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Police Logs: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Five summons and one arrest reported in Amherst this weekend
(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018


4:19 p.m.: An officer stated there was some sort of issue going on in the Spring Street parking lot involving a green 2016 Subaru Outback.

5:01 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was an old farm truck that was parked in front of her store, at 31 S. Pleasant St., that had been idling for 30 minutes and the fumes from the truck were going into her store. The truck was removed upon police arrival.

Community Policing

4:29 p.m.: Police led Merry Maple parade from Haigis Mall to Amherst Common and conversed with locals upon arrival.

Motor Vehicle Stop

4:45 p.m.: A blue 2011 Subaru Outback was issued a verbal warning for an improper turn at 351 Northampton Road.

9:01 p.m.: The operator of a blue 2016 Toyota 4Runner was stopped at 212 College St. and issued a warning for not having the headlights on.


5:37 p.m.: A reporting party stated her friend was watching her house, 39 Mill Lane, and went out to get the mail and there were two vehicles parked in front of the residence. The operator of the vehicle said they were going canoeing and moved their car up the street a little bit. Police checked out the vehicle and said it was nothing suspicious.

Assist Citizen

6:46 p.m.: An involved party stated he ordered a laptop in early November. It was supposed to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. The involved party never received the package. He had no documentation at the time but will try to obtain that information and contact APD.


6:46 p.m.: A reporting party stated a Black male inside Stackers, 57 N. Pleasant St., was harassing customers and refusing to leave. The reporting party stated the man had a knife in his pocket and would like the person removed from the bar. The involved party was agitated, so the bartender called the police instead of asking him to leave after reaching his drink limit. The person was moved along after a brief conversation with police.

7:13 p.m.: A reporting party stated the involved party referenced in the disturbance at Stackers at 6:46 p.m. reentered the location after police left and began starting another disturbance asking who ratted him out. The involved party was placed in custody for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Motor Vehicle Crash

9:26 p.m.: A crash occurred at 71 N. Pleasant St. involving a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:01 a.m.: A reporting party stated that they were hearing excessive noise from Kaiju restaurant below their apartment at 30 Boltwood Walk. The reporting party had conversations with restaurant and property management and was waiting in the lobby looking to have the incident documented.

12:30 a.m.: Loud bass was heard coming from Puffton Village at 1040 N. Pleasant St. Apt. 53. Residents were found inside the apartment with loud music, they were cooperative in turning the music off and the town bylaws were explained. A warning was issued.

12:36 a.m.: A reporting party complained about excessive music from Kaiju restaurant at 30 Boltwood Walk. Upon police arrival, officers noted that the music was so loud that it could probably be heard throughout the entire building. The owner of the establishment stated that he had a “special” permit that allowed him to play music at 70 decibels or less until 1:00 a.m. When asked if officers could see the permit, the owner said he did not have it. An officer will look into his permitting to see if he is allowed to play music so loud and will follow up with him and the reporting party.

11:00 p.m.: Puffton security stated that a party consisting of about 30 people at 1040 N. Pleasant St., Apt. 383 was not quieting down after multiple requests. Police spoke to residents about the noise and residents cleared out of the home.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

1:13 a.m.: A reporting party stated that a white 2018 Toyota Highlander had almost hit some people leaving 1040 N. Pleasant St. The vehicle was gone on police arrival.

6:01 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a blue 2012 Volkswagen Jetta that almost struck her in the CVS parking lot at 76 N. Pleasant St. The vehicle was gone on arrival.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:17 a.m.: A white 2013 Nissan Altima was stopped for a marked lanes violation at 1040 N. Peasant St. Apt. #500. A warning was issued.

9:11 p.m.: A red 2009 Honda CRV was stopped at 75 E. Pleasant St. for a defective headlight. A warning was issued to the operator as well as two passengers for no seat belts.

9:44 p.m.: A gray 2004 Toyota Tacoma was stopped at 259 Triangle St. for operating at 43 mph in a 30 mph zone. Alcohol was observed in the vehicle and the operator admitted to drinking one spiked seltzer before driving. Sobriety field tests were conducted which showed that the operator was not impaired. A warning was issued.

