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Police Logs: Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28

Three arrests were made over the weekend in Amherst
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Motor Vehicle Crash

9:46 a.m.: A crash between a vehicle and a bicyclist was reported at 472 N. Pleasant St. No significant injuries occurred.

9:46 a.m.: A motor vehicle crash occurred between a green 2014 Toyota Camry and a gray 2013 Subaru Forester at 319 Main St. The operator of the Camry stopped short for an unidentified vehicle and the Forester collided with the rear. The operator of the Forester was issued a citation; both vehicles were operable, and no injuries occurred.

11:47 a.m.: A two-car accident occurred between a black 2014 Audi Q5 and a black 2011 Toyota Corolla at 31 Phillips St. The operator of the Toyota pulled out of a parking lot and crashed into the passenger side of the Audi travelling east on Phillips Street. The front bumper of the Toyota was scratched, and there was passenger-side damage to the Audi. Information was exchanged between the drivers.

3:28 p.m.: A gray 2010 Honda Accord was parked in a parking lot at Cushman Market, 491 Pine St., Apt. A since about 11:30 a.m. The owner returned to the vehicle to find damage to the driver’s rear corner. A passerby left a note describing a white van or truck with blue and green writing. Cushman Market uses Belmont Laundry services and did have a delivery Friday around noon. Police are to contact Belmont Laundry for information.

4:03 p.m.: A black 2014 Toyota Tundra was on S. East Street at the intersection of S. East Street and College Street. A gray 2017 Mazda CX5 was behind the vehicle. The operator of the Toyota was trying to turn left but missed a green light and was then in both the left turn and northbound lane. When attempting to back up and adjust his vehicle, the operator struck the Mazda. Damage is estimated to be under $1,000. The Toyota sustained minor damage to the rear bumper and the Mazda sustained damage to the front bumper and grill. Both vehicles left under their own power. Information exchange forms between both parties were completed.


12:02 p.m.: Police were called to 9 Morrow Lane by a resident. The house was all secure upon police arrival. The reporting party gave officers the garage door code and they entered through there. No water was found to be running.

10:03 p.m.: A reporting party called in two males running southbound on Rt. 116. She stated they looked scared. One was described as wearing white with red across the chest and the other was in dark clothing. They were gone upon police arrival.

Liquor Law Violation

5:10 p.m.: An officer observed an involved party drink from an opened tall Icehouse beer can outside by 141 N. Pleasant St. The beer was disposed of and a warning was issued to the cooperative party. The town bylaw was explained.

Community Policing

7:06 p.m.: Neighborhood kids challenged an officer to a race at 29 Henry St. They talked about Halloween and school.

Noise Complaint

8:01 p.m.: A reporting party called in loud music near 209 Sunset Ave., but did not know which house.

Motor Vehicle Stop

10:23 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a 2018 Chevy for a mechanical violation at 510 N. Pleasant St.

10:38 p.m.: The operator of a gray 2018 Hyundai Tucson was issued a verbal warning at 63 N. Pleasant St.

Assist Citizen

10:58 p.m.: Officers were called to assist in clearing out a large party at Alpha Tau Gamma, 118 Sunset Ave. Units cleared prior to arrival. Police remained in the area as some people were still milling around in the neighborhoods.


11:06 p.m.: A party was caught stealing a lawn sign at 53 Sunset Ave. The involved party agreed to return it to where it belonged. A warning was issued.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

11:45 p.m.: A reporting party called in a possibly intoxicated driver operating a blue 2008 Chevy Silverado by 200 Sunset Ave, heading toward Fearing Street. The operator of the vehicle was said to be swerving and yelling obscenities at people on the street.


Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:06 a.m.: A light-colored sedan was backing out of 10 Carriage Lane when it struck a gray 2018 Nissan Altima traveling on the roadway. The operator of the sedan, described as a college-aged male with short black hair, exited his vehicle and told the reporting party he would pull to the side of the roadway to exchange information. The unknown male then drove away from the scene.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:12 a.m.: A brown 2007 Acura SE was given a warning for a defective headlight and no inspection sticker at 4 Boltwood Ave.

