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Police Log: Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25

Six arrests made over the weekend, and warning issued to driver for throwing an egg

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By Hayley Johnson and Jackson Cote

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Larceny

8:24 a.m.: A man reported $372 was taken from a desk in his apartment at 21 Ball Lane. He advised that the money was taken over a year ago by a woman that had been in the apartment at the time. He didn’t report the missing money when it occurred because he had lent her money in the past.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

9:00 a.m.: Smoke coming out of one of the grates outside the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., was reported to AFD. When police arrived, the fire had been put out by AFD.

Animal Complaint

9:33 a.m.: A reporting party found a dog, possibly a puggle, near 85 North Whitney St. The dog was friendly, but did not have a collar.

10:45 a.m.: The dog was returned to its owner.

2:07 p.m.: A medium-sized, red and tan dog with a blue collar was running around 858 East Pleasant St. The dog was successfully caught and placed in an officer’s vehicle.

9:00 p.m.: A possum was reportedly struck by a car, but is still alive. The animal must have crawled into the woods.

Trespass

9:15 a.m.: A trespass notice was issued to a person at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St. The trespass notice is active for one year.

Suspicious

10:20 a.m.: UMass Transit reported a man jumping in front of a bus and flipping the driver off, causing a traffic disruption. The guy was told by police not to speak or associate with anyone who works for PVTA. The listed party claimed he was harassing the 30 bus driver because they had cut him off as he was riding his bike. He agreed to stop his behavior, but he asked that PVTA be contacted about the situation.

2:11 p.m.: A woman at 53 Meadow St. reported two solicitors. Eversource was called and told the woman they did not send anyone out.

Two males were reported at 61 Meadow St., one wearing a red jacket and white hat. The men stated they worked for Eversource and were trying to save people money on their electric bills. They were last seen heading toward the Townehouse Apartments.

A listed party was advised that his company needed to register with the police department when they are going canvassing around town. His company is Platinum Prime/Residents Energy. He was told to gather his coworkers and depart until they are properly registered.

3:27 p.m.: A man was observed carrying a 30-pack of Natural Ice beer around the corner of a building at 21 Montague Rd. He started unloading the cans from the case into his backpack mostly out of sight. He was ID’d and found to be over 21.

4:00 p.m.: A man was arrested at 667 Main St. for solicitation without a permit. The 5-foot-10 male wearing a red shirt with a grey sweatshirt, khakis and white sneakers was carrying a pad of paper going up to porches saying he was from Eversource. The police spoke with him and he said he was unaware that he needed a permit for solicitation. Dispatch confirmed that he had been issued a 35 previously for the same issue. He was issued a town bylaw citation. He was cooperative and agreed to pack up his things and return when he had a permit.

9:14 p.m.: A woman reported that someone was knocking on her door at 166 Harkness Rd. and she wasn’t expecting anyone. The woman hid out of the sight of windows on the second floor as the knocking intensified and remained on the line with the police. An area search yielded nothing suspicious.

10:41 p.m.: A party at 32 Nutting Ave. was letting out large groups of people. Police monitored the crowd as the party was let out.

11:20 p.m.: A person was observed urinating in a bush along the road at 53 Fearing St. They were cooperative with police.

Liquor Law Violation

10:59 a.m.: A person was seen drinking a nip bottle on a bench in front of St. Brigid’s Parish, 132 North Pleasant St. The man finished the contents of the vodka nip before the officer approached him and was told not to be drinking on the bench.

11:08 p.m.: Summons arrest with charges of an open container of alcohol and person under 21 possession. The involved party was observed with an open container of Natural Light Beer and he was cooperative. He is to be summoned for open container and minor in possession.

11:36 p.m.: A woman was observed consuming a spiked seltzer in the roadway at 31 Phillips St. She was issued a 35 for minor in possession and open container. She also had a backpack with two beers inside. The alcohol was dumped at the scene.

