APD Logs: Friday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 17

Multiple motor vehicle crashes


By Kathrine Esten, Collegian Staff

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 to Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Community Policing  

8:34 a.m.: Officers walked the downtown area near 68 North Pleasant St.


9:13 a.m.: At 22 Lessey St. in Apt. 202, a reporting party advised that someone stole the items out of a box that was delivered to her apartment the day before. The reporting party ordered a snow brush and pans from Publishers Clearing House and only the brush was delivered. She stated the sides of the package appeared to be tampered with and believes that someone took the pans but left the brush. The box was disposed of prior to police response. The reporting party was unsure of the brand of the pans but believed they were valued at approximately $30. No suspects were known of at the time.

Assist Citizen

11:08 a.m.: At 410 Old Montague Rd., a reporting party called on behalf of her client after a large tree had shown up on her property. The tree was approximately 50 feet tall, cut into a few pieces and the resident had no idea how it got there. According to the resident, the tree had been there for about 10 days and the Department of Public Works stated it was not something they did.

Follow Up

11:40 a.m.: An officer attempted to check in with a store owner at 259 Triangle St. concerning footage about a previous report of an employee stealing from his store. The officer was not able to check in because they observed a fight happening nearby.

1:02 p.m.: At 45 Northeast St., a mother called APD and wanted to know what her son’s options were concerning an incident which had happened earlier in the morning. An officer and the mother had a discussion about what options were available to the son and APD provided the caller with an advocate’s email.

1:27 p.m.: At 28 Teaberry Lane, a homeowner called again about a suspected burglary that had apparently happened while they were away. The reporting party was now back and believed that someone attempted to tamper with a window. While a very small chip of caulking on the window was damaged, there were no fresh marks on it to indicate it was tampered with recently.


12:02 p.m.: Two male individuals were involved in a shoving match over the contents of a dumpster at 17 Kellogg Ave. No charges were pursued because both individuals pushed one another and were separated.


12:35 p.m.: At 20 McClellan St., a reporting party called on behalf of his neighbor who had a black sedan parked which was blocking her driveway.

4:25 p.m.: At 406 Pine St., a reporting party stated there was a male party running in and out of traffic. The man was described as a white male wearing grey sweatpants and a grey sweater.

5:16 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was an individual pushing a cart in the travel lane against traffic and up the hill at 335 Amity St. The reporting party wanted to assist the party onto the sidewalk but when they stopped to help the individual yelled, swore and screamed at the reporting party. The individual was described as a female wearing a hat. She was located and advised to utilize the sidewalk.

7:08 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was an individual sitting on the sidewalk at 615 Main St. with their legs out in the breakdown lane. The reporting party noted the individual was difficult to see and worried they might get hit by a car. The individual was observed sitting on a sidewalk near the PVTA bus stop by Aspen Chase with a shopping cart in the bike lane prior to the call. When the officer returned to check on the individual, she was walking eastbound on the sidewalk and pushing the shopping cart approaching Shumway St. There were no issues which required APD intervention.

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:34 p.m.: A reporting party was on her way to work that morning around 8:00 a.m. traveling west on Pomeroy Lane near the intersection of Middle St. A deer struck her vehicle on the driver’s side and continued on. She stated there was still hair in the damaged area of the car and that she could not open her driver’s side door due to the damage. Police were not called at the time of the incident. APD advised her to contact her insurance company to file the claim there.

10:50 p.m.: At 787 Main St., a brown 2013 Hyundai Elantra was traveling north on Southeast St. and began to make a right turn onto Main St. A red 2019 Subaru Impreza was traveling south n Northeast St. and made a left turn onto Main St. and subsequently crashed into the Hyundai which had the right of way. The Hyundai sustained damage to the rear driver’s side and the Subaru sustained damage to the passenger’s side front. Information was exchanged at the scene.

11:18 p.m.: At 300 Sunderland Rd., a gray 2009 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound when it struck a deer. The crash resulted in significant damage to the vehicle’s front end and the Toyota was towed by Ernie’s Towing.

