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Police Logs: Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14

Many noise complaints were called in to APD on Saturday
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Motor Vehicle Complaint

8:18 a.m.: Belchertown Police Department reported a black 1997 Honda Civic all over the road by 750 Belchertown Road. They were reported about five minutes from the town line. Amherst police checked the area, but did not see the vehicle.

4:44 p.m.: A gray 2015 Toyota Tundra was stopped at 108 Henry St. for not slowing down from 40 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. A verbal warning was issued.

Assist Citizen

9:21 a.m.: A reporting party called in someone who threw a full cup of coffee at her from a red lifted pickup truck at 81 Belchertown Road. While being questioned by police on the phone, the reporting party became agitated and hung up. The location was checked and the reporting party and suspect were gone.

1:27 p.m.: A reporting party called to say that in the last five days he has been receiving harassing text messages and phone calls. He said he had asked the caller to stop, but she continued. The reporting party stated approximately 15 texts and 10 phone calls had been made to him in the last five days. He will be seeking a harassment order through court.

6:00 p.m.: Two juveniles came into the police station to report an accident involving one other juvenile that occurred in the back parking lot of Primo’s, 255 Triangle St. A police officer spoke with the parents of all involved and the situation was mediated.

Animal Complaint

9:55 a.m.: A man called in a coyote he has seen several times around 57 Glendale Road who doesn’t appear to be afraid of people and has gotten close to him and his dog. He didn’t think the animal looked sick, but was concerned that it wasn’t afraid of him. An officer spoke to the reporting party about wildlife behavior and told the person to call back if the coyote does display aggressive behavior.

3:14 p.m.: A dog was found in the middle of the street, apparently belonging to the resident at 110 Grantwood Dr. Nobody was home at the address, but the dog stayed in the yard when the officer left.

3:15 p.m.: A reporting party stated a red 2013 Nissan Rogue had been parked for 15 minutes in the sun with a dog inside.

7:45 p.m.: The parents of a 21-year-old female came to Amherst with the family dog to visit the female for her birthday. The 21-year-old refused to get out of her parents’ car unless she was allowed to take the dog inside her apartment at 57 E. Pleasant St. The female’s roommates were afraid of the dog, as it bit two of the roommates on a different occasion. The female was on the public sidewalk refusing to give the dog back to her family. Both sides could not come to an agreement, despite police attempting to mediate. The parents requested officers physically take the dog from their daughter, but they were advised the custody of the dog is a civil matter and police cannot do that. The female was made aware if the dog was in the apartment and caused harm to anyone, it could be deemed a vicious dog and she may lose custody of it completely. The female advised she was taking the dog for a walk and left the area. The parents were advised that they needed to come to some sort of agreement with the daughter.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

1:04 p.m.: The driver of a blue 2013 Mazda CX-5 ran out of gas heading northbound by 800 Main St. The operator had called AAA, but did not receive an estimated arrival time. Police towing was requested instead. The vehicle was towed to Cumberland Farms to refill the gas tank.

Noise Complaint

3:29 p.m.: A reporting party stated her upstairs neighbors were stomping on her ceiling at 1040 N. Pleasant St., Apt. 304. Police spoke with residents of Apt. 304 to advise them to be more considerate of their neighbors, though the noise was not unreasonable. The reporting party was also spoken to by police and was advised to contact management for alternative solutions to living with apartment complex noise.

Motor Vehicle Crash

5:10 p.m.: A rear-end collision occurred between a blue 2015 Subaru Legacy and a white 2018 Nissan Altima at 67 Northampton Road. There was no apparent damage to either vehicle. The operators just wanted assistance exchanging information because there was a slight language barrier.

6:40 p.m.: A listed party was double parked in the center of town by 37 N. Pleasant St., causing traffic to back up into an intersection. The registration of the brown 1999 Toyota Corolla was found to be revoked for insurance cancellation as of Sept. 20. A written warning was issued to the registered operator and the listed vehicle was towed.


6:50 p.m.: A reporting party stated that two necklaces valued at $60 each were stolen from his street vendor stand at 37 N. Pleasant St. The person denied stealing the necklaces and did not have them in any of his pockets. The reporting party stated he did not want to press charges, but wanted the incident documented in case it happens again.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

7:22 p.m.: The operator of a black 2010 Hyundai Sonata was informed he could not be parked at the Mill River Recreation Area, 95 Montague Rd., after dark and was moved along.

