The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, April 19, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Friday, April 19, 2019
8:38 a.m.: A reporting party was concerned about a chicken at 651 S. East St. pecking at a dead squirrel in the road. Both the chicken and the squirrel were gone upon arrival.
8:39 p.m.: A reporting party stated they were upset that a man dressed in camouflage in Wentworth Conservation Area at 100 Stanley St. with his two hunting dogs. The officer told her they were allowed to be there because the leash law doesn’t include hunting dogs and said there were no issues with this. The man’s vehicle and dogs were gone on arrival.
5:07 p.m.: A reporting party was concerned about two dogs in a car at Big Y at 175 University Dr. with the windows barely cracked.
5:32 p.m.: A reporting party called in about a dog in distress inside a white car parked on the side of Elements Hot Tub Spa at 373 Main St.
Motor Vehicle Stop
9:19 a.m.: The operator of a white 2014 Chevy Silverado was pulled over in front of The Spoke, 35 E. Pleasant St., for having an expired registration sticker. The operator and owner of the vehicle was issued a citation and the truck was parked in a legal spot while he was renewing his registration online.
9:15 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was pulled over near the Fresh Side at 39 S. Pleasant St. and was issued a verbal warning.
Assist Other Police Department
9:24 a.m.: A wallet belonging to a resident of Colonial Village 151 at 81 Belchertown Road, Apt. 151, was turned into the Easthampton Police Department. The listed party did not answer the door and it was determined he was not home.
9:58 a.m.: A reporting party was assisting their daughter with cleaning out her mother’s apartment in Village Park 117 at 497 E. Pleasant St., Apt. 117, when they recovered a .22 handgun. The reporting party turned it over to the police for destruction, where it was determined it was a starter pistol, not a firearm.
10:44 a.m.: Northeast Tree Service had one lane of travel blocked at 831 S. East St. with equipment and cones. An officer advised them to move some of the equipment out of the road and to hire detail the next time they work on a main road.
12:41 p.m.: An officer addressed a parking issue from the owners of 1,200 N. Pleasant St., who complained the residents of 1,190 and 1,192 N. Pleasant St. were illegally parking in the lot of the town-old building. The residents said Crestview Management advised them to park there, but were issued a warning by the officer.
1:36 p.m.: A reporting party stated a gray 2015 Honda Pilot was parked in a handicapped spot in the parking lot of Big Y at 175 University Dr. with a proper handicapped placard in place, but a man was sitting in the vehicle. The reporting party said this was illegal and that people must exit their vehicle, they can’t just hold the spot while the passenger shops. The reporting party warned the man he would call the police and the man in the vehicle told him to go ahead. The officer concluded the vehicle had a proper placard and no violations were observed.
Motor Vehicle Crash
11:03 a.m.: The operator of a blue 2010 Toyota Prius reporting a large delivery truck backing into her vehicle in a lot at 30 Amity St. The truck backed into the Prius causing damage to the front bumper and the hood while the truck did not sustain any damage. Information was exchanged.
3:27 p.m.: A reporting party said she and her husband witnessed a hit and run motor vehicle crash at the Boltwood Lot at 1 Main St. The offending vehicle, a black 2013 Toyota SXC, was operated by a younger female and was seen backing out of a parking spot when she collided with a gray 2006 Toyota Camry, which was unoccupied.
2:33 p.m.: An anonymous reporting party stated four men were drinking alcohol on a bench between Southpoint and the Boulders at 188 E. Hadley Road. The party described one male as a tall, skinny, white male with a German Shepherd. The other three were Hispanic males, one in a yellow shirt and another in an orange shirt. An officer reported no violations, the four males were just smoking cigarettes and talking.
6:33 p.m.: A white male in his 30s, about 5’7,’’ brown hair, wearing a gray shirt was harassing people for money at ATMs. He was last seen heading toward Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Road.
11:31 p.m.: An unknown individual was reporting knocking at 20 College Inn at 10 Belchertown Road, Apt. 20. The person was standing outside, but was unable to be seen for a description.
3:26 p.m.: A party reported fraudulent activity with her bank account. The case is currently under investigation.
10:19 p.m.: A Black male was kicked out of The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St. and was refusing to leave.
Suspicious Motor Vehicle
10:32 p.m.: A reporting party called in a “suspicious” 2012 Toyota Scion that pulled off the road. A second reporting party called in the same vehicle. The next day, the second reporting party called back and the findings of the investigation was unknown due to the police station’s computer system being down.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
1:05 a.m.: An individual was running around in underwear with an open container on 27 Fearing St.
