City of Dunkirk Police concluded a robbery and assault investigation this morning with the arrest of Fernando Martinez Jr, age 37, of Dunkirk, NY. It is alleged that Martinez forcibly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from an individual in the afternoon hours of November 8th, 2017 and caused physical injury to that person in the course of the robbery. Martinez was taken into custody at his residence after being found to be hiding inside of a washing machine. Martinez is being held over night in City lock up and will be arraigned in City Court on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
On Saturday December 24th 2017, at approximately 6:30 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers received a call for a reported shoplifting at Walgreens located at 327 Main St. The suspect allegedly stole property from the store and then ran out. After speaking with staff and reviewing security footage officers began canvassing the area for the suspect. Shortly later officers located a subject matching the description walking in the area of E 2nd St and Park Ave. After a brief investigation it was determined that the subject was the suspect from the shoplifting. After being advised he was under arrest the suspect, later identified as Wesley M. Priolette, took off running from officers. After a brief foot pursuit Priolette was subdued where he continued struggling with officers. Priolette was taken into custody and transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was booked and locked up. Priolette was charged with Petit Larceny and Resisting Arrest.
On Monday January 1st 2018, at approximately 3:50 PM, City of Dunkirk police officers responded to the Brooks Memorial Hospital ER for a trespass complaint. Officers arrived and were advised by hospital staff that a subject in the waiting room was trespassing. They stated the subject refused to be admitted and refused to leave the property. Officers made contact with the subject who was identified as Gregory L. Gallaway. Officers advised Gallaway several times that if he was not seeking medical attention that he needed to leave the property. Gallaway continued to refuse officers commands and was placed into custody for Trespass.
Gallaway was transported back to Dunkirk Police Headquarters to be booked and locked up. At headquarters Gallaway refused to obey officers commands and began physically resisting and fighting with officers. At one point during this, Gallaway struck an officer with his fist. Gallaway was also found to have a controlled substance in his possession for which he did not have a prescription. Gallaway was charged with Trespass, Obstruction 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Harassment 2nd and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.
The City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders to everyone during the Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Please plan properly for trips by checking the weather and road conditions.
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination, take frequent breaks while driving. Keep your gas tank full and cell phone charged for emergencies.
- Be prepared to adjust driving as the road conditions change
- 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.
- Keep an emergency pack in the vehicle including blankets, water, snacks and a flashlight.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you encounter reckless operators do not confront them, pull off the road and call 911 with the description and direction of travel.
- 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 dunkirkpolice.com
- 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.
The Dunkirk Police Department K-9 unit recently received a donation from the Moniuszko Social Club. With the generous donation, the department was able to purchase a ballistic vest for K-9 Gunny to be worn while on patrol. Donations such as these help keep the K-9 unit functioning and serving the community. The Police Department would like to thank the Moniuszko Club for their donation and the community for their continuous support. Pictures from left to right are: Greg Bundy, Dennis Garwronski, Larry Orcutt, Club president, Chief David Ortolano, K-9 handler Brian Dietzen, K-9 Gunny and Terry Frazier.
Alternate and Overnight Parking regulations on Streets in the City of Dunkirk will be changing in November to assist snow removal efforts during the Winter months.
Overnight Parking rules go into effect Sunday November 5th, 2017and stay in effect thru Saturday April 7th, 2018. For overnight regulations parking is prohibited on the following Streets from 3:30AM – 7:00AM.
Brigham Rd. from Lakeshore Dr. South to the City Line.
Central Ave. from City Pier to the City Line.
Eagle St. between 5th & 6th Streets, between Lakeshore Dr. West & Second Street
E. Chestnut St. from Fizell St. West to Warsaw St.
E. 6th St. from Main St. East to Maple Ave.
Franklin Ave. from Main St. South to Wright St.
Franklin Ave. from Talcott St. South to City Line
Lakeshore Dr. from City Line to City Line.
Lamphere St. from 7th South to City Line.
Main St. from Lakefront Blvd. South to 6th St.
Main St. Extension from Newton St. South to City Line.
Maple Ave. from Main St. South to Talcott St.
Middle Rd. from Moffat St. East to City Line.
North Beaver St.
Point Dr. North
Point Dr. West
Ruggles St. from Main St. South to Wright St.
Talcott St. from Roberts Rd. West to Franklin Ave.
Temple St. from 4th. North to CSX
3rd St. from Main St. West to Central Ave.
Washington Ave. from 3rd St. South to 4th St.
2nd St. from Brigham Rd. West to Brooks Ave.
7th St. from Woodrow Ave. West to Brigham Rd.
Woodrow Ave. from Lucas Ave. North to 6th St.
