APD Logs: Friday, Oct. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 6

No liquor law violations

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By Kathrine Esten and Ana Pietrewicz , Collegian Staff

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 to Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.


Friday, Oct. 4, 2019


Community Policing 


8:17 a.m.: Officers had breakfast with students at Crocker Farm School at 280 West St.


8:57 a.m.: Officers met with the Amherst College Dean of Students and the University of Massachusetts Off-Campus Student Center Staff. Amherst College is considering adopting party registration.


8:59 a.m.: The APD assisted with a car seat installation at 111 Main St.


10:48 a.m.: Officers spoke with patrons and staff at the Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk.


10:54 a.m.: An officer met with residents of 33 Townhouse Drive over concerns they were being unfairly targeted by security. Tenants were advised to set up a meeting and report back to the officer.


12:04 p.m.: An officer spoke with tellers at People’s United Bank at 25 East Pleasant St. and got the branch manager’s contact information. The officer informed them that they wanted to create a fraud prevention sub-committee that would include representatives of all the banks in the town of Amherst. The tellers were receptive to the idea and said that People’s United Bank was doing a presentation on fraud prevention for the elderly at the Bangs Community Center. The officer informed the teller they would be interested in attending and speaking at the presentation if needed.


12:08 p.m.: An officer spoke with the branch manager and assistant branch manager at TD Bank at 243 Triangle St. about creating a fraud prevention sub-committee and was able to get their business cards. The officer will get in touch regarding the first meeting.


12:19 p.m.: An officer spoke with the branch manager at the Northampton Co-Op Division of Greenfield Bank at 253 Triangle St. about a new fraud prevention sub-committee. She was receptive to the idea and gave the officer her contact information.


12:30 p.m.: An officer spoke with the branch manager of People’s Bank at 56 Amity St. about their intention to start a fraud prevention sub-committee. The manager really liked and appreciated the idea. The officer got his contact information and told him the first meeting would be scheduled in November.


12:37 p.m.: At the Bank of America at 1 South Pleasant St., an officer spoke with the branch manager about a new fraud prevention sub-committee for Amherst banks. The officer informed the manager that they intend to have the sub-committee meet two times a year to discuss cases that have come through each bank to help alertness/awareness. The manager provided the officer with her contact information.


2:47 p.m.: An officer spoke with staff at the Bangs Community Center at 70 Boltwood Walk about a potential fraud prevention talk hosted by People’s United Bank.




8:19 a.m.: A reporting party believed that an involved party had tampered with his green 2001 Jeep Wrangler after someone had bent his driver’s side mirror in. The mirror was collapsible, but the reporting party stated this has happened numerous times and the mirror is becoming loose.


Motor Vehicle Crash


10:55 a.m.: A black 2012 Ford Focus was driving northwest on Triangle St. when it had to make an abrupt stop as the vehicle in front of it stopped without warning. As a result, a gray 2005 Toyota Camry was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the Ford. Damage was under $1,000 and a motor vehicle exchange was completed. There were no injuries and both vehicles were able to leave under their own power.


4:18 p.m.: At 100 Northampton Road, a 911 caller reported a two-car motor vehicle crash. A green 2006 Saturn Ion was slowing down and stopped in traffic on Northampton Rd., traveling east. A gray 2010 Toyota RAV4 was traveling behind the Saturn and struck the rear. Damage was over $1,000 and both vehicles were towed by Ernie’s Towing.


7:30 p.m.: A gray 2016 Toyota Corolla bumped into the rear of a blue 2005 Volkswagen Beetle at 389 North Pleasant St. The Volkswagen was stopped at a stop sign on North Pleasant St., a public way in the town of Amherst. The Volkswagen sustained two license plate screw marks in the rear bumper while the Corolla sustained no damage. Both vehicles left under their own power and the damage was estimated to be under $1,000.


