Back to School Safety

Summer vacation has ended and school will be starting September 5th  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 15 MPH for all School areas except 20 MPH on Rt.#60 at School #3 and 25 MPH on Rt.#5 at School #7 from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM  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 anyone’s 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.

Thank You for Your Support

On behalf of the City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Dunkirk Police Benevolent Association (PBA) we want to express our most sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we received when our beloved K-9 Officer Matthew Hazelton Passed away. We had two priorities during this very heartbreaking time for us. First was to do everything we could to comfort and help Matt’s wife Jennifer, daughter Ava and their family through this very difficult time for them.  The Second was to honor Matthew with the respect and honor he earned and deserved for his dedicated service to our Community.

First and foremost we want to thank the Hazelton Family for allowing us to honor Matthew with the Active Line of Duty Police Officer Services that he absolutely earned and deserved. Jennifer is an amazing young lady and has wonderful support from her family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them.

Law Enforcement is often a thankless service but throughout the very difficult week of Matthew’s funeral as we struggled with our loss we learned that our Brothers and Sisters in Law Enforcement and Fire Service as well as the residents and business people of our area Communities are the best any Police Department could ever ask for. The support we received from all of them was nothing short of amazing and that support continues to this day.  We truly are blessed to have such caring Brothers and Sisters in the Police and Fire Service and we again are truly blessed to serve such wonderful and caring people of our Communities.

Police Officers from across the state turned out in hundreds for the Funeral Home and Church Services. The assistance provided by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office with Planning, Patrols and the Fredonia Police Department for their Patrol Officers during the week was incredible. Special thanks to Deputy Jake Stahley and Retired Deputy Tina Holtz for their countless hours of support with the planning. The Jamestown Police Department sent their Honor Guard and Erie County Sheriff’s Office their Bagpiper. Every Police Department in our County and Officers from New York State Police, Cattaraugus, Erie and Niagara Counties, State and Federal Officers as well as Officers from many Cities, Counties, Towns and Villages from across the State arrived to show their respect for Matthew.  K-9 Officers with their partners came from everywhere. Their presence and comforting words of respect for Matthew gave us strength as we struggled with our loss. The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council provided the firing Squad and Brandon Katta played Taps for the Services.

The City of Dunkirk Fire Departments show of Respect during Matthew’s services was outstanding. The Dunkirk and Fredonia Fire Departments provided the Aerial Trucks to fly the flag at 4th/Central with the flag coming from Mayville Fire Dept. via Emergency Services Director Julius Leone. Sheridan Fire Department provided the bunting for Police Headquarters.  Many other Fire Departments from our County sent representatives to pay their respects. The County Fire Police Team came with no questions asked to provide assistance with traffic control.

Just as amazing was the support we received from citizens and businesses from our area Communities. Countless numbers of people stopping to say they were sorry or drop off baked goods and food. Painted rocks and flowers left at the wreath in front of HQ were

Beautiful and Heart Wrenching. We received countless cards and letters of sympathy, some from places as far away as Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. Resident Steve Helwig offered us the use of his driveway to set up for the end of watch last call at the Church Services. One anonymous City resident gave a very large donation to help with costs to set up a permanent memorial for Matthew. These are just a few examples of the support we received.

Local businesses stepped up without hesitation and were honored to help us have the best of what we needed for Matthew’s Service. Many donated items for the Services and others helped with financial support for the expenses. Our many thanks to: Cody Britton from Southpaw Signs/Smith & Smith Trophies, Bruce & Ann Mulkin from Paper Factory, Nancy Persch from Copy Boy, Michael Zeigler from Pauls Limousine Service, Steve St.George from S. St.George Construction, Stacy Timmerman from Shorewood Country Club, Marcy Pakulski & Ray Navarro from Jamestown Plastics, Teft Glass, Seasonal Designs & Freay Funeral Home, Nicole Mason & Jamie Russell from Its Your Day, Chris Wichlacz from Emergency Services and the Brocton American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary.

We want to thank Mayor Wilfred Rosas, the City Administration, DPW, Many City Employees, Judge Walter Drag and Chief Court Clerk Jean Dill for their caring support.

Heartfelt thanks to Photographer Ben Kravitz for the amazing photos, video and framed pictures. Joey Conti for his assistance with the photo’s. Thanks to John and Harry Kowal from McGraw/Kowal for all their assistance with the Services. We want to thank our local Media WDOE and the Observer for covering the arrangements and services with dignity and respect.

A  very special thanks to Father Dan Walsh from Holy Trinity Church for his guidance during a very difficult time and for the wonderful service for Matthew. And a special thanks also to the Wives of the Dunkirk Police Department Officers for their assistance with preparations for the services and for being the rocks that stood behind our Officers as we struggled with our loss.