2:26 p.m.: A white male party in his 20s with a ponytail, wearing all black, walked up to the reporting party’s driveway at 512 E. Pleasant St. when she was outside with her child. She asked the man to get off of her property, he ignored her, went to the woodline and urinated and then turned around to get on the bus. The reporting party was no longer home when an officer arrived and she did not wish to speak to the officer. The man didn’t appear to expose himself in front of the child, but she was upset he didn’t respond to her requests to leave the property.
Assist Amherst Fire Department
1:07 a.m.: An officer was called due to a fire alarm being pulled. A witness observed a blonde female pull an alarm on her way out of Stackers, 57 N. Pleasant St. The involved party was unable to be identified due to lack of description; the Amherst Fire Department responded by resetting the alarm. While monitoring pedestrian foot traffic and bars on N. Pleasant Street from the AFD lot, an officer observed fire alarm activation at Stackers. An officer assisted Stackers staff in evacuation patrons and information was obtained a blonde female had pulled the fire alarm located at the front door.
1:23 a.m.: An individual pulled the station alarm maliciously at Rafters, 422 Amity St. AFD responded by resetting the alarm, however, they were unable to identify the individual who pulled the alarm. The staff advised they were behind the bar cleaning up when the pull station was activated, but did not see who pulled it.
6:07 p.m.: A 911 caller reported a possible fire in her residence at 61 Pondview Drive after smoke was seen in the bathroom area. An officer said there was smoke showing, but no flames. By the time AFD arrived, there was a fire in a trash can and it was removed from the building.
Motor Vehicle Stop
1:20 a.m.: An officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on 215 S. Pleasant St.. The operator initially lied about his identity (provided brother’s information) but had his documents on his person and attempted to conceal them. The operator identified through RMV documents/photograph and was found to have a Massachusetts ID card only. A criminal application issued for unlicensed operation, and the vehicle was towed by Enies Towing. The vehicle was then stopped for a violation. The operator provided an officer with verbal information, which was found to be the identity of his brother.
9:35 p.m.: The operator of a silver 2011 Ford Escape was stopped at 103 S. Pleasant St. for a driver’s side brake light. A verbal warning was issued.
1:32 a.m.: An officer reviewed a case of a wounded owl in the middle of 300 Sunderland Road.
1:44 a.m.: Someone was playing a guitar outside Bueno Y Sano on 1 Boltwood Walk singing loudly. The involved party was advised of the complaint and moved along; peace was restored.
5:49 a.m.: Two motor vehicles were parked in handicapped spots in the southeast corner of the Spring Street Lot at 1 Spring St. The vehicles had handicapped placards, but were in violation of the “No Parking Tow Zone” on Saturdays from April 15 to Nov. 15 from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Both vehicles were issued $35 tow-zone violations.
Motor Vehicle Crash – Police Department
11:13 a.m.: A very minor rear-end collision left no injuries and no damages on the 2015 Subaru and gray 2015 Honda CR-V. The operators exchanged information at the scene at 373 Northampton Road and drove away under their own power.
12:19 p.m.: While an officer was conducting an area search for a male, he noticed a white male with a multi-colored sweater wearing a black backpack. He saw the man get on the bus in front of the Post Office, 141 N. Pleasant St., and the officer followed him on the bus until it reached the Fine Arts Center. The officer stopped him and noticed scratch marks on his neck. The man admitted to getting in a fight and the other person bit him on the neck. The man did not want to pursue charges and refused medical care. His injuries did not look serious and he was sent on his way. The two involved parties have a history of arguing and becoming physical with each other over political topics. This time, their argument turned physical and was broken up by a third party.
1:16 p.m.: A reporting party advised that a tree was down and blocking a road at 350 Belchertown Road. The tree was moved and a message was left for the Department of Public Works for removal on Monday.
2:59 p.m.: A Belchertown resident came into the police station at 111 Main St. to report he communicated with a girl who was allegedly 22 years old on the dating app Plenty of Fish. She then admitted that she was underaged. The reporting party was then referred to the Belchertown Police.
Motor Vehicle Complaint
7:47 p.m.: A caller reporting a red 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix nearly caused two head-on collisions on Route 202 and was all over the road. The operator turned right on Amherst Road in Pelham while the reporting party continued on 202, unable to follow the vehicle. The length of the street toward the town line was checked and the area was monitored with no findings.
