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Police Logs: Friday, Nov. 2 – Sunday, Nov. 4

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

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Nov. 2 to Sunday, Nov. 4.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:27 a.m.: A vehicle operator in a gray 1994 Hyundai Excel was issued a verbal warning for no inspection and an invalid regulation sticker at 79 N. East St.

Animal Complaint

12:34 a.m.: A reporting party called into police to request the retrieval of a stray dog at 18 Tanglewood Road.

1:32 a.m.: A reporting party called police to report a “confused-looking fox” wandering in the open at 1 Middle St.


1:59 p.m.: A 32-year-old white male wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and a 21-year-old female were caught shoplifting over $250 worth of Crest and razor items each at Big Y, 175 University Dr. The suspects got into a vehicle and headed west on Rt. 9 until making a U-turn into Westgate Plaza, and then stopping in the Northampton area. The male suspect upon search was caught possessing heroin and the female suspect was in possession of cocaine.


2:22 p.m.: Parking enforcement alerted police about a table top that was actually a road sign on the front lawn of 82 Triangle St. that read “Road Closed Thru Traffic Only.” The officer spoke to the resident of the home, who informed the officer that the sign belonged to a previous renter who left the table top there prior to leaving, and it did not belong to the current renters. As the officer was speaking to the current renter, a member of the Department of Public Works drove by. The officer asked the DPW employee if there was a sign that had been missing, as the DPW employee responded that it was “likely.” The sign was then turned over to the DPW.

Animal Complaint

5:22 p.m. A reporting party called to alert police about missing their two-year-old Bernese Mountain dog named Shira, who had been missing for 10 minutes on Sunderland Road. Shira wore an orange bandana and pink collar and has the traditional black, white and brown coloring of her breed.


4:11 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a white female in her 20s was refusing to leave her store at 41 N. Pleasant St., stating the female grabbed a typewriter and claimed it was hers. The accused party, dressed in a green jacket and green pants, said that she was looking to retrieve her typewriter that she dropped off at the store six months ago. The model that the female grabbed was the same model as the one she previously dropped off. When the reporting party asked the female to leave his store multiple times, the female sat on the ground and refused to vacate. The female’s typewriter was uncovered and returned to her. She was advised not to return to the store again.

Motor Vehicle Crash

4:13 p.m.: A white 2010 Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a gray 2008 Subaru Outback travelling southbound on E. Pleasant Street. The resulted damage was estimated to be under $1,000 and there were no injuries. Information was exchanged.

Assist Business / Agency

4:37 p.m.: A reporting party stated that six to 10 middle school-aged kids were being loud and blocking the outside of their business at 253 Triangle St., making it difficult for customers to enter and exit the store. The group of kids were cooperative and moved along. The reporting party was advised to call back if the incident occurred again.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

4:57 p.m.: A motor vehicle stopped in the middle of the street at 140 Windmill Lane. The operator had called AAA services, but the AAA services tow truck blocked the entire northbound travel lane. AAA never contacted police about the stopped vehicle in the middle of the roadway, an ongoing issue with the company. AAA supervisor was contacted and advised that police must be notified whenever there is a car broken down in the middle of a roadway.


5:15 p.m.: A member of Pi Kappa Phi claimed a wheel was stolen from their fraternity house at 38 Nutting Ave. over the last week (or two). The wheel, meant for a vintage car, was not attached to a motor vehicle at the time, but was left outside next to a car. The reporting party suspects that a drunk party-goer stole the wheel. There is no security camera footage and there are no suspects.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

6:04 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was an erratic driver on Bay Road who kept putting on their hazard lights and turning their head lights on and off. Police checked the area and found the vehicle in the Atkins parking lot. The owner was not located.

