Overnight and Alternate Parking Change

Spring and summer parking regulations will be taking effect for Alternate and Overnight Parking with the following changes.
Overnight Parking: Overnight Parking regulations on the main streets such as Central Ave., Lakeshore Dr., Brigham Rd., Doughty St., Main St. and many of the smaller side streets will end Sunday April 3rd and does not resume again until Sunday November 6th .

Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:

Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 3rd and continuing to Sunday November 6th for one week periods commencing at 5:00PM on any odd numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the odd numbered side of the streets affected and on any even numbered Sunday, parking shall be allowed on the even numbered side of the streets affected. The date of the day after 5:00PM on Sunday determines the side on which parking is allowed for the following week. Courtesy tags will be issued as reminders for a short period of time, after that time parking summonses will be issued.

It is not the goal of the City of Dunkirk or the Police Department to issue parking summonses for violations. We are asking everyone’s cooperation to park properly and help those who may be visitors to our area with understanding our parking regulations. Proper parking is a matter of public safety in that we have to keep streets open and accessible to emergency vehicles at all times. We want everyone to be aware that if the need arises we will tow vehicles that hamper access by emergency vehicles or create a hazard to public safety. Proper parking also allows Public Works access for street upkeep.

We truly appreciated the help of our residents this past winter with getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner during winter storms. Your cooperation kept the streets clear for plows and emergency vehicles. Thank you !!

Again we ask everyone to help keep the City of Dunkirk a safe place for residents, business people and visitors to enjoy. Please call the Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 with any questions regarding Parking Regulations.

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Drug Arrest

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Donte M. Chambers

City of Dunkirk Police arrested a City of Dunkirk man on a series of charges following an investigation into suspicious activity involving a vehicle early this morning. Just after 1:00 AM, based on information provided by a citizen, Dunkirk Police Officers approached a S.U.V. as it stopped and parked on S. Gazelle St. near the intersection of E. Second St. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Donte M. Chambers, age 22, of 609 Deer St, Dunkirk, exited the vehicle and began walking away as officers approached the vehicle. He was observed dropping several items as he walked away. He was stopped and detained by additional responding officers just around the corner on E. Second St. Officers recovered the discarded items and found them to be bags containing marijuana packaged for street sale, several large chunks of crack cocaine and a small amount of cocaine powder. He was taken into custody for the drug violations. Police continued their investigation with a check of the vehicle which revealed several open containers of alcoholic beverages and a 16 year old female passenger, who admitted to consuming alcohol provided by Chambers. Chambers was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he is being held without bail on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree (500 milligrams or more of crack cocaine), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (cocaine powder), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and Open Container of Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle. The 16 year old female was issued an appearance ticket for Underage Possession of an Alcoholic beverage and was released to a parent

36 W 4th St Search Warrant and Drug Arrests

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City of Dunkirk Police, in conjunction with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin at a W. Fourth St. residence Thursday afternoon with the arrest of 9 individuals.
Just before 4:00 PM on March 24th, 2016, officers from the Dunkirk Police Department Special Response Team (SRT), DPD Detective Bureau, the 3-11 Shift Patrol Officers, 11-7 Shift Patrol Officers, DPD K-9 Unit and agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force converged on the residence armed with a search warrant and battering rams. During the raid, 8 individuals were found in the residence along with quantities of materials and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as scales, packaging materials and evidence of heroin and methamphetamine use. All were charged with Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony. The actual occupants of the apartment were also charged with Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material for exposing the general public to toxic materials that result from methamphetamine production, which they disposed of unsafely. Several of the individuals were also charged with counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree for quantities of narcotic drugs that were found on their persons.
Among the items seized were quantities of heroin, hydrocodone, assorted other controlled substance pills, hypodermic needles, drug packaging materials, scales, precursors of methamphetamine, chemical reagents, solvents and toxic waste byproducts.
A ninth individual, Brian Lidlow, was placed under arrest on multiple outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants from the Village of Fredonia and the Town of Orchard Park when he called, then showed up at the residence to buy drugs while officers were executing the warrant.

