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:

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/htm/2009/part9/part9c.htm (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

Overnight and Alternate Parking Change

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.


Traffic Stop Methamphetamine Arrest

A Silver Creek man is in the Dunkirk City Lockup this morning facing several charges after a traffic stop on Brigham Rd. in the City of Dunkirk resulted in the seizure of a methamphetamine pipe and a quantity of methamphetamine. The incident began just after 12:00 midnight when a Dunkirk Police patrol officer stopped a vehicle after the driver failed to signal properly for a turn. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mark R. Massey, age 28, of Silver Creek. During the stop officers spotted used drug packaging materials in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed Massey to be in possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a small quantity of methamphetamine. He was locked up in the City Jail in lieu of bail.