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Police Logs: Friday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 21

Several people were arrested for liquor law violations, disorderly conduct and unlawful noise
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Motor Vehicle Stop

10:27 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan was pulled over at 1102 West St. and was issued a warning for speeding.

9:30 p.m.: A gray 2012 Infiniti G37 was issued a warning for speeding at 149 E. Pleasant St. The vehicle was going 37 mph, measured by a radar, in a 35 mph zone.

10:14 p.m.: The operator of a red 2007 Subaru Forester was issued a verbal warning at 301 S. Pleasant St.

Animal Complaint

10:34 a.m.: A reporting party called in a fox that appeared to be sick by her house, 430 Bay Rd. The fox went into the woods, but the resident said she will watch for it and call again if it returns.

11:09 a.m.: The sick fox reported earlier was seen again. The animal appeared mangy and blind. Dispatched with birdshot.

5:16 p.m.: A reporting party stated there is a rabid fox in the yard of 389 Bay Rd.

Assist Citizen

10:53 a.m.: A resident of 130 W. Pomeroy Ln reported she was cleaning her house and found old ammunition she would like to dispose of.

11:16 p.m.: A conversation was had with an Uber driver about the legality of allowing open containers of alcohol in his white 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. Applicable fines were discussed.

Traffic Enforcement

11 a.m.: A motor vehicle was stopped for speeding and issued a warning by 391 Bay Rd. while police were doing traffic enforcement in the area.


11:59 a.m.: A listed party walked out of Big Y, 175 University Dr., with $98.42 worth of merchandise, including candy, two gift cards and probiotics. Police caught up with the shoplifter in the area of the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through. The listed party is being summoned for shoplifting by asportation.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

12:28 p.m.: A reporting party called in his white 2015 Hyundai Sonata broken down at 32 College St. Ernie’s Towing was contacted due to vehicle location.


3:27 p.m.: A reporting party at 1178 N. Pleasant St. stated approximately 50 percent of a pole in front of the listed location is bent or broken. Police spoke with DPW. It has been that way for a month now and is secured to the pole next to it.


4:08 p.m.: A reporting party called in a homeless couple setting up a tent by the construction tent at 28 University Dr. The parties were not inside the construction area and were not setting up camp. They had sat down to eat some lunch and would be on their way when they finished.

5:27 p.m.: A reporting party stated there is a white male in his 20s running barefoot down Pine St. through traffic. The male has long blond hair and is wearing a green shirt and Bermuda shorts. Police searched the area with negative results.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

4:13 p.m.: A reporting party said a white 2013 Toyota Rav4 is parked by a trail at 169 Summer St. and has been doing this for a few weeks and stays for a few hours at a time. The reporting party wanted the vehicle checked out. The owner of the vehicle has a friend in the apartment complex and likes the benches by the woodline. No issue.

6:18 p.m.: A reporting party stated a rear passenger in a red 1997 Oldsmobile appeared to be holding a handgun out the window at 321 West St. Dispatch relayed the information to Granby and South Hadley; the vehicle was last seen traveling over the Notch. APD was unable to catch the vehicle before it passed the town line. South Hadley PD was able to stop the vehicle and no firearm was present.

Motor Vehicle Crash

6:27 p.m.: A two-car crash was reported at 270 Belchertown Rd. between a gray 2012 Honda Insight and a brown 2008 Toyota Sequoia. The Honda was stopped in traffic on Belchertown Road at Stanley St., facing east. The Toyota was also traveling east on Belchertown Rd. The Toyota did not stop and struck the passenger side rear bumper of the Honda. The Honda sustained damage to the passenger rear bumper, and the Toyota sustained heavy damage to the driver’s side front bumper. The Toyota was towed by Ernie’s Towing; the Honda left under its own power. The damage was estimated to be over $1,000, but no injuries were reported.

9:51 p.m.: The operator of a blue 2012 Honda Civic was traveling southbound on N. Pleasant St. when the operator of a black 2014 Ford Escape pulled out in front of her. The Ford suffered passenger side damage and the Honda has front end damage.

Liquor Law Violation

11 p.m.: An involved party was seen walking off the sidewalk with an aluminum can before dropping it on the ground at 53 Fearing St. The person was stopped by an officer and the can was found to be an open Busch Light beer. The involved party was also carrying a bag that contained six unopened beers. The person was found to be under 21 and was issued a warning. The alcohol was confiscated and destroyed.

