Halloween Safety

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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.

Halloween Costumes:

  • 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.

Treats:

  • 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 and we will send an Officer to check on it.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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 October 27, 2018 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 ten 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 opiods 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 October 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.

Central Avenue Paving

Central Avenue is set to begin the paving process on Thursday 10/18/18. Crews will begin at Lake Shore Drive and work southerly to the City line. Crews will be working in approximately 1/2 mile increments during this process. It would be anticipated that crews will be working in reverse order for the segments that we saw during the initial milling process that was completed last week.

Residents and visitors will need to pay attention and follow all traffic control along Central Avenue during this process. Parking on Central Avenue will be restricted and enforced during this phase. All vehicles must be removed from Central Avenue to allow crews  to have complete access during working hours.

Communications Center Remodel

From left: D/Sgt. Daniel Manzella, Chief David Ortolano, Mayor Wilfred Rosas, City Custodian Lou Polichetti and City Electrician Mike Przybycien

After several Months of planning and work the City of Dunkirk Police Department will be working out of a newly remodeled updated Communications Center. The remodeled center replaces operations and equipment that was close to 30 years old.

 

 

 

 

Realizing that the main operations center of the Police Department was in need of facility updates and modernization Mayor Willie Rosas worked with the Police Department on a plan to move the project forward with budget funds being allocated for 2018 to complete the task. With the Administration approving the 2018 budget the planning and design for the project started in early 2018 and was recently completed.

Desk Sergeant Daniel Manzella coordinated the project for the Department and worked with City Electrician Mike Przybycien, City Custodian Lou Polichetti, City Welder Ken Sek, Chief David Ortolano and several members of the Police Department in the design and remodel process. The entire Communications center was gutted with all of the electrical, communications and  computer/data systems as well as City Hall/ Police Department Security Cameras and Monitors being upgraded and updated. New shelving was built to house electrical and video recording equipment. Once the center was gutted and prepared for renovations Contract Interior Solutions of Jamestown began work on installing the new design concept for the Communications Desk area and flooring. The City’s Communications provider Saia Communications of Buffalo worked on the relocation, updates and installation of the Radio Communications equipment in the Center.

The Communications Center is the heart of the day to day operations of the City of Dunkirk Police Department. With the new upgrades to our Center we will continue to provide the citizens of our Community the best in public safety that we can give them.

“On behalf of all the men and women of the City of Dunkirk Police Department I want to thank Mayor Rosas for working with us to get this project done. Thank you to City Welder Ken Sek, Contract Interior Solutions and Saia Communications for their excellent work. I want to especially thank Desk Sgt. Dan Manzella, City Electrician Mike Przybycien and Custodian Lou Polichetti for their countless hours of hard work. Everyone working together brought this project to a completion that exceeded all my expectations.”

Chief David Ortolano

Search Warrant Executed at 62 Lincoln Ave

On September 24, 2018 at 5:32 P.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the City of Dunkirk Police Department SRT executed a search warrant at 62 Lincoln Ave. in the City of Dunkirk. The entry was made without incident and Angel DAVILA, age 54, and Jose DAVILA, age 27, both of 62 Lincoln Ave were both taken into custody. The search warrant, along with arrest warrants for each of the DAVILAs had been issued earlier by the City of Dunkirk Judge Roberts. The arrest warrants charged each of the subjects with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. The search and arrest warrants were based upon information that had been obtained by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force during a two month long investigation into cocaine sales by Angel and Jose DAVILA from their residence at 62 Lincoln Ave. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Angel and Jose DAVILA have sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the Task Force during that time period. Both subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Jail and are being held pending arraignment.

As a result of the search of the residence the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized a quantity of cocaine, Suboxone, an assortment of tablet form controlled substances, scales and packaging materials along with a large amount of currency. As a result of the seize both subjects will be charged with an additional count of Criminal Possession 3rd Degree and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia in the 2nd Degree. Additional charges will be brought after the other controlled substances are tested. Both of the subjects will be arraigned in Dunkirk Court prior to being committed to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action from the court. 
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.

Gunshot Complaint

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Anthony B. West

On Sunday, September 2nd, 2018, at approximately 10:00 AM, Officers responded to the area of 91 Lincoln Avenue, in the City of Dunkirk, NY for a report of a male discharging a firearm in front of a residence. On arrival, 41 year old Anthony B. West, of Park Ave, Dunkirk, NY, was taken into custody. During the arrest, West struggled with responding Officers and did kick one of the arresting Officers in the face. West was charged with Criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rddegree, Criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest and Harassment in the 2nddegree.  During the booking process, West was additionally charged with Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.