Finally we want to commend all the men and women of the City of Dunkirk Police Department for working through a very difficult time in our Department History. The honor and respect shown to Matthew and his family was second to none. Although our hearts are broken and Matthew is gone from us he will never be forgotten. Dedication, Integrity, Honor and Respect are the words that describe K-9 Officer Matthew L. Hazelton. The legacy that he leaves us with will live on forever as he truly will be one of the best to ever walk the Halls of the Dunkirk Police Department and serve the citizens of our Truly Amazing Community. Rest in Peace our Dear Brother, we have it from here and please know that Jenn and Ava will forever be part of the DPD family.  As a family we are and will always be DPD Strong !!!

 

David C. Ortolano                Sgt. Mark N. Gruber

Chief of Police                      Dunkirk PBA President

Counterfeit $20 Bills in Circulation

The Dunkirk Police Department is currently investigating complaints of $20 US Currency bills being distributed in the area that are counterfeit. These bills contain Chinese writing (in red ink) on both sides. DO NOT ACCEPT ANY OF THESE BILLS. We are asking for the public’s assistance in locating any individuals involved. Please contact Police Headquarters with any information at (716) 366-2266.

Road Closure Thursday 08/10/17

On Thursday 8/10/2017, Central Avenue will be closed from Green Street to Waldorff Avenue from the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Funeral services for Dunkirk Police Officer Matthew Hazelton will take place during these hours. Suggested alternate routes are Brigham Road and Main Street. Please be respectful of all traffic control devices and workers. Thank you for your respect, cooperation and understanding during this time of remembrance.

Officer Matthew Hazelton and K9 Nico

 

It is with heavy hearts that the Dunkirk Police Department announces the passing of K9 Officer Matthew Hazelton after a lengthy illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hazelton’s family and friends. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

National Night Out

On Tuesday August 1st    the City of Dunkirk will be joining 30 million other citizens from over 9000 communities nationwide in celebrating National Night Out. This is the 24th    year that the Dunkirk Police Department is sponsoring National Night Out in the City of Dunkirk.

National Night Out is designed to give strength to neighborhood crime and drug prevention efforts and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and not afraid to fight back. Our National Night Out program is directly correlated to our neighborhood watch programs that are active throughout the community.

On Tuesday August 1st citizens in Dunkirk will be locking their doors, turning their lights on and spending the evening with their neighbors, Police Officers, Firefighters and City Officials.  Again this year we will have one centralized Night Out location at Washington Park. This will be the sixth year we have done the central location and we encourage everyone to come to Washington Park for the evening. Our coordinators will be working together on this event and we ask that anyone who can assist to please come to the Park before the event begins to help with set up. Also as in the past we also appreciate anyone who can to bring a desert to pass. The coordinators, who are the same dedicated citizens who work on our neighborhood watch program, donate a tremendous amount of time and work to this program every year, my hat is off to them as they make it all happen. The coordinators along with the support of the local businesses who donate to our program truly make Night Out the success that it is.

The Police Department will be at Washington Park during the evening with patrol cars, McGruff the crime dog you can meet our K-9 as well. Everyone from our Senior Citizens down to small children will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our Police Officers, this emphasizes the importance of the Police community partnership and pride in the community and allow for positive interaction between our citizens and our Police Officers. Also participating again this year will be the Dunkirk Fire Department. The Fire Department has joined forces with us and their participation is a huge success, it is important to show that we all are committed to making our community a safe place. The interaction between the Police Officers, Firefighters, City Officials and community residents build positive relationships that will benefit the entire community.

As an added bonus again this year we will have music by Left of Center and we have coordinated with the Recreation Department to have the Movie in the Park series at dusk to cap off our Night Out event. This year the movie will be Moana. We will have picnic tables to sit on or you can bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Park to sit on and enjoy the Movie.

***Again this years celebration will be held at Washington Park and we encourage everyone from all Wards of the City to attend. Night Out celebration will start at about 6:30PM with our usual activities and then cap off the night with a movie in the park donated by Family Video featuring Moana at dusk (approx. 8:30PM).

**Washington Ave. will be barricaded between Fifth and Sixth Streets and Fifth Street will be barricaded from Washington Ave. to Park Ave. to allow those attending Night Out a place to park. There is also plenty of parking in the surrounding area around Washington Park for everyone to attend the celebration.

Also as a reminder the coordinators could use a little extra help and we ask anyone with a few minutes to show up a little early and help with set up or stay a few minutes afterwards and help with clean up. We also stress that parents do not send their children alone to the events, this program in devised to show the children the importance of the community working together.

A strong Police/Community partnership within the community is the best weapon we have in keeping our City safe. It only takes a few minutes of time to get out and get involved and make a difference in the community. We have seen a very large change in the program over the years and more families are becoming involved, that is what this program is all about. As the program grows so does our commitment to working together to keep the community safe.

