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:

• 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.

The City Youth and Recreation Department will be hosting a Halloween Party for children from 3PM-5PM on October 31st at City Hall in the Mayors Conference Room.

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.

Trick or Treat Hours & Event

In addition City Hall will be hosting an event for children which will begin at 3 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the second floor of city hall. From there, children will be free to stop by each department in City Hall for internal trick or treating. All children are invited to attend with their guardian.

Prescription Drug Drop-off – Saturday 10/28/17

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 28, 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. 

 Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer systems. Most importantly proper disposal can help lower the deaths rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults.  

 Please take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in Dunkirk on Saturday October 28th from 10AM-2PM. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.    

Drug Arrest

DEWEYPIC

John D. Dewey

On October 12, 2017, at about 1:00 AM, City of Dunkirk Police arrested a Fredonia man on a series of charges following an investigation of suspicious activity involving a vehicle.  A Dunkirk Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation after observing suspicious activity in a known drug area. Subsequent investigation by Dunkirk Police lead to the seizure of more than an eighth of an ounce of high purity cocaine powder, several rocks of crack cocaine, a digital drug scale and assorted packaging materials as well as several hundred dollars in cash. John D. Dewey, age 21, who was found to be in possession of the cocaine and paraphernalia was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he is being held without bail on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th Degree (more than 1/8th ounce), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Intent To Sell), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree (Crack Cocaine), and 2 counts of Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia (Scale and Packaging Materials).

Robbery Warrant Arrest

DUPREYPIC

Walter S. Duprey

A Dunkirk man is behind bars in the Dunkirk City Lockup on a wide array of charges after an incident overnight in the City’s First Ward area.  The incident began at around 11:30 PM when a City of Dunkirk Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle on Lake Shore Dr. East near Armadillo St. for a traffic violation.  The incident escalated when the officer discovered that a man wanted on several outstanding felony warrants for robbery was attempting to hide under a blanket in the back seat of the vehicle. The officer called for back-up and as officers arrived on scene, the man, identified as Walter S. Duprey, age 33, of Dunkirk, NY, crawled into the front passenger seat, locked the door and told the female driver to take off. Officers were able to get the driver to shut off the engine and got the keys from her, but as Duprey was being removed from the vehicle he began struggling with officers and took off running into the yards. Dunkirk Officers, with assistance from the Village of Fredonia Police, SUNY Fredonia University Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist and a perimeter was set up to keep Duprey contained within the block. Officers then searched the back yards and flushed Duprey out. He again lead officers on a foot pursuit but was ultimately caught and subdued on Pangolin St. near the intersection of Pine St. He was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was charged with the 2 Felony Robbery warrants from prior incidents and was additionally charged with one count of Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Resisting Arrest and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree which resulted from Duprey dropping a small bag of cocaine on the floor of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Duprey is being held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Drug Sales and Gun Arrests

On October 6, 2017 at 6:41 A.M. the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 632 Deer St. (upper apartment) in the City of Dunkirk. The search warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City
Court Judge Drag based on an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force of the sales of crack cocaine from this address. The entry into the residence was made without incident and once inside officers located Ontario R. Eldridge, age 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, age 27, both of 632 Deer St, Upper Apt, Dunkirk. At the time of the entry the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had an arrest warrant for Ontario Eldridge charging 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. This warrant had also been issued by Judge Drag. The arrest warrant stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine from this location in the City of Dunkirk by Eldridge.

Once inside of the residence the search revealed a marijuana growing operation, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine, and a stolen handgun. As a result of the seizure of these items Eldridge is charged additionally with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and Unlawfully Growing of Marijuana. Katelyn Smih was taken into custody and is charged with one count each of Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 4th Degree. Additional charges will be brought against this pair after other items seized are analyzed. Both of these subjects were arraigned before Judge Drag and then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators 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 within their neighborhoods. Calls can be made to either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

DPD K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton receives the 2017 Kevin Link Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement

 

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On Saturday September 30th the Children’s Safety Village held it’s first annual Gala at the Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. As part of the Gala the first ever Kevin Link award for excellence in Law Enforcement was announced.

The award is named in memory of Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Link who passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2016. The Kevin Link award was developed to honor those who have served the Law Enforcement and Public Safety professions generously and unselfishly as demonstrated by dedication, loyalty, ability and integrity, qualities that embodied Deputy Link as he served with distinction throughout his career.

The 2017 Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement was given to Dunkirk Police K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton who passed away on August 6th after a battle with ALS.

City of Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano spoke to the Gala attendees about Off. Hazelton’s highly respected career with the City’s Police Department and his achievements and dedication to his Family as well as his Police Department and the Community her served for over 14 years. The Chief talked about Officer Hazleton’s Dedication, Integrity, Honor, Respect and the legacy that he left the Department and his Family with.

The Chief presented the award to Officer Hazelton’s wife Jennifer and daughter Ava. Several members of Jennifer and Ava’s immediate family and their DPD family were in attendance to honor Officer Hazelton.

The Children’s Safety Village is doing wonderful things for our community.  You can view their website at https://childrenssafetyvillage.com/.

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