Drug Arrest

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On April 10th, 2017, at about 3:40 AM, on Columbus Ave in the City of Dunkirk, a Dunkirk Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle travel the wrong way on the one way portion of that street.  The vehicle was stopped for the violation and the driver was identified as Eric D. Fellows, age 26, of Westfield, NY and his passenger was found to be Brandon E. Newby, age 30, of Mayville, NY.  Through investigation, it was determined that Fellows was operating the vehicle while his privileges to drive in New York State were suspended.  Officers also located a quantity of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.  As a result of the investigation, Fellows was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree, Driving the wrong direction on a one way street, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  Newby was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree.  They were both locked up.

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.

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.

Drugs Sales Arrest

Ryan R. Valentine

On January 5, 2017,  at about 6:00 PM, the City of Dunkirk Police Patrol Division located and arrested Ryan R. Valentine, 30, of 521 Main St. Dunkirk, New York, on an outstanding arrest warrant that had been issued by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag.  The arrest warrant charges Valentine 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. The warrant was issued based on information from an investigation conducted by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force into cocaine sales by Valentine in and around the City of Dunkirk.  It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Valentine had sold cocaine to agents of the task force on multiple occasions. As a result of the arrest, Valentine was taken to the City of Dunkirk jail where he will be held until his arraignment before Judge Drag and further actions by the court.  This arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into cocaine sales in the City of Dunkirk. Authorities continue to ask the community members to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood at either 800-344-87024 or 363–0313.

Narcotics Investigation

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On November 10, 2016 at 12:15 P.M., the City of Dunkirk Police Department SRT and the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. The search warrant had been issued earlier by Dunkirk City Court Judge Drag along with an arrest warrant for Carlos M. Ortiz, age 48, of 131 Lake Shore Dr. East, Dunkirk. The arrest warrant charges one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. The search warrant was executed without incident. Carlos Ortiz and Elizabeth N. Kaus were found nearby the residence. It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that Carlos M. Ortiz has sold quantities of heroin to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions from the residence at 131 Lake Shore Dr. East. At the time that the pair was located Elizabeth N. Kaus, age 24, of 52 Newton St, Fredonia, NY, was found to be in possession of a quantity of heroin. At this time Ortiz is charged with one count each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree. As a result of the investigation Ortiz will be charged with several additional felony counts relating to heroin sales. Elizabeth Kaus is charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree. Ortiz and Kaus were taken to the City of Dunkirk Police Department Jail and then subsequently arraigned before Judge Drag. Both subjects have been remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail pending further action of the court.
Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity in their neighborhood at either 800-344-8702 of 363-0313.

Narcotics Arrest

Jonathan Linger

Jonathan Linger

On September 8th, 2016 at about 4:00 P.M. the City of Dunkirk police arrested Jonathan M. LINGER 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. The warrant was executed without incident and LINGER was transported to the Dunkirk City Jail where he is being held without bail pending his arraignment. The warrant had been obtained earlier from the Dunkirk City Court by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

It is alleged by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force that LINGER has sold quantities of crack cocaine to agents of the Task Force on numerous occasions in the City of Dunkirk. There will be additional charges filed against LINGER.

Authorities continue to ask members of the community to call when they observe suspicious or narcotics related activity within their community at either 800-344-8702 or 363-0313

Warrant and Drug Arrests

Bailey Matney

City of Dunkirk Police arrested a City of Dunkirk couple on several drug related charges following an incident at 34 W. 4th St. early Tuesday morning.  At around 1:30 AM, Dunkirk Police patrol officers responded to 34 W. 4th St. after an officer spotted Nicholas Bailey through a window. Bailey was wanted on an outstanding Felony Warrant for Criminal Mischief for intentionally damaging property. Officers surrounded the residence and knocked on the door. There was no response but officers were able to see Jenna Matney moving about inside the apartment. Matney was wanted on an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Officers announced that they would force entry if they did not open the door. When there was still no response, officers forced open a screen door, prompting Jenna Matney to come to the door where she was taken into custody. Officer continued to search the residence and found Nicholas Bailey. He was also taken into custody. While in the residence officers located and seized a significant quantity of cocaine powder that was packaged for street sale, a small amount of marihuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. Both were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree (Intent To Sell), which is a Class B Felony. They were also charged with unlawful possession of marihuana. They were taken to Police Headquarters and locked up without bail pending arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Crack Cocaine Drug Arrests

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Methamphetamine Drug Arrest

Nicolas R. Shelley

Nicolas R. Shelley

On April 22, 2016, at about 2:18 AM, City of Dunkirk Police seized a significant amount of methamphetamine, a small amount of Suboxone and assorted drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Pelican St. Friday morning. A Dunkirk Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 300 block of Pelican St. for a traffic infraction. Suspicious activity by one of the vehicle’s occupants lead to further investigation.  The occupant, identified as Nicholas R. Shelley, age 30, turned over a small bag of white powder to officers during his questioning, telling officers that it was heroin. The substance actually turned out to be methamphetamine after testing. A search of the vehicle and a search of the suspect subsequent to his arrest revealed that he was in possession of several large bags of methamphetamine packaged for street sale, a loaded hypodermic needle, a digital drug scale, assorted drug packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree  (Felony), Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Needle/Syringe, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and was locked up without bail on the felony charge for arraignment in Dunkirk City Court.

Operation Street Sweep

On 4/16/2016, a number of Officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, engaged in a City wide street crimes detail. The purpose of this operation was to further 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 the operation, Officers made several arrests for a variety of charges:

1)  Jerry Murphy, 22, of Forestville, NY was charged with PL 221.05, Unlawful               Possession of Marihuana.

2)    Luis Aviles, 53, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with VTL 511 (1A), Aggravated   Unlicensed Operation, VTL 1172 A, Failure to stop at a stop sign

3)  Martin Wisniewski, 41, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

4)  Lisa Farner, 50, of Silver Creek, NY was charged with PL 220.03, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, VTL1163, No Turn Signal

5)  Vicki Lynn Badia, 51, of Zephyr Hills, FL was charged with PL 220.0, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance

6)  Jose Correa, 36, of Dunkirk, NY was arrested on outstanding warrants, charging him with PL 240.26 (1), Harassment in the Second Degree, and PL 145.05, Criminal Mischief (Felony)

7)  Javier Hernandez-Gonzalez, 26, of Dunkirk, NY was charged with 2 counts of VTL 1126 A, Passing on a double solid line

Details like the one that was conducted this weekend will stress quality of life issues for the residents of the City of Dunkirk. As warmer weather is upon us, please be mindful of possible criminal activity in your area. Citizens are encouraged to call the City of Dunkirk Police Department and report any unusual activity. (716)366-2266