9:58 p.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a blue 2007 Toyota Highlander for a defective headlight at 364 N. Pleasant St.

10:34 p.m.: A warning was issued to the operator of a gray 2014 Honda Accord for a defective headlight at 32 College St.


1:23 a.m.: A reporting party said that they heard a female yelling in the area of 691 E. Pleasant St. Police spoke to an individual leaving the location and was advised that the female party was yelling in an attempt to flag a vehicle down, and that they had been picked up and left the area.


1:53 a.m.: An officer observed two parties walking across the town common at 100 S. Pleasant St. while carrying a large keg. The officer discovered that they had actually stolen the keg from 47 S. Prospect St. and were attempting to bring it back to their dorm at Amherst College. A 22-year-old from Scarsdale, New York and a 21-year-old from Calgary, Alberta, Canada were both issued summons for unlawful possession of a keg and the keg was seized.


6:20 a.m.: A reporting party stated that she had heard three popping sounds coming from the 316 Amity St. that were either gunshots or a car backfiring. Police checked the area, which came up negative.


7:05 a.m.: A reporting party complained about a black 2011 Ford F-150 parked facing the wrong way in front of 42 McClellan St. The vehicle was issued a parking citation.


9:07 a.m.: A reporting party wanted a person removed from the Starbucks at 71 N. Pleasant St. A trespass order was issued to the person, who then left without incident.


9:59 a.m.: A reporting party stated that his daughter had parked a 2011 Ford Edge at 94 N. Prospect St. the night before and it was found to be damaged in the morning. The driver’s side mirror had been damaged and was hanging off the vehicle. The reporting party wanted an officer to review the damage. The reporting party also stated that his daughter had been ticketed three times in two weeks for blocking a driveway even though no other vehicles blocking other driveways had been ticketed. He was advised by police to contest most recent ticket and to go before the clerk with his concerns.

Recovered Property

10:51 a.m.: A wallet and a silver Samsung cell phone was brought into APD at 111 Main St. Both items were found in town, and it was determined that the University of Massachusetts Police Department had the owner’s number, where they called and left a message.

Assist other Police Department

1:51 p.m.: Hadley Police Department was chasing a vehicle that was all over the road, jumping curbs and driving through fields. Massachusetts State Police called to advise that the registered operator of the vehicle was involved in a domestic the day before. HPD advised that they had one person in custody at 47 Knightly Road and was looking for assistance. When an officer arrived, it was determined that the operator was in custody, and the officer then assisted HPD in getting the operator into the HPD cruiser.

Assist Business / Agency

2:31 p.m.: Police were dispatched to assist the Amherst Department of Public Works while they attempted to fix the lights at 1191 N. Pleasant St.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

2:59 p.m.: Police stopped to assist a red 2005 Toyota Sienna that was waiting on the side of the road at 132 Bridge St. for a friend to assist with a jump start. The vehicle was found to not be a hazard.

6:07 p.m.: A reporting party advised police that his vehicle, a red 2013 BMW X3 had stopped working at the traffic light located at 19 Northampton Road. The vehicle was towed by Ernie’s Towing and the occupants were transported to 1 E. Pleasant St. by APD.


3:42 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of online fraud $700 to someone overseas at 7 Willow Lane.

Animal Complaint

8:21 p.m.: A reporting party stated she had witnessed a cat get run over at 91 Meadow St. but was unsure if it was still alive or not. The animal was dead upon arrival and a passerby was determined to have picked the animal up.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Noise Complaint

12:22 a.m.: An anonymous caller stated loud music was coming from 902 N. Pleasant St. A small gathering in the basement of the apartment at the listed address. All residents were identified and explained the noise town bylaw. A warning was issued.

12:35 a.m.: A reporting party stated loud music was coming from two houses down, at 23 Valley Lane. The noise was gone upon police arrival.

