Halloween Safety

Halloween can be a very fun holiday for everyone especially kids, to make the holiday a treat instead of a trick please follow these safety tips.

Halloween Costumes:

  • Check that the costumes are flame retardant.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
  • Try using make-up instead of masks, a mask can be uncomfortable and obstruct a child’s view when crossing streets and using steps.
  • Wear light colored costumes and use reflective material or tape, this will make children more visible after dark.
  • Avoid costumes that have weapons, if they are part of the costume make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible material.

Trick or Treating:Halloween-Safety-

  • Never let children go out alone.
  • Young children should be with parents, older kids with friends.
  • Trick or treat in groups.
  • Map a route ahead of time and make sure parents know the route.
  • Stop only at familiar houses with lights on.
  • Try and trick or treat while it’s still light out.
  • Stay in well lighted areas and carry a flashlight.
  • Teach children to Never, Never go into a strangers house or accept a ride from a stranger. If someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to grab them, children should scream, yell, fight and kick to get away. They should then find a parent or adult they trust and tell them what happened as soon as possible.
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks.

Treats:

  • Teach children to not eat any treats until they get home.
  • To avoid temptation give children a snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home and eat only unopened candy and treats in original wrappers. Carefully inspect fruit and homemade treats and ask who gave them.

The City council has set trick or treating hours of 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Halloween. We urge everyone to please observe these guidelines.

Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids and parents alike. Take a few extra minutes and remember the tricks and treats of playing it safe. A lot of the safety rules that apply to Halloween are good rules to follow all the time.

Our Neighborhood Watch groups will be out keeping an eye on their neighborhoods for criminal activity and reporting to the Police Department Anyone who witnesses or suspects any criminal activity can dial 911 for emergencies.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Fall and Winter Parking Regulations

Alternate and Overnight Parking regulations on Streets in the City of Dunkirk will be changing in November to assist snow removal efforts during the Winter months.

Overnight Parking rules go into effect Sunday November 1st , 2015 and stay in effect thru Saturday April 2nd, 2016. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30AM – 7:00AM.

Brigham Rd. from Lakeshore Dr. South to the City Line.

Brooks Ave.

Canary St.

Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.

Columbus Ave.

Doughty St.

Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street

  1. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.
  2. 6th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.

Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Courtesy Tag that will be issued for a week

Courtesy Tag that will be issued for a week

Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line

Irving Pl.

Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.

Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.

Lark St.

Leopard St.

Lynx St.

Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to 6th St.

Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line.

Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.

Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line.

Nichols Ave.

North Beaver St.

Pelican St.

Plover St.

Point Dr. North

Point Dr. West

Roosevelt Ave.

Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.

Taft Pl.

Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.

Temple St. from 4th. North to CSX

3rd St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.

Washington Ave. from 3rd St. South to 4th St.

2nd St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.

7th St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.

Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to  6th  St.

All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from Weekly to Daily for the Winter Months. Effective Sunday November 1st,  2015 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 2nd , 2016 vehicles shall be parked only on the Odd-Numbered side of the Street on Odd-Numbered Days  and only on the Even-Numbered side of the Street on Even-Numbered Days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.

Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper Snow Removal Efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of Emergency Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. We also remind motorists that vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary. Please pay attention to Snow Plow operators and assist them with their efforts by giving them the right of way during snow storms.

This past Winter Season saw a lot of snowfall and we thank our residents for their cooperation in getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner. The Dunkirk Police Department is again asking for everyone’s cooperation with Parking Regulations and assisting us in making the City a safe place for all those who live, work and visit here. Any questions about parking regulations can be directed to the Communications Desk at 366-2266.

Crack Cocaine Drug Sales Arrest

Miguel A. Corraliza-Sanchez

Miguel A. Corraliza-Sanchez

On October 19th, 2015, Miguel A. Corraliza-Sanchez, age 44, of 208 S. Beaver St, Dunkirk, NY was picked up in the Town of Brant by the Town of Brant Police Dept. on an outstanding drug warrant that was signed by the City of Dunkirk Judge Walter Drag. The warrant charges Mr.Corraliza-Sanchez with one felony count each of Criminal Sale and Possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree. The warrant was issued for Mr. Corraliza-Sanchez based on information brought by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the STRDTF that Mr. Corraliza-Sanchez has sold quantities of crack cocaine to an agent of the Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. Additional charges against Mr. Corraliza-Sanchez are pending. Corraliza-Sanchez was taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Dept. Jail and subsequently arraigned before City of Dunkirk Judge Drag. Corraliza-Sanchez was committed to the Chautauqua County Jail pending bail and further action by the court. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department. The STRDTF would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.

Armed Robbery Arrest

Leonard E. Aguayo

Leonard E. Aguayo

On October 18th, 2015, at about 3:50 PM, the Dunkirk Police Department was dispatched to the area of 109 S. Gazelle St. in the city for a report of a fight.  Upon arrival, officers found that a person had been robbed at gun point and assaulted for money.  A description was developed and responding officers located a person matching the description running from the area.  When officers attempted to stop the subject, the subject fled from officers and into a nearby upper apartment at 91 E 2nd St.  The subject barricaded himself for a short time inside the apartment then exited an upper apartment window onto the roof of a porch.  After about 25 minutes of negotiating with the subject, he surrendered.   The subject, identified as Leonard E. Aguayo, age 28, of 29 Stewart St, Rochester, NY will be charged with Robbery in the Second Degree (C/Felony), Assault in the Third Degree (A/Misd), Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (A/Misd).