Motor Vehicle Crash

7:37 p.m.: A 2016 Ford Mustang pulled onto Pray Street from Triangle Street with the intent of making a U-turn. The operator of the Mustang thought the operator of the oncoming 2013 Ford C-Max was going to stop because it appeared to him that the C-Max was slowing down. The Mustang made the U-turn and the two vehicles crashed. The Mustang sustained damage to the front driver’s side, and the C-Max sustained damage to the passenger’s front side. Information between operators was exchanged.

7:49 p.m.: A 2002 Buick Rendezvous backed out of a driveway and collided with a 2009 Ford Mustang that was unoccupied in Kendrick Place.

9:31 p.m.: A gray 2014 Honda Civic was traveling behind a 2018 gray Toyota Camry on S. Pleasant Street. The Toyota stopped for pedestrian to cross near Walnut Street. The Honda did not stop in time and rear-ended the Toyota, resulting in minor damage to the bumper and front end of the cars. The damage appears to be less than $1,000 and information was exchanged.

Motor Vehicle Stop

8:11 p.m.: A gray 2012 Volkswagen Passat was stopped on Lincoln Street and the operator was issued a warning for defective tail lights.

Assist Business / Agency

9:56 p.m.: A reporting party called police, stating there was an involved party passed out on the back steps outside of McMurphy’s, 37 N. Pleasant St., and wanted him removed.


11:13 p.m.: A 22-year-old male was arrested outside of 1 E. Pleasant St. for disorderly conduct.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:26 a.m.: A loud party on 47 S. East St. was called into police. Upon arrival, officers discovered a large gathering of 100 to 150 people talking loudly and playing loud music. Residents of the home had already received a noise complaint on Sept. 14. The residents were not efficient in their clearing of the party and as a result, a 21-year-old from Lynnfield, Mass., a 21-year-old from Amherst, Mass., a 21-year-old from Amherst, Mass. and a 20-year-old from Amherst, Mass. were arrested on unlawful noise and nuisance house charges per the town bylaws. An additional party, a 20-year-old from Amherst, Mass. was arrested for possession of liquor under the age of 21.

1:50 a.m.: A reporting party called in a loud party at 406 Northampton Road; the reporting party said she had asked them to keep quiet and that she was threatened. Upon arriving to the listed address, officers discovered a large, college-aged crowd on the lawn of the home on Northampton Road., at that time the residents were advised by police to clear out of the party and shut the music off. Residents of the home eventually came out to speak with the officers, and advised that the party had been cleared out, though police noted that though about 10 people had left, there were still more people inside. The house was eventually cleared out after advising them for a second time, and the residents; a 20-year-old from Brighton, Mass., a 21-year-old from Orange, Mass. and a 20-year-old from Brimfield, Mass. were issued a summons for unlawful noise while a 20-year-old from Springfield, Mass. was issued a summons for minor in possession of alcohol.

11:42 a.m.: Officers were advised of loud music coming from Puffton Village, Apt. 340 at 1040 N. Pleasant St. A verbal warning was given to the involved parties for loud music.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:33 a.m.: A 2011 Toyota 4Runner failed to yield at an intersection near 200 Sunset Ave. and collided with a black 2014 Hyundai Sonata. Both vehicles drove away from the scene.

3:27 a.m.: A reporting party advised police of a yellow 2003 Lexus ES in a ditch in the area of 277 Riverglade Drive, with no one around the vehicle. Upon police arrival, officers discerned that it had collided with a tree near the Mill Valley bus stop; with the keys of the vehicle found on the passenger seat. The vehicle was a missing vehicle from a previous assist citizen call that night, and officers were looking to follow up with the reporting party from that call.


12:33 p.m.: A reporting party stated that someone had threw something at her door and smashed her glass at 31 Hallock St. The door ended up being the common door for the apartment building, and the three residents advised that they heard a group of laughing people on the porch before their window smashed. There were several large parties on the street and foot traffic in the area, and officers noted that the screen door had not been smashed, only the window. Officers concluded that it appeared to be a random act of vandalism.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:53 a.m.: A black 2015 Toyota Corolla was stopped at 63 N. Pleasant St. as they were parked at an angle, blocking the entire northbound lane of N. Pleasant St. in order to drop off their passengers. The vehicle was stopped by police and he was advised that he could not block the entire roadway, especially since it was so close to an intersection. A warning was issued.

