A traffic stop by Dunkirk Police resulted in the arrest of a 50 year old Portland, NY man for cocaine possession. At approximately 11:41 AM on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 a vehicle operated by Steven A. Scott was observed on Lake Shore Dr. W. in the city signaling a turn improperly. The resulting investigation determined Scott to have his driving privileges revoked in New York. He was found to have a quantity of powder cocaine in excess of five hundred milligrams, and two packets of marijuana. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree, a Class D Felony, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana violation, Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle/alcohol related in the Second Degree, and with Operating a Motor Vehicle without an ignition interlock device. He was arraigned by City Court Judge Walt Drag Thursday afternoon and committed to Chautauqua County Jail. Bail was set at $30,000 Cash or $60,000 property and the case was adjourned to March 28th.
Larry E. Brooks Jr. (39 yoa) LKA of 438 Deer St, Dunkirk, New York, was arrested on Monday morning, March 13th, 2017 on 4 felony charges. Police responded to a Grant ave. residence and Brooks was observed by police running from the area. Brooks was taken into custody a short distance away after running from police and was found to be in possession a large quantity of crack cocaine. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City court on Thursday 3/16/17 on the following charges:
On Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at about 9:30 pm, Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department received a complaint about a suspicious female in the bathroom of a local restaurant. Officers arrived on scene and located Kristen E. Grant leaving the store. As officers were speaking with Grant two hypodermic needles were observed protruding from her back pants pocket. A subsequent investigation revealed that one of the needles was loaded with cocaine and two bindles of heroin were found in Grants sock. Officers also located Julie A. Pierce in a nearby vehicle that belonged to Grant. After speaking with
Pierce it was discovered that she was in possession of a hypodermic needle and a quantity of powder cocaine. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment.
Grant is charges with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree-(2 counts) and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
Pierce is charged with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
On March 1, 2017, at about 12:08 AM, a Dunkirk Police officer on patrol observed a vehicle fail to signal when pulling into traffic from the curb. The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the operator was found to be Michael J. Borst, age 31, of Brocton, NY. On an approach to the vehicle, an officer observed what appeared to be a handgun lying on the floor next to the driver. It was later determined to be a replica airgun with realistic features. Through investigation, a quantity of Methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia were seized from the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree (2 counts), Criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd Degree, and Failure to signal from curb. Borst was arraigned by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag who set bail at $3,000 cash/$6,000 property.
A few new enhancements have been added to our website recently to assist community members with easier ways to connect with us on different programs.
The House Watch Program has been a very successful program through the years for the community. When Dunkirk residents are away from home, be it for vacation, vacant buildings, in the hospital, etc., the police department stops by regularly to check the residence and make sure it is secure. Community members submit an application to be involved in the program at Police Headquarters. In addition to filing the application in person residents can now fill out an online version of the House Watch Form if they desire. This will eliminate the need to come to Police Headquarters making it easier for residents to participate. You can submit a House Watch Request by visiting the Forms section of this website and selecting House Watch. From there you can either print out a form to drop off at Police Headquarters or fill out the form and submit online.
Business owners in the City now have another option to keep the Police Department updated of contact information for their business. By filling out the online form and submitting it we can keep our files updated with the most current contact information should the need arise. You never know when the police department may need to contact you regarding your business so submitting the quick form, as often as necessary, will help both of us should a situation arise at your business when you are not open or on location. To keep us updated visit the Business Registry selection under the Forms menu. You can either submit your form online or print out a copy and drop off at Police Headquarters.
For general questions or to report non-immediate concerns we have updated our Contact section to include an online Contact form. Drop us a note and we will forward it to the appropriate person for follow up. DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO REPORT ACTIVITY THAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING AS THE EMAIL ACCOUNT THAT IT SENDS TO IS NOT MONITORED 24 HOURS PER DAY.