12:18 a.m.: After observing a passenger of a 2005 Honda CR-V hanging out the window at 111 Main St., officers stopped the vehicle and found that the operator, a 22-year-old from Maplewood, New Jersey was intoxicated above the legal blood alcohol content of .08 percent. The operator was placed under arrest for OUI, operation of motor vehicle to endanger and negligent and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was towed.

12:46 a.m.: A white 2010 Ford Flex was observed operating with a driver’s side headlight fully out and was stopped at 474 Pine St. The driver was not aware of the equipment violation and stated she would get it fixed. A warning was issued.

1:18 a.m.: A gray 2011 Acura RDX was observed at 350 Main St. without its headlights activated. A warning was issued to the operator.

1:39 a.m.: A black 2009 Toyota Highlander was stopped at 365 S. Pleasant St. for a headlight violation. A warning was issued to the operator.

2:12 a.m.: A blue 2003 Hyundai Sonata was observed operating northbound in the southbound lane near 175 University Drive, nearly striking an officer’s cruiser head-on. The motor vehicle was stopped, and the officer detected marijuana odor from the car and that the operator appeared to have bloodshot and glassy eyes. The operator admitted to smoking marijuana approximately 20 minutes before driving. Field sobriety tests indicated impairment, and the operator, a 20-year-old from Springfield, was placed under arrest for operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and a negligent marked lanes violation.

2:45 a.m.: A gray 2006 Acura SE was stopped for no inspection sticker at 149 E. Pleasant St. The officer detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and requested the operator perform a field sobriety test, which checked out. A warning was issued to the operator.

3:01 a.m.: A red 2012 Honda Accord was stopped at 592 Main St. as it appeared the vehicle had a defective rear driver’s side brake light. A warning was issued to the operator.

3:27 a.m.: A gray 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix was stopped at 419 N. Pleasant St. as it was observed to have crossed the double yellow line on two different occasions, once on E. Pleasant St. and once on N. Pleasant St. The odor of alcohol was detected along with bloodshot eyes, although field sobriety tests checked out. A warning was issued to the operator.

4:14 a.m.: A black 2011 Hyundai Sonata was stopped at 33 E. Pleasant St. as it appeared to have a defective headlight and brake light. Upon further investigation the operator of the vehicle was found to have a driver’s license from Colombia. Upon further investigation the operator was found to be a Mass. resident for the past four years. The operator, a 34-year-old from Springfield was issued a summons for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Assist Citizen

12:21 a.m.: A resident at 36 S. E. St. Apt. B called police for assistance in clearing out their party after receiving a warning call from the Amherst Police Department; the person said that people at their party were refusing to leave. Most of the guests had left upon officer arrival, and police assisted in escorting out the remaining guests.

3:57 a.m.: A parent alleged that her son was jumped by the lacrosse team outside of Club Lit in downtown Amherst. She was worried that her son would try to settle the differences himself, and she was advised to have her son come in to make a report when he was released from Baystate Hospital. Security cameras in the town of Amherst were reviewed and part of an incident was captured at approximately 1:15 a.m. at the club.

Liquor Law Violation

12:14 a.m.: An involved party was observed drinking from a can of Busch Light at 25 Kellogg Ave. The town bylaws were explained, the alcohol was destroyed and a warning was issued by officers.


12:34 a.m.: The staff of the Amherst VFW at 457 Main St. requested a person to be trespassed from the VFW based on disruptive behavior and past incidents. The trespass order was completed and served to the person.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

12:36 a.m.: A green 2012 Subaru Forester was parked at 200 State St. with several college-age students. Nothing suspicious was noted upon speaking to the group and the vehicle was moved along.

Assist Business

12:44 a.m.: A bouncer at The Spoke at 35 E. Pleasant St. flagged an officer down and requested assistance in moving along a drunk person who was leaning over a fence. The drunk person’s friend came and brought him home in an Uber.