DPD Issues School Safety Reminders

Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting September 4th  for students. The City of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school zones, walking in the roadway, riding bicycles and yielding the right of way to stopped school buses.

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The speed limit in school zones is 15MPH for all School areas except 20MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt.# 5 at School # 7 from 7:00AM until 3:30PM  any day that  school is in session. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyone’s day.

We want everyone to be aware and pay close attention to children who are walking to and from school, especially at intersections and crosswalks. A reminder to all motorists to please pay attention to and follow all directions of the school crossing guards and stop1police officers who are at the intersections directing the children safely across the streets. Failure to stop as directed can result in the arrest of the vehicle operator. Please plan a little extra time to get to your destination while School is in session.

A very strict warning to motorists that they must stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. All vehicles on the highway operating in any direction on single lane or multiple lane highways must stop before their vehicle reaches the school bus when the bus has it’s red flashing lights in operation. The operators of vehicles cannot proceed past any such bus until the lights stop flashing or they are signaled by the bus driver or a police officer to safely proceed. Violations of this law will be strictly dealt with and the punishment can range from heavy fines to jail time or a combination of both. We take violations of this law very seriously. Throughout the school year we will have patrols checking on school bus operations to ensure safety.

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Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of them talking with or getting into a vehicle with any strangers or entering a house of a stranger.  If approached by any stranger teach your children to run away, scream, yell and find a teacher, police officer, crossing guard or an adult they know and tell them what happened. If your child has a cell phone talk with them about being familiar with street names and calling 911 for help in an emergency.

Parents who drop their children off at the Middle School on Eagle Street are to drop off only on the West side (the same side as the School) as dropping off on the East side will put the children in danger crossing the road in front of traffic and trying to make a left turn into the loop causes traffic back up and safety issues as well. There is signage in place that prohibits the left turn into the bus loop. We will have patrols in the area to monitor this situation.

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We are also issuing a reminder to everyone about walking in the roadway. This is very dangerous and if traffic is obstructed it is a violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and also the Penal Law depending upon the situation. Anyone riding a bicycle is reminded that they must follow all the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle. We will have enforcement in all areas to maintain vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Again we are urging parents to talk with their children about these safety issues. By spending a few extra minutes as drivers of vehicles or as parents talking with their children everyone can help make school a safe, enjoyable learning experience. The children of today hold the key to the future and we must take the extra precautions to protect them and keep them safe.

Weapons and Drug Arrest

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Efrain Marin-Sanchez

A 31 year old City of Dunkirk man was arrested early Saturday evening on several charges after City of Dunkirk Police responded to a report of an altercation in Point Gratiot Park during which a subject pulled out a handgun. The ensuing investigation resulted in the seizure of a small quantity of marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

Efrain Jose Marin-Sanchez, of Lincoln Ave, Dunkirk, NY, was taken into custody without incident. Marin-Sanchez was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.  Point Gratiot Park was cleared and the Park was closed after several individuals in the crowd became unruly during the investigation. Fredonia Police and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted in clearing the crowd.

Reminder not to report crimes via social media

 

We always want to encourage you all to engage with us on Facebook and on all our other social media platforms such as Nextdoor and Twitter.  We appreciate the conversation and the relationship it builds.

However, we want to remind you that when there is a need for an immediate response for a crime, a medical emergency or any other first-responder-related matter, please do not attempt to contact us on social media.

Our social media platforms are not monitored 24/7.  We try to do our best to respond to general inquiries in a timely manner, but if you need us immediately for an emergency, call 911. If you are in a non-emergency situation but you do need an officer to respond, call us on our non-emergency line at 716-366-2266.

We appreciate your understanding.

Gunshot Complaint

A father and son were arrested by members of the Dunkirk Police Department Sunday morning, August 19th, 2018, and are both charged with 2 counts each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree (class B felonies) and 1 count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree (class D felony).
Armed with a search warrant after a report of gun fire coming from the area of 100 Maple Ave., in Dunkirk, officers arrested Adrian Rivera-Velez (40 yoa) and Adrian Rivera-Salome (20 yoa) of the upper apartment at 100 Maple Ave. after seizing approximately and ounce of cocaine and a hand gun.  No one was injured as a result of the incident and the investigation is on going with additional charges expected.  The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted by the Village of Fredonia Police Department, New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.