Motor Vehicle Stop

8:37 p.m.: A gray 2011 Jeep Liberty was stopped at 212 College St. for having cancelled plates. There was a mix-up with the RMV; the vehicle is active.

8:51 p.m.: The operator of a blue 2006 Volvo was issued a verbal warning at 353 Main St.

8:52 p.m.:  A black 1998 Honda was stopped at 212 College St. for having a broken headlight and issued a verbal warning.

11:25 p.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a silver 2011 Ford for defective headlights and an obstructed license plate.


10:31 p.m.: A reporting party stated a white male wearing a hoodie was hiding near the oil tank behind the garage at 122 N. Pleasant St. The involved party was homeless and looking for a place to sleep.

Liquor Law Violation

10:56 p.m.: A warning was issued to a minor in possession of alcohol at Phi Sigma Kappa, 510 N. Pleasant St.

Community Policing

11:04 p.m.: Police spoke with the president of Theta Chi, 496 N. Pleasant St., regarding the extremely loud music, large crowd and underage drinker identified leaving the property. He advised the crowd was gathering on his property because they were not letting more people into the residence and put a cap on the amount of people let inside. Police advised the loud music blaring toward campus was probably attracting the large crowd gathered. The president was advised of the unlawful noise/nuisance house bylaws should officers get a call or identify any more underage drinkers leaving his property.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

11:57 p.m.: A reporting party stated she was broken down with no money in front of 316 W. Pomeroy Lane and her spare tire wasn’t working. The homeowner of the listed location agreed to let the car stay parked in the driveway until a friend came from Springfield with her AAA card.


Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:02 a.m.: A reporting party stated loud music and loud bass coming from the apartment below her at 422 Belchertown Road, Apt. 173. The noise was gone on arrival.

12:22 a.m.: A reporting party called in a noise complaint, saying that they heard loud voices coming from a house near 300 Grantwood Drive. The noise ended up being from foot traffic from a party that had ended.

12:58 a.m.: A reporting party stated that they heard a loud party coming from the house two doors down near 199 Shays St. Loud music and yelling was coming from the house upon officer arrival, and 15 to 20 guests were cleared out of the house. The town bylaws were explained to residents and a warning was issued.

1:59 a.m.: A group of foreign exchange students were unfamiliar with the bus schedule and were attempting to get back to UMass at the bus stop at the Town Hall at 2 Main St. They were advised that the buses were done running for the night and moved along without issue.

5:47 a.m.: A noise complaint was called in for loud music near 81 Belchertown Road Apt. 74. The noise was gone upon officer arrival.

11:03 a.m.: A reporting party said that the residents above her at Puffton Village at 1040 N. Pleasant St. Apt. 304 were tapping on the walls nonstop. There was no noise heard on arrival. Residents had recently awoken and were headed out after showering. Potentially the issue was of pipes leaking and making a tapping noise. Residents were polite and cooperative and agreed to talk with maintenance. A warning was issued.

12:38 p.m.: A reporting party called in that a couple of their clients were trying to enjoy their outdoor hot tub experience. However, a house west of the business at 12 Dickinson St. had extremely loud music playing that was annoying the clients. Upon arrival, police officers observed a party of about 20-25 enjoying the outdoors as they played music at a reasonable level. The party was found to be registered, and they agreed to turn the music down. Residents were advised of the Town Bylaws and were issued a warning.

1:15 p.m.: A reporting party advised police officers of loud music coming from a neighboring apartment at The Boulders at 188 E. Hadley Rd. Apt. 1. The noise was gone upon officer arrival.

10:55 p.m.: Very loud music was observed to be coming from Pi Kappa Phi at 38 Nutting Ave., which also appeared to be attracting a large crowd to the front of the residence. An officer spoke with several brothers and the president about the noise. They were cooperative and agreed to shut off the music and send their guests home. The officer explained the town bylaws for nuisance house and unlawful noise to the president. He advised that they were trying to have a live DJ and agreed that it was probably not the best idea.

Liquor Law Violation

12:28 a.m.: A warning was given at 45 Phillips St. for having liquor. All of it was destroyed on scene.

1:35 a.m.: A person was observed with an open bottle of Bud Light on the sidewalk in front of Antonio’s Pizza where they were then approached by officers in front of McMurphy’s at 37 N. Pleasant St. A warning was issued.

11:11 p.m.: A 19-year-old man was arrested at 358 N. Pleasant St.. after being seen with an open can of Twisted Tea on Allen St. The man fled the scene and was located again, without his backpack or alcoholic beverage. K9 Marvin was deployed and tracked the man’s backpack, which contained more Twisted Tea, to a wooded area behind N. Pleasant Street.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:44 a.m.: A white 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK was stopped for having a defective headlight. A warning was issued.

