Thanksgiving Safety Tips

thanksThe 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. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
  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
  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.

Burglary Arrests

The Dunkirk Police Department concluded investigation of three separate burglaries with the arrest of three 16 year old male subjects, two of which are from Dunkirk and the other from Fredonia and 62 year old Alan Mazany of Dunkirk.

On Monday, November 14th, at approximately 11:40 AM, Dunkirk Police were called by a concerned resident to subjects acting suspicious near a West Talcott St. address.  Upon police arrival, they observed at least two subjects running from the area.  They were tracked down by patrol officers to a Lincoln Av. address where one was detained in the backyard and another, with a backpack of stolen property was attempting to hide from police in the attic of the residence.  Further investigation in that residence resulted in stolen property from a Maple Av. burglary from November 10th being recovered at that location.  As a result of this incident, one 16 year old was charged with 2 counts of Burglary in the Second degree, 2 counts of Petit larceny and one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 5th degree.  The two other 16 year olds were charged with 1 count each of Burglary 2nd, Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 5th degree.  2 were arrested that day and arraigned on November 15th in City Court with the third arrested on a City Court warrant and arraigned November 21st in City Court.  Bail set at $21,000 Cash or $42,000 property bond on each subject.  Due to Youthful Offender status, the names are not being released.

Mazany’s arrest resulted from an investigation into a stolen safe from a Main St. residence.  Mazany entered the residence on at least two separate occasions during late October and early November and removed a safe and its contents.  He was arrested on a warrant from City Court Judge Walter Drag charging him with 2 counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and 2 counts of Petit Larceny.  He was arrested on November 16th and arraigned the next day in City Court. His bail was set at $20,000 cash or $40,000 property bond and was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail.

It is not believed that the burglary resulting in Mazany’s arrest and the Maple Av. and Talcott St. incidents are related in any way.  The estimated value of property recovered that included electronic devices and jewelry is estimated at approximately $1,000.

Assault Investigation


On November 18, 2016, at 6:08 PM, City Patrol Officers and Detectives responded to a reported disturbance at 104 Webster Street, Dunkirk, NY. Upon arrival Officers found that an altercation occurred between 2 males at that location. A 26 year old male victim suffered multiple stab wounds during the altercation. Dunkirk Fire/Rescue responded along with ALSTAR Ambulance and the victim was treated at the scene and then flown to ECMC in Buffalo. The investigation is ongoing into this incident and Police have a person of interest in the case. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call Dunkirk Police Communications Desk at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.

Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Dunkirk Fire Department, ALSTAR Ambulance, Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, Chautauqua County Forensic Identification Team Members and the New York State Police.

Narcotics Investigation


On November 10, 2016 at 12:15 P.M., the City of Dunkirk Police Department SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. The search warrant had been issued earlier by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag along with an arrest warrant for Carlos M. Ortiz, age 48, of 131 Lake Shore Dr. East, Dunkirk. The arrest warrant charges one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The search warrant was executed without incident. Carlos Ortiz and Elizabeth N. Kaus were found nearby the residence. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Carlos M. Ortiz has sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions from the residence at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. At the time that the pair was located Elizabeth N. Kaus, age 24, of 52 Newton St, Fredonia, NY, was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin. At this time Ortiz is charged with one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the investigation Ortiz will be charged with several additional felony counts relating to heroin sales. Elizabeth Kaus is charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Ortiz and Kaus were taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag. Both subjects have been remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood at either 800-344-8702 of 363-0313.

Dunkirk Police put K-9 vehicle into service

Photo by Observer Staff Nichole Gugino From left to right: Nathan Greene of Custom Collsion, K9 Officer Matt Hazelton, K9 Nico, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, Schults General Manager and Co-Owner Michael Dougherty

Photo by Observer Staff Nichole Gugino
From left to right: Nathan Greene of Custom Collsion, K9 Officer Matt Hazelton, K9 Nico, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano, Schults Resale General Manager and Co-Owner Michael Dougherty

In March of 2015 we embarked on a program to put a new K-9 in service as our prior K-9 was being retired. The response that we received from the Community Businesses, Residents and Service Clubs was outstanding. Within a very short period of time we received commitments that guaranteed the start up costs of a new K-9 program as well as a commitment for veterinary care and food. In addition because of the overwhelming response received we have been afforded the ability to fund several other immediate needs of the K-9 program as well. One of those needs was a replacement K-9 vehicle as our previous vehicle was 14 years old and recently suffered major mechanical issues. With the limited funds we had left from the Community and Business donations for the K-9 program Mike Dougherty General Manager and co-owner of Shults Resale on Vineyard Drive stepped up to the plate and found us a vehicle that fit our needs. He donated a large portion of the cost of the vehicle and Nathan Greene of Custom Collision donated the services to paint the doors white. By using a portion of the funds we receive from Asset Forfeiture as a result of Drug Arrests we were also able to purchase a specific K-9 insert for the rear seat of the vehicle that will keep our K-9 Nico safe when travelling and also allow our K-9 handler Officer Matt Hazelton to have access to Nico while on patrol and answering calls. We were able to purchase a few other needed pieces of equipment for the vehicle as well with our Forfeiture funds.