7:48 p.m.: A 911 caller reported a motor vehicle had struck her parked car. On scene, responding officers learned the registered owner of an orange 2007 Honda Fit attempted to parallel park on the access road of the apartment complex next to building 21 at 497 East Pleasant St. Upon doing so, the driver side-swiped a parked and unoccupied 2010 gray 2010 Toyota Corolla. As a result of the crash, the Fit sustained a large scrape on its passenger’s side. The Corolla sustained damage to its driver’s side, the driver’s side front quarter panel and bumper consisting of a large dent and some scraping. An information exchange form was completed with documented witness information. It should be noted that the parking area had sufficient space for a vehicle to be parallel parked with ease. There were no indications of impairment.


10:17 p.m.: A red 2019 Hyundai Sonata stopped for a pedestrian crossing the crosswalk on Montague Road. A gray 1991 Volvo 240 did not stop in time and crashed into the rear of the Hyundai. Information was exchanged.




12:21 p.m.: A reporting party at Clark House at 22 Lessey St. noticed approximately $50 to $70 in cash missing from a drawer in her bedroom. She said the money may have been taken by a new cleaning person from PRIME, a contractor for Highland Valley Elder Services. The cleaning person left around 11 a.m. According to the reporting party, laundry was left unfinished and the person did not finish making the bed. The incident is under investigation.


10:03 p.m.: A reporting party wanted to speak to an officer at 1040 North Pleasant St. about someone using her bank card at Speedway in Amherst after she had lost her wallet an hour earlier. She observed two fraudulent charges to her account at Speedway and at Pride in Hadley. She has since frozen her account. Fraudulent use was under $100 and investigation was ongoing to identify the offender(s).


Assist Business/Agency 


1:03 p.m.: At Amherst Community Connection at 236 North Pleasant St., a woman requested that an involved party be moved along as she was threatened by his presence. The reporting party sent him a text message asking him to move his belongings out of her office, but he showed up late. The belongings consisted of a guitar, amplifier and a few other music-related items. The involved party removed the items from the office.


9:01 p.m.: An officer stood by 1301 West St. while Eversource removed a hanging tree limb over the roadway.




1:27 p.m.: An involved party trespassed at Amherst Community Connection at 326 North Pleasant St. and was served in hand.




2:01 p.m.: A reporting party advised a tree down at 1002 Bay Road. The tree was blocking part of the road.


2:47 p.m.: An officer requested assistance with a truck parked in the bus stop that he ticketed near Jones Library at 43 Amity St. The truck was refusing to move, but after dispatch the truck moved.


5:13 p.m.: A dead tree was reported leaning on a power line near 246 Middle St. The dead limb was on a service line to the reporting party’s house. The homeowner was advised it was a private issue and to contact the utility company.


5:17 p.m.: At 1150 West St., a reporting party stated there was a wishbone type tree limb above the wires. Eversource was contacted to handle the issue.


6:05 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a light stuck on red at 590 East Pleasant St. The light was found to be functioning properly.


11:16 p.m.: A white 2002 Chrysler Voyage at North Prospect was parked in a posted tow zone. The operator arrived to move the vehicle before a tow was requested. He said he hasn’t been there long and didn’t think it would be a big deal. The involved party was issued a citation in hand and advised of the payment process.


Assist Citizen


4:15 p.m.: A reporting party at Colonial Village at 81 Belchertown Road requested a well-being check on an individual. The reporting party stated the individual’s mental health state has been declining and he is severely ill and has not been heard from in three days. She added the individual is a Servicenet client, but could not get through to them. An officer contacted Servicenet, who stated the individual was sent to Cooley Dickinson Hospital a few days earlier. The reporting party was contacted and advised the individual was okay.


7:57 p.m.: A reporting party was looking for assistance on getting his I.D. back from The Hangar at 10 University Drive. He stated they believed it was a fake and would not give it back. An officer determined the license to be valid and staff was advised of the same. The license was returned to the owner.


Traffic Enforcement


4:46 p.m.: At 200 Strong St., officers recorded an average speed of 35 to 40 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour speed limit. One written warning was issued for speed and failing to stop at a stop sign.


4:49 p.m.: Traffic enforcement near 712 West St. observed no violations.


5:33 p.m.: Heavy traffic was observed at 900 Bay Road with average speeds in the mid to high 40s. Two motor vehicle stops took place and citations were issued for speeding.