Noise Complaint

11:24 p.m.: An anonymous reporting party called in loud music and stomping from the apartment above his at 81 Belchertown Rd., Apt. 144. No noise was found upon police arrival, and no one answered the door of the location.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018


12:38 a.m.: A reporting party stated her roommate was throwing things around and breaking things at 1177 N. Pleasant St., Apt. 3. The party was upset over an ex-boyfriend who is still friends with some of her roommates. They have been in contact and have possibly invited him over. She feels betrayed and wants them to stop allowing him to visit. She was advised that she could seek trespass through rental manager.

10:47 a.m.: A reporting party noticed a male party wearing a black hat and black coat pushing and grabbing a female in a brown coat at 21 Montague Rd. The reporting party lost sight of them but said they were last standing at the abandoned gas station across from Cumberland Farms. Officers spoke with the female party; she stated the incident was verbal only and did not wish any medical or police intervention. The officer explained Massachusetts General Laws 209A rights to a protective court order and gave her the number for the in-house advocate. The two parties had just been to the Amherst Survival Center and found that most services and the kitchen was closed and they were arguing about that. The male party was evasive, though he stated he became frustrated when he learned he could not shower at the survival center.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:24 a.m.: A 2015 Honda CR-V was stopped at 3 E. Hadley Rd. for a marked lanes violation. A warning was issued.

1:33 a.m.: A gray 2010 Ford Fusion was stopped and given a warning at 406 Pine St.

2:12 a.m.: A gray 2015 Chevrolet Cruze was observed to be parked in the travel lane at 364 N. Pleasant St. and not moving. The operator of the vehicle appeared to be slumped over the wheel, though it was discovered that the operator was an Uber driver using his phone while waiting for his passengers to arrive. The driver was advised to find a better spot to park his car, and a warning was issued for no license and registration in possession.

8:09 p.m.: The operator of a gray 2015 Toyota Prius was issued a warning for failing to stop at a red light at 211 Lincoln Ave.

8:13 p.m.: A white 1997 Toyota Camry was issued a warning for operating at 47 mph in a posted 35 mph speed zone on Amity St.

8:35 p.m.: The operator of a white 2018 Ford Escape was issued a warning for speeding at 170 E. Hadley Rd.

8:53 p.m.: The operator of a gray 2011 Hyundai Tucson was issued a warning for erratic operation of the vehicle resulting from erratic sneezing.

9:11 p.m.: A white 2012 Nissan Altima was issued a warning for speeding at 265 Belchertown Rd.

10:54 p.m.: A gray 2010 Hyundai Accent was stopped at 53 Fearing St. for operating without headlights. The operator had just passed his driver’s license exam and was not familiar with how to properly activate the headlights. A warning was issued.

11:19 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a white 2011 Hyundai Sonata for a defective driver’s side headlight.

11:28 p.m.: A red 2000 Mercury Mountaineer was stopped at 312 College St. The odor of marijuana was observed. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the people in the vehicle checked out okay. The operator was issued a citation.

Noise Complaint

12:44 a.m.: A reporting party stated that a large gathering was yelling and slamming doors across the street from 235 West St. The reporting party also stated that they were parking in a lot at 235 West St. and they had nowhere to park their vehicle. Upon officer arrival, a crowd was observed and the residents of the property stated that a number of unwanted guests showed up to their house, to which they denied them entry. Those people ended up moving across the street to wait for rides, and the crowd was unruly and noisy. Two people in the crowd were placed under arrest for liquor law violations (see the 12:50 a.m. liquor law violation from this same day for more information.) Residents of the home were advised to call for assistance if a party was to ever get out of hand again, and that there were consequences for causing such a large nuisance.

7:50 p.m.: A reporting party stated the house across from him, at 33 Summer St., was having a loud party. Loud music and voices were heard upon police arrival. The resident advised they were doing karaoke for parents’ weekend. They agreed to shut off the music and close the windows to keep the peace in the neighborhood. The town bylaw for unlawful noise was explained in full.

7:57 p.m.: An involved party was walking on Northampton Rd. with an open container of alcohol. The person was cooperative and dumped the contents out.

11:08 p.m.: Unreasonably loud music at 81 Belchertown Rd., Apt. 144 was called in. Police spoke with residents and issued a warning for the noise town bylaw.


12:49 a.m.: An anonymous male reported that there were kids standing around 488 West St. Officer services were rendered.

10:32 a.m.: A reporting party advised police that vehicles were parked on both sides of a dead-end street near 62 Memorial Dr. The reporting party said that it was an ongoing problem and that they believed emergency vehicles would have a difficult time getting through. No parking violations were observed by police, but the area was congested with cars. The police spoke with the owners of the vehicles, which were moved. Department of Public Works will be contacted regarding a possible addition of “No Parking” signs on one side of the street.

