DPD Assists Parole, Sheriff’s With Taking Parole Violator Into Custody

On December 11, 2017 at about 7:40 P.M. officers from the New York State Parole, City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office went to 3647 New Rd. in the Town of Dunkirk attempting to serve a New York State Parole arrest warrant. At this time Rodney HAWKINS Jr. (subject of the warrant) attempted to flee from officers by jumping through a front window of the residence. HAWKINS, age 29, of Fredonia, NY, was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and was initially charged on the original Parole warrant of arrest, Resisting Arrest and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd Degree. As a result of this initial encounter members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence from the Town of Dunkirk Court. The search warrant was then executed and as a result of the search warrant execution officers took Jonathan M. LINGER, age 30, of Dunkirk, NY and Martin J. WISNIEWSKI, age 43, of Dunkirk, NY into custody. During the course of the search warrant, officers located and seized a large amount of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana. As a result of the seizure, each of the defendants are charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. All of the defendants were subsequently arraigned in the Town of Sheridan Court and committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Additionally, HAWKINS, will be arraigned on a felony arrest warrant from the City of Dunkirk Court charging him with Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree. This warrant stems from a separate investigation by the City of Dunkirk Police Department.

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

Narcotics Arrest

On 11/30/17 Yanira CORRALIZA-MAESTRE turned herself into the City of Dunkirk Police Department on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag. The warrant was issued based on information obtained from the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Yanira CORRALIZAMAESTRE has sold crack cocaine to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. After processing by the City of Dunkirk Police CORRALIZA-MASTRE was arraigned before Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the Court. There will be additional charges lodged against CORRALIZA-MAESTRE at a later date as a result of the investigation. This arrest culminates a three month investigation into crack cocaine trafficking within the City of Dunkirk.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Safety reminders during Thanksgiving Holiday

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.thanksgiving article

  1. Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
  2. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
  3. Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
  4. Always wear seatbelts and please make sure children are in a child safety seat. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.
  5. Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
  6. Do not drive while texting or talking on your cell phone (except in case of an emergency). This is very distracting, dangerous and it is also illegal.
  7. We wish for everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends but if you have celebrated to much and can’t safely operate a vehicle please don’t. Designate a safe driver ahead of time. Please don’t create a tragedy as your remembrance of this holiday. True friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle with someone if they can’t safely operate it.
  8. If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
  9. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time please take advantage of our House Watch program. Details can be found by stopping at the Police Station, calling the Police Desk at 366-2266 or by visiting the forms section on our Department website dunkirkpolice.com
  10. Please keep an eye on what is going on in your Neighborhood. If you see or hear something out of the ordinary please call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and let us send an Officer to check it out.

 

The Dunkirk Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

DPD K-9 Unit receives donation

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Left to right are:   Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.  

The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Social Club.  With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol.  Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the community.  The Police Department would like to thank the Moniuszko Club for their donation and the community for their continuous support.  Pictures from left to right are:   Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.  

Search Warrant and Drug Arrests

On November 3, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team executed search warrants at two separate apartments located at 47 W. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk. The entries in the apartments were made without incident and Irvin I. Reyes-Pachecho, age 21, of 425 Columbus Ave, Dunkirk, NY, Victor J. Quinones, age 21, of 516 Leopard St, Dunkirk, NY and Jonathan J. Torres-Morales, age 21, of 638 Oak St, Lebanon, PA were taken into custody. Reyes-Pacheco was located in the lower rear apartment at this location and Torres-Morales and Quinones were taken into custody in the lower front apartment. As a result of the searches at the two apartments authorities located and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, a large quantity of money and a loaded rifle. The three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Dunkirk City Jail pending their arraignment. Reyes-Pacheco was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Quinones was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree and Torres-Morales was charged with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th Degree. This culminates a months long investigation into the sales of crack cocaine and marijuana from these locations. Additional charges are pending against these subjects as a result of the investigation. This investigation began from information provided by the community. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods at either 800-344-8702 or 363-01313. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department.

Winter Parking Changes

Alternate and Overnight Parking regulations on Streets in the City of Dunkirk will be changing in November to assist snow removal efforts during the Winter months.
Overnight Parking rules go into effect Sunday November 5th, 2017and stay in effect thru Saturday April 7th, 2018. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30AM – 7:00AM.

Brigham Rd. from Lakeshore Dr. South to the City Line.

Brooks Ave.

Canary St.

Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.

Columbus Ave.

Doughty St.

Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street

E. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.

E. 6th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.

Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line

Irving Pl.

Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.

Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.

Lark St.

Leopard St.

Lynx St.

Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to 6th St.

Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line.

Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.

Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line.

Nichols Ave.

North Beaver St.

Pelican St.

Plover St.

Point Dr. North

Point Dr. West

Roosevelt Ave.

Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Taft Pl.

Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.

Temple St. from 4th. North to CSX

3rd St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.

Washington Ave. from 3rd St. South to 4th St.

2nd St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.

7th St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.

Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to 6th St. 

All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from Weekly to Daily for the Winter Months. Effective Sunday November 5th , 2017 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 7th, 2018 vehicles shall be parked only on the Odd-Numbered side of the Street on Odd-Numbered Days and only on the Even-Numbered side of the Street on Even-Numbered Days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.  

Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper Snow Removal Efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of Emergency Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. We also remind motorists that vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary. Please pay attention to Snow Plow operators and assist them with their efforts by giving them the right of way during snow storms.

This past Winter Season saw a lot of snowfall and we thank our residents for their cooperation in getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner and look forward to their cooperation again this Winter Season. The Dunkirk Police Department is again asking for everyone’s cooperation with Parking Regulations and assisting us in making the City a safe place for all those who live, work and visit here. Any questions about parking regulations can be directed to the Communications Desk at 366-2266.

Halloween Safety


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.

 

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Trick or Treat Hours & Event

In addition City Hall will be hosting an event for children which will begin at 3 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the second floor of city hall. From there, children will be free to stop by each department in City Hall for internal trick or treating. All children are invited to attend with their guardian.

Prescription Drug Drop-off – Saturday 10/28/17

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 28, 2017 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 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 28th from 10AM-2PM. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.    

Drug Arrest

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John D. Dewey

On October 12, 2017, at about 1:00 AM, City of Dunkirk Police arrested a Fredonia man on a series of charges following an investigation of suspicious activity involving a vehicle.  A Dunkirk Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation after observing suspicious activity in a known drug area. Subsequent investigation by Dunkirk Police lead to the seizure of more than an eighth of an ounce of high purity cocaine powder, several rocks of crack cocaine, a digital drug scale and assorted packaging materials as well as several hundred dollars in cash. John D. Dewey, age 21, who was found to be in possession of the cocaine and paraphernalia was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he is being held without bail on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree (more than 1/8th ounce), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Intent To Sell), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (Crack Cocaine), and 2 counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia (Scale and Packaging Materials).