Traffic Enforcement

2:23 p.m.: APD followed middle school bus, Bus 14, through its entire route. No violators were observed traveling past the bus once the driver put his stop sign out for passengers to get off. APD spoke with the driver and he was appreciative of the officer following the bus and said that most of the violators passed him on North Pleasant St.

Assist Other Police Department

2:47 p.m.: An update to a previous notice to “be on the lookout” was provided by the Belchertown PD. An involved party was last seen operating a red 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The individual was last seen in the area of Pine Valley Plantations on Nov. 14 at approximately 11:30 p.m. and was possibly intoxicated at the time.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

3:21 p.m.: At 19 Northampton Rd., an Amherst College van was parked or disabled at an intersection and traffic was congested and backed up. The vehicle was removed from the roadway by AAA.


7:28 p.m.: At 108 Wildflower Dr., a reporting party stated that he got a notification on his phone of a remote camera activation at his residence of someone entering the front door and believed it to be a breaking and entering in progress. APD responded with K9 Marvin and there were no signs of forced entry or movement inside. After further questioning, the reporting party believed the subject to be himself entering his house but the notification was delayed.

7:57 p.m.: At 68 North Pleasant St., Amherst Fire Department requested APD to respond to a male party acting strangely in the parking lot. AFD called back and stated that the previous night the individual had urinated in their parking lot and dropped something and he was looking for it but had since left. The individual was described as a tall male with blonde hair and a dark coat. The individual was gone on arrival.

Assist Business/Agency

9:00 p.m.: At 9 Autumn Lane, an officer attempted to serve an RMV notice but was unable to make contact with the involved party. The individual’s vehicle was present in the parking lot, but no lights were on in the apartment. The officer knocked, rang the doorbell several times and checked with a neighbor who advised the resident has “odd hours.”

Liquor ID Check

10:13 p.m.: At the Monkey Bar at 63 North Pleasant St., an officer attempted to perform ID checks but no one was present inside the bar except for staff.

10:15 p.m.: At The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St., an individual’s ID was checked and confirmed.

10:21 p.m.: At The Pub at 15 East Pleasant St., multiple IDs were checked and confirmed for liquor compliance checks.

10:21 p.m.: At McMurphys at 37 North Pleasant St., a bouncer was confirmed to be using an ID scanner upon arrival. Several IDs were checked and no underage drinkers were located.

10:23 p.m.: At the High Horse at 24 North Pleasant St., numerous IDs were checked but all were over 21.

10:39 p.m.: At Club Lit at 41 Boltwood Walk, the bouncer made an announcement advising that everyone with a fake ID would not be getting in. An officer observed that four people then got out of the line and left the area. The officer also observed three young-looking females leaving the bar who advised they were 18 years old. They stated there was a charity event that night and it was 18 plus to enter. They advised that anyone over 21 received a wrist band to indicate they were of age. APD checked several IDs in the bar and did not locate any underage drinkers. There were at least over 100 people in the bar.

Liquor Law Violation

10:44 p.m.: An underage involved party was observed at Club Lit at 41 Boltwood Walk holding a beverage mixed with vodka. The liquor was confiscated and the individual, an 18-year-old male, was removed from the establishment and issued a summons for underage possession of liquor.

11:10 p.m.: At the Monkey Bar at 63 North Pleasant St., a summons was issued to an individual for violation of town bylaws. The individual was observed walking on North Pleasant St. with an open red solo cup of alcohol.

Noise Complaint

11:01 p.m.: At The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St., a reporting party stated there was loud music and noted it was an ongoing problem from the downtown bars. The noise from The Spoke was not abnormal for this time of night and there was noise heard all over the center of town. APD spoke with the owner of The Spoke who advised the music would be turned off by 12:40 a.m.

11:57 p.m.: At 27 South Whitney St., a reporting party stated there was loud noise from a party. The party was cleared out by residents. A warning was issued and the residents were advised of town bylaws and how to register a party.

Motor Vehicle Stop

11:03 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a blue 2005 Subaru Legacy for a lights violation at 95 East Pleasant St.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019


12:35 a.m.: A black 2009 Toyota Prius was parked in front of Antonio’s Pizza at 31 North Pleasant St. in the bike lane. The vehicle was issued a citation for a bike lane violation and the citation was handed to the operator when they returned to the vehicle.

