On May 20th, 2017, Officers responded to Brooks Hospital for a report of an apparent stabbing victim. The victim, a 33 year old male from Dunkirk, was able to give responding Officers a statement regarding the incident, including positively identifying the suspect, Christopher D. Cancel-Vazquez, 18, also from Dunkirk.
With Summer fast approaching and activities on the increase along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.
Please wear a seatbelt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seatbelts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous. We are participating in the Click it or Ticket Enforcement Program.
If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.
Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.
Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments. Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave. Please obey alternate parking rules on Lucas Ave. and avoid parking on the street near the Steel Plant Demolition. Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.
Be aware of the increased activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned. The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 29th, we encourage everyone to come out for the ceremonies and enjoy the day in the downtown and waterfront areas.
During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.
A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront. Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.
Just after 1:30 AM on May 21st the City of Dunkirk Police responded to the Halas Hotel Bar at 92 E. 2nd St. for a report of a large fight with multiple gunshots. On arrival Dunkirk Police, assisted by officers from the Fredonia Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the N.Y. State Police dispersed a large, unruly crowd in the street outside the bar. Investigation of the incident lead to the identification of a suspect in the gunshots complaint and the seizure of a loaded 9 mm handgun, which he had hidden in the restroom inside the establishment.
Hector J. Camacho Jr. was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree for the loaded firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a second count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree for possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device. All of the charges are Felonies. He was taken to the Dunkirk Police Lockup, where he is being held without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court. Investigation of the incident is continuing and additional arrests are likely.
On Sunday May 14th, 2017 at about 12:50 PM, City of Dunkirk Police officers responded to a Domestic Incident at 616 Canary St. While at the residence, Carlos M. Alvarado, age 42, grabbed a female by the back of the neck and shoved her forward. Officers attempted to take Alvarado into custody at that time. Alvarado refused commands given by Officers, approaching them in an aggressive manner and physically resisted arrest. Alvarado struggled violently with officers in an effort to avoid being taken into custody. During the course of Alvarado’s resistance, a Dunkirk Police Officer was injured. The injured officer was transported to Brooks Hospital and was treated for injuries and released. Alvarado was charged with Assault in the Second Degree (PL. 120.05-3 Class D Felony), Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree ( PL. 195.05 Class A Misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (PL 205.30 Class A Misdemeanor), Harassment in the Second Degree (PL 240.26-1 violation). Alvarado was arraigned by Judge Walter Drag and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $50,000 cash bail. Dunkirk Police were assisted by The Fredonia Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department during the course of this incident.
After a two-month investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force (STRDTF), two major cocaine traffickers were arrested in the Town of Dunkirk and City of Dunkirk. The STRDTF was assisted in the investigation by the Town of Evans Police, Town of Hamburg Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). STRDTF arrested Michael L. Pacheco, age 26, of 15 Webster St, Dunkirk, NY, at a location on Vineyard Drive in the Town of Dunkirk on a warrant from the Town of Dunkirk Court. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of more than 4.5 ounces of cocaine. At 7:10pm, STRDTF agents, Dunkirk Police, Dunkirk Police SRT Team, and the DEA executed a search warrant at 80 Lincoln Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. Entry was made into the residence without incident. It is alleged that Fred A. Santiago, age 29, of 80 Lincoln Ave, Dunkirk, NY, conspired with Pacheco to deliver more than an ounce of cocaine to an agent of the STRDTF within the Town of Dunkirk. During the course of the search, agents seized approximately 28.5 ounces of cocaine (street value of all drugs seized $50,000). Also seized was $46,000 in U.S. currency, postal money orders, scales, packaging materials and a cocaine press which is used to process the cocaine for sale. Additional State and Federal charges will be placed against both subjects as the investigation continues. Pacheco is charged with Criminal Sale controlled substance 2nd – Class A-2 Felony and Conspiracy 2nd degree – B Felony and Santiago is charged with Conspiracy 2nd class B Felony. More charges are expected for both subjects. As a result of this investigation, additional arrests may be forthcoming. The STRDTF is comprised of deputies from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunkirk Police Department. Anyone with information about the sale of narcotics should contact the STRDTF at (800)344-8702.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano wants the community to know that “Drug trafficking is a priority for our Department. This is a priority for our Task Force Officers, Detectives, Patrol Officers and SRT Unit each and every day. We want to thank the community for their assistance in providing tips and information about Narcotic activity in their neighborhoods. This type of activity affects quality of life in neighborhoods and is unacceptable, we will continue to make this enforcement a priority within our Community. Our confidential tip line is 363-0313 or confidential information can be left at the Police Communications Desk or Chiefs Office.
On April 28, 2017 at 9:45 A.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, City of Dunkirk Police Department and Dunkirk City Police SRT executed a search warrant at 51 E. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk. A search warrant had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag as well as several arrest warrant for subjects that have been using this residence to sell crack cocaine. The entry was made without incident and inside of the residence police located Minerva MAESTRE, Hector A. MERCADO TORRES, Eriberto CORRALIZA and Angelica CULLINAN. The search and arrest warrants are based upon a seven month long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that the residence was being used by multiple subjects for the storage and sales of crack cocaine. Initially Minerva Maestre and Eriberto Corraliza were charged based on Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging them each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the search the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized 118.5 grams of crack cocaine and $171,297.00 in U.S. currency. As a result of the seizure inside of the residence at the time of the search warrant each of the two subjects picked up on arrest warrants inside at the residence were charged additionally with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Also charged as a result of the search warrant seizure are Hector A. MERCADO TORRES and Angelica CULLINAN. Both of these subjects are charged with two counts of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.
While the search was being conducted inside of the residence, Pedro A. CORRALIZA Jr. arrived in front of the residence and he was taken into custody based on an arrest warrant charging him with 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. All of these subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag on each of the charges listed. As a result of the arraignment all of these subjects were remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the court.
At this time the City of Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force are attempting to locate Jason ROSAS RODRIGUEZ age 32 and Cristian MAESTRE age 27 on outstanding Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts is asked to call authorities.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers 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 in their neighborhoods by calling either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.
On April 26, 2017 Angel TIRADO LOPEZ was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant in Mayville. An arrest warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag based on information provided by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The warrant charges TIRADO LOPEZ with 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. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that TIRADO LOPEZ sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on multiple occasions in the City of Dunkirk. This arrest culminates a months long investigation into heroin trafficking in the City of Dunkirk. As a result of the arrest TIRADO LOPEZ was arraigned before Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag and then subsequently remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court. Authorities continue to ask community members report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling either &00-344-8702 or 363-0313. All calls are kept confidential.
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 April 29, 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.
After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.
On April 10th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, on Columbus Ave in the City of Dunkirk, a Dunkirk Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle travel the wrong way on the one way portion of that street. The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the driver was identified as Eric D. Fellows, age 26, of Westfield, NY and his passenger was found to be Brandon E. Newby, age 30, of Mayville, NY. Through investigation, it was determined that Fellows was operating the vehicle while his privileges to drive in New York State were suspended. Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, Fellows was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Driving the wrong direction on a one way street, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. Newby was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. They were both locked up.