K-9 Program Donation

The Fredonia Beaver Club recently presented the City of Dunkirk Police Department with a check for the final installment of their $7,000.00 donation for the Departments purchase of K-9 Nico. Their donation guaranteed the purchase of Nico and when combined with donations from several other organizations we were able to fund other various equipment and associated needs for the K-9 program as well.

 The Dunkirk Police department is grateful to the Beaver Club for their very generous donation to our K-9 program. We are truly lucky to have community minded organizations such as the Beaver Club step up and work together with us for Public safety needs within our Communities.

Pictured are: Beaver Club Officials: Financial Secretary Richard Ryan, Board of Directors Member David Laurito, Club President  David George.  K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton with Nico, Police Chief David Ortolano

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Beaver Club Officials: Financial Secretary Richard Ryan, Board of Directors Member David Laurito, Club President David George. K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton with Nico, Police Chief David Ortolano

IRS Scam Through Email

A newer scam involving the IRS is going around through email now. Below is a copy of an email that was received stating there was a problem with tax return information and asks you to follow a link to supply “the correct information”. If you receive one similar to this do not follow the link or provide any personal information. The “scammer” is trying to get your personal information to use it fraudulently. The IRS will never send an email or call you if there is a problem. They will always send a letter through the mail with the steps you need to take to remedy any error you made in your return.We encourage you to contact police headquarters to check on these issues before you become a victim of identity theft.

Problem with filed SSN

We reviewed your tax information and have verified the possibility of identity theft. We have placed an identity theft indicator on your account.

You received CP 01H notice because we were unable to process your tax return. The IRS has locked your account because the Social Security Administration informed us that the Social Security number (SSN) of the primary or secondary taxpayer on the return belongs to someone who was deceased prior to the current tax year (before January 1, 2015 for a 2015 tax return).

You are required to supply your correct information to avoid any Tax Penalty.

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We previously sent you a CP63 notice informing you we are holding your refund until we receive one or more unfiled tax returns. Because we received no reply to our previous notice, we have calculated your tax, penalty and interest based on wages and other income reported to us by employers, financial institutions and others.

 

Sincerely,
Internal Revenue Service

Maple Ave. Fatal Accident

cropped-Car-7-Background-1.jpgThe Dunkirk Police Departments investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred early Sunday morning 12/6/2015 is ongoing. Detectives have been working the investigation and are following up on several leads. The New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting with the investigation.

The victim in this fatality has been identified as Ramon J. Feliciano age 21 of Dunkirk.

Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to call the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.

DPD Reader Day

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Photo by Observer Staff Nicole Gugino          From left to right Sgt Mark Gruber, Sgt Chris Witkowski, Chief David Ortolano, Officer Matt Martinez

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Sgt Mark Gruber read to preschool at Dunkirk School 5

The Dunkirk Police Department started the Police Department Reader Day Program in the beginning of the School year at all the Elementary Schools. The program culminated today with reading at School # 5. Several Police Officers have visited all the Elementary Schools and read books to the children. As part of this program the Officers also spent time with the children explaining the Job of a Police Officer and answering any questions the children had.

The program has helped to build a positive relationship with the children and let’s them be familiar with Police Officers in a positive setting. The program will help to make children more comfortable with Police Officers and hopefully build positive relationships in the future as well.

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Officer Matt Martinez reads to first grade at Dunkirk School 5

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Sgt Chris Witkowski read to first grade at Dunkirk School 5

The Dunkirk Police Department wants to thank the following organizations for their generous support in making this program possible by providing the funding for items such as pencils and junior police officers stickers that were given to the students. We thank the Dom Polski Club, Kosciuszko Club, Score This Inc., Dunkirk Exempt Fireman Assn., Fourth Ward Falcon Club and the Conservation Club. Without the assistance of these organizations we would not enjoy the success of programs such as the Police Department Reader Day program. Again our many thanks to them for their support.

We also want to thank the City of Dunkirk School District for working together with the Police Department on our programs in the Schools.

WinterHolidaySafety

During Christmas and Holiday season people are often busy, excited and a little careless. Unfortunately it’s a time when they should be extra careful. This Season don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, pick-pockets, purse snatchers and con artists a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the Holidays as much as everyone else.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate this season and make the Holidays a safe and happy time.

At Home:

  1. Be extra careful about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even if only for a few minutes. Also lock garages and sheds.
  2. If expecting packages try and plan on having someone home to accept them, most shippers have tracking available to let you know a time frame. If possible request that the shipper only deliver if the items are signed for. Also you can leave a note on your door requesting that your item not be left unless someone is there to sign for it. Have you neighbors be aware as well to watch for deliveries and hold the items for you until you get home.
  3. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from a window or door, leave only a few presents out and store the remainder.
  4. If out at night turn on a radio or TV so the house looks occupied.
  5. If you go away for a few days get an automatic timer for lights and TV. Have a neighbor watch your house, shovel snow, pick up mail and newspapers(or have them held until you return) and park their car in your driveway from time to time.
  6. Be wary of strangers coming to the door asking for donations or a courier delivering a gift. Ask for ID and if you don’t feel comfortable don’t open the door, call the Police Desk and we will send a car to check them out.
  7. Be wary of scam and con artists, be very careful who you give your personal information and bank account or credit card information to. Your bank will not call on the phone or come to the door asking this information. Ask for and check on references, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you feel you are being pressured or don’t understand. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
  8. Check electronic items and mark them with a unique identification number.
  9. Use only fire resistant ornaments and check lights to make sure they are safe. Teach children not to play with lights and electrical connections and avoid overloading outlets and using extension cords. Remember to keep live trees watered and do not leave tree lights on overnight or when away from home.10
  10. Test your smoke detector and if you have guests let them know about your            security and escape plan in case of an emergency.