Motor Vehicle Crash

2:40 p.m.: Two vehicles were parked on the sidewalk near 51 Boltwood Walk. A black 2015 Honda Fit Ex-L backed up, off the sidewalk and cut the wheel too hard and it made contact with the right rear side panel of a black 2014 BMW. The Honda suffered no damage and the BMW had slight scuff marks on the side panel. Information was exchanged.

Fraud

3:03 p.m.: A reporting party purchased tickets online and never received them. Online site required him to report the incident in order to receive compensation.

Disturbance

3:44 p.m.: Two males were reported to be in an altercation outside Amherst Market, 259 Triangle St. The argument was over buying cigarettes. Bystanders and both parties advised that the altercation was verbal only.

7:21 p.m.: Two males were reported fighting in a vestibule. There was yelling, fists being thrown and the men were pushing each other into a door. One was in a chokehold. One was arrested for having an open container and charged with disorderly conduct. The other male was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct as well.

9:33 p.m.: The same woman at 166 Harkness Rd. reported banging on her door again. The person knocking on the door was found to be a lost delivery driver and was directed toward the proper address.

Motor Vehicle Stop

6:47 p.m.: Query of a gray 2014 Nissan Sentra plate and showed an expired status. The vehicle was towed and the operator was issued a citation.

Noise Complaint

10:08 p.m.: A reporting party at Cathedral Apartments, 308 North Pleasant St. stated the neighboring apartment was playing loud music and screaming. Three of the residents were verbally warned and advised of the town bylaw for noise. There were approximately 10 people in the apartment and the music was slightly loud. The music was turned off after the verbal warning was given.

10:24 p.m.: Loud music from six to eight guests on the third floor at 47 Gray St. was reported. The resident was cooperative in turning the music off and asking her guests to leave. She was issued a 35 and was advised of the applicable town bylaw.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:17 a.m.: Reporting party reported loud music coming from an apartment near hers. Police found a small gathering at 1040 North Pleasant St., Puffton Village, Apartment 373. Involved party was issued a 35.

12:18 a.m.: Reporting party stated there was a lot of noise coming from people outside 265 South East St. Police reported a gathering of approximately 300 people. Loud music and voices were heard upon arrival.  The resident expressed concern, as she was not able to clear out guests. Officers provided assistance clearing out the home and large majority of guests left in Ubers shortly after clearing the home. Police identified an individual with alcohol at the party and they were given a verbal warning for minor in possession. A 35 was issued to the resident.

12:53 a.m.: A loud party was reported at 30 Gatehouse Rd., Echo Village, Apartment 209. The tenant was located and asked to quiet the noise. The guests were asked to leave and he was warned of the consequences of an additional noise complaint filed against him.

1:15 a.m.: Reporting party stated there were parties on her floor with loud music. The resident of 57 Olympia Drive, Olympia Place, Apartment 417, cleared party and was advised of town bylaw for noise. They were issued a 35.

2:08 a.m.: There was a report of a loud party with music, talking and singing. Police found a small gathering with loud music in 16 Brandywine Dr., Apartment 81. The involved party was issued a 35.

2:23 a.m.: Reporting party reported loud music at 50 Meadow St., Townehouses, Apartment 89. There was no violation upon police arrival. A lone male party watching television was in the apartment, and there was no other noise. He was advised of the complaint.

Disturbance

12:28 a.m.:  Police were flagged down by two unidentified females reporting a fight that ended prior to police arrival at People’s United Bank on 25 East Pleasant St. One of the two females claimed to be on the cell phone when assaulted by unknown males. One male boarding a bus was identified but later found to not be involved. Another potential suspect fled on foot.

2:30 p.m.: A disturbance was reported outside of 50 Meadow St., Townehouse Apartment 82. It was a verbal argument. Parties had dispersed before police arrived.

11:41 p.m.: Police observed two individuals in a physical altercation while a small crowd looked on at 49 Lessey St. They were found to be friends and were just playing around; they were issued a 35 and sent on their way.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:32 a.m.: A gray 2006 Honda CRV was stopped in the roadway while loading passengers. This caused traffic to be impeded in the area of the rotary. Police also observed three females in the back seat, followed by two males that sat on top of the females in the back seat, creating an unsafe condition inside the vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle just prior to it pulling away. The two male passengers were uncooperative and argumentative upon stopping the vehicle. Both involved parties were issued citations for no seat belts. One involved party suggested officers had nothing better to do and became loud and argued on the side of the roadway. He eventually left with friends. A 35 was issued to the Uber driver.