9:52 p.m.: A white 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK was stopped at 200 Sunset Ave. for an equipment violation. A warning was issued.

10:34 p.m.: A gray 2017 Nissan Altima was stopped for having no headlights at 406 N. Pleasant St. A warning was issued.

10:43 p.m.: A gray 2005 Dodge Caravan was stopped at 739 N. Pleasant St. for operating at 41 mph in a 45 mph zone and for a defective tail light. A warning was issued.


12:56 a.m.: A reporting party advised police her boyfriend was hit in the head at 38 Nutting Ave. and was unresponsive. The person attempted to gain entry into a party at the listed address, and was denied entry as they did not allow random guests. The person forced their way in and began throwing punches until he was removed by the residents. He was uncooperative on scene and became combative with police officers. The person, a 19-year-old from Wellesley, Mass. was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


1:07 a.m.: A police officer on a PVTA bus advised officers of a fight in front of Amherst Books at 8 Main St., noting that parties were starting to break it up. The two involved parties were observed wrestling with each other on the sidewalk, where an officer was able to separate them and send them each on their way. Neither of the two wanted to press charges.

1:12 a.m.: Police spoke to two individuals in front of Antonio’s Pizza at 31 N. Pleasant St. who appeared to begin to start a fight.


1:11 a.m.: A reporting party stated that a female party had broken a window and climbed into their home at 778 N. Pleasant St., where she then started to scream while kicking and biting residents in the home. Upon officer arrival, the female party was heavily drunk, and was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by the Amherst Fire Department. The person, a 22-year-old from Harvard, Mass. was also issued a summons for two charges of assault and battery and one charge of defacing property.

1:47 a.m.: A reporting party stated that he no longer needed police assistance after reporting that the passenger in his vehicle was acting aggressive at 4 Boltwood Ave. Police services were rendered.

2:16 a.m.: A reporting party stated that a white male, possibly intoxicated, was inside the Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Road complaining of a worker who was not in the store. An officer spoke with the workers inside of the store who stated that the involved party demanded to speak with the worker, though when he found out that he was not able to speak with him, the involved party caused a disturbance. The involved party, however, wanted it documented that a tenant of his may have broken a garage window in his apartment, and that he became upset with the worker when he tried to tell him of the incident. The involved party was calmed down by police and advised that his tenant issue was a civil matter, not a criminal one.

12:05 p.m.: A reporting party stated there were three black males who were upset that they weren’t sold cigarettes and were told to leave the store at the Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Road. The involved parties were gone on police arrival; the reporting party advised that she had refused to sell cigarettes to one of the parties who had an expired driver’s license.

4:26 p.m.: An officer observed an involved party attempt to gain entry to a house that was hosting a party. The person was denied access, and the resident was observed ordering the involved party to leave. The involved party became angry and attempted to push the resident, but was restrained by friends. An officer encountered the involved party and he was warned about his actions. He was drunk, but cooperative.

4:50 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a male came into their apartment at 81 Belchertown Road and pulled down his pants. The person left their house, went outside and was pulling down his pants in the parking lot. The involved party had his pants on upon police arrival, and was headed home. The person was allowed to continue on as there was no active disturbance.

11:17 p.m.: A reporting party stated a male party kicked another party in the face at The Spoke, 35 E. Pleasant St. The reporting party also stated the male was detained at the time of the call. The involved party’s twin brother was removed by the bouncer; an off-duty bouncer stepped in to help and was kicked in the face by the involved party. The involved party from Manchester was placed in custody for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

Assist Citizen

2:52 a.m.: A reporting party stated that he was unable to find his yellow 2003 Lexus ES where he thought he parked it at 51 Boltwood Walk. The party also stated that he had lost his keys in front of Antonio’s Pizza. The vehicle was not located in the parking garage, or in any downtown Amherst lot. When the reporting party was called back to gather more information about the missing vehicle, he did not answer.

