On Sunday, May 3, 2015, the Dunkirk Police Department took a report of a larceny from a boat which was being stored at the Chadwick Bay Marina. The youths allegedly damaged a winter cover to gain entry and stole property from the boat. Through investigation, two males, one being 16 and the other 17 yrs old, were identified and subsequently charged with Burglary in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Petit Larceny.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, both subjects were located and arrested on warrants issued through Judge Walter Drag in Dunkirk City Court. They were transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters were they were processed and locked up. Both youths were arraigned in front of Judge Drag and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $10,000 bail/$20,000 property.
Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th
Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance
Once again, the Dunkirk Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief David Ortolano. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”
On May 7th, 2015, at about 9:20 PM, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Dunkirk Police Department and Chautauqua County Probation Department conducted a search warrant signed by Dunkirk City Judge Walter Drag at 35 W Third St. Officers had to break through heavily-fortified doors and windows of the building, which were set up to make the forced entry more difficult.
Growing marijuana plants worth $50,000 were seized, along with processed marijuana and a grow system, which included lights, an automated watering system, fans, dehumidifiers, chemicals and other items associated with the grow operation. Also recovered from the residence were records linked to the grow.
Pedro Solares, 60, of Dunkirk who was located inside at the time of the search warrant, was charged with Unlawfully Growing Marijuana.
Further charges and arrests are anticipated.
Anyone with information on drug-related crimes in the Dunkirk area is urged to contact the drug task force at 1-800-344-8702 or Dunkirk Police confidential tipline at 363-0313.
According to a recent study, 93% of Americans say it is important to look out for each other, yet 50% of Americans do not know a single neighbor by name. That is why Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, was created. Nextdoor’s mission is to bring back a sense of community to neighborhoods everywhere by offering free neighborhood websites specifically designed to foster conversations among neighbors and build stronger, safer communities.
Some City of Dunkirk neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor, and now the Dunkirk Police Department has adopted the platform to connect with residents to improve safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.
On Nextdoor, neighbors create private websites to get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. The Dunkirk Police will now be able to share important safety information and emergency notifications to residents on a neighborhood level through Nextdoor.
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood, including the Dunkirk Police Department, or found on Google or other search engines. Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties.
Join your neighbors and the The Dunkirk Police Department in building a stronger, safer City of Dunkirk today at www.nextdoor.com. Anyone wishing to begin a Nextdoor neighborhood should visit www.nextdoor.com and sign up for an account. If you have any questions, please contact Police Headquarters at 366-2266 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch these videos for a better understanding of signing up for Nextdoor and its uses
The Dunkirk Police Department has received complaints from residents regarding a scam related to receiving a call that a Verizon repair crew will be coming to their residence to make a repair. One alert resident called Verizon to ask why the repair crew was coming as she had no problems and verify that Verizon was sending them. Verizon customer service stated that they did not have a crew assigned to any repair work at the residents home.
We are advising anyone who is not expecting service from Verizon or any other utility service to call and verify with the company before agreeing to any work crew at their residence. If a work crew does show up we advise residents to call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and we will send a car to check them out.
This scam can be related to other public utility service entities as well so please verify any calls for work on gas, electric, phone or any other services with the service provider. Again do not let anyone in your house if you are not expecting service and call 366-2266 or 911 right away.