1:23 a.m.: A citation and a summons was issued to the operator of a black 2015 Nissan Altima for a suspended license in the vicinity of St. Brigid’s Parish, 132 North Pleasant St. The vehicle was towed by Ernie’s Towing.

1:40 a.m.: Police stopped a red 2007 Honda Civic for an inspection sticker and throwing an item out of the window in the vicinity of 419 North Pleasant St. The item was found to be an egg. More eggs were found in the vehicle and seized. The operator and the passenger were issued warnings.

2:04 a.m.: A 35 was issued to the operator of a 2011 Lexus for no tail lights being on at 513 North Pleasant St.

2:21 a.m.: A search of the registration of a white 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid showed that the operator’s registration was expired. He was spoken to and advised of his violation. Ernie’s Towing was then contacted, and the vehicle was briefly towed without any incident. A citation warning was issued.

6:07 p.m.: The operator of a white 2010 Ford Focus was stopped, as they appeared to be texting while driving in the vicinity of 950 North Pleasant St. They were issued a 35.

10:21 p.m.: A red 2008 Toyota Prius was stopped for defective headlights at 85 Amity St. They were issued 35.

Liquor Law Violation

1:03 a.m.: A man walked out into the middle of the street at 141 North Pleasant St., and began dancing in the middle of the lane while there was heavy traffic. As I got out to speak with him, I observed that he had two open Bud Light beers. He was placed under arrest, charged with for carrying an open container of alcohol.

11:18 p.m.: Involved party had an open container of Jaeger on the sidewalk outside his residence at 20 Fearing St. He agreed to dump the contents and was issued a 35 for open container.

11:23 p.m.: Involved party was standing in the roadway in the vicinity of 146 Sunset Ave., with an open container of Bud Light Lime. He was issued a citation, charged for carrying an open container of alcohol.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

12:09 a.m.: A reporting party stated an intoxicated male drove off in a gray 2014 Toyota Tacoma. The vehicle was located in a parking lot, but the engine was cold. The reporting party believes the person had a designated driver, but was concerned when she heard he was in the truck. The person is believed to have left with the designated driver.

10:58 p.m.: Police were flagged down at 31 Phillips St. by two operators, one of a gray 2010 Ford Fusion and the other of a black 2015 Subaru Impreza, who had had a verbal exchange at a red light over each other’s driving. They asked police mediate the issue. Each was sent on their separate ways and educated on better ways of handling such situations.

11:12 p.m.: Reporting party stated she witnessed a stumbling male, who was intoxicated, get into a white Hyundai and drive away toward the center of town at 472 North Pleasant St. Police’ area check wound up being negative, and no vehicles matching the description were located.

Larceny

2:59 a.m.: A large milk sign was reportedly stolen from the front of Simple Gifts Farm, 1089 North Pleasant St. Four college-aged males were seen heading toward campus from the location. An unknown male was observed walking on the sidewalk with a large sign approximately 10 minutes before the police were called. Police searched the area for him, but did not locate him. They realized the man walking with the large sign did have the stolen milk sign. There are no known suspects, and the sign hasn’t been located. The milk sign is valued at less than $100.

Motor Vehicle Crash

5:37 a.m.: The driver of a gray 2003 Toyota Avalon stated she hit a curb and her tire may be out of alignment at 95 Pine St. The car was in the middle of the road with its flashers on. The driver had drifted to the right side of the roadway and struck a tree root or curb causing heavy damage to the front right tire. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

4:05 p.m.: A very minor rear-end motor vehicle crash occurred at 1177 North Pleasant St. between a green 2001 Honda Civic and a Black 2010 Toyota Corolla. Damage was well under $1,000. The drivers exchanged information.