1:52 a.m.: A large party at 621 E. Pleasant St. was called in by a reporting party. This was a registered party that had been previously warned. A large party cleared out and the guests cleared into the roadway, creating a traffic hazard. Residents were unable to clear out the home upon request. Three female residents were summoned for town bylaw noise violation.

2:18 a.m.: A small gathering was playing music with the door open at 73 Main St., Apt. 2. The residents were advised of the complaint and agreed to turn the music off. The town bylaw was explained, and the residents were issued a warning.

2:19 a.m.: Loud talking was reported coming from 188 E. Hadley Road, Apt. 117B. The noise was gone upon police arrival.

11:20 p.m.: A noise complaint was made at 422 Belchertown Road coming from the upstairs apartment. Police were unable to locate the noise; they talked to a number of neighbors to investigate.

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:47 a.m.: A black Toyota Prius was seen travelling with a passenger side headlight out by 1 Spring St. The operator was advised to fix the equipment failure and was issued a warning.

12:54 a.m.: The operator of a brown 2008 Toyota Tacoma was observed driving with a passenger side headlight out by 104 College St. The operator was advised to fix the equipment and was issued a warning.

1:24 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2007 Ford Edge was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to endanger and a lights violation. Ernie’s Towing towed the vehicle from 228 Triangle St.


1:43 a.m.: A male party in a large orange jacket standing in the middle of road at 149 E. Pleasant St. Police checked the area; no sign of listed party or anything matching the description.

2:18 a.m.: A reporting party in North Carolina reported a friend of his contacted him in the area of 1089 N. Pleasant St. about being followed by a male party making inappropriate comments. The reporting party did not have a description of either his friend or the male party. UMPD was contacted to locate the student and did.

8:06 p.m.: A reporting party stated that he went to 81 Belchertown Road, Apt. 179 to visit someone when a female in the apartment started yelling at the reporting party telling them to leave.

9:09 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a delivery driver witnessed four people in a circle when one person wearing glasses and a hat and scarf grabbed something from someone else and ran off down the street while three others ran after him at 150 Fearing St. It was determined that the parties ran towards the UMass campus and that the driver was not sure where they went.


9:09 a.m.: A reporting party believed the college students living at 66 Berkshire Terrace dumped all their bagged leaves back on the property in retaliation of a noise complaint of a car alarm her husband set off last night. The reporting party wasn’t interested in seeing an officer, but wanted the incident documented.

Follow Up

10:15 a.m.: The reporting party in the vandalism reported at 66 Berkshire Terrace wanted an officer to view the leaves scattered in the yard and would appreciate it if the officer could talk to the college students next door.


10:19 a.m.: A cafe manager at the Newman Center, 472 N. Pleasant St., said there was a large group of individuals in the cafe causing a disturbance and refused to leave. The large group was homeless and had just left when police made contact with the Newman Center employee. Many were under the influence.

Motor Vehicle Crash

10:52 a.m.: A reporting party’s girlfriend parked her gray 2015 Chevy Sonic in the parking lot behind Bruegger’s Bagels, 170 N. Pleasant St., for 10 minutes. When she returned to her car, she noticed the tail light had been backed into. The tail light had been shifted, but no damage was done around the bumper.


10:55 a.m.: A reporting party at 501 Old Farm Road called to report fraudulent charges on her credit card. Packages that she had not ordered had been delivered to her residence. She also noted several purchases made with her credit card that she did not make. She called the various companies to inquire and was advised of the deliveries.

Animal Complaint

1:51 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a sickly skunk in the road at 72 Chapel Road. The animal was found to be old and blind, it eventually wandered off into the woods.


4:21 p.m.: A reporting party called into APD at 111 Main St. to check the status of her lost wallet. She advised police that her Discover card was used after Nov. 30, 2018 at Cumberland Farms. The card had been since cancelled and the money had been reimbursed. An officer will be following up with Cumberland Farms to check their security video.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

6:34 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a white 2019 Land Rover ran through an intersection at 486 N. Pleasant St., brake-checking a bunch of people. The vehicle was gone on arrival.

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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