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Police Logs: Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

‘I probably shouldn’t be driving anymore’
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 to Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Motor Vehicle Crash

9:53 a.m.: A reporting party in a gray 2016 Subaru Forester said they struck a deer that died by 740 Belchertown Road. The vehicle sustained damage and was rendered inoperable. The Subaru was towed by Ernie’s Towing. DPW arrived at the scene and removed the deer.

5:11 p.m.: A reporting party called in a hit and run witnessed by 164 N. Pleasant St. involving a red 2017 Toyota Rav4. The damage was believed to be over $1,000. The reporting party believed her vehicle sustained damage the previous day at the same location. The damage consisted of scuffs and minor separation of the driver’s side bumper, scuffs on the front driver side wheel and the lower portion of the mirror’s encasement was cracked and missing pieces. That damage was estimated to be under $1,000.

7:02 p.m.: A 911 cell phone caller reported involvement in a crash with a black 2013 Honda Civic. No personal injury was reported. The second motor vehicle involved was believed to have left the scene by 405 Amity St., but sustained front end damage. Hadley PD was advised of the vehicle with the unknown make or model with front end damage. The operator of the Civic advised he was turning left heading northbound from Amity Street to University Drive. He turned in front of the unknown vehicle that struck the rear passenger side of his vehicle. He could not provide a description of the vehicle or the direction of travel.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

10:24 a.m.: Police assisted AFD with a fire alarm at the Fort River Elementary School, 70 S. East St. The alarm was set off accidentally.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

10:45 a.m.: A white 2001 Ford Explorer had a flat tire in the roadway at the intersection by 351 Northampton Rd. Ernie’s Towing was notified and removed the vehicle. Police assisted with traffic.


11:54 a.m.: A reporting party, the interim manager at Goodwill, 183 University Dr., tried to fire an employee who became upset. The interaction was verbal only – no weapons, nothing physical. The involved party is a 5’6” white male of average build. The man left on foot wearing a blue hat. Police were unable to locate the person; staff were advised to contact APD if he showed up again. The reporting party advised the male had been untruthful with recording his hours. When told he was being fired and would receive his last paycheck, he became upset.

Motor Vehicle Stop

6:55 p.m.: A blue 2015 Subaru Forester was stopped by 71 N. Pleasant St. and field sobriety tests were conducted. The tests checked out okay. The operator was issued a verbal warning.

Assist Citizen

10:28 p.m.: A reporting party at Craig’s Place, 434 N. Pleasant St. wanted to talk to a female officer about how she was beaten up earlier in the day. She would not provide the name of her attacker but claimed she knew who it was. She refused medical attention. She said the incident occurred around 9:30 p.m., when she arrived at the shelter, because she was “still actively bleeding.” The reporting party also wanted to talk about previous incidents of violence that occurred when she resided in South Hadley. She said she does not trust the police and currently has a lawsuit against the town of South Hadley. She heard there is a new female chief and wanted the officer to put in a good word for her. It was uncertain where the reporting party’s face injuries were sustained from, and she did not want to discuss them.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:03 a.m.: A noise complaint for loud music was called in at 30 Boltwood Walk. The reporting party stated this was an ongoing issue.

1:42 a.m.: An anonymous caller complained of stomping and moving furniture possibly in Apt. 7 at 219 Amity St. Police could see a party taking place in one of the units at the end of the hall on the second floor. No one would open the main hallway door for officers and it was locked. The reporting party would not provide any contact information so she could not be reached to unlock the doors for officers to address the noise.

Liquor Law Violation

1:23 a.m.: A 20-year-old male from Ashland, Mass. is being summoned for having an open container of alcohol at 17 Fearing St.

911 Hang Up

1:24 a.m.: A reporting party at 543 S. Pleasant St. accidentally called 911 on her phone that had a broken screen. The 911 feature was accidentally activated and she could not stop it because her phone was broken. She did not need assistance from officers.