1:48 p.m.: A reporting party stated that Cousin’s Market at 11 E. Pleasant St. had confiscated his ID and said that it was real. An officer was able to confirm through dispatch that the license was indeed valid, and the store employee then allowed the patron to make his purchase.


3:13 a.m.: A branch was found blocking the road at 603 S. East St. An officer moved the branch, but the Amherst Department of Public Works was advised to clear out the rest of the branch as it could be a potential traffic hazard.

12:32 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a tree in the roadway at 57 Sand Hill Road, blocking traffic. Upon police arrival, the tree branch was observed to have been moved from the roadway.

3:17 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was water in the road between Mill Valley and a brook at 277 Riverglade Drive. A voicemail was left for the Amherst Department of Public Works regarding leaves caught in the drain, and no immediate hazard was found.

4:12 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a tree resting on wires near 918 E. Pleasant St. Eversource arrived later and cleared the tree from the primary lines.

4:28 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a PVTA bus stuck in the middle of the road at 165 Sunderland Road, blocking traffic. Upon officer arrival, the bus was gone.

6:28 p.m.: A reporting party advised police that there was a party starting in his neighborhood and that they were parking all over the street and on people’s lawns around 9 Van Meter Drive. No party was occurring, and there were no cars on the reporting party’s lawn.

7:12 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a stop sign knocked over at 266 E. Pleasant St. Officers discovered the entire stop sign laying on the ground near the entrance of Southpointe. Heavy winds seemed to have blown the stop sign over. No suspicious activity was reported and the Amherst Department of Public Works was notified.

Recovered Property

9:05 a.m.: A Santander ATM card was found at the Starbucks at 71 N. Pleasant St. A phone call was made to the person and a message was left on their cell phone. The property was eventually returned to the owner.

Assist Business/Agency

10:54 a.m.: Amherst Police Department assisted Amherst College Police Department at 58 College St. with traffic for a road race.

Community Policing

11:21 a.m.: An officer spoke with a cashier at Amherst Market at 259 Triangle St. about high school students coming in and being disrespectful. The officer told the cashier that he would continue to monitor this during his weekday day shifts.

Assist Other Police Department

2:59 p.m.: Amherst Police Department assisted the University of Massachusetts Police Department after the tailgate at 200 Sunset Ave., having passerby dump all open containers. Warnings were issued to all and there were no issues.

Liquor Law Violation

4:08 p.m.: An involved party was observed walking with an open container at 144 Fearing St. The alcohol was destroyed on scene, the person was advised of the town bylaws and a warning was issued.

4:12 p.m.: An involved party was observed walking with an open container at 144 Fearing St. The alcohol was destroyed on scene, the person was advised of the town bylaws and a warning was issued.

4:20 p.m.: An involved party was observed walking with an open container at 144 Fearing St. The alcohol was destroyed on scene, the person was advised of the town bylaws and a warning was issued.

4:37 p.m.: An involved party was observed travelling on the sidewalk near 31 Phillips St. with an open container. The alcohol was destroyed on scene, the person was advised of the town bylaws and a warning was issued.

10:34 p.m.: A 19-year-old from Feeding Hills, Mass. was issued a summons for open container of alcohol and possession of alcohol under the age of 21 at 111 Fearing St.

10:41 p.m.: An 18-year-old from Boston, Mass. was issued a summons for open container of alcohol and possession of alcohol under the age of 21 at 200 Sunset Ave.


5:33 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a package was taken from her residence at 1 E. Pleasant St. Apt. 423. Officers spoke to the party who stated it was stolen out of the mail room on Oct. 17. Officers are investigating the incident further.


