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Local man issued warning for grilling his tinfoil-wrapped clothes in apparent ritual

(Alan Strakey/Flickr)
(Alan Strakey/Flickr)

Friday, Nov. 28

7:42 p.m.: Police arrested Jason Fortin, 41, of Amherst, on North Prospect Street for five accounts of malicious destruction to a motor vehicle and disturbing the peace. Fortin also had two outstanding warrants out for his arrest for unrelated incidents. A resident of North Prospect Street saw a man running into the road and yelling obscenities at passing vehicles and reported hearing breaking glass. Police encountered Fortin kicking parked vehicles and discovered a trail of vandalized vehicles on the street, some with broken windshields.

Saturday, Nov. 29

2:32 a.m.: An officer stopped at 224 Belchertown Road when he noticed a man cooking his clothes wrapped in tinfoil on a charcoal grill. The man claimed he was in the middle of a ritual to burn the evil spirits from his clothes. The officer issued a warning that the fire violated town bylaws.

7:37 a.m.: Llamas ran loose at 500 Sunderland Road. The owner of the property rounded up the herd and returned them to their pen without issue.

12:13 p.m.: There was a suspicious vehicle in the back parking lot of 69 South Pleasant St. A caller reported the vehicle appeared to be abandoned and there was a firearm in the back seat within plain view. Police opened the vehicle and discovered a pellet gun with the orange tip removed from the barrel. They were unable to reach the owner of the vehicle.

1:34 p.m.: There was a breaking and entering at 219 East Pleasant St. A party performed a clean entry through a basement door and stole various electronics from the rental apartment. The incident is under investigation.

2:10 p.m.: A resident at 47 South East St. investigated their basement when a pipe burst. The party discovered the basement door ajar and notified police. Nothing appeared to be missing but the door had been closed earlier in the day by the resident.

2:48 p.m.: A Ms. Miller reported a larceny in Apartment 24 at the Greenhouse Buildings. A laptop valued at $1,000 is missing from her parents’ apartment. Ms. Miller suspects an employee of a home-watch caregiver company based in Springfield to be the culprit.

2:57 p.m.: A breaking and entering occurred on Northampton Road where multiple electronics were stolen. There was no sign of forced entry and police are still investigating.

3:29 p.m.: Danielle Lesure-Cannon, 34, of Amherst, received a $250 fine and summons to court for receiving stolen property. A reporting party notified police that a bicycle was missing from Apartment 140 on Belchertown Road. The party located the bicycle in front of Lesure-Cannon’s residence and dialed 911. Police confirmed the bicycle belonged to the reporting party and returned it to its rightful owner.

5:52 p.m.: There was a structure fire in the second floor bedroom of 81 Belchertown Road. A neighbor suspected a male wearing all red pajamas of starting the fire. No one matching that description was found on the premise.

9:12 p.m.: An employee of Amherst Wine and Spirits at 300 College St. exited work to find nails embedded into two of his vehicle’s now deflated tires. The reporting party said he has an idea of the identity of the perpetrator but did not want to pursue charges. He just wished to have the incident documented.

Sunday, Nov. 30

8:53 a.m.: A woman at 11 Main St. reported that Jerald Gortes is stalking her by infiltrating her computer and controlling the Bible. The woman also accused the government of conspiring to seize her property and children. Police were skeptical and checked their records; the woman made 62 similar complaints in the past.

9:05 a.m.: Goats and alpacas got loose on their “daily jaunt” at 500 Sunderland Road.

5:23 p.m.: A resident of 9 Olympia Drive reported that two “Hispanic males were doing drugs” in front of his residence in a silver Lincoln. The man exchanged words with the two males before they departed.

5:46 p.m.: A woman notified police of a strange text message her friend received from an unknown number. The text message claimed that the recipient’s father did “inappropriate things to me over the Thanksgiving break.” Neither of the females recognize the number and challenge the validity of the statement.

7:13p.m.: The second roommate of 47 South East St. returned to the residence and confirmed with police that property was in fact missing from the apartment. Numerous electronics were missing.

Brendan Deady can be reached at [email protected].  

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