5:48 p.m.: No violations were observed near 1066 South East St.


Motor Vehicle Complaint


6:07 p.m.: At 406 Pine St., a black 2005 Ford pickup was reported swerving into oncoming traffic before turning onto State St. The vehicle was located and stopped near Fort River School and no traffic violations were observed. The stop did not indicate any driver impairment and a verbal warning was issued.




6:30 p.m.: A reporting party at the Big Y at 175 University Drive was upset and attempting to assist another person in getting her property back. The reporting party, K.S., stated the involved party, J.M., was in possession of C.G.’s property. C.G. came out of the Big Y and confirmed she wanted her property back from J.M.. C.G. retrieved her property without incident and entered the Big Y with K.S.. J.M. remained waiting for the PVTA bus at the stop in front of the Big Y.


7:01 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a male party with a beard in a black trench coat yelling and screaming in front of 220 North Pleasant St. The individual declined the need for any medical attention.


Citizen Transport 


8:17 p.m.: An individual’s pants fell down around his ankles, exposing his underwear on the PVTA bus. He was removed from the PVTA bus at 43 Amity St. as he was intoxicated and transported to College Inn Apartments where officers were unable to locate a sober responsible party. The individual was placed in protective custody status and transported to the APD where he was later released to a sober responsible party, his brother.


Motor Vehicle Stop 


9:34 p.m.: A gray 2012 Toyota Prius was issued a verbal warning at 35 East Pleasant St.


Noise Complaint 


11:50 p.m.: A reporting party called from 1040 North Pleasant St. stating there was loud music coming from either apartment 519 or 520 in Puffton Village. Music and voices could be heard from 520 and only two residents were inside. Town bylaws were explained and a verbal warning was issued. Residents were cooperative and agreed to turn the music off.


Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 


Noise Complaint


12:23 a.m.: A reporting party at 80 Belchertown Road heard loud music and voices. Residents were cooperative in getting guests to leave. Town bylaws were explained and a verbal warning was issued.


1:37 a.m.: Loud music was reported at 1 East Pleasant St. A small gathering was cooperative and cleared out the apartment. Residents were advised of town bylaws and a verbal warning was issued.


10:05 a.m.: A reporting party at 1001 North Pleasant St. complained about loud music in the apartment above her. A verbal warning was issued for a loud radio and the resident turned it down.


10:12 a.m.: A reporting party stated there was a male and female yelling at each other in the apartment above hers at 81 Belchertown Road. It was a social gathering that had gotten loud and everything checked out okay. A verbal warning was issued.


12:18 p.m.: A reporting party at 30 Hallock St. stated there was a loud party at a white house on the street. There were people in the front yard yelling and screaming over a beer pong table and a loud stereo. The stereo was turned off and the game was cancelled. Peace was restored.


12:22 p.m.: At 25 McClellan St., a loud party was reported on nearby North Pleasant St. A group of students was in the backyard. Residents were very cooperative and agreed to kick everyone out.


12:52 p.m.: A loud party was reported at 16 McClellan St. Several individuals were cleared from the location and all were cooperative.


Suspicious Motor Vehicle 


12:46 a.m.: A white 2006 Ford Taurus in the Boltwood Lot at 1 Main St. was reported and later secured.




12:50 a.m.: An Uber driver stated there was a group of people walking in and out of traffic near the Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Road about 20 minutes earlier. The driver stated she had to go and hung up. The reported people were gone on arrival and were likely spillover from a broken-up party at 80 Belchertown Road.


12:52 a.m.: An individual was observed urinating behind the Pub at 15 East Pleasant St. Consequences were explained and a verbal warning was issued.


1:26 a.m.: At 419 North Pleasant St., an involved party was observed walking on the road edge. He was advised to use one of the sidewalks for his own safety.