Crack Cocaine Drug Sales Arrest

MAESTREOn October 15, 2015 at about 4:30 P.M., the City of Dunkirk Police Department Patrol Division located and arrested Minerva Maestre, age 47, of 51 E 2nd St, Dunkirk N.Y. on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued earlier by the City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag. The warrant charges Ms. Maestre 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. The warrant was issued for Ms. Maestre. was based on information brought by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Ms. Maestre has sold quantities of crack cocaine to an agent of the Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. Additional charges against Ms. Maestre are pending. Ms. Maestre was taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail. Ms. Maestre was subsequently arraigned before City of Dunkirk Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action by the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task Force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.

Crack Cocaine Drug Sales Arrest

Jason Rosas-Rodriguez

Jason Rosas-Rodriguez

On October 15, 2015 at about 3:50 P.M., the City of Dunkirk Police Department Patrol Division located and arrested Jason Rosas-Rodriguez, age 31, of 51 E. 2nd St. Dunkirk N.Y. on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued earlier by the City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag. The warrant charges Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez 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. The warrant was issued for Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez based on information brought by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez has sold quantities of crack cocaine to an agent of the Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk. Additional charges against Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez are pending. Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez was taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail. Mr. Rosas-Rodriguez was subsequently arraigned before City of Dunkirk Judge Drag and then committed to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action by the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department. The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task Force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.

K9 Nico Introduced

Photo by Dave Rowley From left to right- Officer Matthew Hazelton with Nico, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Councilman-at-large Willie Rosas, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Firemen Association President James Hyland, P&G Foods owner Gary Damico, Councilwoman Szakala, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano and Graft Realty & Lake Shore Savings & Loan CEO Daniel Reinega

Photo by WDOE’s Dave Rowley
From left to right- Officer Matthew Hazelton with Nico, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, Councilman-at-large Willie Rosas, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Firemen Association President James Hyland, P&G Foods owner Gary Damico, Councilwoman Szukala, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano and Graft Realty & Lake Shore Savings & Loan CEO Daniel Reinega

Today we are here to officially announce our new K-9 Nico and his handler Officer Matthew Hazelton. Off. Hazelton and Nico have been in training for several months and are continuing ongoing training. In March of this year we embarked on a program to put a new K-9 in service as our prior K-9 was being retired. The response that we received from the Community Businesses, Residents and Service Clubs was outstanding. Within a very short period of time we received commitments that guaranteed the start up costs of a new K-9 program as well as a commitment for veterinary care and food. In addition because of the overwhelming response received we have been afforded the ability to fund several other immediate needs of the K-9 program as well. Without the generosity of everyone that donated continuing this program would not have been possible. There are no words that can express our gratitude and we offer our sincerest thank you to everyone that helped. It truly shows that our Communities care about Public safety and go above and beyond when called upon for help.

A well trained K-9 and handler are a very effective tool in assisting with patrol, building searches, tracking of missing and wanted persons as well as general and narcotic searches. Our new K-9 Nico has been used in several investigations and his services have already proved to be invaluable to the City of Dunkirk and surrounding Communities. This program will serve us for many years to come and be a very important part of our continued effort to provide the best in Public Safety for the City of Dunkirk and assist surrounding Communities as well

We want to thank the Fredonia Beaver Club, Mr. Stanley Star, Koscuiszko Club, Fourth Ward Falcon Club, Dom Polski Club, Moniuszko Club, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Graf Realty, Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association, Fredonia Police Benevolent Association, Lakeshore Street Rods, John T. Murray Post 1017, Fieldbrook Foods, Columbus Club, P&G Foods, Moose Lodge 89, Edna Sek, Tick Tock Towing, Elks Club, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Fireman, Dunkirk Rotary Club,  Conservation Club, Cattaraugus County Bank and Tractor Supply. We also want to thank Dunkirk Animal Clinic for veterinary services and Nestle Purina for Nico’s food. Our appreciation to the City Administration for understanding the importance of the K-9 and working with us to keep this service part of our public safety program. Also thanks to City Mechanic Jason Schrantz and City Welder Ken Sek for their ongoing work on vehicle issues.

Our greatest weapon in crime prevention and providing the best in Public Safety is a positive Police/Community partnership with the Community we serve.  Without your support keeping our K-9 program in service would not have been possible. On behalf of Officer Hazelton and the entire Dunkirk Police Department we say thank you.

Respectfully.

David C. Ortolano

Chief of Police

Crack Cocaine Drug Sales Arrest

Jose M. Correa

On October 14, 2015, at about 3:50 PM, the City of Dunkirk Police Department Detective Division located and arrested Jose M. Correa, age 35, of 204 Beaver St. Dunkirk N.Y. on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued earlier by the City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag.  The warrant charges Mr. Correa 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.  The warrant was issued for Mr. Correa based on information brought by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.  It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Mr. Correa has sold quantities of crack cocaine to an agent of the Drug Task Force within the City of Dunkirk.  Additional charges against Mr. Correa are pending.  Mr. Correa was taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and City of Dunkirk Police Department.  The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force would like to encourage members of the community to call either the Task Force at 800-344-8702 or their local Dunkirk Police at 363-0313 when they observe narcotics related activity in their area.