Police Logs: Friday, Jan. 25 — Sunday, Jan. 27

Four arrests were made over the weekend


(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 to Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2019


8:28 a.m.: A reporting party stated a homeless man was pacing back and forth in front of the entrance of Greenfield Cooperative Bank at 253 Triangle St. The man was advised to not stand in front of the bank door if he was not a customer and left.

1:28 p.m.: A reporting party said three homeless individuals, one dressed in all camo-colored clothing, were smoking marijuana outside of his restaurant on 63 N. Pleasant St. and the smell was coming inside. When an officer arrived, one person was smoking a self-made cigarette that looked like a joint and was asked not to smoke marijuana if they were on the sidewalk. The officer then went into Monkey Bar and spoke to someone who inquired about public consumption and told them to call for police assistance if it happens again.

8:41 p.m.: A reporting party arrived at her residence at Knickerbocker Condos at 85 N. Whitney St., Apt. 12, to find her front door wide open. An officer checked the apartment and it was cleared. The reporting party checked and didn’t notice anything damaged or missing.


9:29 a.m.: An involved party in front of Starbucks at 71 N. Pleasant St. set down his belongings and looked as if he was getting ready to panhandle. During a conversation with an officer, the involved party said he was riding his bicycle up Main Street toward the center of town when he raised his middle finger to a PVTA bus. The officer will consider if the involved party should be summoned for disorderly conduct once he reviews footage provided by the PVTA.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:53 p.m.: A 2013 Honda SW was hit on the driver’s side door, resulting in over $1,000 of damage. The vehicle was last seen with no damage on Jan. 23 on 15 Hallock St.

Community Policing

2:28 p.m.: An officer spoke with someone at the Business Improvement District at 35 S. Pleasant St. about going to Bistro 63 for their issues with the homeless smoking outside of their restaurant. The requirements for a town bylaws enforcement were also explained.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

2:28 p.m.: A gray 2019 Chevrolet Silverado ran out of gas at 100 S. East St. The tank was refilled and the vehicle was moved off of the street.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

3:10 p.m.: A reporting party stated a green 2006 Honda Element was driving back and forth over the double yellow line and almost caused several accidents. The vehicle was not found.

Animal Complaint

6:27 p.m.: A dog was seen running near 406 Pine St. The dog was gone on arrival, but was later located. The owner was contacted.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

7:14 p.m.: Multiple calls were made for a white 2007 Mazda CX-7 that was engulfed in flames at 67 Northampton Rd. The occupants made it out and no structures or power lines were compromised. The operator stated she had recently bought the car. It had a cylinder misfire and smoke and flames began coming out from under the hood. The Amherst Fire Department extinguished the fire and the car was towed by Ernie’s. Mass Highway Department sanded the road due to the water freezing.

Motor Vehicle Stop

11:23 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a black Infinity SE who failed to stop for right on a red light. The operator showed no signs of impairment.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019

Noise Complaint

12:15 a.m.: A loud TV was reported coming from the apartment below 497 E. Pleasant St., Apt. 30. There was no noise heard at the location upon police arrival.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

12:48 a.m.: Staff at 1 Pray St. advised an unknown female activated the fire alarm. All patrons at the location were evacuated and AFD was able to shut off the alarm. A staff member stated he saw a blonde female activate the alarm.

7:24 a.m.: Police assisted AFD with a vehicle on fire by 350 Belchertown Road. The motor vehicle was actively on fire upon police arrival. The owner was with the vehicle and no one was inside it. A perimeter was conducted and traffic was diverted to prevent any injuries. Ernie’s Towing was called to tow the vehicle; DPW was called to sand the road. The fire was put out by AFD and the driver was picked up by her mother.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:13 a.m.: A random query on a green 1999 Toyota Avalon showed the registered operator to have an expired license. The motor vehicle was stopped and the operator identified as the registered operator’s son was found to have a valid license.

2:59 a.m.: A gray 1991 Mazda was stopped for speeding near 1191 N. Pleasant St. Field sobriety tests were conducted, which did not indicate impairment. A verbal warning was given to the operator.

10:03 p.m.: A red 2006 Toyota Camry was observed operating the wrong way down S. Prospect Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, the rear seat occupant was trying to hide something with his feet where an officer observed a large pair of scissors. The occupants were ordered from the vehicle and it was frisked for weapons. All occupants were found to be under 21 and in possession of alcohol. An 18-year-old from Melrose, an 18-year-old from Hopkinton, a 19-year-old from Madison, New Jersey and a 19-year-old from Andover were all summoned for possession of alcohol under the age of 21.

10:49 p.m.: An officer was out on State Street trying to pull over a gray 2006 Toyota Camry. The listed vehicle was travelling 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. The operator of the vehicle refused to stop and fled, turning left onto State Street and then right into the driveway of 87 State St. The operator exited the vehicle and fled toward the backyard of the residence. The party was later located and arrested for failing to stop for police, negligent operation of a vehicle to endanger and speeding rate of speed exceeding posted limit.