Motor Vehicle Stop

2:10 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2005 Nissan Pathfinder was stopped at 364 N. Pleasant St. The operator and the initial officer had a language barrier, and a second officer assisted with conducting field sobriety tests. The vehicle was observed slowly rolling into the intersection, past the crosswalk of N. Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue while at the red light. Once the light turned green, the operator drove into the fog lane on N. Pleasant Street near Phillips Street. The vehicle was stopped, and signs of impairment due to alcohol were observed. All tests checked out okay.

1:28 p.m.: A blue 2006 Honda Civic was stopped just south of Meadow Street on Route 116 and was given a warning.

Breaking & Entering

3:28 a.m.: Police responded to 622 Main St. Apt. F where a resident reported an unknown person had entered the residence. A 21-year-old from Reading, Mass. was arrested and charged with defacing property, disturbing the peace, attempting to commit a crime and possession of a class B narcotic.

4:36 p.m.: A caretaker watching the residence at 559 S. Pleasant St. reported that someone unknown was inside the home. Upon police arrival, a 21-year-old man from Wayland, Mass. was found in a closet. He was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering during the nighttime to commit a felony.


8:07 a.m.: A reporting party called in a possible water main break by 125 Pomeroy Ln. DPW was notified. A reporting party from 10 Carriage Ln. stated he had approximately a foot of water in his basement. The residents at 9 Carriage Ln. said they had approximately three feet of water in their basement. The water main had broken. Several basements were flooded as a result. DPW handled road issues, and AFD pumped water out of basements.

12:28 p.m.: A reporting party called in concerned about the frozen ice covering the road near 48 Woodlot Rd. The party believed that the ice was due to a neighbor’s runoff and said that it was an ongoing issue and a hazard. The reporting party wanted the Department of Public Works to treat the road, which officers confirmed that the road was treated with salt.

12:39 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a box in the parking lot at 314 College St. that was blocking drivers from being able to back out of their spots. A tractor trailer unit broke down and then awaited a tow.

Motor Vehicle Crash

9:47 a.m.: An officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a brown 1995 Volvo SE 940 by 11 Middle St. As the officer was travelling northbound on Middle Street, the Volvo went through a stop sign when the officer had the right of way. The intersection of Middle and Pomeroy Street is a four-way stop. As a result of the vehicle failing to stop, the officer T-boned the operator’s driver side door. The operator suffered damage to her front driver’s side panel and driver’s door, with scuff marks on the front end of the bumper. When asked if she was okay, she responded by saying “I probably shouldn’t be driving anymore.”

11:18 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2005 Volkswagen Passat was stopped in traffic near 10 Belchertown Rd. when she was rear-ended by the operator of a 2009 Honda CR-V. There was minor, if any, damage to the vehicles, and there were no injuries.

Recovered Property

2:19 p.m.: A wallet was found in the parking lot of CVS at 76 N. Pleasant St. The owner contacted APD and collected the property from police.

4:28 p.m.: A reporting party came into the APD station at 111 Main St. with a purse he had found in Hadley. The purse, a black St. John’s Bay bag, was found in a shopping cart at Whole Foods, and the party brought it to Amherst because he had seen that the license was out of Amherst. The owner of the purse was contacted and eventually came to retrieve the bag.

Assist Other Police Department

7:18 p.m.: Pelham Police Department stated that they were in pursuit of a gray Mazda Miata going at a high rate of speed down Amherst Road in Pelham headed toward Pelham Road in Amherst. Officers arrived on scene at 32 Pelham Rd. and PPD advised that they no longer required assistance.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

7:31 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a disabled motor vehicle at the rotary at 1102 West St. A brown 2003 Buick Century was found disabled in the rotary, and it was determined that the gas gauge seemed to be malfunctioning. The operator ran out of gas, and AAA arrived on scene 15 minutes after police arrival.

Follow Up

7:32 p.m.: A CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) confirmation was received from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Service’s lab regarding evidence seized from the scene of a breaking and entering from June 23, 2017. A 48-year-old man from Amherst, Mass. was arrested on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony and larceny from a building.

Assisted Citizen

9:28 p.m.: A reporting party stated that he was locked out of his house at 28 Amity Pl. The party contacted a locksmith and said that a friend was coming to pick him up.