6:32 p.m.: A reporting party stated that they had observed a kid standing in the street near The Spoke at 35 E. Pleasant St., and that the middle of his shirt appeared to be wet. The person was gone upon police arrival.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:28 a.m.: A reporting party called in loud music coming from Apt. 18 at 175 Summer St. She stated she tried to make contact with the residents and ask them to turn it down, but they didn’t answer the door. The noise complaint was unfounded; a single occupant was by himself, quietly watching TV when police arrived.

12:51 a.m.: A reporting party stated loud music in the vicinity of 130 Belchertown Road. An involved party was advised to turn the music off for the night and was issued a warning.

1:37 a.m.: A reporting party called in a loud party outside 10 Tyler Place. It was a small gathering of friends. The residents agreed to quiet down. They were advised of the town bylaw on noise and were given a warning.

1:47 a.m.: A gathering of approximately 20 guests with music and loud voices was reported at 57 E. Pleasant St., Apt. 305. The gathering was cleared out and the town bylaw was explained to residents. A warning was issued.

2:08 a.m.: Police spoke with residents in Apts. 5 and 7 at 219 Amity St. after receiving multiple noise complaints. Both apartments had loud music and a small number of guests. The town bylaw was explained at the locations and warnings were issued.

3:14 a.m.: A reporting party stated there was partying, shouting and loud music coming from 73 Main St., Apt. 2. There was no music playing upon police arrival. Residents were advised of the complaint and agreed to quiet down. A warning was issued.

5:07 a.m.: Loud music coming from Apt. 142E at 188 E. Hadley Road was reported. Police arrived and found a gathering of approximately 10 guests and very loud music and singing. The apartment was cleared out and the music was shut off. Residents were issued a warning and were explained the town bylaw.


12:37 a.m.: An employee of M.J. Norton Security requested an officer meet his security specialists near 1040 N. Pleasant St., Apt. 47, as they were out with a vandalized motor vehicle. The white 2004 Honda Civic was found with its back windshield shattered after coming back from a party. There are no suspects at this time.


12:38 a.m.: A reporting party stated while leaving a party at 31 Phillips St., party-goers threw bottles into the roadway. The area was checked; no evidence of bottles being thrown in the roadway. There were approximately 20 people on the street.

3:02 a.m.: A 911 call was received from a reporting party stating he was with his friend in downtown Amherst who had a knife. The reporting party asked his friend why he had the knife and he said “To attack people to make Islam look bad.” He immediately tried to retract his statement as the reporting party was uncomfortable. The reporting party wanted to report the incident due to concern of violence. The reporting party only knew the first name of the involved party, and that he lived in Puffton Village. Police stated there was no credible threat as the reporting party forwarded statements and was unable to fully identify the friend.

3:23 p.m.: Two individuals walked from N. Pleasant Street to Bank of America, 1 S. Pleasant St. Police observed a Volkswagen Jetta drive alongside the parties and all exchanged hostile words. The two on foot walked toward Amity Street. A white male exited the Jetta in front of Antonio’s and walked toward Subway.

3:30 p.m.: A red Nissan Altima was reported in the parking lot at 229 University Dr. with three individuals smoking marijuana. The vehicle and occupants were gone upon police arrival.


1:04 a.m.: An employee of M.J. Norton Security stated he was notified by his coworkers of a group of college students going between Puffton Village and the Townehouse apartments committing various acts of vandalism. The employee could not give examples, descriptions or locations. His staff said eight males kept going between the two areas committing acts of vandalism. The parties were not seen by police.

