On October 6, 2017 at 6:41 A.M. the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 632 Deer St. (upper apartment) in the City of Dunkirk. The search warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City
Court Judge Drag based on an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force of the sales of crack cocaine from this address. The entry into the residence was made without incident and once inside officers located Ontario R. Eldridge, age 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, age 27, both of 632 Deer St, Upper Apt, Dunkirk. At the time of the entry the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had an arrest warrant for Ontario Eldridge charging one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. This warrant had also been issued by Judge Drag. The arrest warrant stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine from this location in the City of Dunkirk by Eldridge.
Once inside of the residence the search revealed a marijuana growing operation, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine, and a stolen handgun. As a result of the seizure of these items Eldridge is charged additionally with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and Unlawfully Growing of Marijuana. Katelyn Smih was taken into custody and is charged with one count each of Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 4th Degree. Additional charges will be brought against this pair after other items seized are analyzed. Both of these subjects were arraigned before Judge Drag and then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
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. Calls can be made to either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.
On July 27, 2017, at about 5:00 AM, Dunkirk Police officers performed a traffic stop on E Front St, in the City during the course of an investigation of a disturbance at 134 Lakeshore Dr E. Through investigation, officers found the occupants, Jonathan M. Otero, age 26, and Ana L. Otero-Nater of Dunkirk in possession of a loaded pistol. It is alleged that neither subject had any legal right to possess the firearm. Both subjects were taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and locked up in the city jail awaiting arraignment.
On Monday April 3rd 2017, at approximately 5:45 PM, City of Dunkirk Police responded to a local manufacturing plant for a report of two employees in possession of a handgun. Responding officers located and confronted the two individuals inside the facility. A safety pat-down was conducted on both and officers located and seized a loaded 9mm handgun which was found in one of the suspect’s front pocket. After further investigation it was determined that the one suspect had passed the handgun off to the other prior to officer’s arrival. The suspects, Christian O. Marin-Sanchez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY and Hector L. Carmona-Burgos, age 44, of Dunkirk, NY do not possess pistol permits. While booking, officers located a prescription bottle on Marin-Sanchez that contained a controlled medication that he was not prescribed. Both subjects are charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree while Marin-Sanchez is additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Both subjects are currently awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.
On January 14th, 2017, at approximately 8:40 PM, City of Dunkirk uniformed patrol officers responded to the area of 68 King Street in the City of Dunkirk. Upon arrival, the above defendant, Damian Young, 27, of King Street, was observed in the roadway being disorderly and shouting profanities. After ignoring several commands, Young was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed Young was in possession of a loaded stolen firearm, which was linked to a previous burglary complaint in the City of Dunkirk. Young was transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters and held without bail pending arraignment. Young was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon in the second degree (Felony), Criminal Possession of a weapon in the third degree (Felony), Criminal Possession of stolen property in the fourth degree (Felony), and Disorderly Conduct.
The Dunkirk Police Department responded to a report of a possible victim with a gunshot wound at 544 S. Roberts Road at approximately 10:25 PM on July 25th, 2016. A 4 year old victim was treated by Dunkirk Fire/Rescue and transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital where he was treated and then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo with non life threatening injuries.
Following a lengthy investigation into the incident by Officers from the 3-11 Platoon and Detective Division the above subject Angel Lopez-Tirado, age 27, of Dunkirk, NY, was taken into custody late Monday afternoon after a warrant was issued by City Court Judge Kuzdale for the charges of Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree Class A Misdemeanor, Criminal Possession Weapon 2nd Degree Class C Felony and Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree Class D Felony. Lopez-Tirado is currently being held in the City of Dunkirk Holding Center pending his arraignment in City Court this morning. The weapon was recovered and is being held in evidence. The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted in the Investigation by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, County Child Protection Services and the Child Advocacy Program.
At approximately 2:05 AM on Sunday September 20, 2015, City of Dunkirk Police Officers observed Justin T. Schuk, age 34, operating a vehicle on East Second St. Officers had prior knowledge of an outstanding arrest warrant for the subject which was issued by City Court Judge Walter Drag. A vehicle and traffic stop was executed and Schuk was taken into custody without incident. Miguel A. Delvalle, age 41, who was a passenger in the same vehicle, was taken into custody after further investigation revealed that he was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, which was concealed on his person, an amount of Cocaine, prescription pills and a substantial amount of currency. Both subjects were held in City Jail pending arraignment. Schuk’s warrant was for Petit Larceny and Delvalle was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree with intent to sell, and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree.