Pictured: Off. Matt Martinez – PBA President, Off. Joe Carruth – PBA Secretary, Cathy Gatto – Community Bank, Chief David Ortolano, Dr. Mary Ann Spanos – Director Office for the Aging.
The Dunkirk PBA together with the Community Bank Central Ave. Branch in Dunkirk made a donation to the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging to help with the Santa for Seniors Holiday program. The Santa for Seniors Program delivers Holiday gift bags that includes meals, clothing items and daily personal need items to Senior Citizens in our area who would otherwise have a lonely Holiday Season. Community Bank recently chose the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) as the recipient of a $250.00 Community Service Grant. The PBA happily decided to match the Community Bank Grant amount and chose the Santa Seniors Program as the recipient of $500.00 to assist Office For Aging with purchasing items for this year’s Christmas Bags.
In addition to the donation once the Holiday Gift Bags are packed and ready to go City of Dunkirk Police Officers will be delivering them to and spending some time visiting with over 40 Senior Citizens just in our Community during the Christmas Holiday.
The Dunkirk PBA wants to thank Community Bank for partnering with us on this donation that will help the Office for Aging give a gift to so many of our Senior Citizens during the Christmas Holiday. We also want to thank the Chautauqua County Office for Aging for letting us be a part of this wonderful program.
On Sunday November 18, 2018, a local man with an outstanding warrant for Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree Loaded Firearm, was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit in the City of Dunkirk. At about 11:30 AM, Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Trevon D. Tripp, age 21, of Dunkirk, NY, who failed to comply and attempted to flee from officers in the vehicle. Tripp was taken into custody shortly after he abandoned the vehicle and led officers on a foot pursuit. In addition to the outstanding warrants, Tripp has been charged with Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd Degree, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Reckless Driving and six additional Vehicle and Traffic infractions. During the incident the Dunkirk Police were assisted by the Fredonia Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
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.
Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
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.
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 or call for a ride. 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.
If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
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
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.
Edward Meadows, from Mrs. Pixel’s 5th grade class at School 3, and his family have breakfast with Dunkirk Police Officers as part of the police department “Breakfast with a Police Officer” program
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.
Last year, Off. Thomas Rozumalski approached City Police Chief David Ortolano and Police Lt. Mart Timmerman with an idea to honor students selected by elementary schools by taking them for breakfast. Chief Ortolano said then, “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 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.”
WKBW Channel 7 did an excellent job highlighting the program. The link to their website is below.
Lakefront Blvd. between North Beagle and North Serval Streets has been closed for the Winter Season. The City of Dunkirk Department of Public Works has completed the placement of signage along Lakefront Blvd. as well as Pine Street North on all the side Streets in that First Ward area. Vehicles may travel North from Pine Street for local residential traffic only.
Lakefront Blvd. is closed for the Winter Season for the purpose of traffic safety. The roadway can become very slippery and impassable due to ice and snow build up from the lake over-spray. The Department of Public Works will NOTbe performing regular road clearing maintenance of Lakefront Blvd. during the Winter Season.
Operators of vehicles that pass the posted signs can be charged with a violation under the Vehicle and Traffic law and may be subject to legal liability as well. We are asking all residents to please cooperate by not driving on the roadway until the Spring when the DPW opens the roadway back up to regular traffic.
City Of Dunkirk Police Chief, David Ortolano, is happy to announce that the Police Department’s “take a student to breakfast” program has begun early for this school year. Due to the excitement and outstanding response from the last school year, the Police Department decided to start this fall with honoring a student from each elementary school in Dunkirk and then again in the spring. The program kicked off this year at Dunkirk School 7 with student Dallas Davis. Dallas was picked up at his school in a marked patrol car and taken for breakfast at Tim Hortons. The Dunkirk Police Department extends a special thank you to Dave and Gina Kron, their wonderful staff at Tim Hortons and all the school’s staff who help to make it a special day for these wonderful students.
While on patrol, Officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Third Street and did proceed through the red light at the intersection of Third and Main. After conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Avenue, it was discovered that the operator, 25 year old Javier J. Cartagena of Rochester, did not possess a valid New York State driver’s license and that his driving privileges had been suspended 37 times on 17 different dates. Cartagena was also operating a vehicle which displayed switched registration plates. Cartagena was taken into custody for Felony Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree and several other traffic infractions and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. The subject was arraigned and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.
The Dunkirk Police Department was called to a reported Robbery in Progress at a Local Convenience Store/Gas Station on Central Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. After an extensive search of the area by the Patrol and Detective Divisions Suspect Murray Hall III, age 32, of Dunkirk, was located. Hall was positively identified by store personnel and was taking into custody without incident. Hall was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree and arraigned before the Honorable Judge Rachel Roberts and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail. Murray Hall is currently being held without Bail.