10:28 a.m.: Police assisted with traffic crossing at 32 College St. in regard to the ABC 5K walk/run at the town common.

11:11 a.m.: A reporting party advised that the operator of a blue 2006 Dodge Caravan parked at 312 College St. between the entrance and exit of Dunkin’ Donuts, then proceeded to get out of the vehicle and enter the store. Occupants entered the van and pulled away upon police arrival.

2:39 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a tree limb was dangling above the road at 14 Market Hill Rd.

Liquor Law Violation

12:50 a.m.: A 21-year-old male from Lanesborough, Mass. was arrested at 252 West St. for an open container of alcohol and a 19-year-old female from Medford, Mass. was arrested at 252 West St. for minor in possession of alcohol. See the 12:44 a.m. noise complaint on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 for additional information.

4:05 p.m.: A warning was issued for a liquor law violation at 353 Main St.

Assist Citizen

1:12 a.m.: A reporting party requested assistance with dispersing a party at 298 Belchertown Rd. Residents of the home cleared out before police arrival; officers stood by while traffic cleared.

3:27 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a vehicle blocking them from getting out of 30 N. Hadley Rd. The vehicle was found to be parked in a private driveway, blocking other vehicles.


1:38 a.m.: A male was observed walking with a wooden stake on a nearby sidewalk at 79 Main St. The person was warned about his actions and agreed to leave the stake where he found it.

2:06 a.m.: An involved party was observed standing on the sidewalk while urinating in the bushes at 93 Fearing St. A warning was issued.

1:50 p.m.: A reporting party said that there was a white male wearing a black coat and black backpack who had been following him and his kids around the center of town near 103 N. Pleasant St. The listed party had a known mental illness and was following the family around the town. The listed party would not engage the officers in conversation and eventually walked away.

3:39 p.m.: A reporting party observed two males with tan shirts, dark hair and a clipboard who were stating that they were representatives from Eversource at Presidential Apartments located at 950 N. Pleasant St. Apt #53. An officer discovered that they were canvassing for a company called Residents Energy in West Springfield, Mass. Neither party had a solicitor’s permit and the entity they were representing was discovered to be a for-profit organization. They were advised that they have to stop selling until a permit was issued. They were also advised by officers that they appeared to be representing Eversource, and that they should clean up the way they represented sales as they may face copyright infringements.

5:29 p.m.: A white male, approximately 6 ft., heavy set, with a red beard, wearing a black sweatshirt and khakis, was observed walking around to the apartments at Puffton Village stating he is from Eversource, even though he is not. The person was found to be an employee for Residents Energy. He did not have a permit issued by the town of Amherst. He was instructed to leave the complex and to cease further solicitation in town until a permit is obtained. He was advised he would be cited if he or any other employee proceeds without a permit.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

9:25 a.m.: The Amherst Police Department assisted AFD with a fire alarm sounding at Wildwood School at 71 Strong St. Upon arrival, it was discovered that maintenance crews were replacing ceiling tiles, which may indicate that the alarm was set off by dust.

Assist Other Police Department

10:36 a.m.: APD assisted a Massachusetts State Police officer with a background check on an involved party at 111 Main St.

8:26 p.m.: Police on scene with a bear that was struck earlier, and assistance was needed for lifting the animal into a truck. Police assisted with lifting the 500 lb. bear.

10:07 p.m.: A reporting party was looking for assistance with dispatching an injured moose that was struck by a motor vehicle.

Citizen Transport

11 a.m.: A female party and a male party were given a ride to Cumberland Farms at 21 Montague Rd. Upon learning that they had been there before but did not have enough funds to buy anything, the officer bought them a bottle of water. The officer provided information about using the PVTA to get around and explained services available at the Amherst Survival Center and First Congregational Church.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:28 p.m.: A reporting party stated that they were involved in a minor motor vehicle crash at 35 Belchertown Road. The operator of a white 2006 Honda CR-V pulled into Cumberland Farms and sideswiped the left rear corner of a trailer with his wheel. Owner of the trailer stated that the small light on the left rear was broken as a result. The owner of the trailer was not looking to pursue the matter, though they wanted it on record.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

3:26 p.m.: A black 2006 Kia Optima was disabled at 405 Amity St. Officer services were rendered.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018


12:09 a.m.: Two male parties at the Phi Sigma Kappa House at 510 North Pleasant St. threatened each other with gun violence. Both fled the scene when they saw the police cruiser and were not seen again. No weapons were found.

1:18 a.m. A listed party was found urinating on Douglass Funeral Home at 87 North Pleasant St. The listed party was cooperative and apologetic, and was issued a warning.