1:00 a.m.: A reporting party reported that someone may be upstairs in her apartment at 11 S. Prospect St. She said she heard the front door open and that she could hear footsteps. An officer checked the apartment and did not locate anyone inside nor did they see any sign of a break-in. The contents of the apartment appeared undisturbed. The reporting party was satisfied with the officer’s response.

1:13 a.m.: A reporting party advised officers that she believed a car was smashing into a building at 173 Fearing St. with glass breaking. A broken window was found on campus, and UMPD advised APD that the was no crash but rather the noise came from vandalism.

1:27 a.m.: A male party was observed urinating in the alley adjacent to Stackers at 57 N. Pleasant St. A warning was issued.

1:58 a.m.: An involved party was observed hitting a motor vehicle as it stopped at a stop sign at 364 N. Pleasant St. The vehicle did not appear to have any kind of damage. The vehicle left the area and the involved party explained to officers that he was frustrated because the vehicle did not stop for him in the crosswalk. They were warned about their actions and sent on their way.

3:02 a.m.: A reporting party advised police that an unknown female party entered an apartment at 1 E. Pleasant St. Apt. 409 very drunk insisting that it was hers. Police located the drunk person in her apartment directly across the hall, where she stated she made a mistake and entered the wrong apartment. The reporting party informed police that while the drunk party was in her home, she began to drag her cat’s litter box outside because she thought it did not belong there. The reporting party did not want to press charges but wanted to make sure that the involved party did not make the same mistake again.

11:07 p.m.: An involved party was observed standing in the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and N. Pleasant St. directing traffic. The involved party was advised of the dangers of standing in the middle of the road and he agreed to “give up his crossing guard duties for the night.”


1:06 a.m.: An unregistered party associated with medical assistance at 198 Sunderland Road was called in for excessive noise. Many people were observed wandering about in the roadway along with Uber cars blocking the roadway. Residents were requested to start closing down the party and did so. All of the residents were explained the town noise bylaws and were issued a warning due to cooperation with law enforcement officials.

8:34 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a male and female were fighting in the apartment above hers at 1001 N. Pleasant St. She said she could hear banging and screaming from the apartment and that there was fighting from that apartment the night before. Upon arrival, police spoke with the three females and one male at the apartment where they explained that they were having a verbal argument over Halloween costumes. They advised that they will be headed out for the night and would not cause any more issues with neighbors.

9:20 p.m.: A reporting party stated that an involved party was in his room, screaming, yelling and cursing at 30 N. Hadley Road. Officer services were rendered.


1:26 a.m.: A reporting party advised officers of a lot of people walking in front of cars at Atkins Farm at 113 Cowls Rd. No one was in the roadway when officers arrived at the location.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

3:54 a.m.: A motor vehicle was seen parked at the Wildwood School at 71 Strong St. The motor vehicle was unoccupied.


8:47 a.m.: A reporting party came into the Amherst Police Department at 111 Main St. to report a fraud. The reporting party wired $341,016.03 to a fraudulent Bank of America account. Bank of America advised him that the account has been closed, and that the funds were no longer present to be recovered. The investigation into this matter by the Amherst Police Department and Bank of America is still ongoing.


10:44 a.m.: A reporting party advised officers of graffiti on her property at 66 Stony Hill Road sometime the day before. A small arrow was observed painted on the driveway, though the arrow has since washed away due to the rain. No other issues at the residence were found.


11:59 a.m.: A reporting party stated that he was told to call the police regarding a shoplifting at Big Y at 175 University Drive. Officers assisted the reporting party as needed.

Motor Vehicle Crash

1:20 p.m.: A 2019 Nissan was involved in a car crash against a road sign as the vehicle made a left turn from Atkins Farm on to West St. During the left turn, the vehicle drove over the median and struck a sign at 1102 West St. No injuries were reported.

