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Police Log: Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Assist Amherst Fire Department

8:17 a.m.: A reporting party reported an outlet smoking and the wall getting hot, believing water was possibly behind the wall. The building was evacuated.

Motor Vehicle Crash

8:55 a.m.: Multiple calls were reported for a three-car motor vehicle crash on 200 South Pleasant St. No injuries were reported.

2:40 p.m.: A Toyota Camry was towed after a large branch broke off of a tree and fell into the roadway. The operator of the vehicle attempted to avoid the tree, but the front wheel impacted the tree limb causing the tire to go flat.

3:00 p.m.: A white 2013 Acura was traveling north in a parking lot when a white 2002 Honda backed out of a parking spot, colliding with the passenger’s side of the Acura. The Acura had damage to its passenger side door, and the Honda had damage to its rear end. No injuries were reported, and both vehicles were driven off the scene.

Abandoned Motor Vehicle

9:14 a.m.: A vehicle was abandoned after a motor vehicle crash. The operator was advised to move the vehicle, or it would be removed. The department of public works was contacted to start the process of removing the car.

Suspicious Activity

10:09 a.m.: A man wearing a blue overcoat with his hood pulled up was reported looking at houses and walking in the tree lines. The man said he was homeless and had nowhere to go during the day, so he was walking in the woods.


11:05 a.m.: A black vehicle partially blocking a driveway was reported. The driveway was still useable, but the rear end of the vehicle was hanging into the driveway. A citation was issued.

2:17 p.m.: A reporting party reported a large tree falling on two houses.

6:09 p.m.: A large branch down blocking half of the roadway was reported. The small branch was removed from the roadway.


11:44 a.m.: An ongoing National Grid fraud was reported by a reporting party. The reporting party is working on documentation to prove residency through work place and living situation.


3:17 p.m.: A cell caller reported getting into an argument. She was asked to leave, and she refused to—nothing active, verbal only.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

4:56 p.m.: A caller reported a dark grey Volkswagen sedan driving all over the road, cutting people off. Plates were not reported, and the caller lost the motor vehicle. It was believed the vehicle took a left onto Meadow St. and possibly headed south.

Motor Vehicle Stop

6:10 p.m.: A black 2015 Mercedes was stopped and towed by Ernie’s Towing. The motor vehicle plates were run because the tint was very dark, and it was then discovered to be suspended.

9:53 p.m.: A blue Honda Civic was stopped for speeding, and the registered operator showed an expired license. The vehicle’s operator was not the registered operator.

10:05 p.m.: A white 1997 Chevy K1500 was reported failing to stay in marked lanes and creating objectionable noise. A citation will be mailed.

10:08 p.m.: A vehicle was driving 14 miles above the speed limit south of Snell St on S. Pleasant. The vehicle did not pull over even with the emergency lights activated. The operator did not feel she had to pull over and was issued a citation for speeding and a verbal warning. The driver had a valid MA driver’s license.

10:49 p.m.: A vehicle was stopped for an expired inspection and overloaded vehicle. Three passengers were charged for not wearing seat belts.

Liquor Law Violation

7:35 p.m.: A person under 21 was found to possess wine and vodka. The liquor was confiscated and was tagged to be destroyed.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

9:26 p.m.: A grey 2010 Ford Edge was reported running with no one around. The vehicle belonged to a maintenance employee who was closing for the night.


Saturday, March 3, 2018


12:20 a.m.: A disturbance was reported in front of Antonio’s Pizza on 31 North Pleasant St. It was called off before police arrival. There was an argument in line, and both parties were sent on their way.

12:25 p.m.: A reporting party reported that people at a party, next door to 63 North Prospect St., were coming onto their property and urinating on the house. Approximately 75 guests were cleared from the 65 North Prospect St. location.

12:25 p.m.: College students were reported urinating on the fence of the yard of 100 North Prospect St.