12:56 a.m.: A brown 2015 Honda CRV was stopped for operating at 38 mph in a posted 25 mph zone at 800 N. Pleasant St. The operator was found to have a junior operator license and was past the 12:30 a.m. time restriction. The operator parked in one of the UMass lots near Old Town and her parents came to drive her and her vehicle home. A warning was issued.

Assist Citizen

12:02 a.m.: A reporting party in California stated his son is locked inside a snack shack. He said his son contacted him panicking that his phone was dying and he was locked in the building. The man said he Googled “Amherst High School” which led him to contacting APD. After more conversation, it was discovered that the son was at Amherst High School in Amherst, Wisconsin.

1:02 a.m.: Officers attempted to assist a person to get a ride home at Stackers at 57 N. Pleasant St. as the person was unable to care for themselves. The person became extremely uncooperative with friends and officers, to the point where their friends could not take custody and care of them. Officers placed the person, a 24-year-old from Easthampton, Mass., under protective custody.

2:19 p.m.: Officers were advised of a fellow student who gave another student his Beats Plus wireless speaker to use for the day on Sept. 26 in school. The person had failed to return the speaker. The principal of the school was handling the situation until Oct. 12 when the principal advised the reporting student to contact the police. The principal will be contacted again for details on his investigation and to identify the person who allegedly did not return the speaker.

3:15 p.m.: A passerby was concerned over a young boy who kept running away from an older male around 70 Boltwood Walk. Both of the people were familiar with officers. Officers assisted parties in making their way to the bus stop.

6:09 p.m.: A reporting party stated that she was on a trail behind 1458 South St. and that she had lost her dog, afraid that the dog might be injured because she could hear her yelping. Officers located the dog and held it until owners could return to their vehicle.


1:28 a.m.: Two people were observed openly urinating on the walls behind Antonio’s Pizza at 31 N. Pleasant St. A warning was issued.

9:29 p.m.: Two involved parties were camping out in an ATM at 253 Triangle St. and it appeared that they were smoking cigarettes inside. The officer advised them they were not allowed to camp out there or smoke inside the ATM. The trespass file was checked and the involved parties were not trespassed. They agreed to find a better place to set up camp.

10:02 p.m.: A reporting party stated that on his walk back to his apartment complex, he spotted an older model white sedan with two girls around 12 years of age squatting down and hiding next to the vehicle with sleeping bags and duffel bags. The reporting party stated that when he made eye contact one of the girls seemed alarmed. The two females were found to live at 683 Main St. Apt. 6. They were out late playing and were frightened by the reporting party when they saw him approach. The officer spoke with the girl’s mother and she advised the girls of the dangers of leaving the house after dark to play without an adult.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

2:06 a.m.: A brown 2009 Honda Pilot was parked in the rear of a building at 78 Sunderland Road, running in a no parking zone with the operator inside the vehicle. The operator was waiting to pick up a family member from Amherst House of Pizza.


5:36 a.m.: A gray 2019 Hyundai Sonata was parked in a tow zone at the Spring St. parking lot at 1 Spring St. The vehicle was towed by Ernie’s Towing.

6:57 a.m.: An officer was flagged down by a motorist advising that there was a tree down and across the road at 200 Shutesbury Road. No tree was located and an area search was negative.

4:21 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a blue Honda was parked in the travel lane by 200 State St. The reporting party stated he watched a man get out with his fishing pole and walked down to the pond. Upon investigation officers found that the blue Honda was not a traffic issue and parked off to the side of the road.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

6:08 a.m.: AAA stated that a gray 2013 Volkswagen Jetta was disabled at 30 Mill Lane but Ernie’s Towing was refusing the call. AAA stated that Ernie’s Towing refused the call because the operator stated to them that he was intoxicated and pulled over to take a nap. Officers gave the operator a ride home and the operator agreed to make arrangement to tow the vehicle later in the day.

Citizen Transport

6:24 a.m.: An officer gave an involved party a ride from 30 Mill Lane to Chestnut St.

911 Hang Up

6:52 a.m.: A 911 call was made from the area of 76 Glendale Road. Upon a callback, only voicemail was reached. On a second try, the person answered the phone and said that it was an accidental dial as they were half asleep.