5:51 p.m.: A passerby stated that there was a minor motor vehicle crash in the area around 25 Lincoln Ave. An area search was conducted, and the vehicles were gone.


4:01 p.m.: A reporting party advised police that two rings had been stolen from her home at 767 S. East St. Her insurance company requested that she file a police report for the rings. The reporting party said that there was no break-in, but that babysitters, dog-sitters and contractors had access to the home. She did not know who took them, as she did not wear them often and that they were kept in her bathroom off of her bedroom. One ring is antique-looking and has a gold band with details on it along with an aquamarine-colored stone. This ring is valued at $750. The other ring also has a gold band with small diamonds around the majority of the band.

4:29 p.m.: A reporting party stated that someone had stolen his coat, green card, wallet, phone and keys from the bathroom at Big Y at 175 University Drive, though he was unsure who took it. He entered the restroom to take care of his infant and hung his navy blue peacoat up on the stall and forgot to take it on the way out. Staff at Big Y stated that no one had turned in a coat. The officer checked the Goodwill in the same plaza and spoke to staff who stated that there was no pea coat turned in and that they did not notice anyone wearing one.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

4:42 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a blue 2011 Chevrolet Impala was passing a vehicle in the breakdown lane, driving at a high rate of speed around 1101 West St. The vehicle was last seen driving around the rotary toward Hampshire College on West St.


Follow Up

9:24: Speeding enforcement analysis: Speed enforcement for the area around APD at 111 Main St. was conducted on Oct. 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 23 and 25. Seven stops were conducted for speeding. Though speeding will continue to be a problem due to the steep hill, APD will remove the area from the APD Traffic Enforcement Board.


Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018


12:14 a.m.: A bouncer requested assistance removing an intoxicated involved party from The Spoke, 35 E. Pleasant St. The involved party just wanted to pay his bill before leaving. The issue was settled, and the person left in an Uber.

12:22 a.m.: A bouncer at The Spoke requested assistance removing a party from the location, but the party was gone before police arrived.

12:33 a.m.: A reporting party called about three white males screaming and yelling in the parking lot at 57 Olympia Dr. The reporting party stated two of them were wearing black and one was in a white shirt. A female that works there went outside to tell them to stop and they began screaming at her, according to the reporting party. Both listed parties are friends who were having a personal argument; nothing physical was involved. Both parties decided to go their separate ways for the night.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:16 a.m.: An officer was advised of a motor vehicle crash in the area of 31 N. Pleasant St. A check of the area was conducted, but it was gone on arrival.

1:29 a.m.: A gray 2016 Toyota Highlander was stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk at 826 N. Pleasant St. The operator of a gray 2008 Nissan Sentra did not see the vehicle stopped in time and rear ended the Toyota. Both vehicles were able to drive away safely, and police assisted with traffic caused by the collision.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

12:45 a.m.: An officer was flagged down by 11 Amity St. in the middle of the travel lane by the operator of a green 2003 Dodge Caravan because the battery died. The battery was found to have a loose connection. The listed party was able to tighten the battery and leave.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:46 a.m.: a brown 2005 Buick Lesabre was stopped at 53 Fearing St. for a defective headlight. The operator of the vehicle advised she was coming from a party on Sunset Avenue and signed of impairment were detected. Field sobriety tests were conducted and showed the operator was not impaired. A verbal warning was issued.

12:47 a.m.: A blue 2007 Toyota Camry was stopped at 1 E. Pleasant St. for failing to illuminate headlights. The operator of the vehicle was given a verbal warning.

12:54 a.m.: The operator of a black 2009 Honda Pilot was stopped at 406 N. Pleasant St. for traveling with a defective driver’s side headlight. The operator was unaware of the problem. A warning was issued.

12:58 a.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a black 2009 Volvo s60 at 229 University Dr.

1:06 a.m.: An officer stopped the operator of a white 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 for operating without headlights at 364 N. Pleasant St. After observing rear passengers reaching in the rear of the vehicle, all passengers were taken out of the car and identified. The vehicle was checked for weapons and field sobriety tests were given to the operator and checked out okay. A warning was given.

