Town of Amherst Crime Log: Columbus Day weekend

By Chelsie Field

The long Columbus Day weekend found the Amherst community somewhat short on crime compared to past weekends, with 10 noise complaints and nine arrests in total reported Monday by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, excluding an arrest made Monday.

Detective David Foster of the Amherst Police Department said Tuesday that break-ins — as opposed to airborne bottles — are most characteristic of long weekends.

“Typically, we have a lot of break-ins in student housing, and the thieves are aware of this,” Foster said, adding that he expected that reports of any break-ins would most likely come in early during the week.

As reported by the Daily Hampshire Gazette, officers received a noise complaint for a party at 36 Hallock St. around 11:06 p.m. Friday, and though it took an hour for officers to respond, the guests still remained and were uncooperative with the police.

Benjamin Gregson Chase, 22, of 58 Bridge St., Hatfield, Jeffrey C. Larnard, 21, of Amesbury, John A. O’Shea, 22, of Dracut, and Molly E. Stevens, 22, of West Roxbury, were arrested on charges for noise violation, according to the Gazette.

A short time after this instance, police responded to a call for a 200-plus person party at 30 North East St., where a 20-year-old male from North Attleboro was fined $300 for violating the town’s noise bylaw, according to the Gazette, adding that underage drinking was also taking place there.

The Gazette reported that early Sunday morning, Eric Keith Brown, 22, of Norton, was arrested on charges of noise violation and issued nuisance house judgment for a gathering of about 115 guests playing loud music.

On Monday, officers responded to a noise complaint around 1:16 a.m. at 132 Northampton Road and “were met with uncooperative residents, including some who made offensive comments toward officers.”

Michael J. Borgenicht, 20, of Dover, Jeffrey M. Keedy, 28, of 54 Amity Place, Daniel J. Shimkus, 20, of Sudbury, and Keith M. Toffling, 30, of 132 Northampton Road, were arrested on charges of noise violation, according to the Gazette.

Monday at 7:08 p.m., police responded to a report of a 2005 black Volvo which had crashed into a telephone pole and damaged a fire hydrant in the vicinity of 904 Bay Road, temporarily closing the road.

According to Foster, the pole was “sheared and hanging.”

No injuries were reported and Ryan Footit of 66 Edelcy Dr., Belchertown, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of liquor and marked lanes violation.