5:17 p.m.: A reporting party in the lobby of Prince Dormitory at 286 Sunset Ave. reported that her Hotmail email account was hacked. She received an email which contained her email account password and a demand for $1,200 in bitcoin. The sender attempted to scare her by saying they had private information, pictures and videos from her computer which they would put on the internet if the money was not sent. They also claimed to have complete control of her computer and all programs accessed on it. She was advised this is a common scam but she should contact her bank, her credit account and any other possible accounts she accessed on her computer. She was also advised to check with an IT company if her computer has a virus or anything of the sort. The reporting party had not sent any money and had suffered no losses at the time.


10:20 p.m.: A middle-aged white male with white hair was reported knocking on a door at 1040 North Pleasant St., Puffton Village Apt. 52. The reporting party stated he seemed to be doing that with other apartments as well and did not appear to have any weapons. He was last seen walking toward the back of the building. No person was located in the area matching the description and the reporting party did not answer a later attempt to get in contact.


11:09 p.m.: At 94 Harlow Drive, a reporting party stated that he heard a huge bang in the area, but did not see any smoke or fire. The sound was off in the distance and sounded like a firework. No other calls were made.


Motor Vehicle Stop 


12:51 a.m.: A gray 2009 Volvo S60 was stopped at 275 South Pleasant St. and issued a verbal warning.


7:08 a.m.: The driver of a gray 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was issued a verbal warning at 191 West Pomeroy Lane.




1:29 a.m.: A reporting party stated there was a possibly intoxicated male knocking on the door and demanding entry at 329 Pine St. The male party was stating he lived next door and asked to be let inside. The reporting party stopped talking to dispatchers to engage in conversation with the male party. The male party thought he was on West Street, where he lives, but was actually on Pine Street. The extremely intoxicated male was provided with a ride back to his home.


11:00 a.m.: A female was reported yelling and screaming at people in the Spring St. Lot at 1 Spring St. She was upset she couldn’t get free food without her EBT card, which she lost. She was cooperative with officers and moved along.


3:25 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was an individual yelling and screaming outside of 81 Belchertown Road. The individual was calm on arrival and left the area.


5:06 p.m.: A reporting party said there was an individual outside in his red 2014 Toyota Tacoma at the Rise at 169 Meadow St. They had an issue with him showing up today and harassing the staff. He thought they had his marijuana. The individual was displaying his baseline bizarre behavior and at times was becoming loud and belligerent causing both staff and patrons to become concerned. An officer spoke with the individual to assess his mental health and did not see any cause for concern aside from his typical eccentric behavior. The officer assisted the staff in trespassing him.


5:37 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a college-aged male with a black eye who challenged an individual over his sign at the Subway at 4 Main St. Nothing physical occurred.


8:21 p.m.: An individual was seated on a bench in front of the Jones Library at 85 Amity St. The individual stated he was going to sleep on the bench for the night and not cause any further issues. He was offered the opportunity to go to Cooley Dickinson Hospital and speak with a clinical and support options staff, but he declined.


Motor Vehicle Complaint 


1:54 a.m.: A 2007 Hyundai was reported traveling very slowly and weaving over the lanes at 182 South Pleasant St. The vehicle was last seen taking a right onto College from South Pleasant. The area was checked to the town line and the vehicle was gone on arrival.


Assist Citizen


5:44 a.m.: A reporting party at the Farmer’s Market at 1 Spring St. was looking to get a vehicle towed out of the lot. The vehicle was moved prior to APD arrival.


4:22 p.m.: A reporting party stated an individual was bothering her while she was in her backyard at Colonial Village Apt. 37 at 81 Belchertown Road. The individual was extremely intoxicated and yelling. When informed that she needed to leave the area, the individual left without issue.


8:43 p.m.: A reporting party stated her vehicle was not where she left it and wanted to report it stolen from the CVS lot at 30 North Prospect St. The blue 2007 Toyota Sienna was located in an adjacent lot.




7:15 a.m.: At 23 Leverett Rd., two vehicles were reported parked on Leverett Road on a corner, partially in the road and it was a hazard. There was more than enough room for emergency vehicles to get around the two parked cars and no “no parking” signs were posted.


1:05 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a bus stuck in the intersection at 2 Main St. and it was unable to make the turn. Officers assisted with traffic and the backing up of the PVTA bus so that it could make the turn.