10:19 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of what he believed were gunshots around 85 Olympia Dr. Another reporting party called police to advise them of fireworks being lit off in the area of Olympia Place. A fireworks box was located in the University of Massachusetts parking lot on Olympia Drive, and no one was in the area.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

10:29 p.m.: A black 2015 Toyota Corolla was reported to have jumped the curb heading toward the center of town near 258 Triangle St. Traffic was monitored, and the vehicle was gone on police arrival.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:35 p.m.: A black 2005 Corolla was seen operating with a passenger’s side headlight out near 486 N. Pleasant St. The operator was told of the issue by police, and she showed an officer a replacement bulb, stating that she would change it soon. A warning was issued to the operator.

1:40 a.m.: The rear driver’s side passenger was observed vomiting out of an open door in the travel lane near 31 N. Pleasant St. The operator was an Uber and they transported the two females back to UMass. The passengers declined any medical attention.

7:01 a.m.: A white 2011 GMC Acadia was traveling 51 mph in a 35 mph zone at 422 Amity St. The operator stated that she was late for work and would not be traveling that fast in the future. A warning was issued.

7:25 a.m.: A green 2005 Subaru Legacy was stopped at 103 S. Pleasant St. for a lights violation. A warning was issued.


1:25 a.m.: A male and his friends were in a verbal altercation with another individual at 187 N. Pleasant St., the parties were separated by officers before things turned physical and peace was restored.

Noise Complaint

2:01 a.m.: A loud party was discovered at 30 Hobart Ln. The party was cleared, and residents were explained the noise town bylaws. A warning was issued.

2:40 a.m.: Loud music was observed coming from 73 Main St. Apt. #2. Two roommates were listening to music while in their apartment and were advised to turn the music off for the night.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

1:40 a.m.: An officer reported a fire alarm sounding at 57 E. Pleasant St. A large crowd was gathering outside of the building due to the alarm. No smoke or fire was observed. Amherst Fire Department responded and cleared the building.

2:16 p.m.: A 911 caller from 422 Belchertown Rd. Apt. #4 reported smoke in the hallway that she believed to be originating from Apt. #1. A small cooking fire was out on arrival and Amherst Fire Department cleared smoke from the building and advised that everything was all set.


10:16 a.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a gray 2011 Nissan Altima blocking her driveway at 19 McClellan St. Ernie’s Towing was called and towed it away from the scene.

10:29 a.m.: A gray 2017 Honda Civic was parked in a tow zone on the wrong side of the street at 19 McClellan St. The vehicle was cited.

2:39 p.m.: A reporting party reported that water was coming up from the street at the intersection near 61 Rolling Ridge Rd. The Department of Public Works was notified.

Follow Up

11:44 a.m.: An officer further conducted an interior perimeter check of a construction site on Cowls Lane in case suspects jumped the fence after last Sunday’s breaking and entering at Watroba’s Liquors at 79 Sunderland Rd. A dollar bill was located on the front lawn of 150 Sunderland Rd. In case it was evidence of the stolen cash from the breaking and entering, the officer photographed the dollar in place, seized it with a rubber glove and entered it into evidence.

6:25 p.m.: A reporting party stated that he heard an involved party might have a gun and would be en route to Theta Chi at 496 N. Pleasant St. to retrieve belongings. A safe was checked where the person said he kept a gun, and the safe was found to be empty. The reporting party was advised on how to seek an order at court the next morning.


2:44 p.m.: A reporting party was concerned about threatening text messages he and his friends were receiving and were concerned the person would show up to their fraternity, Theta Chi, at 496 N. Pleasant St. The text messages did not include direct threats. The reporting party was advised to call APD if the party showed up or if any other threatening messages were received.

Assist Citizen

8:04 p.m.: A reporting party would like officers to stand by while a party came by to pick up their property from Theta Chi on 496 N. Pleasant St. The reporting party stated that the person was “acting weird” by being elusive and not saying anything. It was determined that the person was in the process of being evicted, though police advised the fraternity brothers that they did not have the authority to force him to leave since he “has standing.”

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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