The Dunkirk Police Department and Night Out Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and dedication over the years. Our many thanks to Tops Markets – manager Scott Obert, WalMart-manager Brad Balentine, Southpaw Signs- Cody Britton,  P&G Foods- Gary and Patty Damico,  Paper Factory- Bruce & Ann Mulkin, Save A Lot- Kevin Connelly, McDonalds Restaurant, G&E Tents- Bob Bankoski & Bob Karin, Music by Left of Center, Blasdell Pizza – Mark Dulak, Awesome Bouncers – Jason Genovese, Atlas Comfort Cabins – Roger Gloss, Family Video – Manager Shelby Saylor and Dave & Gina Kron from Tim Hortons. Many of these sponsors have been part of National Night Out for a very long time and they donate services, food & refreshment items or financial support for our program, we could not have the success we do without their support.  A special thanks to WDOE/96KIX FM , Access 12, The Observer, the City Administration and our DPW and Parks Departments for all their support over the years. We are truly lucky to have the entire community take part in this event, together we will continue to make a difference one neighborhood at a time.

Felony Weapons Arrest

Hector Camacho Jr.

Just after 1:30 AM on May 21st the City of Dunkirk Police responded to the Halas Hotel Bar at 92 E. 2nd St. for a report of a large fight with multiple gunshots. On arrival Dunkirk Police, assisted by officers from the Fredonia Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the N.Y. State Police dispersed a large, unruly crowd in the street outside the bar. Investigation of the incident lead to the identification of a suspect in the gunshots complaint and the seizure of a loaded 9 mm handgun, which he had hidden in the restroom inside the establishment.

Hector J. Camacho Jr. was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd Degree for the loaded firearm, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a second count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree for possessing a large capacity ammunition feeding device. All of the charges are Felonies. He was taken to the Dunkirk Police Lockup, where he is being held without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court. Investigation of the incident is continuing and additional arrests are likely.

Officer Injured during Domestic Incident Arrest

CARLOS M. ALVARADO

Carlos M. Alvarado

On Sunday May 14th, 2017 at about 12:50 PM, City of Dunkirk Police officers responded to a Domestic Incident at 616 Canary St. While at the residence, Carlos M. Alvarado, age 42, grabbed a female by the back of the neck and shoved her forward. Officers attempted to take Alvarado into custody at that time. Alvarado refused commands given by Officers, approaching them in an aggressive manner and physically resisted arrest. Alvarado struggled violently with officers in an effort to avoid being taken into custody. During the course of Alvarado’s resistance, a Dunkirk Police Officer was injured. The injured officer was transported to Brooks Hospital and was treated for injuries and released. Alvarado was charged with Assault in the Second Degree (PL. 120.05-3 Class D Felony), Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree ( PL. 195.05 Class A Misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest  (PL 205.30   Class A Misdemeanor), Harassment in the Second Degree  (PL 240.26-1 violation).  Alvarado was arraigned by Judge Walter Drag and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.  Dunkirk Police were assisted by The Fredonia Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department during the course of this incident.

Search Warrant 51 E 2nd St

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From left to right: Chautauqua County Sheriff Office Lt. Dave Bentley and Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano stand with evidence seized during today’s search warrant at              51 E 2nd St, Dunkirk, NY

On April 28, 2017 at 9:45 A.M. the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, City of Dunkirk Police Department and Dunkirk City Police SRT executed a search warrant at 51 E. 2nd St. in the City of Dunkirk. A search warrant had been issued earlier by City of Dunkirk Court Judge Drag as well as several arrest warrant for subjects that have been using this residence to sell crack cocaine. The entry was made without incident and inside of the residence police located Minerva MAESTRE, Hector A. MERCADO TORRES, Eriberto CORRALIZA and Angelica CULLINAN. The search and arrest warrants are based upon a seven month long investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that the residence was being used by multiple subjects for the storage and sales of crack cocaine. Initially Minerva Maestre and Eriberto Corraliza were charged based on Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging them each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the search the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force seized 118.5 grams of crack cocaine and $171,297.00 in U.S. currency. As a result of the seizure inside of the residence at the time of the search warrant each of the two subjects picked up on arrest warrants inside at the residence were charged additionally with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Also charged as a result of the search warrant seizure are Hector A. MERCADO TORRES and Angelica CULLINAN. Both of these subjects are charged with two counts of Criminal possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree.
While the search was being conducted inside of the residence, Pedro A. CORRALIZA Jr. arrived in front of the residence and he was taken into custody based 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. All of these subjects were transported to the Dunkirk City Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag on each of the charges listed. As a result of the arraignment all of these subjects were remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail pending further action of the court.
At this time the City of Dunkirk Police and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force are attempting to locate Jason ROSAS RODRIGUEZ age 32 and Cristian MAESTRE age 27 on outstanding Dunkirk City Court arrest warrants charging each with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. Anyone with knowledge of their whereabouts is asked to call authorities.
The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of officers 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 in their neighborhoods by calling either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313.

Prescription Drug Drop Off

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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.