Funeral Arrangements for Officer Matthew Hazelton

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the Holy Trinity Church at 1032 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home at 736 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY.

On Thursday morning, all Law Enforcement patrol vehicles will stage on the south side of Holy Trinity Church’s southern most entrance facing north. We recommend approaching on Central Ave. from Millard Fillmore Dr. or Waldorff Rd.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a procession of family and all law enforcement that will head north on Central Ave, west on Rt 5, south on Lake Ave, west on Rt 20 and south on Cemetery Rd. Upon arrival at the cemetery, all other law enforcement members are asked to proceed to the American Legion, at 110 W. Main St, Brocton, NY for a luncheon.There will be a private internment for family and Dunkirk Police Department members at the cemetery.

All outside law enforcement agencies are asked to contact either Lt. Mark Timmerman or D/Sgt. Daniel Manzella at (716) 366-2266 or dpd@dunkirkpolice.com if they will be participating on Thursday. We will need number of patrol cars and officers attending.

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.

Gun Arrest

On July 27, 2017, at about 5:00 AM, Dunkirk Police officers performed a traffic stop on E Front St, in the City during the course of an investigation of a disturbance at 134 Lakeshore Dr E.  Through investigation, officers found the occupants, Jonathan M. Otero, age 26, and Ana L. Otero-Nater of Dunkirk in possession of a loaded pistol.  It is alleged that neither subject had any legal right to possess the firearm.  Both subjects were taken into custody and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree and locked up in the city jail awaiting arraignment.

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.

National Night Out Reminder

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for National Night Out. We will again this year be celebrating this Police/Community event at Washington Park on Tuesday August 1st starting about 6:30PM. There will be a full release with more details coming soon but we want to let everyone know so they can plan ahead. See you on August 1s

Shooting/Homicide

RUIZ

Rebecca Ruiz

On July 6th, 2017, at about 10:01 PM, Dunkirk Police were dispatched to 141 Lake Shore Dr. East in reference to a gunshot victim.   Upon arrival, a male victim was found lying unresponsive in the yard outside the residence.  The victim was transported to Brooks Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.    The investigation led to the arrest of Rebecca Ruiz, age 28, of 141 Lake Shore Dr. E, Dunkirk, NY, on the charge of murder in the second degree.  She is being held at the Dunkirk Police lock-up pending arraignment. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The police believe that the shooting was an isolated incident and not a random act.  The Dunkirk Police were assisted at the scene by Fredonia PD, NY State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Dept, the County Forensic Team, and the District Attorney’s office.  Anyone with any additional information can contact the Dunkirk Police Department at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.                      

4th of July Safety Tips & Events

The first holiday of the summer is upon us and as 4th of July is celebrated the Dunkirk Police Department has a few safety tips that could make your celebration safe and happy.

Fireworks are a traditional part of celebrating 4th of July and can be a safe and enjoyable part of the holiday if left to the professionals. With the exception of the licensed professionals, possession and use of dangerous fireworks are illegal. Use of dangerous fireworks can cause serious injuries especially to children. Even though Sparklers are legal during the July Holiday we urge parents to supervise their children with the use of sparklers as they can still cause injury if not used properly. New laws enacted in recent years now carry more severe punishment for the possession, furnishing and sale of dangerous fireworks. Selling furnishing or exposing for sale any dangerous fireworks to persons under the age of 18 can now be punishable by a Felony which can carry a sentence in excess of one year in jail. Anyone arrested for just possessing fireworks can be punished by up to a year in jail. Police in neighboring States also pay close attention to New York residents who purchase fireworks and intend to transport them into New York. Anyone who possesses fireworks can turn them into the Dunkirk Police Department without worry of being charged. We have issued a zero tolerance order on arrests related to possession and use of dangerous fireworks. We will have extra patrols in service for the holiday weekend.

The Dunkirk Lakeshore Air Show will take place on Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 2nd on Lakefront Blvd at 2PM each day. Following the air shows there will be entertainment and food vendors in Memorial Park. Please be aware that traffic will be congested in the area of the Air Show and many streets will be closed or have limited access in the Lakefront Blvd. and Pine Street areas. Please obey directions of Police Officers and Fire Police. Check the City Website dunkirktoday.com or facebook.com/dunkirklakeshoreairshow for alternative parking areas and bus shuttles and other details regarding the Air Show and events after the show.

Many activities are planned during the weekend, Monday and on July 4th such as music and food vendors in Memorial Park. There will be a fireworks display from the City Pier at dusk on July 4th and we invite everyone to come to the waterfront and enjoy the show. The City Pier will be completely closed at 5PM on July 4th with limited access beginning Thursday evening June 29th . On July 4th if possible please park in the City Parking Lots near Second/Washington, Third/Central and areas away from Lakeshore Drive and walk to the Waterfront area. Due to the heavy amount of traffic this helps alleviate traffic congestion.

When leaving the area after the fireworks please use Central Ave., Main St., Brigham Rd., and South Roberts Road as they will provide the quickest routes away from the waterfront area. Many traffic lights will be on flash and there will be Police Officers and Fire Police at intersections, please be patient with them and follow their directions. All efforts should be made to avoid Lakeshore Drive as it will have heavy traffic volume during the evening. Please make right hand turns only when exiting side streets and lots to help with traffic congestion.

