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.

Gun & Drug Arrest

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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.

Parking Changes

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.

Fugitive from Justice Arrest

Jonathan Figueroa-Martinez

Jonathan Figueroa-Martinez

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.

Drug Arrest

STEVEN SCOTTA 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.

Domestic/Narcotics Arrest

Larry Brooks

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
Resisting Arrest
Harassment 2nd degree

Narcotics Arrest

Kristen Grant

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

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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

Drug Arrest

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.

Website Enhancements

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.

Street Crimes Detail Results in Arrests

On Saturday February 25, 2017 a number of Officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, assisted by NYS Parole, engaged in a City wide street crimes detail. The purpose of this operation was to 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 this most recent operation Officers made several arrests:

Name of Subjects:

(1) Ronald R. Winchell          Male (age 51)

Charges:

Criminal Obstruction of Breathing

Endangering the Welfare of a Child

 

(2) Leroy Gilbert                    Male (age 20)

Charges:

Violation of Probation Warrant

 

(3) Damian Young                  Male (age 28)

Charges:

Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd

Unlicensed Operator

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Fail to comply with interlock device

 

(4) William Green                     Male (age 51)

Charges:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

Obstruction of Governmental Administration

Resisting Arrest

 

(5) Joseph Rosario                      Male (age 29)

Charges:

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

(6) S.M. Diaz-Correa                    Male (age 21)

Charges:

Drivers View Obstructed

Unlicensed Operator

 

(7) Derial Aviles-Sanchez                 Male (age 31)

Charges:

Disobey Traffic Control Device

 

(8) Ricardo Vasquez                         Male (age 17)

Charges:

Suspended Vehicle Registration

No Insurance

 

(9) Jermaine Fann                              Male (age 31)

Charges:

Open alcohol container in motor vehicle