Liquor Law Violation

1:28 a.m.: A male was observed walking on the sidewalk by 67 Northampton Road with an open container of Busch Light beer. He then attempted to enter an Uber with the beer. The 21-year-old Amherst resident was advised he would be summoned for having an open container of alcohol.

911 Hang Up

2:22 a.m.: A male party at 78 Northampton Road was intoxicated and a reporting party was concerned for him. She thought he was choking at one point and called 911 in a panic. The intoxicated male was being taken care of upon police arrival and was not choking. He was left in the care of his roommates.


11:09 a.m.: A reporting party called about a vehicle parked near a corner by 8 Smith St., making it hard for cars to get through. Three motor vehicles were legally parked; no traffic issue.

Motor Vehicle Crash

11:22 p.m.: A reporting party called about a crash between three vehicles: a red 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a black 2010 Honda Civic and a blue 2009 Honda. There was no personal injury.

12:26 p.m.: A reporting party reported a hit and run to her black 2010 Subaru Legacy with no suspects. She alleged her vehicle was struck while parked in front of 174 N. Whitney St. between 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. White transfer paint is on the front passenger bumper and quarter panel with a small red lens embedded in the bumper. The fog light housing and all glass fragments and crash debris were not present. It did not appear to have occurred at the alleged scene.

7:12 p.m.: A two-car crash occurred between the operators of a black 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and a White 2015 Mercedes Benz with no personal injury by 1 Main St. The Chevrolet was travelling northbound in the right turn lane while the Mercedes was in the travel lane stopped for a red light. Once the light turned green the Mercedes attempted to cross over the right turn lane into the town hall parking lot, subsequently crashing into the driver’s side of the Chevrolet. Information was exchanged between the drivers and both vehicles drove away under their own power.

10:14 p.m.: A 911 cell phone caller reported a car drove into a building at 96 N. Pleasant St. The listed operator attempted to stall his manual transmission while parking it and the vehicle accelerated in reverse unexpectedly. The crash was in a private lot and the involved party’s mother owns the business. Both he and his mother will work out damage to the building with the owner.


1:09 p.m.: A reporting party at Starbucks, 71 N. Pleasant St., stated an involved party was giving him a hard time and threatening him with a knife. It is unknown if the knife was actually seen. The reporting party wanted the man moved along and trespassed from his properties.


1:18 p.m.: A summons was issued for assault with a dangerous weapon to the man in the disturbance on Saturday at 1:09 p.m. He threatened another man with a knife after he was asked to leave to property at 71 N. Pleasant St. Officers seized the knife from him, which was submitted into property. He was also trespassed from the building that the Starbucks is in.

Assist Citizen

7:59 p.m.: A third party reported a female stated she was being followed by 438 E. Pleasant St. Police called the involved party and she stated she wasn’t being followed but had an issue with something that happened in the past and wanted to speak to an officer.


9:53 p.m.: A reporting party stated he heard a woman or child yelling for about 20 seconds that sounded like they were in distress by 35 Kendrick Place. Police checked the area and the noise was gone upon arrival. Police spoke with the man who heard the scream somewhere near S. Prospect Street. There was a decent amount of foot traffic and house parties in this area, which may have been the source.

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019

Noise Complaint

12:11 a.m.:A reporting party called in what they believed to be loud noises and “students” in the street near 118 Sunset Ave. The Amherst Fire Department also responded to the address, a fraternity house operated by Alpha Tau Gamma, due to a fire alarm activation from heavy marijuana smoke. Police observed around 100-150 people consuming alcoholic beverages, 100 of which were spilling out into the roadway. Two guests were argumentative with officers and refused to leave. Alpha Tau Gamma President Justin Hailey, a 20-year-old from Weymouth and another resident of the home, Matthew Morris, 22, of Southborough, were placed under arrest for violating the town’s unlawful noise and nuisance house bylaws.

12:39 a.m.: A caller from 188 E. Hadley Road, Apt. 158D reported loud music from the unit below hers. Keys to the building didn’t work; police dispatched the reporting party to meet them at the door, but she didn’t answer.

2:30 a.m.: A reporting party stated that they heard loud music originating from the Townehouse Apartments located at 50 Meadow St. Apt. #89. The noise was gone on arrival.

2:56 a.m.: Loud music and voices were heard from the apartment at 694 Main St. Apt. #1. Residents were cooperative with police as they turned off their music. The town bylaws were explained and a warning was issued.


12:17 a.m.: Walt, a manager at The Spoke, located at 35 E. Pleasant St., served a trespass notice to a guest in the presence of a police officer.