Fraud

11:27 a.m.: A reporting party came into the police station to report fraud. They were scammed out of $500, potentially by a landlord. They had been looking at renting an apartment in Boston and transferred the $500 as a security deposit into a Bank of America account. There was a written agreement stating they would get the deposit back if they did not want the apartment after viewing it. The landlord asked for first month’s rent and would mail the keys or there was no deal. The reporting party wanted to see the apartment before sending more money, but now the landlord is not answering calls. The reporting party wants the $500 deposit back. Bank of America advised them to go to the police.

Suspicious

11:36 a.m.: A reporting party heard gun fire coming from the woods out behind her house at 135 East Leverett Rd. The area was checked and no problems were found.

Fight

4:23 p.m.: Four or five people were reportedly fighting on the path between Southpoint and the Boulders Apartments at 226 East Hadley Rd. The reporting party did not witness any weapons. No one was fighting upon police arrival, and no one was injured or appeared to have been in a physical altercation at the time of the police response.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Disturbance

12:08 a.m.: An anonymous party reported a large house party with guys fighting and two girls passed out in the bathroom at 241 Sunset Ave. A man swung at a police vehicle, claiming he was shooing a friend across the street. He was advised against hitting any vehicles, especially police vehicles. Police assisted with crowd control and prisoner transport. Approximately 300 people exited the residence. The town bylaw and party registration was explained. The resident was spoken to and advised of the complaint. He agreed to end the party and let officers check the residence. One woman was arrested with a charge of liquor possession under 21. The residents were issued a 35 and advised of consequences for hosting a large party of underage drinkers.

1:27 a.m.: An Uber driver had pulled over at the intersection at 29 Cottage St. regarding an argument about the route he was taking to the passengers’ destination. Vulgarities were said between the driver and the passenger. They pushed each other back and forth as police arrived. Both parties were sent on their way.

3:57 p.m.: Two males were reported yelling at each other in the parking lot of Cousin’s Market, 11 East Pleasant St.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

2:01 a.m.: A motor vehicle was parked with parking lights on at 435 South Pleasant St. No one was in the area, and the vehicle was off and secure.

Motor Vehicle Stop

4:07 a.m.: A gray 2013 Honda Accord was observed with a right blinker on in the center lane at 19 Northampton Rd. A police officer drove behind the car and watched it slowly drift over the yellow line on Northampton Road. The driver was pulled over and he said he was tired from DJing an event earlier in the night. The officer observed no signs of impairment.

Motor Vehicle Crash

11:48 a.m.: A gray 2001 Volvo S60 was traveling west on East Hadley Road behind a white 2016 Ford Transit. The Ford had a left blinker on and the driver of the Volvo saw it and began to turn right on Trimwood Lane. The Ford realized they were taking the wrong turn and veered back to the travel lane, and struck the passenger side of the Volvo with the front driver’s side bumper. The Volvo sustained damage to the driver’s side front bumper. The Ford sustained damage to the passenger side running board and side panel. Damage was estimated to be under $1,000. Information exchange forms were filled out and handed to operators. Both vehicles were driven away by operators.

1:53 p.m.: A white 2015 Mercedes was traveling east on Northampton Road in the turn lane. A gray 2000 Honda Accord was also traveling east on Northampton Road behind the Mercedes in the turn lane. The Mercedes slowed to a stop at a yellow light, but the driver of the Honda did not stop in time and rear-ended the Mercedes. The Honda sustained damage to the driver’s side front headlight. The Mercedes sustained damage to the rear bumper. Damage was estimated to be under $1,000. Information exchange forms were completed and both vehicles left under their own power.

Suspicious

12:50 p.m.: A reporting party advised that someone stole her “vote NO Charter” sign off her front yard sometime at night at 29 Taylor St. No other signs were taken.

12:51 p.m.: “vote YES Charter” signs were reportedly stolen from houses 58, 59, 49 and 42 on Woodlot Road.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

10:34 p.m.: A man reported a vehicle speeding up and down the street at 77 Harlow Dr.

Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @hayleyk_johnson. Jackson Cote can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.

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