Police receive several reports of suspicious door-to-door solicitors over weekend

By Brendan Deady

Friday, Nov. 7
9:20 a.m.: A spaniel was reported running loose near Amherst Farmers Supply on South Pleasant Street. The dog is not chipped and was brought to a shelter.

9:54 a.m.: A man reported he was almost intentionally hit by a gold pick-up truck while working road construction on North Pleasant Street. He believed the driver was upset over being delayed in traffic and accelerated toward the worker before leaving the scene.

4:02 p.m.: A suspicious white male approached a woman’s residence on Hedgerow Lane claiming to be selling energy-saving roofs. He requested the woman’s phone number and e-mail address without identifying himself or his employer. He left on foot when she refused.

7:21 p.m.: A suspicious female traveled door-to-door soliciting information to sell electricity-saving products on Village Park. The female party was described as pushy and tried to enter one household. The homeowner questioned the legitimacy of her identification badge.

Saturday, Nov. 8

12:00 a.m.: A male party on East Hadley Road reported he was cornered in his kitchen by a male in a wheelchair threatening to shoot or stab him. Police discovered the reporting male lied about the impending fatal threat to increase response time. No weapons were discovered, nor did any physical altercation occur.

1:22 a.m.: A person was discovered urinating on the door of the Integrated Learning Center on North Pleasant Street. The person was taken away by UMPD.

1:56 a.m.: Police were called to Main Street to reports of a fight. A person was walking by a group of four males when one white male punched the victim in the head. The victim denied medical transport and no arrests were made.

2:08 a.m.: A fight occurred in a residence on Hobart Lane when a male became upset when he was forced to leave the residence. Punches were thrown by both parties. The male forced to leave the residence was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

12:00 p.m.: There was a breaking and entering at the Grace Episcopal Church on Boltwood Avenue. The incident is under investigation.

2:52 p.m.: Two females attempted to steal $100 of cosmetics from the Big Y on University Drive. The two parties were escorted off the premise by police.

5:41 p.m.: Police were called to Applewood Lane to resolve a road rage incident. A male party reported he attempted to pass another vehicle in Hadley and the driver sped up to prevent the passing. The accused party then stopped prior to a turn and exited his vehicle to give the reporting party the middle finger and proceeded to follow him to his residence. Police arrived and the issue was resolved.

6:08 p.m.: There was a disturbance on Belchertown Road between roommates. An out-of-control male may have broken glass, was screaming and running around with duct tape over his mouth to keep himself from speaking. The male was upset over the state of cleanliness in the shared room.

Sunday, Nov. 9

12:36 a.m.: Police responded to a noise complaint on Chestnut Street of a possible party. Approximately 50 persons were cleared from property. The resident was very cooperative.

12:50 a.m.: There was a party in Puffton Village on North Pleasant Street. Partygoers were under the influence and there was a verbal confrontation between one female. A party of guests was slow to leave the residence.

2:23 a.m.: Ibrahima Diedhou, 27, of East Hampton, was arrested near Fort River School on South East Street for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license. The vehicle was not within RMV safety standards and was towed by Ernie’s Towing.

8:11 a.m.: A group of roaming goats caused a traffic delay near Cowls Building Supply on Sunderland Road.

3:26 p.m.: A fight occurred at Rao’s Coffee on Kellogg Avenue. Two males were transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital to have their injuries evaluated. The fight involved three persons. One wheelchair-bound male involved in the altercation fled the scene before police arrived. He was located nearby the scene of the incident.

Monday, Nov. 10

1:37 a.m.: A suspicious brown 1990 Corolla was discovered unattended in the Big Y parking lot on University Drive. Police discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen once the license plate was run through records. The vehicle is associated with a male UMass student living in the Southwest Residential Area.

Brendan Deady can be reached at [email protected]