Summer Season Safety

With Summer fast approaching and activities on the increase along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.
Please wear a seatbelt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seatbelts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous. We are participating in the Click it or Ticket Enforcement Program. 

If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.

Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.

Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments. Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave. Please obey alternate parking rules on Lucas Ave. and avoid parking on the street near the Steel Plant Demolition. Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.

Be aware of the increased activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned. The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 29th, we encourage everyone to come out for the ceremonies and enjoy the day in the downtown and waterfront areas.

During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.

A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront. Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.  

Search Warrant 80 Lincoln

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After a two-month investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force (STRDTF), two major cocaine traffickers were arrested in the Town of Dunkirk and City of Dunkirk. The STRDTF was assisted in the investigation by the Town of Evans Police, Town of Hamburg Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). STRDTF arrested Michael L. Pacheco, age 26, of 15 Webster St, Dunkirk, NY, at a location on Vineyard Drive in the Town of Dunkirk on a warrant from the Town of Dunkirk Court. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of more than 4.5 ounces of cocaine. At 7:10pm, STRDTF agents, Dunkirk Police, Dunkirk Police SRT Team, and the DEA executed a search warrant at 80 Lincoln Avenue in the City of Dunkirk. Entry was made into the residence without incident. It is alleged that Fred A. Santiago, age 29, of 80 Lincoln Ave, Dunkirk, NY, conspired with Pacheco to deliver more than an ounce of cocaine to an agent of the STRDTF within the Town of Dunkirk. During the course of the search, agents seized approximately 28.5 ounces of cocaine (street value of all drugs seized $50,000). Also seized was $46,000 in U.S. currency, postal money orders, scales, packaging materials and a cocaine press which is used to process the cocaine for sale. Additional State and Federal charges will be placed against both subjects as the investigation continues. Pacheco is charged with Criminal Sale controlled substance 2nd – Class A-2 Felony and Conspiracy 2nd degree – B Felony and Santiago is charged with Conspiracy 2nd class B Felony.  More charges are expected for both subjects.  As a result of this investigation, additional arrests may be forthcoming. The STRDTF is comprised of deputies from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Dunkirk Police Department. Anyone with information about the sale of narcotics should contact the STRDTF at (800)344-8702.

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano wants the community to know that “Drug trafficking is a priority for our Department. This is a priority for our Task Force Officers, Detectives, Patrol Officers and SRT Unit each and every day. We want to thank the community for their assistance in providing tips and information about Narcotic activity in their neighborhoods. This type of activity  affects quality of life in neighborhoods and is unacceptable, we will continue to make this enforcement a priority within our Community. Our confidential tip line is 363-0313 or confidential information can be left at the Police Communications Desk or Chiefs Office.

Drug Sales Arrest


Angel Tirado-Lopez

On April 26, 2017 Angel TIRADO LOPEZ was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant in Mayville. An arrest warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag based on information provided by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The warrant charges TIRADO LOPEZ 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. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that TIRADO LOPEZ sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on multiple occasions in the City of Dunkirk. This arrest culminates a months long investigation into heroin trafficking in the City of Dunkirk. As a result of the arrest TIRADO LOPEZ was arraigned before Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag and then subsequently remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court. Authorities continue to ask community members report suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhoods by calling either &00-344-8702 or 363-0313. All calls are kept confidential.

Drug Arrest


On April 10th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, on Columbus Ave in the City of Dunkirk, a Dunkirk Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle travel the wrong way on the one way portion of that street.  The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the driver was identified as Eric D. Fellows, age 26, of Westfield, NY and his passenger was found to be Brandon E. Newby, age 30, of Mayville, NY.  Through investigation, it was determined that Fellows was operating the vehicle while his privileges to drive in New York State were suspended.  Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.  As a result of the investigation, Fellows was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Driving the wrong direction on a one way street, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  Newby was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  They were both locked up.

Domestic Incident Arrest


Messiak M. Gonzalez

On April 9th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, Dunkirk Police Officers were dispatched to a Washington Ave residence in the City of Dunkirk for a report of a domestic in progress where it was alleged that Messiak M. Gonzalez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY had punched a person’s vehicle windshield, severely damaging it.  Upon officers’ arrival, Gonzalez had fled the scene and could not be located.  Later that morning at 5:25 AM, officers were dispatched back to the same residence in which the same person was reporting to have been assaulted inside their residence after Gonzalez unlawfully entered through a window.  The victim was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.  Through investigation, Dunkirk Police were able to develop a location where Gonzalez was believed to be hiding.  With assistance from Fredonia Police and the New York State Police, officers located Gonzalez hiding in a closet at a different nearby Washington Ave apartment.  Gonzalez was taken into custody and charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.  It was also found that Gonzalez was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for a violation of conditions for a previous Burglary.  Gonzalez was locked up without bail.

Kwik Fill Robbery Investigation

img_0005Dunkirk Police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at Kwik Fill on Central Avenue at around 10:02 PM on Saturday night. An undetermined amount of cash was taken by an unknown subject during the incident. No weapons were displayed during the robbery. The suspect fled the area prior to Police arrival on scene. The incident is currently under investigation at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 716-366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 716-363-0313.

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.

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)

Burglary Arrest

A City of Dunkirk man was arrested at about 8:00 PM this evening in relation to a burglary that took place on July 7th, 2016 at the Alma Latina Mex Restaurant at 17 Cliffstar Dr. The incident began when Dunkirk Police officers from the 11PM-7AM shift were conducting routine business checks and discovered that a small window had been forced open on the side of the business and loose change was found on the ground outside. Once an employee was reached officer entered the business and searched but no suspect was found inside. Inside the store officers found that the cash register had been forced open and more coins were found on the floor. Employees confirmed that the cash from the register was missing as well as more coins. It appeared that the business’ security video system had also been tampered with.
 Over the next several days, officers from all 3 shifts conducted an extensive investigation into the incident and were able to recover the security video footage and identify the lone suspect. The suspect is identified as Carlos Javier Lopez-Rodriguez. An arrest warrant was obtained from Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter Drag and officers began searching for Lopez-Rodriguez.

  Just before 8:00 PM this evening, an off-duty patrol officer who had been working on the case spotted the suspect walking southbound on Rt. 60 in the Town of Dunkirk. The officer contact Dunkirk Police Headquarters and the Village of Fredonia Police Department for assistance, then kept watch on the suspect as he continued walking and entered the Walmart Store. Officers from the Dunkirk Police Department and the Fredonia Police Department converged on the store and took the suspect into custody without incident. He is being held in the DPD lockup without bail on charges of Third Degree Burglary, Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief 4th Degree.

Operation Street Sweep

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