On Saturday February 25, 2017 a number of Officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, assisted by NYS Parole, engaged in a City wide street crimes detail. The purpose of this operation was to promote the safety of the community by policing in a proactive manner which is designed to deter criminal activity on local street corners, execute outstanding warrants and aggressively enforce vehicle and traffic laws in high traffic areas. During this most recent operation Officers made several arrests:
Name of Subjects:
(1) Ronald R. Winchell Male (age 51)
Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
(2) Leroy Gilbert Male (age 20)
Violation of Probation Warrant
(3) Damian Young Male (age 28)
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Fail to comply with interlock device
(4) William Green Male (age 51)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
Obstruction of Governmental Administration
(5) Joseph Rosario Male (age 29)
Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
(6) S.M. Diaz-Correa Male (age 21)
Drivers View Obstructed
(7) Derial Aviles-Sanchez Male (age 31)
Disobey Traffic Control Device
(8) Ricardo Vasquez Male (age 17)
Suspended Vehicle Registration
(9) Jermaine Fann Male (age 31)
Open alcohol container in motor vehicle
On February 8th, 2017 at 6:00 pm, City of Dunkirk Police was notified by a citizen that a subject was seen climbing a fire escape and entering the second story apartment at 38 Pine St. Upon arrival Patrol set up a perimeter and entered the apartment where they found Angel M. Rosas Jr. inside the apartment. Through investigation it was determined that the suspect was not allowed in the apartment. Rosas was taken into custody and held overnight on bail. He was committed to the County Jail after appearing in City Court on Thursday.
On February 7th, 2017 at about 1:10 P.M. the Dunkirk City Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force located and arrested Jeremy N. ECHEVARRIA of 775 Washington Aver., Dunkirk, NY at the intersection of 4th St. and Swan St. in the City of Dunkirk on an outstanding Dunkirk City Court arrest warrant charging him with one count each of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance in the Degree. The warrant is based on information supplied by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that ECHEVARRIA has sold quantities of cocaine to agents of the Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. As a result of the arrest ECHEVARRIA was arraigned before Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood.
On Monday, February 6, 2017 at about 3:00 pm, City of Dunkirk Police patrol officers responded to the area of Washington Park for a reported fight. While dispersing the groups in the area, a concerned citizen approached officers and notified them that he had heard a female yelling for help from a residence nearby. While approaching the house, officers could hear yells for help and the breaking of windows. Officers made entry into the apartment and located Pedro Negron-Guzman, age 49, of Washington Ave, Dunkirk, NY, and an injured female. Negron-Guzman was detained while medical personnel were called to attend to the injured female. Further investigation revealed that Negron-Guzman threatened the female with a hammer and then physically assaulted her with a baseball bat causing several injuries. When the victim attempted to dial 911 Negron-Guzman reportedly swatted the phone away, preventing her from doing so. The victim then broke a window out of the residence to notify nearby officers. Negron-Guzman was transported to City of Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and charged with the offenses of Assault 2nd (felony), Menacing 2nd (misdemeanor) and Criminal Mischief 4th (misdemeanor). The female victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital for further treatment of her injuries. Dunkirk Police were assisted on scene by Dunkirk Fire and Alstar personnel. Negron-Guzman is awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.
On Tuesday January 31st at around 9:57 pm Dunkirk Police were dispatched to the intersection of S. Roberts Rd and E 2ndSt for a report of a hit and run motor vehicle accident. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and a vehicle matching the description was spotted heading south on the 400 block of Main St. Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver refused to comply. Officers continued to pursue the suspect vehicle for an extended period of time. At one point in the pursuit the driver of the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and almost struck a pursuing Dunkirk Police patrol vehicle. As the pursuit approached King St. the suspect jumped from the vehicle and a foot chase ensued. Officers chased the suspect to an apartment on King St, where he was found hiding in the attic. After speaking with the homeowner it was found that the suspect did not live or belong in the apartment that he ran to. The suspect/driver was identified as 23 yr old, Earvin I. Ezell of Fredonia, NY. He was arrested for Resisting Arrest and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree and also issued (12) traffic tickets related to the original accident and the pursuit.