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 April 29, 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.
Angel M. Soto-Alvarez
After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.
On April 10th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, on Columbus Ave in the City of Dunkirk, a Dunkirk Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle travel the wrong way on the one way portion of that street. The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the driver was identified as Eric D. Fellows, age 26, of Westfield, NY and his passenger was found to be Brandon E. Newby, age 30, of Mayville, NY. Through investigation, it was determined that Fellows was operating the vehicle while his privileges to drive in New York State were suspended. Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle. As a result of the investigation, Fellows was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Driving the wrong direction on a one way street, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. Newby was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree. They were both locked up.
Messiak M. Gonzalez
On April 9th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, Dunkirk Police Officers were dispatched to a Washington Ave residence in the City of Dunkirk for a report of a domestic in progress where it was alleged that Messiak M. Gonzalez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY had punched a person’s vehicle windshield, severely damaging it. Upon officers’ arrival, Gonzalez had fled the scene and could not be located. Later that morning at 5:25 AM, officers were dispatched back to the same residence in which the same person was reporting to have been assaulted inside their residence after Gonzalez unlawfully entered through a window. The victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment. Through investigation, Dunkirk Police were able to develop a location where Gonzalez was believed to be hiding. With assistance from Fredonia Police and the New York State Police, officers located Gonzalez hiding in a closet at a different nearby Washington Ave apartment. Gonzalez was taken into custody and charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. It was also found that Gonzalez was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for a violation of conditions for a previous Burglary. Gonzalez was locked up without bail.
Dunkirk Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Kwik Fill on Central Avenue at around 10:02 PM on Saturday night. An undetermined amount of cash was taken by an unknown subject during the incident. No weapons were displayed during the robbery. The suspect fled the area prior to Police arrival on scene. The incident is currently under investigation at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 716-363-0313.
On Monday April 3rd 2017, at approximately 5:45 PM, City of Dunkirk Police responded to a local manufacturing plant for a report of two employees in possession of a handgun. Responding officers located and confronted the two individuals inside the facility. A safety pat-down was conducted on both and officers located and seized a loaded 9mm handgun which was found in one of the suspect’s front pocket. After further investigation it was determined that the one suspect had passed the handgun off to the other prior to officer’s arrival. The suspects, Christian O. Marin-Sanchez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY and Hector L. Carmona-Burgos, age 44, of Dunkirk, NY do not possess pistol permits. While booking, officers located a prescription bottle on Marin-Sanchez that contained a controlled medication that he was not prescribed. Both subjects are charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree while Marin-Sanchez is additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Both subjects are currently awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.
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 2nd and does not resume again until Sunday November 5th .
Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:
Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 2nd and continuing to Sunday November 5th 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 repairs and maintenance.
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.
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department along with members of the U.S. Marshall’s Service took into custody Jonathan Figueroa-Martinez, age 31, and arraigned him in Dunkirk City Court in front of the Honorable Walter F. Drag for being a Fugitive From Justice. He is wanted for a Felony Sexual Assault on a minor charge out of Puerto Rico. The subject was found hiding in the lower apartment of 76 Lincoln Ave. in Dunkirk. The subject is currently being held in the county jail awaiting extradition hearings.
A traffic stop by Dunkirk Police resulted in the arrest of a 50 year old Portland, NY man for cocaine possession. At approximately 11:41 AM on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 a vehicle operated by Steven A. Scott was observed on Lake Shore Dr. W. in the city signaling a turn improperly. The resulting investigation determined Scott to have his driving privileges revoked in New York. He was found to have a quantity of powder cocaine in excess of five hundred milligrams, and two packets of marijuana. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree, a Class D Felony, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana violation, Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle/alcohol related in the Second Degree, and with Operating a Motor Vehicle without an ignition interlock device. He was arraigned by City Court Judge Walt Drag Thursday afternoon and committed to Chautauqua County Jail. Bail was set at $30,000 Cash or $60,000 property and the case was adjourned to March 28th.
Larry E. Brooks Jr. (39 yoa) LKA of 438 Deer St, Dunkirk, New York, was arrested on Monday morning, March 13th, 2017 on 4 felony charges. Police responded to a Grant ave. residence and Brooks was observed by police running from the area. Brooks was taken into custody a short distance away after running from police and was found to be in possession a large quantity of crack cocaine. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City court on Thursday 3/16/17 on the following charges:
Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree
2 counts of Felony Criminal Contempt 1st degree
Harassment 2nd degree