjects had any legal right to possess the firearm.  All subjects were taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (C/Felony) and Manufacture, Transport, Disposition and Defacement of Weapons and Dangerous Instruments and Applicances.  Catala was additionally charged with two counts of Menacing in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (D/Felony) for previously being convicted for a crime.

Search Warrant at 50 W 2nd St

For approximately 6 months members of the Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office – Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force have been investigating the sale and distribution of Narcotics from 50 W. 2nd St. in the City of
Dunkirk. The investigation lead to arrest warrants being issued for Alexander Diaz-Torres and Irvin Reyes-Pacheco for Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.  A Search warrant for the residence of 50 W. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk was also obtained.

On March 7, 2019, at about 7:40 PM members of the Dunkirk City Police Department, Dunkirk Police SRT and the Chautauqua County Sheriffs Office – Southern Tier Regional Drug task force executed the search warrant . Upon entry of the residence Alexander Diaz-Torres and Irvin Reyes-Pacheco were located and arrested on the arrest warrants. A search of the residence located a quantity of Cocaine, further investigation lead to the additional charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Fourth Degree for Alexander Diaz-Torres, age 32, Irvin Reyes-Pacheco, age 22, Pedro Corraliza Jr., age 26, and Shakira Ayala-Valentine, age 22, all of Dunkirk, NY.  All 4 subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. 
Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call and report suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Dunkirk Police Warn Residents of Scam

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The City of Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a reported telephone SCAM regarding residential and commercial utilities. A caller, who identifies himself as a representative of National Grid, advises people over the telephone that their electric bill is overdue and is scheduled for disconnection. The customer is then provided with an 800 number to call and a work order number to reference when they call so they can pay their bill using a credit card. While the voice prompt set-up seems legitimate, it is not. Once the fraudulent representative answers the phone, he asks for your account number and credit card number to avoid shutoff. He then advises the customer that the credit card did not go through and to pay your bill in person with cash. In the mean time, the scammer has your credit card number and attempts to use it fraudulently. Police are advising residents who receive any such call, do not call the phone number they provide. Instead, call the National Grid phone number that appears on your electric bill. Also, do not provide your credit or debit card number over the phone to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that it is legitimate. If you have already provided your card number after receiving one of these calls, contact your bank or credit card company and advise them that you have been scammed.

Water Line Construction

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Construction on Water Line Replacement will begin on Monday February 18th on Maple Ave. (Rt. # 60) between Sixth & Seventh Streets. As a result of the Construction portions of the Northbound Lane of Maple Ave. (Rt. #60) between Sixth & Seventh Streets will be closed and traffic lanes will be shifted to the Center and Southbound Lanes. There will be NO PARKING on Maple Ave. between Sixth & Seventh Streets during the entire time of the Water Line Construction.

NO PARKING signage will be posted and there will be barriers in place for proper lane usage and construction personnel directing traffic. Please pay attention when travelling in this area and be prepared for possible delays. The No Parking violations will be strictly enforced during the Construction Process and vehicles will be towed if they block traffic, create safety issues or interfere with the Construction process.

We are asking for cooperation from residents and motorists until the project is completed.