All other Streets not subject to the above listed Overnight Parking are subject to Alternate Parking Regulations. The Alternate Parking Regulations change from Weekly to Daily for the Winter Months. Effective Sunday November 5th , 2017 at 5:00PM and continuing thru Saturday April 7th, 2018 vehicles shall be parked only on the Odd-Numbered side of the Street on Odd-Numbered Days and only on the Even-Numbered side of the Street on Even-Numbered Days. The date of the day after the hour of 5:00PM will determine the side which Parking is allowed.
Warning notices will be issued for a short period of time after which strict enforcement will begin by issuance of Parking Summonses. Vehicles in violation of Overnight, Alternate or any other posted Regulations which hamper Snow Removal Efforts by Public Works or pose a hazard for access of Emergency Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. We also remind motorists that vehicles which block sidewalks and hamper sidewalk plowing will also be ticketed and towed if necessary. Please pay attention to Snow Plow operators and assist them with their efforts by giving them the right of way during snow storms.
This past Winter Season saw a lot of snowfall and we thank our residents for their cooperation in getting their vehicles moved in a timely manner and look forward to their cooperation again this Winter Season. The Dunkirk Police Department is again asking for everyone’s cooperation with Parking Regulations and assisting us in making the City a safe place for all those who live, work and visit here. Any questions about parking regulations can be directed to the Communications Desk at 366-2266.
• 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.
The City Youth and Recreation Department will be hosting a Halloween Party for children from 3PM-5PM on October 31st at City Hall in the Mayors Conference Room.
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.
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 28, 2017 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. Recent reports show 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.
Proper disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs can eliminate temptation for abuse and the temptation for them to be stolen from a residence. The proper disposal also does not affect the environment which can happen if they are flushed into the sewer systems. Most importantly proper disposal can help lower the deaths rate related to overdose and abuse, especially in our children and young adults.
Please take the time to empty your shelves and cabinets from unused and expired prescription drugs and bring them to the drop off point at ALSTAR Ambulance behind School # 3 at Rt. 60 and Orchard Street in Dunkirk on Saturday October 28th from 10AM-2PM. Again this will be a drive in and drop off with no questions asked.
A Dunkirk man is behind bars in the Dunkirk City Lockup on a wide array of charges after an incident overnight in the City’s First Ward area. The incident began at around 11:30 PM when a City of Dunkirk Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle on Lake Shore Dr. East near Armadillo St. for a traffic violation. The incident escalated when the officer discovered that a man wanted on several outstanding felony warrants for robbery was attempting to hide under a blanket in the back seat of the vehicle. The officer called for back-up and as officers arrived on scene, the man, identified as Walter S. Duprey, age 33, of Dunkirk, NY, crawled into the front passenger seat, locked the door and told the female driver to take off. Officers were able to get the driver to shut off the engine and got the keys from her, but as Duprey was being removed from the vehicle he began struggling with officers and took off running into the yards. Dunkirk Officers, with assistance from the Village of Fredonia Police, SUNY Fredonia University Police and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist and a perimeter was set up to keep Duprey contained within the block. Officers then searched the back yards and flushed Duprey out. He again lead officers on a foot pursuit but was ultimately caught and subdued on Pangolin St. near the intersection of Pine St. He was taken to Dunkirk Police Headquarters where he was charged with the 2 Felony Robbery warrants from prior incidents and was additionally charged with one count of Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, 2 counts of Resisting Arrest and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree which resulted from Duprey dropping a small bag of cocaine on the floor of the vehicle during the traffic stop. Duprey is being held without bail until his arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.
On October 6, 2017 at 6:41 A.M. the City of Dunkirk Police SRT team and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 632 Deer St. (upper apartment) in the City of Dunkirk. The search warrant had been issued by Dunkirk City
Court Judge Drag based on an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force of the sales of crack cocaine from this address. The entry into the residence was made without incident and once inside officers located Ontario R. Eldridge, age 31, and Katelyn M. Smith, age 27, both of 632 Deer St, Upper Apt, Dunkirk. At the time of the entry the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force had an arrest warrant for Ontario Eldridge charging 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. This warrant had also been issued by Judge Drag. The arrest warrant stems from a months long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and alleges the sale of crack cocaine from this location in the City of Dunkirk by Eldridge.
Once inside of the residence the search revealed a marijuana growing operation, packaging materials associated with the sale and distribution of crack cocaine, and a stolen handgun. As a result of the seizure of these items Eldridge is charged additionally with one count each of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th Degree and Unlawfully Growing of Marijuana. Katelyn Smih was taken into custody and is charged with one count each of Unlawfully Growing Marijuana, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen property in the 4th Degree. Additional charges will be brought against this pair after other items seized are analyzed. Both of these subjects were arraigned before Judge Drag and then remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Dunkirk Police Department. Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their neighborhoods. Calls can be made to either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.