Dunkirk Police Introduces “Breakfast with a Cop” program

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Chief David Ortolano and Officer Tom Rozumalski have breakfast with Central Christian Academy student Michael Cettell from Miss Oakes’ class

The City of Dunkirk Police Department has launched a new program with all the Elementary Schools within the City.  Several months ago Off. Thomas Rozumalski approached City Police Chief David Ortolano and Police Lt. Mark Timmerman with an idea to honor students selected by elementary schools by taking them for breakfast. The program is now under way and a student from each school 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 have graciously agreed to donate the cost of the student’s breakfast. Along with the student and Police Officers, the student’s family members are invited to have breakfast compliments of the Dunkirk PBA. 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.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano said, “I commend Officer Rozumalski for this great idea and Lt. Timmerman for his work on coordinating the program with all the Schools in the City. 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 type 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.”

Robbery Arrest

Nathaniel Lion

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.

Menacing Arrest

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Terry T. Young-Copeland

On Monday February 5th, 2018 at about 3:40 AM, officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department responded to an address on Lake Shore Dr E after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault. Officers arrived on scene and after an investigation determined that Terry T. Young-Copeland, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY, had allegedly threatened another subject with a sledgehammer during a dispute. Young-Copeland was taken into custody and transported to City of Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked on a charge of Menacing in the Second Degree.  He was arraigned by Judge John Kuzdale and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail.

DWI Arrest

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Alverado Salazar-Sanchez

On Sunday January 22nd, 2018 at about 12:01 AM officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle after observing it fail to stop for a red traffic light. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on N Pangolin St and both the operator and passenger exited the vehicle. Both subjects ignored officer’s commands and proceeded to flee on foot from the scene. After a brief foot pursuit both subjects were taken into custody. The operator was identified as Alverado Salazar-Sanchez, age 26, of Dunkirk, NY. Further investigation revealed Salazar-Sanchez to be intoxicated and unlicensed. He was transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and locked up on charges of DWI and several vehicle and traffic law infractions. The passenger,  was turned over to Border Patrol for further investigation.

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

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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.