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 April 29, 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.
Angel M. Soto-Alvarez
After receiving complaints from neighbors using the “Nextdoor” social media site the police department participates in, City of Dunkirk police were monitoring any suspicious activity at a vacant house on E Talcott St. On Friday, April 21, 2017, at about 5:45 PM, while in the area officers came across a suspicious subject. That subject gave officers a false name and date of birth several times. After further investigation, it was determined that the subject was in fact Angel M. Soto-Alvarez, 27, of Dunkirk, NY and he had an active warrant for a violation of his conditional release. Soto-Alvarez was taken into custody and transported to Dunkirk Police Headquarters. While booking Soto-Alvarez, officers located several hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia associated with it. In addition to the warrant, Soto-Alvarez is also charged with False Personation and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Needle.
On Monday April 3rd 2017, at approximately 5:45 PM, City of Dunkirk Police responded to a local manufacturing plant for a report of two employees in possession of a handgun. Responding officers located and confronted the two individuals inside the facility. A safety pat-down was conducted on both and officers located and seized a loaded 9mm handgun which was found in one of the suspect’s front pocket. After further investigation it was determined that the one suspect had passed the handgun off to the other prior to officer’s arrival. The suspects, Christian O. Marin-Sanchez, age 29, of Dunkirk, NY and Hector L. Carmona-Burgos, age 44, of Dunkirk, NY do not possess pistol permits. While booking, officers located a prescription bottle on Marin-Sanchez that contained a controlled medication that he was not prescribed. Both subjects are charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree while Marin-Sanchez is additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Both subjects are currently awaiting arraignment in City of Dunkirk Police lockup.
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 2nd and does not resume again until Sunday November 5th .
Alternate Parking: Parking will change back to weekly as follows:
Effective at 5:00PM starting Sunday April 2nd and continuing to Sunday November 5th 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 repairs and maintenance.
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.
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department along with members of the U.S. Marshall’s Service took into custody Jonathan Figueroa-Martinez, age 31, and arraigned him in Dunkirk City Court in front of the Honorable Walter F. Drag for being a Fugitive From Justice. He is wanted for a Felony Sexual Assault on a minor charge out of Puerto Rico. The subject was found hiding in the lower apartment of 76 Lincoln Ave. in Dunkirk. The subject is currently being held in the county jail awaiting extradition hearings.
A traffic stop by Dunkirk Police resulted in the arrest of a 50 year old Portland, NY man for cocaine possession. At approximately 11:41 AM on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 a vehicle operated by Steven A. Scott was observed on Lake Shore Dr. W. in the city signaling a turn improperly. The resulting investigation determined Scott to have his driving privileges revoked in New York. He was found to have a quantity of powder cocaine in excess of five hundred milligrams, and two packets of marijuana. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree, a Class D Felony, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana violation, Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle/alcohol related in the Second Degree, and with Operating a Motor Vehicle without an ignition interlock device. He was arraigned by City Court Judge Walt Drag Thursday afternoon and committed to Chautauqua County Jail. Bail was set at $30,000 Cash or $60,000 property and the case was adjourned to March 28th.
Larry E. Brooks Jr. (39 yoa) LKA of 438 Deer St, Dunkirk, New York, was arrested on Monday morning, March 13th, 2017 on 4 felony charges. Police responded to a Grant ave. residence and Brooks was observed by police running from the area. Brooks was taken into custody a short distance away after running from police and was found to be in possession a large quantity of crack cocaine. He was arraigned in Dunkirk City court on Thursday 3/16/17 on the following charges:
Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree
Felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree
2 counts of Felony Criminal Contempt 1st degree
Harassment 2nd degree
On Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at about 9:30 pm, Officers of the Dunkirk Police Department received a complaint about a suspicious female in the bathroom of a local restaurant. Officers arrived on scene and located Kristen E. Grant leaving the store. As officers were speaking with Grant two hypodermic needles were observed protruding from her back pants pocket. A subsequent investigation revealed that one of the needles was loaded with cocaine and two bindles of heroin were found in Grants sock. Officers also located Julie A. Pierce in a nearby vehicle that belonged to Grant. After speaking with
Pierce it was discovered that she was in possession of a hypodermic needle and a quantity of powder cocaine. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to Dunkirk City Jail pending arraignment.
Grant is charges with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree-(2 counts) and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
Pierce is charged with: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
Michael J. Borst
On March 1, 2017, at about 12:08 AM, a Dunkirk Police officer on patrol observed a vehicle fail to signal when pulling into traffic from the curb. The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the operator was found to be Michael J. Borst, age 31, of Brocton, NY. On an approach to the vehicle, an officer observed what appeared to be a handgun lying on the floor next to the driver. It was later determined to be a replica airgun with realistic features. Through investigation, a quantity of Methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia were seized from the vehicle. The driver was taken into custody for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree (2 counts), Criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd Degree, and Failure to signal from curb. Borst was arraigned by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag who set bail at $3,000 cash/$6,000 property.
A few new enhancements have been added to our website recently to assist community members with easier ways to connect with us on different programs.
The House Watch Program has been a very successful program through the years for the community. When Dunkirk residents are away from home, be it for vacation, vacant buildings, in the hospital, etc., the police department stops by regularly to check the residence and make sure it is secure. Community members submit an application to be involved in the program at Police Headquarters. In addition to filing the application in person residents can now fill out an online version of the House Watch Form if they desire. This will eliminate the need to come to Police Headquarters making it easier for residents to participate. You can submit a House Watch Request by visiting the Forms section of this website and selecting House Watch. From there you can either print out a form to drop off at Police Headquarters or fill out the form and submit online.
Business owners in the City now have another option to keep the Police Department updated of contact information for their business. By filling out the online form and submitting it we can keep our files updated with the most current contact information should the need arise. You never know when the police department may need to contact you regarding your business so submitting the quick form, as often as necessary, will help both of us should a situation arise at your business when you are not open or on location. To keep us updated visit the Business Registry selection under the Forms menu. You can either submit your form online or print out a copy and drop off at Police Headquarters.
For general questions or to report non-immediate concerns we have updated our Contact section to include an online Contact form. Drop us a note and we will forward it to the appropriate person for follow up. DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO REPORT ACTIVITY THAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING AS THE EMAIL ACCOUNT THAT IT SENDS TO IS NOT MONITORED 24 HOURS PER DAY.