4:00 a.m.: A reporting party at 200 Northeast St. stated there was a tree down in the road. The tree was able to be moved to the side of the road and the DPW was notified.

1:47 p.m.: A reporting party at 55 Gray St. stated there was a dark grey Chevrolet vehicle parked on the opposite side of the street where there wasn’t supposed to be parking. The reporting party was not aware of the license plate number.


12:54 a.m.: At The Pub at 15 East Pleasant St., a verbal warning was given to several individuals who were urinating behind the building. The involved parties were advised of the consequences of their actions.


1:02 a.m.: Yelling was heard in front of The Pub at 15 East Pleasant St. A group of patrons was refusing to leave and screaming was coming between the group and the bouncers, who had pushed them out. The patrons fled upon APD arrival and bouncers declined medical treatment.

1:04 a.m.: At the Starbucks at 71 North Pleasant St., an involved party was being held back by friends as he attempted to chase down an individual who he stated stole his fake ID card. The person who allegedly stole the fake ID was no longer in the area.

4:59 p.m.: A female individual was yelling at employees at the customer service desk at the Big Y at 175 University Drive, according to a reporting party. The woman was trying to return items with no receipt and became angry when the employees said no. She was described as 55 to 60 year old, wearing a brown coat, having short hair and with a green cart. The woman left the property prior to APD arrival. Management at the Big Y filled out a trespass which they served to the involved party in hand.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:03 a.m.: At 53 Fearing St., the operator of a black 2014 Jeep Wrangler was issued a verbal warning.

1:08 a.m.: At the Fine Arts Center at 151 Presidents Dive, a 2019 Honda Accord was stopped for operating at 38 mph in a posted 25 mph zone. A verbal warning was issued to the operator.

1:31 a.m.: At 21 Montague Rd., a verbal warning was issued to the operator of a 2011 Toyota Camry for a defective headlight. The operator advised the light just went out that night while he was delivering for Amherst House of Pizza. The vehicle was stopped a second time on North Pleasant St. at 1:40 a.m. for operating at 48 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

2:00 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a black 2014 Subaru Impreza at 56 South Pleasant St. for a defective driver’s side brake light.

2:05 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to a vehicle operator at 277 East Pleasant St.

8:38 a.m.: At 15 North Pleasant St., a verbal warning was issued to the operator of a white Toyota Scion for failure to stop.

10:09 a.m.: At 373 Main St., a black 2008 Toyota Highlander was pulled over for failure to use care while turning . A verbal warning was issued to the operator.

7:30 p.m.: At 41 Northampton Rd., a verbal warning was issued to the operator of a white 2016 Mercedes-Benz for a crosswalk violation.

8:23 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the registered owner of a gray 2007 Volkswagen Jetta at 1040 North Pleasant St. for not having the rear lights activated.

Noise Complaint

1:14 a.m.: Loud music was reported in the area of 12 Pleasant Court which the reporting party believed to be coming from the Fearing St. or North Pleasant St. area.

Citizen Transport

1:27 a.m.: Two individuals approached an officer near 161 North Pleasant St. Both were crying, stating that they had exited an Uber that was supposed to bring them home and was not going in what they believed was the correct direction. The individuals were transported to Tyler Place.

2:21 a.m.: An intoxicated individual was found on Kellogg St. The individual was able to provide his address where he had roommates that could take care of him.

Motor Vehicle Crash

 3:26 a.m.: As a gray 2006 Honda Accord was actively being removed from its parking space via a tow truck, a 21-year-old Greenfield man jumped into the vehicle and drove it off the truck. As the vehicle left the truck, it swung to the right and struck a gray 2018 Toyota Camry, causing minor damage. The operator of the Honda attempted to flee the scene but was eventually cornered by the tow truck. The operator was charged with leaving the scene of property damage.

