Burglary Investigation

On November 27, 2017 at about 1:10 AM, an officer on patrol observed two male subjects walking down Columbus Ave in the City carrying cut up copper piping.  Through investigation, it is alleged that Omar Contreras, age 37, and Michael Banach, age 23, both of Dunkirk, NY, had unlawfully entered a vacant house at 606 Park Ave, cut the copper piping from the basement and removed it without permission.  Subsequent investigation, warrants were later applied for and issued by Judge Walter Drag for Burglary in the Third Degree (D/Felony), Possession of Burglar Tools (A/Misd), Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree (A/Misd), and Petit Larceny (A/Misd).  On January 4th, 2018, Jamestown PD apprehended Omar Contreras and on February 9th, 2018, Buffalo PD apprehended Michael Banach.  Contreras was committed to CCJ and Banach is awaiting arraignment.

DPD reads to students at Dunkirk School 3


Officers left to right: Lt Michael Pakulski, Officers Darren McIntyre, Joe Carruth, Jeff Ortolano, Chief David Ortolano, and Sgt Mark Gruber

The Dunkirk Police Department, continuing its involvement with the Police Department Reader Day Program, read to School # 3 students on February 2nd, 2018.  Police Officers visit  the Elementary Schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spent time with the children explaining the Job of a Police Officer and answering any questions the children may have. 

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

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

Robbery Warrant Arrest

FERNANDO MARTINEZ JRCity 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.

DPD seizes 4 pounds of drugs during traffic stop

On Saturday January 13, 2018, around 5:49 PM, a DPD patrol officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of W. 5th St and Swan St.  A vehicle and traffic stop was conducted on Swan St near the intersection of W 6th St.  The officer made contact with the operator of the vehicle who was identified as Jessie M. Melendez, age 32, Dunkirk, NY. At that time the officer observed a large quantity of high-quality marijuana packaged in large clear plastic bags that were in plain view on the rear floor of the vehicle.  Subsequent investigation, Jessie M. Melendez, Jonathan R. Rodriguez, age 31, and Luis A. Sanchez, age 34, both of Dunkirk, NY were all charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree, a class D Felony.  Melendez was additionally charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Fail to stop at sign and unsafe tires.  The seized marijuana had a total weight in excess of 4 pounds, with an approximate street value of $8,000. In addition to the marijuana, a significant amount of U.S. Currency was seized from the suspects.

Jessie Melendez was arraigned in Dunkirk City Court in front of Judge Kuzdale on Sunday January 14, 2018 and was ordered held without bail. Jonathan Rodriguez was arraigned and bail was set at $10,000 cash / $20,000 property. Luis Sanchez was arraigned and bail was set at $7,500 cash / $15,000 property. All 3 were transported to the Chautauqua County Jail after arraignment.

Shoplifting Arrest

PRIOLETTE MUGSHOTOn 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.

Motor Vehicle Accident

On Sunday December 31st 2017, at approximately 8:45 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers responded to the area of Mary’s Deli, 525 Main St, for a reported head-on collision. Through investigation, it was determined that Juan G. Navarrete was operating a vehicle northbound on Main St. Navarrete crossed into the opposite lane and struck another vehicle which was traveling southbound. Dunkirk Fire responded to the scene and assessed several subjects. Navarrete was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Further investigation revealed that Navarrete was intoxicated and that his license was currently suspended for an earlier driving while ability impaired conviction. Navarrete was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, AUO 1st (felony), failure to keep right and unlicensed operation. Dunkirk police officers were assisted on scene by Dunkirk Fire and NYSP.

Trespass Arrest


Gregory L. Galloway

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.

Gunshot Complaint


The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Monday morning, January 1st, 2018, at about 7:00 am in the 500 block of Columbus Ave.  A city man is being treated in hospital for a gun shot wound believed not to be life threatening. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.

Vehicle Pursuit/Possession of Loaded Firearm

Trevon Tripp

On January 1, 2018, at about 5:00 AM, Dunkirk Police officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on Lincoln Ave for several traffic violations, but the driver, Trevon D. Tripp, age 20, of Dunkirk, NY, failed to comply and fled in the vehicle.  After a short distance, officers observed Tripp exit the moving vehicle and flee on foot through back yards on Lincoln Ave between W. Talcott St. and Cliffstar Ct.  The vehicle came to rest in a snow bank.   A perimeter was established and with the assistance of K-9 Gunny, Tripp was located hiding in a backyard.  Tripp again fled and with the assistance of a local resident, Tripp was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a loaded firearm.  During the booking process, Tripp was in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Tripp was charged with : Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (C/Felony), Resisting Arrest (A/M), Unlawful Possession of Marihuana (V), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree (U/M), Fail to Obey Police Officer, 6 counts of fail to stop at stop sign (infraction), Fail to Use Designated Lane, Speed not reasonable and prudent (infraction)

Santa for Seniors Holiday Program

Pictured are Officer Jeffrey Ortolano, Sgt. Douglas Switzer, Sgt. Mark Gruber, Chief David Ortolano, Officer Robert Fred and Lt. Mark Timmerman

The City of Dunkirk Police Department assisted the Chautauqua County Office
for the Aging again this year with the Santa for Seniors Holiday Program.
City Officers delivered Holiday bags containing food and daily living items to Seniors around the City that are homebound. Officers delivered the bags and visited with the Seniors that were chosen to receive the gifts.