Frederick H. Gutekunst, 24, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Robert J. Kaczor Sr., 45, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession on a controlled substance and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Robert J. Kaczor Jr., 21, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Sean P. Korzenski, 22, of East Main Road in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Sean Henry, 36, of Angell Road in Silver Creek is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Aron Sikes, 22, of Howard Street in Fredonia is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Wendy S. Kaczor, 44, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, and four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Shelby L. Esperson, 19, of West Fourth Street in Dunkirk, is being charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material.

Traffic Stop Methamphetamine Arrest

A Silver Creek man is in the Dunkirk City Lockup this morning facing several charges after a traffic stop on Brigham Rd. in the City of Dunkirk resulted in the seizure of a methamphetamine pipe and a quantity of methamphetamine. The incident began just after 12:00 midnight when a Dunkirk Police patrol officer stopped a vehicle after the driver failed to signal properly for a turn. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mark R. Massey, age 28, of Silver Creek. During the stop officers spotted used drug packaging materials in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed Massey to be in possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a small quantity of methamphetamine. He was locked up in the City Jail in lieu of bail.
  

Methamphetamine Arrest

On March 16, 2016 at 4:20 P.M. members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Dunkirk Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Dunkirk Police SRT executed a search warrant at 363 Lake Shore Dr. W. in the City of Dunkirk. The entry was made without incident and once inside officers took Joshua J. HAMMER and Walter J. DOYLE into custody. A search warrant had been issued earlier in the day by Acting County Court Judge John LaMancuso based on information brought to him by members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division. It was alleged by the investigating officers that HAMMER and DOYLE were using the location for the production of methamphetamine and for the storage of stolen property. As a result of the search officers located and seized several working one bottle style methamphetamine labs as well as more than two dozen spent one bottle methamphetamine labs. Also found during the search was a large quantity of stolen property consisting of tools, jewelry and other stolen items, a large quantity of money, a quantity of methamphetamine, several ounces of methamphetamine oil and a quantity of marihuana.

As a result of this seizure HAMMER and DOYLE were taken to the City of Dunkirk Jail and are currently charged with one count each of Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree. HAMMER and DOYLE will be held until their arraignment tomorrrow and then transported to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court. Also there will be several additional charges laid against both of these subjects pending further analysis of evidence and as more of the stolen property is identified. Currently there were several items discovered that are readily identifiable as stolen property from a residential burglary in the Town of Hanover that occured recently.

Also as a result of the discovery of the methamphetamine labs the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Clandestine Lab Team was called to the scene to collect evidence and dispose of the hazardous wastes that are produced by the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The City of Dunkirk Fire Department and Allstar Ambulance stood by at the scene while the clean up was in process as the hazardous materials can be extremely dangerous when handled.

These arrests culminate a three month investigation into this location as well as the subjects that were taken into custody. Additional arrests are anticipated as a result of this investigation. Authorities continue to ask members of the public to call when they observe narcotics related traffic and activity in their community. The number to call with information for the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force or your local police are either 1-800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Joshua Hammer

Joshua Hammer

Drug and Weapons Arrest

3-9-16On March 8, 2016, at about 12:20 AM, Dunkirk Police patrol officers spotted a vehicle occupied by several males acting suspiciously in the parking lot of a local business that was closed for the night. An investigation into the presence of the suspects in the lot lead to the seizure of a large rock of crack cocaine, with a street value of around $100.00, a small amount of marijuana and a set of metal knuckles. The metal knuckles are an illegal weapon under the New York State Penal Law. Police also confiscated a large dagger, a realistic looking semi-automatic BB gun, a crack pipe and other assorted drug paraphernalia during the incident. The men are identified as Joshua S. Heimerl, age 19, of Angola NY, Jesse S. Nahrebeski, age 21,  of Silver Creek NY and Jesse J. Silvagnia, age 20, also of Silver Creek. Nahrebeski and Silvagnia were each charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th Degree, a felony, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation. Heimerl was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, a felony, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a violation, and a misdemeanor count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree after the metal knuckles were found in his possession. All three were held without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Fatal Accident Investigation-Updated

City of Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments responded to a vehicle/pedestrian accident on Main Street near E.Second Street at approximately 8:16PM March 1st.  The  66 year old male pedestrian victim has been identified as Reinaldo Pacheco Rios of Dunkirk. Rios was treated at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department and transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital by ALSTAR Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.