Train/Pedestrian Fatality UPDATE


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.

Motor Vehicle Accident

Chelse L. Wilcox

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

Train/Pedestrian Fatality


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.

Job Well Done!

Darnell Baldwin, from" Just Like New" detailing, donating his time washing the Dunkirk Police Department patrol cars

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


img_0005On 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.

Weapons Arrest

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.

Narcotics Arrest

Jonathan Linger

Jonathan Linger

On September 8th, 2016 at about 4:00 P.M. the City of Dunkirk police arrested Jonathan M. LINGER on an arrest warrant charging him with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The warrant was executed without incident and LINGER was transported to the Dunkirk City Jail where he is being held without bail pending his arraignment. The warrant had been obtained earlier from the Dunkirk City Court by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that LINGER has sold quantities of crack cocaine to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions in the City of Dunkirk. There will be additional charges filed against LINGER.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their community at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313

NYS DOT adds new safety markings on State roads in City of Dunkirk

These are “sharrows”

The new markings on New York State Route 60 in Dunkirk are called “sharrows.” They are an official marking designated in the New York State Department of Transportation’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

Section 9C.07 of the MUTCD describes these as “shared lane markings.” They are used nationwide to promote shared safe use of the road by indicating:

When you bike: Sharrows designate a safe and visible place to ride. Sharrows also indicate the correct direction to travel.

When you drive: Keep an eye out for all types of travel — bikes, pedestrians, skateboards, etc. Drive slowly and give ample room when passing.

New York State Route 5 in the City also has additional new markings for bike routes, bike lanes, and for crosswalks that are compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

More Information: (Section 9C.07)

Back To School Safety


Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting September 6th  for students. The City of Dunkirk Police Department is reminding everyone to pay close attention to children as they walk to and from school and to obey the laws regarding speed in school zones, walking in the roadway, riding bicycles and yielding the right of way to stopped school buses.

The speed limit in school zones is 15MPH for all School areas except 20MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt.# 5 at School # 7 from 7:00AM until 3:30PM  any day that  school is in session. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyones day.

We want everyone to be aware and pay close attention to children who are walking to and from school, especially at intersections and crosswalks. A reminder to all motorists to please pay attention to and follow all directions of the school crossing guards and police officers who are at the intersections directing the children safely across the streets. Failure to stop as directed can result in the arrest of the vehicle operator.

A very strict warning to motorists that they must stop for school buses that have their red lights flashing. All vehicles on the highway operating in any direction on single lane or multiple lane highways must stop before their vehicle reaches the school bus when the bus has it’s red flashing lights in operation. The operators of vehicles cannot proceed past any such bus until the lights stop flashing or they are signaled by the bus driver or a police officer to safely proceed. Violations of this law will be strictly dealt with and the punishment can range from heavy fines to jail time or a combination of both. We take violations of this law very seriously. Throughout the school year we will have patrols checking on school bus operations to ensure safety.

Parents are urged to talk with their children about the dangers of them talking with or getting into a vehicle with any strangers or entering a house of a stranger.  If approached by any stranger teach your children to run away, scream, yell and find a teacher, police officer, crossing guard or an adult they know and tell them what happened. If your child has a cell phone talk with them about being familiar with street names and calling 911 for help in an emergency.

Parents who drop their children off at the Middle School on Eagle Street are to drop off only on the West side (the same side as the School) as dropping off on the East side will put the children in danger crossing the road in front of traffic and trying to make a left turn into the loop causes traffic back up and safety issues as well. There is signage in place that prohibits the left turn into the bus loop. We will have patrols in the area to monitor this situation.

We are also issuing a reminder to everyone about walking in the roadway. This is very dangerous and if traffic is obstructed it is a violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and also the Penal Law depending upon the situation. Anyone riding a bicycle is reminded that they must follow all the rules of the road as if they were a vehicle. We will have enforcement in all areas to maintain vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Again we are urging parents to talk with their children about these safety issues. By spending a few extra minutes as drivers of vehicles or as parents talking with their children everyone can help make school a safe, enjoyable learning experience. The children of today hold the key to the future and we must take the extra precautions to protect them and keep them safe.

Main Wine & Spirits Burglary Investigation


On August 12th, 2016, at about 11:40 PM, Dunkirk Police Officers were dispatched to an alarm at Main Wine & Spirits located at 159 E 4th St. in the City of Dunkirk, NY.  Upon arrival, officers found the front glass window smashed out and determined several bottles of alcohol were stolen.  After a two week investigation, it is alleged that two 15 year old juvenile males were responsible and will be petitioned to Family Court for 1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree (D/Felony), 1 count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree (C/Felony) and 1 count of Petit Larceny (A/Misd).