Motor Vehicle Crash


9:50 a.m.: At 300 East Pleasant St., a black 2014 Porsche Cayenne and green 2013 Mazda 3 were involved in a crash. No injuries were reported. UMPD was also on the scene and requested the AFD for fluids. Ernie’s Towing was called for both vehicles.


4:59 p.m.: A gray 2013 Honda Fit was traveling west on Pine Street when the operator stopped because he observed smoke coming from the residence at 155 Pine St. He then began backing up, not realizing a black 2015 Ford Explorer was behind him. The Honda Fit’s rear bumper came into contact with the Explorer’s front bumper, causing the Fit’s license plate to be damaged. There was no serious damage to either vehicle, but the involved parties wished to have it documented. Exchange forms were completed.


5:37 p.m.: The registered owner of a red 2000 Subaru Legacy was at the stop line of the southbound lane of Montague Road. The owner attempted to shift into gear to drive forward, but stalled the manual transmission of her vehicle several times resulting in the vehicle rolling back into a white 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Minor scuffs were observed on both vehicles. The cost to repair was estimated to be less than $1,000. The information exchange form was completed.


11:16 p.m.: A reporting party stated that he heard a motorcycle driving down the street and then a bang. The reporting party saw sparks, but did not see a vehicle, and was nervous to step outside to look. The driver of a black 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle hit a deer in the middle of the southbound lane of South East St. The involved party rolled multiple times and suffered scrapes and bruises on his head and hands. The deer was severely injured and the Department of Public Works was notified. The motorcyclist was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by the Northampton Fire Department.


Assist Business/Agency 


11:36 a.m.: A reporting party at Sandy’s Barber Shop at 96 North Pleasant St. stated there were people panhandling behind the CVS and they were bothering her customers. The caller was advised of the call volume and there would be a bit of a delay in APD response. A description of the parties led responding officers to believe the individuals were familiar to APD. An area search for them was negative.


8:12 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a white male in a black coat and baseball hat holding a suitcase in the back of Russel’s Liquors at 18 Main St. The reporting party wanted to issue a notice of trespass. The involved party was advised of the consequences for violating the trespass order.


Disabled Motor Vehicle 


2:34 p.m.: A black 2002 Chevrolet 2500 died in the intersection near 405 Amity St. The vehicle was pushed into the Rafters parking lot and the registered owner said they would make arrangements to take care of the vehicle.




4:11 p.m.: A reporting party stated his wife’s cell phone was stolen while she was at the CVS at 76 North Pleasant St. The reporting party was using the phone’s GPS to locate it in the area of Sweetser Park. The wife came into the lobby and gave the suspect’s description as a male party wearing a black top, green pants, black shoes and a black hat and carrying a walking stick.


5:27 p.m.: At Crestview Apt. 12 at 1001 North Pleasant St., a reporting party stated she came home and found her door unlocked and her Panasonic television and Macbook laptop missing. She had left her home at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 4 and returned at night on Oct. 5. There was no evidence of forced entry and appeared that a key was used. Her neighbor reported hearing activity in her apartment somewhere between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. while the resident was gone. No suspects were known at the time and the incident was under investigation.




5:21 p.m.: An officer assisted the manager of the Rise at 169 Meadow St. in serving an individual with a trespass notice. He stated he understood he could not come back and was sent on his way.


10:28 p.m.: An individual was formally trespassed by the owner of Russell’s Liquors at 18 Main St. The individual was informed of the consequences for violating a trespass order.


Recovered Property 


5:22 p.m.: A reporting party dropped off a purse he found in Plumbrook Field at 205 Potwine Lane after a soccer game. He had already contacted the owner and left a voicemail that the item would be at APD. The owner came shortly after and picked up her purse. She confirmed all the contents were still in her purse.


Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019




12:01 a.m.: A party reported that an intoxicated white male with brown hair wearing a red and navy flannel, looking to be about 22-years-old, was banging on her front door on North Pleasant St. The arriving officer asked the male what he was doing, to which he responded that he was looking for his friend. The officer explained that the male was knocking on the wrong door. The reporting party called the involved party’s friend and learned that the friend was at The Spoke. The involved party left the area and the reporting party was informed of the confusion.