12:32 a.m.: A reporting party stated an intoxicated white female with brown hair, wearing a leather jacket, blue jeans and brown boots was refusing to leave The Spoke, 35 E. Pleasant St., and was being physical. The listed party was not allowed to enter because she was intoxicated. She became physical and punched the doorman in the face. The doorman declined medical attention and charges to be filed, but requested trespass.

12:47 a.m.: A reporting party called in a past fight, which had occurred 15 minutes earlier, to police at 38 Nutting Ave. According to the reporting party, three unknown males approached them and a physical altercation ensued. An area search by police yielded no results.

2:06 a.m.: The Amherst Fire Department reported that there were some male parties banging on vehicles in the area surrounding 200 Sunset Ave. An area search by police was inconclusive.

2:16 a.m.: A reporting party advised police of loud yelling outside of their home at 266 E. Hadley Road, Apt. # 99I. Upon officer arrival, three people were observed exiting a van, walking toward the building. As the reporting party could not identify the yellers, the three people were allowed to leave.

11:32 a.m.: A reporting party advised police of a male party in the back of St. Brigid’s Church at 132 N. Pleasant St. causing a disturbance. The party was found to be talking to themselves during the service and was trespassed.

3:55 p.m.: A reporting party stated that her daughter’s ex-boyfriend was banging on their door at 772 N. East St., allegedly trying to break in because he wanted to see his child. The reporting party also stated that he had barged into the house. The reporting party was also looking for a trespass for the person, but did not get the process started by the time of the altercation. Dispatch ran the license plate of the person who allegedly was banging on their door, and the vehicle, a green 2001 Honda Accord was identified. The vehicle was later found operating northbound on N. East Street, where the operator initially refused to stop for police. When the person stopped, they exited the vehicle and did not respond to verbal commands. The person, a 26-year-old from Brattleboro, Vt. was placed under arrest for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a marked lanes violation, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, number plate violation to conceal identification and possession of a class A drug suspected to be heroin, according to Amherst Police Department Detective Yvonne Feliciano.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

1:13 a.m.: A blue 2018 Chevrolet Cruze reported that they were running out of gas via OnStar around 813 N. Pleasant St. The operator demanded the sheriff to respond and when asked any other questions by dispatch, they disconnected. The operator, who was homeless, became upset as his rental vehicle, the blue Chevrolet Cruze, ran out of gas. OnStar contacted Ernie’s Towing for gas, and services were rendered.

7:31 a.m.: A white 2010 Toyota Corolla was found broken down in the middle of the intersection at 100 S. East Street. The vehicle was towed by Ernie’s Towing to the operator’s workplace without issue.

Liquor Law Violation

1:11 a.m.: A minor was found to be in possession of alcohol at 284 N. Pleasant St. The person was given a warning and had their beer dumped out.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:25 a.m.: A 35-year-old from Ware was issued a summons for a suspended registration when their white 2010 Chrysler Town & Country was stopped at 103 N. Pleasant St.

Motor Vehicle Crash

1:58 a.m.: A reporting party called advising that his blue 2002 BMW 530 was hit by a silver Ford minivan that immediately fled in the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms located at 35 Belchertown Road. An investigation is ongoing.

9: 17 p.m.: A brown 1997 Infinity SE I30 was traveling near 130 Strong St. when it struck a small doe. There was minor damage to the passenger’s side front marker light and there was deer hair on the license plate. The deer was deceased on scene.

Assist Business / Agency

5:15 a.m.: Ernie’s Towing requested assistance from APD in documenting damages to a gray 2018 Chevrolet Silverado at 150 Fearing St. The tow operator advised that it might have been axle damage, and the vehicle was towed.

10:29 p.m.: A reporting party advised police of a male party in a wheelchair on a bus who was possibly intoxicated and urinating himself. The person had fell asleep for two routes, and when an officer woke him up, he was able to answer all of their questions. He was determined not to be intoxicated and the bus driver agreed to drive him to his destination.


8:08 a.m.: A reporting party came into APD to advise police of an instance of larceny.

Assist Citizen

5:08 p.m.: A reporting party was in the lobby of 16 Brandywine Dr. Apt. #9L, where she stated that she had made an online form on the APD website to report a missing passport. Since the online function was malfunctioning, the responding officer generated the assist citizen report to document that the person did report their missing passport and that APD did not have it in found property.


9:05 p.m.: A reporting party stated that some time between 2 and 8:30 p.m. a flower pot from the rear of Monkey Bar at 63 N. Pleasant St. was thrown to the ground, breaking the pot and making a mess. There were no witnesses to the damage.


10:18 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a large carcass in the road near 316 Amity St., larger than a racoon but not as large as a deer. The reporting party stated that it was impeding traffic and thought it needed to be moved. The raccoon in the center of the road was found to be deceased and was moved to the side out of the travel lane.

Abigail Charpentier can be reached at [email protected] Michael Connors can be reached at [email protected] Hayley Johnson can be reached at [email protected]