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.
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.
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.
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:
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