Those who will be enjoying the City’s Parks and Beaches are also reminded to obey all of the rules regarding alcohol consumption, no glass containers allowed in any City Park areas, noise, dog restrictions/cleaning up after them and parking regulations. Please keep all dogs on a leash and a safe distance from other people. We also remind pet owners that some animals can be sensitive to loud noises so please make sure to keep an extra eyen on them during July 4th activities. A 4th of July family holiday outing can be ruined by those who disregard the laws and are not courteous. We remind everyone about bicycle safety rules, all bicycles must follow the rules as if they were operating a motor vehicle, helmets are required for bicyclist under the age of 14. For pedestrians that walk in the roadway, you must walk single file facing traffic and you can’t obstruct traffic.

Also this holiday and as always if you have celebrated to much and can’t safely and responsibly operate your vehicle please don’t. Have a designated driver, find a designated driver, walk or take a taxi. Real friends won’t let someone they love get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle when they know it can’t be done safely. Avoid confronting aggressive drivers and report any unsafe operation to the Police. Please remember to wear a seatbelt and make sure that children are properly secured in a child safety seat, it’s a proven fact that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives.

Please pay attention July 4th weekend and throughout the summer for large crowds along the waterfront areas, during festivals and on weekends. Please slow down and watch for pedestrian traffic. The 4th of July and entire summer can be a very safe and happy time for everyone if we all are responsible and courteous and have respect for others by following the rules.

Please call 911 for emergencies or our Communications Desk at 366-2266 for any needs or assistance.

We wish all our area residents and visitors a happy and safe summer season.

 

Stabbing Arrest

CANCEL

Christopher D. Cancel-Vazquez

On May 20th, 2017, Officers responded to Brooks Hospital for a report of an apparent stabbing victim. The victim, a 33 year old male from Dunkirk, was able to give responding Officers a statement regarding the incident, including positively identifying the suspect, Christopher D. Cancel-Vazquez, 18, also from Dunkirk.

The alleged incident occurred at the corner of East Fourth Street and Park Avenue when a verbal confrontation turned physical. During the incident, Cancel allegedly produced a knife, cutting the victim in his lower left abdomen. Cancel fled the scene and the victim was taken to Brooks Hospital, then later flown by helicopter to ECMC for treatment.
A warrant was signed by the Honorable Judge Kuzdale, charging Cancel with Assault in the First Degree, a class B Felony. Cancel turned himself into Police and was taken into custody on May 30th, 2017. Cancel was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail on $50,000 cash bail and $100,000 property.

Summer Season Safety

With Summer fast approaching and activities on the increase along the Waterfront the City of Dunkirk Police Department is issuing the following safety reminders.
Please wear a seatbelt and have children secured properly in a child safety seat, it is a proven fact that seatbelts and safety seats save lives. Texting and talking on cell phones while driving is illegal and dangerous. We are participating in the Click it or Ticket Enforcement Program. 

If you’ve had too much to drink and can’t safely operate your vehicle please don’t.

Be aware while travelling through our School Zones, the speed limit while school is in session is 15MPH with the exception of 20 MPH on Rt. 60 @ School # 3 and 25MPH on Rt. 5 @ School # 7.

Be aware of increased activity in the Wright Park/Serval Street areas. Little League Baseball and Softball are in full swing as well as several Softball Tournaments at Wright Park and Point Gratiot. There will be increased enforcement in this area as we are committed to providing a safe environment for Little League Baseball, Softball and Tournaments. Motorists should be aware of the Babe Ruth League games on Lucas Ave. Please obey alternate parking rules on Lucas Ave. and avoid parking on the street near the Steel Plant Demolition. Slow down and watch for pedestrians in all these areas.

Be aware of the increased activity at the City pier around the Boardwalk Market, Music on the Pier as well as the many activities around the waterfront establishments with bands, nightlife activities and several festivals that are planned. The Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday May 29th, we encourage everyone to come out for the ceremonies and enjoy the day in the downtown and waterfront areas.

During the course of the summer there will be several road races and walks along the waterfront, please pay attention and be cautious during these events.

A reminder about Park rules and regulations: Dogs must be on a leash and owners are responsible to pick up the dog waste, this is just common courtesy to all the others that use and enjoy our Parks. Alcohol consumption in permitted areas only. NO GLASS in any of the Park, Beach or City Pier areas. Littering is illegal and we ask for cooperation to keep our Parks and City Pier area clean. Containers in the Park areas are for garbage/litter generated only from the use of the Park, anyone who dumps personal garbage into these containers will be prosecuted.

The City of Dunkirk Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment along the Waterfront and in our Parks during the summer. We encourage everyone to come out and visit our Waterfront and Park areas to see what’s going on. We believe that you will be pleasantly surprised. We ask for the cooperation of our residents and visitors to please exercise caution while driving in the areas that have increased activities and we hope you enjoy the summer along the waterfront. Please don’t hesitate to call the Communications Desk at 366-2266 if you see something out of the ordinary or have a question.  

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.