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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
At approximately 12:04 AM, 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 investigation into the accident determined that it appears there was another person walking along the railroad tracks with the victim at the time of the accident. The Police Department is asking for the person to come forward and talk with investigators about the accident.
The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to notification of family. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Dunkirk Police Department Communications Desk at 366-2266.
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 Team.
Darnell Baldwin, from” Just Like New Mobile Detailing,”, donating his time washing the Dunkirk Police Department patrol cars
Earlier this summer, Darnell Baldwin, who owns “Just Like New Mobile Detailing” and his 9 year old son, Zeph, came to the Police Department and wanted to show their support for our local Police Department by donating their time to wash our Patrol Cars on Fridays so we have clean cars for the weekend. They have been washing the cars at the Police Station on a regular basis and we really appreciate them giving their time to do this for us. The most amazing part of this was to see Zeph donating his time helping his dad and giving back to the Community. What a great way to teach a young man the value of being a positive part of his Community and creating a positive relationship with our Police Officers. We cannot thank Darnell and Zeph enough for showing their respect to the Community and the Police Department. Job well done !!
-Chief David Ortolano
On Sunday, September 18th, 2016, at approximately 8:20 PM, Officers responded to Maple Avenue near Grant Avenue for a report of a large fight in the roadway. On arrival, Officers observed a minivan stopped in the northbound lane, blocking vehicular traffic. Multiple subjects were engaged in a physical altercation in the area, with several onlookers standing in the street and on the sidewalk. Officers on scene broke up the altercation, taking Jose Figueroa, 36, of Maple Avenue, Dunkirk into custody on outstanding warrants out of the City of Jamestown. Elaine Herrera-Concepcion, 28, of Deer Street, Dunkirk, was also taken into custody on an outstanding violation of probation warrant. Herrera-Concepcion was additionally charged with Criminal Contempt in the second degree and disorderly conduct. The crowd was dispersed shortly after and traffic returned to normal. Charges are pending against a third subject involved in the altercation.
The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted by the Fredonia Police Department, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department arrested a Dunkirk man on an array of charges after responding to a local manufacturing plant after receiving a report that an employee had displayed a handgun in a threatening manner toward other employees and made threats. Just after 5:00 AM Dunkirk Police uniformed patrol officers entered the facility and confronted the man who had displayed the weapon. A pat down of the suspect resulted in the location and seizure of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which the suspect had in his back pocket. Officers recognized the suspect to be Rolando Rivera-Santos, who was known to officers to be a convicted felon and therefore not entitled to possess any firearm. He was taken into custody and was transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters, where he will be held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court. The three felony counts are based upon (1) the suspect being a convicted criminal in possession of a firearm, (2) the suspect possessing a loaded firearm and (3) the suspect possessing the firearm with intent to use it unlawfully against another person.