12:58 p.m.: Intoxicated people on the roof of 10 Tyler Pl. were called in. Two residents were identified and were cooperative in clearing the party and the roof. Residents agreed to keep people off the roof.

1:41 p.m.: A party at 55 South Prospect St. was reported, and people were coming onto neighboring property and urinating. A woman reported that people were gathering again once police cleared the party, but she understood police were dealing with a heavy call volume.

2:02 p.m.: A disturbance was reported at 31 South East St. A man was transported to the House of Corrections, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

6:44 p.m.: An Uber driver reported that two men were trying to get into his vehicle and damage it at 69 North Pleasant St. The men were intoxicated, and the Uber driver was upset that the men were drinking in his car. One of the men kicked the car, but the Uber driver did not want to pursue anything further. No damage to the vehicle was done.

8:09 p.m.: A male was reported trying to break into the apartment below his at Colonial Village, 81 Belchertown Rd. The man was smashing things and broke a window. He came to the door of the residence with a bleeding hand, according to the resident. A summons on charges of destruction of property over $250 and malicious intent was filed.

8:40 p.m.: A male was reported causing a disturbance at the Spoke, 35 East Pleasant St. He was observed bringing drinks to friends outside the establishment who were intoxicated. The group was asked to leave and refused. One person involved was asked to leave by Spoke management and by police about a dozen times. He was causing a public nuisance and was charged with disorderly conduct.

10:15 p.m.: Someone was reported to be causing a scene at Antonio’s Pizza, 31 North Pleasant St. Staff stated that a college-aged male said someone had pushed him, and he was demanding help but then fled the shop. There was no longer a disturbance upon police arrival.

10:56 p.m.: Multiple reports were made of a large fight in front of Olde Town Tavern, 1 Pray St. The fight broke up before police arrived, but people were still present at that time, and a disturbance continued. Two males were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

11:25 p.m.: A male party was reported for punching an employee of the Amherst Pub, 15 East Pleasant St. The male was reportedly pinned down outside after punching the worker in the face. No injuries were suffered by either party, and there was no disturbance upon police arrival. The bouncer at the pub advised that he was in the middle of the fight and also was punched, but didn’t want to press charges.

Noise Complaint

12:51 a.m.: Loud yelling and music were reported at Apartment 2AA, 44 Belchertown Rd. Four people were found listening to music and were cooperative in turning it down.

10:28 a.m.: A reporting party reported loud music coming from Apartment 2, 73 Main St. The music was deemed not unreasonable, and the parties were cooperative.

10:50 a.m.: The University of Massachusetts Police Department passed along a report of a large, loud house party. A warning was issued before the gathering moved inside.

12:17 p.m.: Assistance was requested while clearing out a sizeable party at Apartment A, 111 Meadow St.

12:30 p.m.: A party was cleared out at 69 Meadow St. at the request of the resident.

12:47 p.m.: Loud music and yelling was reported from 55 South Prospect St. People were also urinating outside and on the Verizon building next door.

1:17 p.m.: The Massachusetts State Police reported a large gathering at 27 South Whitney St.

3:59 p.m.: A reporting party at Apartment 339, Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., reported loud music.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:07 a.m.: The registered owner of a blue 2013 Honda Civic was issued a verbal warning on 373 Northampton Rd.

1:31 a.m.: The operator of a white sedan was stopped for a headlight violation and given a verbal warning. The operator stated he had smoked marijuana earlier in the night. Field sobriety tests indicated there was no impairment.

2:20 a.m.: The operator of a blue 2006 Honda Civic at 107 West St. was issued a verbal warning after query of the license plate showed the registered owner’s license had expired. The operator was not the registered owner, and they had a valid license.

3:59 a.m.: A warning was issued to the listed operator of a U-Haul box truck, who drove onto grass and past a downed tree at 324 West St. The motor vehicle was stopped, and the operator was advised that he is not to pass when a cruiser is blocking the roadway.

12:19 p.m.: A verbal warning was given on 71 South East St. to a grey 2005 SAAB.