Without the generosity of everyone that donated to our K-9 fund continuing this program would not have been possible. There are no words that can express our gratitude and we offer our sincerest thank you to everyone that helped. It truly shows that our Communities care about Public safety and go above and beyond when called upon for help. K-9 Nico and Officer Hazelton have already been involved in several case investigations and have proved to be a very valuable asset to the Department and Community.

Again we want to thank Shults Resale and Custom Collision for their most recent donations. We also again thank all the previous organizations and individuals that helped to fund this entire program: The Fredonia Beaver Club, Mr. Stanley Star, Koscuiszko Club, Fourth Ward Falcon Club, Dom Polski Club, Moniuszko Club, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Graf Realty, Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association, Fredonia Police Benevolent Association, Lakeshore Street Rods, John T. Murray Post 1017, Fieldbrook Foods, Columbus Club, P&G Foods, Moose Lodge 89, Edna Sek, Tick Tock Towing, Elks Club, Dunkirk Exempt Volunteer Fireman, Dunkirk Rotary Club, Conservation Club, Cattaraugus County Bank and Tractor Supply. We also want to thank Dunkirk Animal Clinic for veterinary services and Nestle Purina for Nico’s food. Our appreciation to the City Administration for understanding the importance of the K-9 and working with us to keep this service part of our public safety program. Also thanks to City Mechanic Jason Schrantz and City Welder Ken Sek for their excellent work on getting the vehicle ready for service.

Our greatest weapon in crime prevention and providing the best in Public Safety is a positive Police/Community partnership with the Community we serve. Without your support keeping our K-9 program in service would not have been possible. On behalf of Officer Hazelton, Nico and the entire Dunkirk Police Department we say thank you.

David C. Ortolano
Chief of Police

Overnight & Alternate Parking Changes

DailyAltParkingOvernight Parking regulations take effect this coming Sunday 11/6/16. Overnight parking is prohibited on certain streets from 3:30 AM – 7:00 AM.

Alternate Parking also changes this Sunday 11/6/16 to DAILY changing. You will park on the even side of the street at 5:00 PM on even numbered days. You will park on the odd side of the street on ODD numbered days. The date will determine which side of the street you need to be parked on.


For a listing of affected streets please visit the Parking Section of this website HERE

Halloween Safety


Halloween can be a very fun holiday for everyone especially kids, to make the holiday a treat instead of a trick please follow these safety tips.

Halloween Costumes:
• Check that the costumes are flame retardant.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
• Try using make-up instead of masks, a mask can be uncomfortable and obstruct a child’s view when crossing streets and using steps.
• Wear light colored costumes and use reflective material or tape, this will make children more visible after dark.
• Avoid costumes that have weapons, if they are part of the costume make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible material.

Trick or Treating:
• Never let children go out alone.
• Young children should be with parents, older kids with friends.
• Trick or treat in groups.
• Map a route ahead of time and make sure parents know the route.
• Stop only at familiar houses with lights on.
• Try and trick or treat while it’s still light out.
• Stay in well lighted areas and carry a flashlight.
• Teach children to Never, Never go into a strangers house or accept a ride from a stranger. If someone makes them feel uncomfortable or tries to grab them, children should scream, yell, fight and kick to get away. They should then find a parent or adult they trust and tell them what happened as soon as possible.
• If your child has a cell phone make sure they are familiar with local emergency numbers and the proper use of 911 and what information they need to give First Responders.
• Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks.

• Teach children to not eat any treats until they get home.
• To avoid temptation give children a snack before they go out.
• Check all treats at home and eat only unopened candy and treats in original wrappers. Carefully inspect fruit and homemade treats and ask who gave them.

The City council has set trick or treating hours of 4:00PM until 7:00PM on Halloween. We urge everyone to please observe these guidelines.

Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids and parents alike. Take a few extra minutes and remember the tricks and treats of playing it safe. A lot of the safety rules that apply to Halloween are good rules to follow all the time.

Our Neighborhood Watch groups will be out keeping an eye on their neighborhoods for criminal activity and reporting to the Police Department Anyone who witnesses or suspects any criminal activity can dial 911 for emergencies.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

Gunshot complaint

Raven Bush

Raven Bush

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.