On May 15th, 2016, at about 12:00 AM, Dunkirk Police responded to a report of a person entering a car at the Clarion Hotel and stealing property. Through investigation, it was learned a subject identified as, James F. Beers IV, age 45, of Swan St, Dunkirk, NY was allegedly entering a vehicle and stealing property. All of the victim’s property was recovered. Beers IV was charged with 1 count of Petit Larceny and 1 count of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree. The Dunkirk Police Department would like to thank the witnesses for not hesitating to contact the police when they observed suspicious behavior. Their quick actions assisted in the quick apprehension.
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 30th , 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.
On April 22, 2016, at about 2:18 AM, City of Dunkirk Police seized a significant amount of methamphetamine, a small amount of Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Pelican St. Friday morning. A Dunkirk Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 300 block of Pelican St. for a traffic infraction. Suspicious activity by one of the vehicle’s occupants lead to further investigation. The occupant, identified as Nicholas R. Shelley, age 30, turned over a small bag of white powder to officers during his questioning, telling officers that it was heroin. The substance actually turned out to be methamphetamine after testing. A search of the vehicle and a search of the suspect subsequent to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of several large bags of methamphetamine packaged for street sale, a loaded hypodermic needle, a digital drug scale, assorted drug packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree (Felony), Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Needle/Syringe, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and was locked up without bail on the felony charge for arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
On April 18, 2016, at about 4:06 AM, a Dunkirk Police Officer conducting business checks located a subject acting suspicious in the area of Lake Shore Dr E. and S. Ocelot St. Through investigation, it was learned the subject identified as, Norman Geddis Jr., age 17, of Lincoln Ave, Dunkirk, NY was allegedly entering vehicles and stealing property throughout the city’s first ward. Geddis Jr. was charged with 2 counts of Petit Larceny, 2 counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree and 1 count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. He was held on $2,000 cash bail.
Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano and Kurt Maytum, representatives of the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship Committee, recently presented the Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship to Ryan Dustin. Ryan is a Falconer resident and was awarded a $500 scholarship to further his education in criminal justice at Jamestown Community College.
On 4/16/2016, a number of Officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, engaged in a City wide street crimes detail. The purpose of this operation was to further promote the safety of the community by policing in a proactive manner which is designed to deter criminal activity on local street corners, execute outstanding warrants, and aggressively enforce vehicle and traffic laws in high traffic areas. During the operation, Officers made several arrests for a variety of charges:
1) Jerry Murphy, 22, of Forestville, NY was charged with PL 221.05, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
2) Luis Aviles, 53, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with VTL 511 (1A), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, VTL 1172 A, Failure to stop at a stop sign
3) Martin Wisniewski, 41, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
4) Lisa Farner, 50, of Silver Creek, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, VTL1163, No Turn Signal
5) Vicki Lynn Badia, 51, of Zephyr Hills, FL was charged with PL 220.0, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance
6) Jose Correa, 36, of Dunkirk, NY was arrested on outstanding warrants, charging him with PL 240.26 (1), Harassment in the Second Degree, and PL 145.05, Criminal Mischief (Felony)
7) Javier Hernandez-Gonzalez, 26, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with 2 counts of VTL 1126 A, Passing on a double solid line
Details like the one that was conducted this weekend will stress quality of life issues for the residents of the City of Dunkirk. As warmer weather is upon us, please be mindful of possible criminal activity in your area. Citizens are encouraged to call the City of Dunkirk Police Department and report any unusual activity. (716)366-2266
The Dunkirk Chief of Police, Chief David Ortolano, spoke to Adult Education students in Dunkirk on Friday April 8th, 2016, as part of the Weekly Employer series. Chief Ortolano discussed his career in law enforcement, the importance of community awareness and involvement.
City of Dunkirk Police, in conjunction with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force successfully concluded a lengthy investigation into the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine and the sale of heroin at a Woodrow Avenue home late Wednesday afternoon with the arrest of 3 individuals.
Just before 6:30 PM today officers from the Dunkirk Police Department Special Response Team, DPD Detective Bureau, the 3-11 Shift Patrol Officers, 11-7 Shift Patrol Officers, DPD K-9 Unit and agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force conducted a raid at 427 Woodrow Ave.
During the raid, 3 individuals were found in the residence along with quantities of materials and equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine, heroin package for street sale, packaging materials and evidence of heroin and methamphetamine sales and use.
Donald Lee Tolbert and Dawn F. Stein were charged with Unlawfully Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. Tolbert was also charged with Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Material for exposing the public to toxic materials that result from methamphetamine production, which he disposed of in an unsafe manner.
A third individual, Richard J. Russo, who is the owner and an occupant of the home, was charged with Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree, a Class B Misdemeanor for allowing the others to use his residence as a place where people gather to engage in unlawful conduct. Russo had been repeatedly warned by members of the Dunkirk Police Department that the people he was allowing to live in and to frequent his home were involved in illegal activity and was offered police assistance in removing them from his home. He declined assistance from the police and continued to allow the illegal drug activity to take place. He was released on an appearance ticket and will appear in Dunkirk City Court at a later date.
On April 1, 2016, at about 2:06 AM, City of Dunkirk Police Officers arrested the same Silver Creek man on Felony Drug Charges for the second time in two weeks during a traffic stop on Lake Shore Dr. East in the City of Dunkirk. Dunkirk Police patrol officers stopped a car for a minor traffic violation and immediately recognized the vehicle and the operator, Jesse James Silvagnia, age 20, 36 Burgess St, Silver Creek, from a crack cocaine seizure in a Lake Shore Dr. West parking lot exactly two weeks ago. Silvagnia was evasive and his irrational explanation of his activity heightened officers suspicion that he was again in possession of narcotics. During the investigation and questioning at the scene, one of the officers observed that Silvagnia had a plastic bag concealed in his mouth. When ordered to spit the bag out, the suspect attempted to swallow the bag to prevent officers from recovering it. Officers had to restrain the suspect and forcibly remove the bag from his mouth. The bag was found to contain a large rock of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of around $80.00. Silvagnia was taken to the Dunkirk City Jail and locked up on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, a Class D Felony, Tampering With Physical Evidence, a Class E Felony and Improper or No License Plate Lamp (Traffic Infraction). He is being held without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
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 3rd and does not resume again until Sunday November 6th .
Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:
Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 3rd and continuing to Sunday November 6th 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 upkeep.
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.