9:26 p.m.: A 911 caller states he is in charge of Porta at 51 E. Pleasant St. while the owner is away and was hosting an 18+ event at the establishment. He wanted to mark patrons that are under 21 so they don’t drink, but the DJ who is the former assistant manager doesn’t agree with the decision. An officer made contact with the reporting party and all was peaceful at the establishment. The involved party was advised on options moving forward.
Liquor ID Check
11:16 p.m.: Numerous underage drinkers were found at the bar at Porta at 51 E. Pleasant St., including a 16-year-old. The individual working behind the bar was found to not be an employee of the bar and said that all other employees left for the day, besides the DJ and the doorman.
11:28 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a Black male confronted him at his house at 641 West St. because the reporting party’s roommate met the male’s girlfriend on Tinder and slept with her. The man wanted to fight the reporting party and would not leave his residence. This was the second time the male showed up at his residence wanting to fight his roommate and believed he was dropped off by an Uber. Officers spoke with the man because he had left his phone near the scene and was advised to pick up his phone at the police station and to not return to the reporting party’s address.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
12:20 a.m.: Loud music was heard from 65 Valley View Circle, as windows were open. Residents were identified and the noise town bylaw was explained and a warning was issued.
Liquor Law Violation
12:32 a.m.: A person was observed on the sidewalk by 75 E. Pleasant St. with an open container of Bud Light. The individual was cooperative and of legal age. The alcohol was destroyed and the person was issued a warning.
Motor Vehicle Stop
12:36 a.m.: The operator of a white 2016 BMW M5 was stopped for driving 35 mph in a 25 mph zone by 103 S. Pleasant St.
12:36 a.m.: A blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee was stopped for turning right on red in a prohibited zone by 70 S. East St. The operator was issued a warning.
1:35 a.m.: A reporting party called stating she was supposed to pick up an involved party and was unable to find the woman. The caller stated the woman usually spends the day on the University of Massachusetts campus in the library. She was last seen wearing a light-colored sweatshirt. A “be on the lookout” was given to police units. The caller was advised to notify the UMass Police Department to notify them. At 2:56 a.m. the woman was reported home and safe.
3:39 p.m.: A reporting party stated someone came into her apartment, 149 Summer St., Apt. 65, and took a bag of coffee from the fridge and may have poisoned some other items. The reporting party called back and said she found the coffee in her kitchen cabinet and no longer needed to see an officer in person, but did want to speak to someone over the phone.
10:11 p.m.: A man, at 472 N. Pleasant St., stated he is having issues with the homeless shelter staff and would like to speak with an officer. The involved party has not been following the shelter rules about leaving on time in the mornings. Due to his behavior he was not allowed in for a night. He wanted his sleeping bag which was not available to staff at that time. The involved party was advised of findings and advised to not return to the shelter that evening.
6:43 a.m.: An officer advised there was an Insomnia Cookies sign left in front of the police department, 111 Main St. The sign was returned to the front of the rightful location.
1:40 p.m.: UMass transit said they got a silent distress alarm from a bus. The bus was inside the transit complex; it was unknown what the issue was. An officer spoke with the bus operator who advised the distress call was a mistake. She stated she misunderstood the message from dispatch and utilized the incorrect button.
6:13 p.m.: An officer assisted a snapping turtle crossing the road in the vicinity of 460 Flat Hills Road.
11:00 p.m.: A male party was sitting in a wheelchair in the road by 486 N. Pleasant St. and was unwilling to move due to issues he was having with a warming shelter. The UMass Police Department had the involved party out of the road. He was upset about his issue at the shelter. He was advised to stay out of the road.
Disabled Motor Vehicle
6:39 p.m.: An officer found a brown 2007 Toyota Corolla disabled by 870 E. Pleasant St. The operator was visiting a family member who resides at the location.
8:43 p.m.: An officer was flagged down; possible larceny in progress at Porta, 51 E. Pleasant St. A person was loading equipment into a UHaul. The short, white male had a beard and tattoos, and was wearing a black shirt. He left on foot toward 1 E. Pleasant St. and the UHaul was left running. The UHaul was backed up to the rear door of the restaurant with various items loaded into the back. The suspect got away with DJ speakers and tools that cost around $1,500. The incident is under investigation.
Motor Vehicle Complaint
10:47 p.m.: The operator of a black 2008 Honda Civic was reportedly driving all over the road by 405 Amity St.
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