When Shopping:

  1. Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
  2. Shop before dark if possible and coordinate with a friend or relative if you plan on being out late.
  3. Park in well lighted areas and be sure to lock car doors and close windows. Secure items in the trunk and have keys ready to enter your vehicle and check the interior before getting in. Once inside lock the doors and don’t open them or get back out. Use your car panic alarm if you are being followed or feel uncomfortable.
  4. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash and deter pick pockets and purse snatchers by carrying your purse under the arm and keeping wallets in front pockets.
  5. Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they become separated or lost. Teach them to stay close and avoid contact with strangers.
  6. Be careful with internet purchases, use reputable sites and secure payments such as pay-pal or a credit card. Avoid using a debit card on internet purchases.
  7. Check your Debit and Credit card account activity often to make sure it has not been compromised.

If you have celebrated a little too much at a Holiday party or out with family and friends and you can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Be a designated driver, find a designated driver or call a taxi. If you really care you won’t let your friends or loved ones operate a vehicle or get into a vehicle when you know that it can’t be done safely and responsibly. Please take the needed steps to avoid the senseless tragedies that occur on our highways as a result of drinking and driving or reckless operation. Also please make sure that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in proper child safety restraints. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. Make sure you clear snow and ice from your vehicle, keep an emergency pack with items such as blankets and a flashlight in your car and plan extra time on trips to allow for changing road conditions.

Also we encourage anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their neighborhood to please call the Desk at 366-2266 when it is happening. We would much rather send a car to check the situation than to find out at a later time that something happened and we could have had immediate information. We also advise residents to not open their doors to anyone unless they know who it is, again please call 366-2266 or 911 and have a patrol car respond.

If you are leaving town for an extended period of time please fill out a house watch check form and we will check your house while you are away. Residents can get the forms at the Police Desk or on our Department website. Fill them out and return them to the Police Desk.

Make time to get together with family and friends and think about reaching out and helping senior citizens or those who are less fortunate. Take a little time to make the Holidays a safe and happy time for everybody.

On behalf of the Dunkirk Police Department please have a safe, happy and joyous Christmas and New Year Holiday Season.

Residential Burglary Arrest

EZELLOn December 2nd, 2015, at about 3:30 AM, the Dunkirk Police Department investigated a burglary at a W. Howard St. address.  As a result of the investigation, Earvin I. Ezell, age 22, of 3742 Rt. 20, Fredonia, NY was arrested and charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and Petit Larceny.  Thanks to an observant neighbor, the suspect’s vehicle was able to be tracked to the suspect’s residence. A search warrant was obtained from Town of Pomfret Justice Anthony Pulci. With assistance from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police, the residence was searched and property from the burglary was located inside. The suspect is being held in the City jail pending arraignment. The Dunkirk Police encourages residents to look out for their neighbors and report any suspicious activity to the police department at 366-2266, the confidential tip line at 363-0313, or in an emergency 911. All information is held strictly confidential.

Thanksgiving Day Safety Reminders

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The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  1. Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
  2. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving.
  3. Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
  4. Always wear seatbelts and please make sure children are in a child safety seat. It’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.
  5. Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
  6. Do not drive while texting or talking on your cell phone (except in case of an emergency). This is very distracting, dangerous and it is also illegal.
  7. We wish for everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends but if you have celebrated to much and can’t safely operate a vehicle please don’t. Designate a safe driver ahead of time. Please don’t create a tragedy as your remembrance of this holiday. True friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel or get into a vehicle with someone if they can’t safely operate it.
  8. If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
  9. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time please take advantage of our House Watch program. Details can be found by stopping at the Police Station, calling the Police Desk at 366-2266 or by visiting the forms section on our Department website dunkirkpolice.com
  10. Please keep an eye on what is going on in your Neighborhood. If you see or hear something out of the ordinary please call the Police Desk at 366-2266 or 911 and let us send an Officer to check it out.

The Dunkirk Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Dunkirk Police Participates in Greenlight a Vet

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The best way to honor our Veterans is by not forgetting what they have done for our Country, they fought to protect the rights of every American citizen each and every day. The Dunkirk Police Department is proud to honor our Veterans by participating in the greenlight a vet program. The light globes at the Fourth Street entrance to Police Headquarters have been changed to glow with green lights to show our support for Veterans.

We want to show our respect and honor to all the Veteran members of our armed services who have served our Country in the past as well as those who currently serve in our armed forces today. We especially want to honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave of their lives. The Dunkirk Police Department has Veterans currently serving in our Department and we have a long standing tradition of Veterans who have served the Department in the past and we are proud to honor them by participating.

We encourage all our citizens to change one light in their home or on their front porch to green in honor of our Veterans and to keep that light glowing as a beacon of respect.

May god bless our Veterans and may god bless all the men and women who are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Dollar General Attempted Burglary Arrest

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In the early morning hours of Sunday November 8th, 2015, at about 5:17 AM, the City of Dunkirk Police responded to Dollar General, located at 168 E. Fourth St.  A citizen complaint received indicated that there were two suspicious male subjects in the area that may be attempting to burglarize the store. Upon arrival, two males were located in front of the store where one of the front windows had been broken out. Upon seeing patrol cars, the two males ran from Police in opposite directions. Both subjects were taken into custody after brief foot chases. Benjamin Catalino, age 19, of 12155 Angel Rd, Silver Creek and Julio E. Montanez, age 21, of 187 Lake Shore Dr E are charged with Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree a Class E Felony, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree a Class E Felony and Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree a Class A Misdemeanor. Both were arraigned in City Court and are being held in County Jail pending a preliminary hearing.