9:27 p.m.: A reporting party called in an individual causing a disturbance at Craig’s Place, 434 N. Pleasant St. He was on the steps in the back of the building and he was wanted off the property. He had a small laceration to his head and complained about arm pain. AFD was called to evaluate him; he declined medical attention. He was ordered to leave the property per shelter management, and left the property on his own accord.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

1:11 a.m.: A reporting party who lives at 51 McClellan St. stated there was an unknown alarm going off in the area. A fire alarm was going off inside a residence. A keyholder lived in an apartment off the residence and gained entry. AFD investigated and found it to be a faulty smoke detector.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:13 a.m.: A black 2003 Audi A6 was stopped at 35 E. Pleasant St. for not having the headlights turned on. The operator showed no signs of impairment. A warning was issued.

1:47 a.m.: The operator of a brown 2016 Toyota Corolla was stopped at 161 N. Pleasant St. for a mechanical issue and was given a verbal warning.

1:58 a.m.: A black 2013 Toyota Camry was pulled over at 71 N. Pleasant St. and the operator was issued a warning for failing to pull over for an emergency vehicle.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

1:17 a.m.: A reporting party stated a silver sedan was parking blocking their driveway at 284 N. Pleasant St. They attempted to speak to the operator who was not making any sense. The area was searched by police and the vehicle was gone on arrival.

Liquor Law Violation

1:33 a.m.: A disturbance at Antonio’s Pizza, 31 N. Pleasant St. was reported, where two college-aged females were being held back by others. They appeared to be in a physical altercation with each other. One of the females was found to be the aggressor and summoned to court for assault and battery, and destruction of property under $1,200. The other female, the victim, was punched several times in the face by the aggressor while in Antonio’s. The victim stated she did not know the aggressor and the assault was unprovoked. She was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for further evaluation. The property damage was done to the victim’s iPhone.

Assist Citizen

1:51 a.m.: A reporting party stated he and his friend took an Uber to a party on Sunset Avenue and his friend left alone on foot. When the reporting party returned home, his friend’s car was gone and he could not get ahold of him over the phone. When contacted via phone later, he said he was in Crampton Hall in Southwest Residential Area, but the reporting party stated he had no idea why his friend would be there because he doesn’t go to UMass and was only there for the night.


6:21 a.m.: A motor vehicle was parked in the bike lane facing traffic at 227 E. Pleasant St. The owner of the white 2010 Kia Forte came out of their home and moved the vehicle to a safer parking space.

7:18 a.m.: A reporting party called in three vehicles parked on both sides of 435 S. Pleasant St.: a blue 2013 Toyota Camry, blue 2013 Hyundai Sonata and a blue 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. The reporting party thought it was a hazard and a fire truck couldn’t pass by. No town-posted “tow zone” signs were in the area, just “no parking” signs put up by residents in the neighborhood.

6:39 p.m.: A reporting party called in a green 2001 Honda CRV parked in a handicap parking spot with no placard at 30 N. Prospect St. The vehicle has a placard, but it was not hanging. A message was left for the owner as a reminder.

7:28 p.m.: A brown 2003 Buick Century was reported for blocking the exit of the Newman Center, 472 N. Pleasant St.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

10:05 a.m.: A gray 2006 Subaru Forester was parked on the shoulder by 215 S. Pleasant St. with hazards on. The registered operator advised the engine began to smoke and she had called AAA.

Follow Up

4:20 p.m.: Follow up to an incident that was recorded as a disturbance at Antonio’s Pizza at 1:33 a.m. A summons was issued to a female for assault and battery and destruction of property under $1,200.

5:22 p.m.: Follow up to a disturbance on Saturday at The Spoke at 11:17 a.m. A witness never showed up for a statement; he was left a voicemail. The victim was contacted for update.

Motor Vehicle Crash

6:53 p.m.: A reporting party said she was traveling northbound on Rout 116 and she struck a deer as she approached Meadow Street. Heavy damage was done to the front end and the passenger headlight was broken on the red 2009 Honda Fit, however, the vehicle was drivable. When police got to the scene, it was determined the incident happened in Hadley, about a half-mile north of the UMass exit in the northbound lane. Hadley Police Department was dispatched for the deer.

Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected]. Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected]. Gretchen Keller can be reached at [email protected].



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