8:59 p.m.: A verbal warning was given to a 2005 Acura MDX Touring at 43 Amity St. for having no headlights.


3:19 a.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a tree leaning into the roadway at 324 West St. A large tree was reported to be blocking both travel lanes. The road was shut down temporarily. The Department of Public Works responded to move the tree and debris. The roadway was eventually opened again.

11:41 a.m.: A possible issue with cars parked illegally on Triangle St. was reported. They were gone on arrival.

3:41 p.m.: Citations were issued for some illegally parked vehicles at 667 Main St.

11:36 p.m.: An intoxicated male was reported wandering into the roadway by 760 East Pleasant St. The man was gone by the time police arrived.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

4:43 a.m.: A reporting party reported a vehicle was following him when he left work.

Special/ Unusual Occurrence

9:05 a.m.: A large gathering was reported on 69 Meadow, and kids were removed from the roof at 374 North Pleasant St.

7:37 p.m.: A woman reported that she was almost struck on a crosswalk near 63 South Pleasant St. Some words were exchanged between the woman and the driver of the gray 2009 Nissan Cube, but then the vehicle left heading north.

Suspicious Activity

10:23 a.m.: A person reported approximately 30 kids on the roof of Pi Kappa Alpha at 374 North Pleasant St. The issue was resolved.

12:38 p.m.: The Department of Public Works was contacted because a one-way sign at Hallock and North Prospect St. was reported missing. The sign was pulled from the ground and left on a patch of dirt between the road and sidewalk.

2:48 p.m.: Several people were reported to be on the roof of 26 Main St., next to Pasta E Basta. The people were gone by the time police arrived.

3:23 p.m.: Two males were reported to be filming each other digging up a fence post or guard rail at 255 North East St. The men were gone on police arrival.

3:55 p.m.: An officer took a report of people urinating in a yard near 289 Pelham Rd. The resident was spoken to and indicated he would make sure the problem stopped.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:07 p.m.: A two-vehicle crash was reported on 690 North Pleasant St. Vehicle one struck vehicle two from behind. The operator of vehicle one was startled by people yelling in the yard of a house near the road. The operator then took their eyes off of the road and failed to see vehicle two stopped in the road.

3:27 p.m.: A two-vehicle crash involving a gray 2014 Subaru Crosstrek and a blue 2013 Honda Civic occurred at 364 North Pleasant St. The vehicles were towed by Ernie’s Towing.

9:37 p.m.: Security at Atkins Farm, 113 Cowls Rd. reported a silver hatchback locked in the parking lot broke through the fence to get out. The fence was a rope strung across the entrance of the lot and had been reattached to its post by security prior to police arrival. The cost of the damage was less than $1,000.


1:22 p.m.: A group of college-aged people were bending a sign pole on the property of 22 Lessey St. Police were unable to identify anyone involved but located a bent permit parking sign, and the sign was stood back up.


1:26 p.m.: An Uber driver advised police of eight or nine men fighting in front of 72 Triangle St.

1:35 p.m.: A fight at 72 and 82 Triangle St. was cleared.

7:56 p.m.: A fight was reported at the Olde Town Tavern, 1 Pray St. The Amherst Fire Department responded. One of the parties was unresponsive on the pavement when Amherst Police arrived. The semi-conscious victim provided his name and was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Staff at the Olde Town Tavern reported the two people fighting in the bar. They were both kicked out, and the fight continued outside. The other party ran away, and a search was conducted, but the person was not located.

8:53 p.m.: A fight was reported at Antonio’s Pizza, 31 North Pleasant St. The fight broke up prior to police arriving. One of the parties was still present upon police arrival and said he was called a bad name in reference to his race. No injuries were reported.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

3:37 p.m.: Police assisted with a tree on wires that was causing smoke and arcing at 173 Rolling Ridge Rd.

