Halloween Safety

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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:
• 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.
• If your child has a cell phone make sure they are familiar with local emergency numbers and the proper use of 911 and what information they need to give First Responders.
• 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 4:00PM until 7:00PM 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.

Gunshot complaint

Raven Bush

Raven Bush

On October 23, 2016, at about 4:30 AM, Dunkirk Police Officers heard one gunshot come from the area of 6th & Columbus Ave while on another disturbance nearby.  Officers responded to the area and found through investigation that the subject, Raven Bush, age 37, of 518 Deer St, Dunkirk, NY, allegedly shot one round off from a pistol in front of 613 Columbus Ave which caused another person to be in fear for their life.  Bush was taken into custody nearby and the loaded pistol was recovered.  Bush additionally was found to have a previous felony conviction prohibiting him from possessing the pistol.  Bush was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Second Degree (C Felony), Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Third Degree (E Felony), and Menacing in the Second Degree (A Misd.).  Bush was arraigned by Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag and held without bail.   

The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted by the Fredonia Police Department and the New York State Police.

Stolen Motor Vehicle Arrest

Jorge I. Rivas-Serrano

Jorge I. Rivas-Serrano

Officers responded to the report of a reckless operator in the area of Columbus Ave., East Fourth Street and Park Avenue around 1:50 PM on October 19, 2016.    Upon officers arrival the defendant,  Jorge I. Rivas-Serrano, of 283 Chad Brown St, Apt D, Providence, RI, was found on a motorcycle on the 400 block of Columbus Ave spinning the rear wheel of the motorcycle.    Upon seeing the officers the defendant fled on the motorcycle. The subject led police on a chase which eventually ended back at 424 Columbus Ave.   Subject then fled on foot from the motorcycle. Upon checking the motorcycle it was discovered as a stolen motor vehicle from Boston Massachusetts.    The defendant was charged with Penal Law charges of criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree, unlawful fleeing a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree, and resisting arrest along with Vehicle and Traffic charges of reckless operating and twenty nine other V&T violations.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

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The Dunkirk Police Department would like to cordially invite the community to attend a neighborhood watch meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Dunkirk Senior Center located at 45 Cliffstar Ct. (Franklin Ave) in Dunkirk.  Topics to be discussed are Halloween Safety, Nextdoor, Dog Walker Watch, and any other neighborhood issues the community wishes to discuss. We hope to see everyone there!

Prescription Drop Off

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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 October 22nd , 2016 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. In 2010 it was reported 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.

Train/Pedestrian Fatality UPDATE

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At approximately 12:04AM on September 28th City of Dunkirk Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported Train/Pedestrian Fatality Accident on the CSX Rail Line West of Middle Road. The victim was walking along the tracks and was struck by a Westbound CSX Freight Train.

The victim has been identified as Athena Dipirro, age 37, of Dunkirk. Following investigation into this incident it appears that the victim was walking along the CSX Railway with her dog and as the Westbound Train approached she attempted to cross the tracks to save her dog which was also in the area of the tracks.

This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and the CSX Train personnel as well.

City Police were assisted at the scene by City of Dunkirk Fire Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff Department, Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team, CSX Railroad, County Coroner’s Office and the Chautauqua County Fire Police Traffic Control Response Team.

Motor Vehicle Accident

Chelse L. Wilcox

Chelse L. Wilcox

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, at approximately 8:01 PM, Officers responded to a call of a property damage accident near the train tracks on Main Street in the City. The suspect vehicle had fled the scene, however, another Officer was in the immediate area and entered into a brief vehicle pursuit with the suspect. The vehicle did pull over on Greco Lane, and Chelse Wilcox, 31, of Parkway, Irving, NY, was taken into custody. Wilcox was locked up pending arraignment in Dunkirk City court, and faces charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the 2nd degree, Leaving the Scene of a property damage accident, Failure to keep right, Failure to stop at stop sign, Failure to Comply, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd Degree, and Driving left of Pavement Markings