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).
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.
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.
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/.
Just a reminder that House Watch and Business Registry forms are now available to be filled out and submitted online. Visit the Forms Section of our website to fill out and submit these forms to save yourself a trip to Police Headquarters.