Dunkirk PBA Receives Donation from Dunkirk Fireman’s Exempts

The Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association recently received a donation from the Dunkirk Fireman’s Exempts to help support the Hazelton Memorial 5K.  The Hazelton Memorial 5K is in its second year and is in remembrance of Dunkirk K9 Officer Matthew Hazelton.  This year’s race is set for July 14, 2019 and anyone may register at https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=10573.  The proceeds benefit a scholarship in Officer Hazelton’s name.

Left to Right James Stoyle (Dunkirk Exempts Hose Chairmen) Keith Ossman Vice-president Exempts, Officer Darren Mcintyre, Dean Wright (Sgt at Arms Exempts), Jennifer Hazelton, Sgt Mark Gruber

4th of July Safety Tips

Photo credit- Michelle Mourer-Cook

The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as 4th of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy.

Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating 4th of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the holiday if left to the professionals. With the exception of the licensed professionals, possession and use of dangerous fireworks are illegal. Use of dangerous fireworks can cause serious injuries especially to children. Even though Sparklers are legal during the July Holiday we urge parents to supervise their children with the use of sparklers as they can still cause injury if not used properly. New laws enacted in recent years now carry more severe punishment for the possession, furnishing and sale of dangerous fireworks. Selling furnishing or exposing for sale any dangerous fireworks to persons under the age of 18 can now be punishable by a Felony which can carry a sentence in excess of one year in jail. Anyone arrested for just possessing fireworks can be punished by up to a year in jail. Police in neighboring States also pay close attention to New York residents who purchase fireworks and intend to transport them into New York. Anyone who possesses fireworks can turn them into the Dunkirk Police Department without worry of being charged. We have issued a zero tolerance order on arrests related to possession and use of dangerous fireworks.

Many activities are planned for July 4th such as music and food vendors in Memorial Park. There will be a fireworks display from the City Pier at dusk on July 4th and we invite everyone to come to the waterfront and enjoy the show. The City Pier will be completely closed at 5PM on July 4th. On July 4th if possible please park in the City Parking Lots near Second/Washington, Third/Central and areas away from Lakeshore Drive and walk to the Waterfront area. Due to the heavy amount of traffic this helps alleviate traffic congestion. As parking becomes limited later in the evening please do not park in a spot where you will obstruct or block the safe flow of traffic and access for Emergency Vehicles.  In doing so your vehicle may be towed.

When leaving the area after the fireworks please use Central Ave., Main St., Brigham Rd., and South Roberts Road as they will provide the quickest routes away from the waterfront area. Many traffic lights will be on flash and there will be Police Officers and Fire Police at intersections, please be patient with them and follow their directions.  All efforts should be made to avoid Lakeshore Drive as it will have heavy traffic volume during the evening.  Please make right hand turns only when exiting side streets and lots to help with traffic congestion. Please use crosswalks when  crossing roadways.

Please be courteous with loud music from vehicles and residences. If they violate the noise ordinance you can be charged with a violation.

Those who will be enjoying the City’s Parks and Beaches are also reminded to obey all of the rules regarding alcohol consumption, no glass containers allowed in any City Park areas, noise, dog restrictions/cleaning up after them and parking regulations. No parking on the grass areas of any Parks.  Please keep all dogs on a leash and a safe distance from other people. We also remind pet owners that some animals can be sensitive to loud noises so please make sure to keep an extra eye on them during July 4th activities. A 4th of July family holiday outing can be ruined by those who disregard the laws and are not courteous. We remind everyone about bicycle safety rules, all bicycles must follow the rules as if they were operating a motor vehicle, helmets are required for bicyclist under the age of 14. For pedestrians that walk in the roadway, you must walk single file facing traffic and you can’t obstruct traffic.

Also this holiday and as always if you have celebrated too much and can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Have a designated driver, find a designated driver, walk or take a taxi. Real friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle when they know it can’t be done safely. Avoid confronting aggressive drivers and report any unsafe operation to the Police. Please remember to wear a seatbelt and make sure that children are properly secured in a child safety seat, it’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Talking on a cell phone while driving and especially texting while driving can have tragic results.

Please pay attention July 4th  and throughout the summer for large crowds along the waterfront areas City Parks, during festivals, music on the Pier and on weekends. Please slow down and watch for pedestrian traffic. The 4th of July and entire summer can be a very safe and happy time for everyone if we all are responsible and courteous and have respect for others by following the rules.

We will have extra Patrols in service for the Holiday and during festivals and events. Please call 911 for emergencies or our Communications Desk at 366-2266 for any needs or assistance.

We wish all our area residents and visitors a happy and safe summer season.

Summer Waterfront Activites

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With Summer here and activities increasing along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.

Please wear a seatbelt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seatbelts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous.

If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.

Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.

Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments.  Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave.  Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.

Be aware of the activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned.

During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.

A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront.  Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.

DPD Honors Students with Breakfast

5th Grade NCCS students Nathan Kush and Andrew Ellman, both 11, were honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

 

Last Spring, the Dunkirk Police Department launched a community program where a student is picked up at their school by a City Police Officer and taken for breakfast in a marked patrol car to Tim Hortons on Lakeshore Drive East.  Dave and Gina Kron from Tim Hortons reserve a special table for the student and they graciously donate the cost of the student’s breakfast.  After breakfast the student is taken for a short ride with the Police Officer and then taken back to school. This program is an excellent opportunity for the students and parents to have a positive interaction with their Police Officers and to build a positive relationship. The program is aimed at rewarding students for their hard work and that their Police Officers and Community appreciate that hard work.    Chief Ortolano said then, “We want to commend the Krons and their employees at Tim Hortons for taking such good care of us when we bring the students in for breakfast.  They truly are a great community business partner.  We also want to thank all the schools for working together with us on this program.  It is these types of programs that continue to build positive Police/Community relations that will pay off in the future and hopefully create a few future Police Officers as well.”

5th Grade NCCS students Nathan Kush and Andrew Ellman, both 11, were honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

Officer Rozumalski picking up 4th Grade Dunkirk School 4 student Kevin Lopez, 10, from his class while being honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

4th Grade Dunkirk School 4 students Kevin Lopez, 10, was honored by DPD with Breakfast at Tim Hortons

4th Grade Dunkirk School 3 student Brayden Jaquith, 10, was honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

Officer Rozumalski picking up 5th Grade Dunkirk School 5 student Jose Olivo-Agosta, 11, from his class while being honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

4th Grade Dunkirk School 7 student Wilfred Parrilla-Rivera was honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons after being picked up by Chief Ortolano and Officer Edwin Gomez

4th Grade Dunkirk School 7 student Wilfred Parrilla-Rivera was honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons

5th Grade Central Christian Academy student Hannah Walker was honored by DPD with breakfast at Tim Hortons after being picked up by Officer Amy Noble and Officer Edwin Gomez

Manslaughter Arrest

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Ashlyann M Lopez-Lopez was taken into custody today by City of Dunkirk Police on a warrant that was issued by City Court Judge John Kuzdale. Lopez-Lopez was charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree following an Investigation into the Stabbing Death of a 15 year old female on May 15, 2019. Lopez-Lopez was arraigned in City Court by Judge Kuzdale with her bail set at $500,000/$1,000,000. Lopez-Lopez was remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further proceedings. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing by the City of Dunkirk Police Department and Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information can call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the tip line at 363-0313

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.