Motor Vehicle Crash

10:15 a.m.: A white 2018 Chrysler van and a blue 2002 Toyota Corolla were traveling eastbound near 104 College St. The Chrysler began to brake and the Toyota, who had a flat tire they were trying to fill, hydroplaned and could not stop — colliding with the Chrysler. Both vehicles were moved off of the road and the Toyota was left at the entrance of Amherst College to await AAA.

3:16 a.m.: A white 2019 Subaru Crosstrek was involved in an accident at 79 Main St.

Assist Business

12:38 p.m.: A reporting party came into the Amherst Police Department at 111 Main St. to let officers know that he and other employees from Residents Energy would be canvassing in North Amherst until 5 p.m.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

6:25 p.m.: A red 2018 Subaru Outback was out of gas at 215 S. Pleasant St. Roadside assistance provided a few gallons of gas and the vehicle was sent on its way.


9:15: p.m.: A reporting party stated that a male party who lives inside the apartment at 30 N. Hadley Road, Apt. 3 was screaming, yelling and swearing. The reporting party stated he was causing a disturbance and that the yelling person had post-traumatic stress disorder. The person was checked and was okay. He stated that he had been on the phone and that he had been yelling during that conversation.


Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018

Liquor Law Violation

12:22 a.m.: Officer observed two involved parties walking down a sidewalk down Fearing St. with open containers of alcohol. Two 20-year-old men were summoned on charges of violating the town bylaw for open containers of alcohol.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:04 a.m.: The operator of a blue 2010 Chevy Traverse received a verbal warning at 693 N. Pleasant St.

1:27 a.m.: A blue 2009 Honda Pilot’s operator received a verbal warning at 335 Amity St.

1:31 a.m.: The operator of a black 2010 Toyota Rav4 was issued a warning in front of the First Baptist Church for not having its license plate illuminated. A warning was issued.


1:32 a.m.: An involved party and a small group of his friends were highly under the influence and stole an “open” sign from Zanna at 187 N. Pleasant St. The group was uncooperative with officers and an involved party, 22, was arrested on a charge of larceny under $1,200.

6:03 a.m.: A reporting party from Boulders Apt. 121B at 188 East Hadley Rd. stated something was hitting the building every 10 minutes or so and was afraid someone was breaking in. Officers found one unsecure door leading to the basement/furnace room, but found no one in the area.


1:39 a.m.: Several officers observed several individuals who appeared to be in a verbal altercation outside of McMurphy’s on North Pleasant St. The involved parties were gone on arrival.

Motor Vehicle Crash

8:56 a.m.: A white 2013 Acura struck the rear of a parked, blue 2008 Honda at 6 Whippletree Lane, causing damage. The operator of the Acura admitted to being distracted by his phone while searching through the center console. The operator of the Acura was issued a citation and the Honda was towed by AAA.

4:54 p.m.: The operator of a white 1990 Honda Accord backed out of a parking spot and bumped into the driver’s door of a blue 2015 Honda Accord, who was exiting the parking lot. No damages were observed, but both parties wanted the incident documented.

5:22 p.m.: An operator of a black 2013 Ford reported that someone hit his truck and left the scene. The operator did not notice until he left the scene and believes there is over $1000 in damages.


9:32 a.m.: A ticket was issued to a gray 2010 Subaru Impreza that was blocking an entire driveway at 13 Nutting Ave.

10:32 a.m.: A reporting party called, concerned about vehicles parking on the corner of South Pleasant St. and Memorial, making it difficult to pass through. The vehicle was parked legally, but was impeding possible emergency traffic. An officer contacted the owner, discussed better parking practices and the vehicle was moved.

11:37 a.m.: A reporting party was looking for assistance with some illegally parked vehicles at 1500 West St.

12:54 p.m.: A reporting party stated two cars were parked at the north end of Fairview St., blocking a fire hydrant. A citation was issued to a gray 2004 Honda Civic and the vehicle was moved.

Animal Complaint

1:57 p.m.: A reporting party called in a sick or injured fox in the vicinity of 45 Blossom Lane.

Recovered Property

3:23 p.m.: A reporting party came into the police station with found property.

Assist Citizen

5:00 p.m.: A woman dropped her wallet outside of the Speedway at 468 West St.; however, it was not there when she returned. The woman spoke to a store employee who saw a male pick up the wallet and leave in a black four-door vehicle. The woman’s boyfriend called and said the man had returned the wallet to her house.

Abigail Charpentier can be reached at [email protected]. Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected]. Hayley Johnson can be reached [email protected].

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