Animal Complaint

6:00 p.m.: A woman at 93 Fearing St. reported her white poodle missing. The dog has tags and is reportedly friendly.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:05 a.m.: A lot of lights and yelling were reported at the end of a cul-de-sac at 61 Tanglewood Rd. About 10 to 15 people were present with loud music. The resident was compliant with the police and turned down the music.


12:18 a.m.: A male was reported for refusing to leave the Spoke, 35 East Pleasant St. He was very intoxicated, refused to leave, swung at the doorman and bit him on the hand. He did not break skin. The man actively resisted arrest with officers. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery.

Suspicious Activity

12:47 a.m.: An unknown male was reported banging on the door of 259 East Pleasant St. The man was found to be intoxicated. He is a student at Boston University whose phone had died as he was trying to locate his friend who attends UMass.

2:57 a.m.: A man reported that his female friend was followed home by a white male who was looking in her windows at 665 West St. A conversation revealed the residents and friends were at a party at the address, and the man wanted to come in. The man began to cause a scene and was told to leave. The Amherst Police Department was called when the residents believed he would not leave. He then was picked up in an unknown vehicle. The reporting party did not feel threatened.

3:05 a.m.: A man reported almost being run off the road by a black 2004 Chevy Silverado at 132 Belchertown Rd. There was no evidence of damage to the car, and it appears that the statement was exaggerated. The vehicle of the man who reported the incident was in good working order.

8:12 a.m.: A woman reported walking by a downed powerline by 21 Mattoon St. She reported it to Eversource who told her to contact the police. The powerline appeared to be a phone cable out of the roadway. Dispatch was advised of the pole number.

8:12 p.m.: A man standing outside the Amherst Pub, 15 East Pleasant St., was reported to be staring and smiling at a woman, and he followed her toward another female calling to her at the end of an alley that leads to the cemetery. The reporting party’s husband said he had been in The Pub and hour before and had the same incident happen to him. Amherst Police checked the area and did not find anyone matching the man’s description.

9:50 p.m.: A man at Apartment 179, 81 Belchertown Rd., said another man was trying to get into his apartment and then walked away. The reporting party said the man came to his apartment to visit but was not allowed to enter as he did not trust him. He did not fear for his safety or feel threatened.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:56 a.m.: A red 2015 Nissan Rogue was observed traveling westbound on College St. with no tail lights. The operator had just purchased the car and was unsure how to work the lights.

1:42 a.m.: A verbal warning was given to the driver of a red 2011 Hyundai Sonata for an improper turn at 40 Main St.

12:43 p.m.: A black 2015 Honda Accord was stopped and towed for an expired registration. The vehicle’s operator was cited.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

8:10 a.m.: A white 2016 Toyota Corolla was reported to be parked at 40 Grantwood Dr. for two days, but the vehicle was found to be parked legally and was not obstructing traffic.

Motor Vehicle Crash

4:11 p.m.: A driver in a tan SUV in the Cumberland Farms parking lot, 35 Belchertown Rd., struck the side of a reporting party’s vehicle causing damage. The other party left when she attempted to get out of her car to speak to them, but she did obtain a license plate number. An officer viewed the damage, which was a chip in the paint on the handle of the driver’s side door.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

6:29 p.m.: A reporting party reported a chicken coop shed on fire in the backyard of 10 Stanley St. The Amherst Fire Department was called to the location. Officers put out a smoldering fire on the floor upon their arrival. The fire was caused by a fallen heat lamp. Nine chickens were removed from the coop, and no injuries were reported. Amherst Police assisted with the investigation.

Traffic Enforcement

7:26 p.m.: A citation was issued to the operator of a black 2016 Jeep Cherokee for speeding at 316 Amity St. Snowfall decreased speeds in the area.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

8:40 p.m.: A man reported a vehicle blocking his driveway at 11 Hunter Hill Cir. and wanted it removed. The blue 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan was only partially blocking the driveway and the man said he could get out if he had to. Vehicle had been moved when police checked back in three hours later.

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