12:54 a.m.: A party reported that there was a fight in front of The Spoke, 35 East Pleasant St., but that the involved parties were separated by the time of the call. An officer responded and found one party lying on the ground and another was being pinned against a tree by a Spoke bouncer. The officer spoke to the male who was being pinned against the tree. The individual was trespassed from The Spoke for being involved in a fight.




1:10 a.m.: The two parties involved in the aforementioned fight were trespassed from The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St.


Animal Complaint


1:27 a.m.: A party reported a “horse on the loose” at 201 Sunderland Rd. The officer located the owner of the horse and escorted both the owner and the horse back to their homes.


Noise Complaint


1:34 a.m.: Loud music was heard at a Brandywine apartment, 16 Brandywine Dr. The officer reported that not one individual person was specifically loud, but together the party was too loud. The officer told all the involved parties to stay quiet for the night.


3:06 a.m.: Loud voices and music were reported at 221 Pelham Rd. A warning was issued.


Motor Vehicle Stop


2:25 a.m.: A white 2010 Hyundai Sonata was stopped for failing to stop at a traffic light. A verbal warning was issued to the operator.


4:15 p.m.: A white 2018 Toyota Corolla was issued a verbal warning for failing to yield when turning left at 100 Meadow St.


Traffic Enforcement


6:45 a.m.: Traffic enforcement was conducted due to reports of “speeders” in the vicinity of South Congregational Church at 1066 South East St. No violators were noticed at the time.


Recovered Property


7:23 a.m.: Property was recovered from an involved party at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., before transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.


Assist Business/Agency


8:37 a.m.: An officer was assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation as needed.




9:56 a.m.: A party called to report that his black 2017 Jeep Wrangler had sustained damage during a party held at Theta Chi, 496 North Pleasant St. He reported that it looked like someone had been jumping on the hood of his vehicle. The party was advised to contact his insurance company.




10:44 a.m.: A party stated he stashed his bag full of his belongings in the woods near 179 Snell St. before going for a run. Upon his return, his bag was gone. The red drawstring bag contained his wallet with his driver’s license, UCard, debit card, dorm room keys and a water bottle. The party was advised to check in with APD and UMPD to see if items had been returned to lost and found.


Assist Motorist


12:50 p.m.: A motorist in a gray 2004 Toyota Tacoma was assisted in trying to “visit an old Vietnam friend” on Ball Lane. The directions given by the officer seemed too complicated for the motorist, so the motorist followed the officer to the friend’s address.


Motor Vehicle Crash


3:13 p.m.: A black 2004 Honda Civic and a white 2015 Toyota Corolla were involved in a crash at 19 South Prospect St. There was significant damage to both vehicles estimated at over $1,000. There were no injuries to the operators and the vehicles were able to drive away from the scene.


7:59 p.m.: A blue 2016 Honda Fit and a gray 2016 Subaru Impreza collided at 10 Meadow St. resulting in damage over $1,000 to each vehicle. The Impreza was registered in New York and the New York Registry of Motor Vehicles was down at the time of the crash, so the crash report was completed later by the responding officer.


Motor Vehicle Complaint


4:27 p.m.: A party stated that there were cars revving their engines and driving very fast in the parking lot at 95 Montague Rd. Upon arrival, a group of UMass students stated that they were shooting footage for a film project. Their cars are loud due to modifications and they were capturing video footage of their cars driving in the parking lot. The students stated they did not think they were driving in a problematic manner, but were leaving anyway. Parties were cooperative.




4:49 p.m.: A party at the Amherst Center Market, 259 Triangle St., reported that a female party named “Sue” was refusing to leave the store. “Sue” is known to APD and was reported to have been loud and belligerent in the store and thrown a tomato at a clerk. The clerk just wanted “Sue” to move along for the day and was not interested in trespassing her. “Sue” was moved along.


Kathrine Esten can be reached at [email protected] Ana Pietrewicz can be reached at [email protected]