1:28 a.m.: A female in all black was reported yelling at two male parties to stay away from her at 203 East Pleasant St. Everyone was gone on arrival.

1:36 a.m.: An officer observed a man looking around suspiciously from behind High Horse before quickly making his way toward the Jones Library. The officer then checked the area but could not locate him.

3:35 p.m.: A reporting party from Colonial Village Apt. 27 at 81 Belchertown Rd. stated that his neighbor has a gun and needs to be checked on. When an officer spoke to the reporting party, he could not recall when he saw his neighbor with a gun and couldn’t describe it, he only spoke about how his window was broken by his neighbor a year ago. An officer spoke with the neighbor who said they did not own any type of gun and said the reporting party has a mental illness and had no evidence. It was also noted that the reporting party had been escalating in his calls to 911 and requested for assistance over the last few days.

Liquor Law Violation

12:21 a.m.: A 20-year-old will be summoned on charges of possessing liquor under the age of 21 and violating the town bylaw after walking down Sunset Ave. with an open beer.


12:56 a.m.: A reporting party called after breaking up a party of seven members of a UMass fraternity who then returned with broken bottles. While the reporting party was on the phone, one person threw a bottle through a window at 140 Sunset Ave. and shattered a glass window. The group fled the scene before police arrived. The investigation is ongoing.

2:16 a.m.: A man was arrested for disorderly conduct outside of Antonio’s Pizza after shouting at another party and attempting to tackle him.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:53 a.m.: The operator of a 2001 Acura TL failed to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk on Amity St. A citation was issued.

1:31 a.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a gray 2012 Toyota Prius at 1 East Pleasant St. for not having their headlights on.

1:48 a.m.: The operator of a black 2013 Toyota Camry was stopped and issued a warning on Cowles Ln. for not having their headlights activated.

Noise Complaint

1:50 a.m.: A party at 233 Strong St. was cleared out after loud screaming and yelling was heard upon arrival. Although residents were upset, they did not receive a phone call because they registered the party and they cleared out the guests. Open alcohol was observed, and two residents were found to be under 21. The town bylaws for unlawful noise were explained and a warning was issued.

2:28 a.m.: Four residents of 233 Strong St. were placed under arrest on charges of unlawful noise after a reporting party called in a loud party. Noise was heard upon arrival and loud yelling and cheering continued as officers attempted to speak with the residents. The residents argued with officers and were arrested after they refused to clear out the party after multiple requests by officers.

Recovered Property

9:51 a.m.: A reporting party turned a bag of prescription medications into the station that he found on Russell St. in Sunderland. The owner of the prescriptions was contacted.

1:35 p.m.: A wallet was brought into the station containing bank cards, movie receipts and $19.

Motor Vehicle Crash

11:14 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2015 Mercedes-Benz backed into a white 2018 BMW in the Atkins parking lot at 1150 West St. Minor paint scrapes and denting was observed to the rear bumpers of both vehicles. Information was exchanged between operators.

Assist Citizen

12:41 p.m.: A reporting party advised that her daughter is being harassed and threatened by an ex-girlfriend via texts on Instagram. The daughter has blocked her ex-girlfriend’s phone number and Facebook. She was advised that she could seek a 258e protective order, as well as to close her Instagram account.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

6:20 p.m.: The operator of a motor vehicle from Hadley reported a female in a black 2014 Ford Mustang as being possibly impaired. An officer spoke with the registered operator and everything was okay. The operator has a medical issue and walker but was not impaired.


8:12 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a light had been red for about eight minutes and had created a backup of traffic. The reporting party saw a sign posted stating to not turn on red and did not want to break the law. The light change was initiated by pointing a spotlight at the sensor above the light. This happens often with this particular light on Kellogg/North Pleasant St.

Stolen Motor Vehicle

9:10 p.m.: A reporting party stated a black 2011 Hyundai Sonata was stolen by his friend on Saturday in Maine and got word from another friend that it could possibly be in a driveway at 19 Allen St. Officers checked every driveway on Allen St. for a vehicle with a Maine license plate but did not find any. Officers also did not find any Hyundais. Police from Maine were also contacted.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

11:53 p.m.: A malfunctioning HVAC system at Judie’s Restaurant at 51 North Pleasant St. led to smoking within the building. Officers conducted a perimeter check of the building for any smoke in the area with negative results. They then maintained a traffic post outside of Judie’s.

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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    amyOct 23, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    There is a racism in this reporting. You never see black male reported although the hard reality is that black male and black individuals commit most of the crime, including in Amherst and western mass. You only see’ white male’ . You also don’t see asian male or hispanic,etc.

    This sort of racism shouldn’t be tolerated by white people.