2:06 a.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a black 1989 BMW Automa for turning on red where prohibited at 141 N. Pleasant St.

2:09 a.m.: An officer stopped the operator of a gray 2000 Honda CRV for not having headlights on at 213 College St. The driver was given a warning.

Liquor Law Violation

1:24 a.m.: An involved party was seen walking on the sidewalk with an open container of Bud Light by 53 Fearing St. He was issued a warning, emptied the alcohol and was sent on his way.

1:56 a.m.: An involved party was seen walking on the sidewalk with an open can of Bud Light at 4 Main St. The container was emptied, and he was sent on his way with a warning.

Noise Complaint

1:35 a.m.: Police arrived at 219 E. Pleasant St. where there was loud music and a gathering indoors. Residents were advised to clear out the home, but after advising that the home had been cleared, additional guests were seen in the home. Once residence was cleared out for the second time, four residents were advised they would be summoned for the noise town bylaw. The summons process was explained to all involved.

1:45 a.m.: Loud music and voices were reported coming from 110 Logtown Road. No noise was heard in the area upon police arrival.

10:13 p.m.: Unreasonably loud music was heard upon police arrival at 219 E. Pleasant St. People were cleared from the residence. This residence was visited the night before for a noise complaint. A listed party was placed under arrest for a noise violation.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

1:45 a.m.: A male and female were using the parking lot at 95 Montague Road to have a consensual encounter in the back of a black 2013 Honda Civic. They were advised the park was closed and they agreed to find a better spot.

1:52 a.m.: A red 2008 Kia Sedona was observed with the interior lights on at 200 State St. A check was conducted, and no one was found in the area. All checked out normal.


2:18 a.m.: An anonymous female reported she was at a Sigma Chi party when she observed a male grab another female’s butt. He was described as a white male in his 40s, with a white t-shirt, glasses and no facial hair. No description could be given of the female. The reporting party did not know either of the other parties and did not have any information on the location of the party.


7:39 a.m.: A brand-new 512g iPhone XS still in the box was taken from 14 Carriage Lane by a male party. The reporting party went to Verizon to attempt to locate the phone and Verizon would not release the information. Verizon requested the reporting party report it to Amherst Police. Verizon is to be contacted by the day shift after the store is open. The reporting party hasn’t heard back from the suspect and requested police assistance in locating the phone.

Assist Business/Agency

8:43 a.m.: A gray 2011 Toyota Tacoma and a black 2018 Honda Civic were parked in the parking lot in front of 4 Boltwood Ave. The business requested that the vehicles be moved before the start of a Halloween parade. The motor vehicles were parked before barricades for the parade were placed. Police attempted to find contact information for the owners with negative results. At 10:30 a.m. a subsequent check of the lot was conducted, and the sedan had moved and only the pickup remained in the location.

Community Policing

12:25 p.m.: Police handed out candy during downtown Halloween festival at 100 S. Pleasant St. Police also assisted with traffic for the parade.

Recovered Property

12:57 p.m.: A bystander found an engagement ring outside of Bueno Y Sano, 1 Boltwood Walk. The ring was placed into property.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

5:56 p.m.: A reporting party stated a listed party operating a green 2007 Honda Odyssey was all over the road and not willing to yield at the top of the notch when trying to merge at 712 West St. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Animal Complaint

7:31 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a coyote or a coydog in the area of 160 E. Pleasant St. She wasn’t sure if the animal was sick or scared, but it was possibly limping. The animal was gone upon police arrival.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

11:26 p.m.: Smoke was seen rising from the eastern quad at the Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St. A security check of the area resulted in the observation of a large amount of smoke billowing out of the eastern quad, accompanied by loud yelling and singing. A bench was found burning in the center of the quad. No estimate was made on the amount of people present as most had scattered as police made their way to the entrance of the quad.

Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @mikepconnors. Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter @hayleyk_johnson.

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