2:12 p.m.: A gray 2017 Chevrolet Cruze was traveling northbound on North Pleasant St. approaching the intersection of Montague Rd. A blue 2011 Subaru Impreza was traveling southbound on Montague Rd. coming to a stop at the stop sign at the intersection. As the Chevrolet entered the intersection in an attempt to travel northbound on Sunderland Rd., the operator of the Subaru attempted to travel on Sunderland Rd. The Chevrolet’s front end impacted the Subaru’s driver’s side front corner. The operator of the Subaru was at fault for failure to use care in starting.

5:19 p.m.: At 887 Belchertown Rd., a black 2017 Audi A3 pulled out onto the road headed eastbound. The Audi failed to yield to a gray 2016 Jeep Compass and caused a collision.

7:23 p.m.: A reporting party stated that he hit the pole in the parking garage at 51 Boltwood Walk and that there were no injuries. The operator was driving a gray 2006 Honda Element and misjudged while pulling into a parking spot and crashed into the cement pillar. There was damage to the passenger’s side front end.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

8:45 a.m.: At 1 East Pleasant St., a gray 2017 Honda CR-V stopped with its hazard lights on while the driver was looking for directions to Holyoke. An officer assister her with directions to Holyoke via Route 116.

Follow Up 

9:07 a.m.: APD spoke with Tinder Security regarding an earlier report concerning a threat made against an APD officer on the social media platform. APD put in an official request for profile information and Tinder Security stated they would be in contact at the beginning of the next week with possible leads.

Animal Complaint

9:20 a.m.: A reporting party at 163 Sunderland Rd. stated there were goats in the road. The goats were assisted back into the field away from the road. Several voicemails were left with the owner regarding his loose goats.

1:17 p.m.: At 183 University Drive, a reporting party stated there was a dog in the area barking nonstop. They also stated that a red 2003 Toyota Highlander was parked there every weekend and the dog was stuck inside the vehicle for hours. 

Motor Vehicle Complaint

10:13 a.m.: At 1150 West St., a reporting party stated that a silver truck driving erratically had hit a couple mailboxes. The caller was unable to see the license plate number but described the vehicle as a silver Jeep heading toward the rotary near Atkins. The vehicle was gone on arrival.


5:21 p.m.: A trespass order was served to an involved party concerning an earlier disturbance at the Big Y at 175 University Drive.

Assist Other Police Department

10:45 p.m.: Northampton PD called APD to advise of probable cause to arrest a 20-year-old Amherst male for violation of a harassment order. NPD advised they would take custody of the individual once he was placed under arrest. The male party was located in a gray 2006 Toyota Corolla at the Chabad House at 20 North Hadley Rd. He was arrested and taken into custody, afforded all rights during booking and transferred to NPD custody.

911 Hang Up

10:50 p.m.: A 911 hang up came from the Inn On Boltwood at 30 Boltwood Ave. The reporting party stated it may have been a child who misdialed.

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

 Noise Complaint

12:01 a.m.: At 89 South East St., loud voices and an outside fire were reported. AFD was en route when APD responded. The gathering was of approximately seven to 10 people and loud voices were observed upon APD arrival. A small open flame was located in the fire pit in the rear of the residence. The fire was extinguished by residents upon request and all roommates were made aware of noise and fire town bylaws. Verbal warnings were issued and all residents stated that they understood.


12:07 a.m.: At The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St., an involved party broke glass on a back door in an altercation with staff members. The involved party and management stated the altercation was a misunderstanding and the damage was accidental. The management and involved party came to an agreement to handle the damage on their own and were simply looking for documentation.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

12:37 a.m.: At 165 College St., an anonymous female stated there was a gas leak in the basement. There was a large party at the location with approximately 250 to 300 individuals present. The gas hose in the basement had been broken, causing the leak. The residence was evacuated and AFD responded and took control of the scene. Officers assisted with crowd control as all partygoers attempted to order Ubers. After conducting traffic control, AFD advised they were all set.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:03 a.m.: A gray 2003 Pontiac Grand Am was stopped at 165 College St. The driver stated she had recently moved from Brazil and was working in Ludlow. The driver was made aware that she needs a Massachusetts license if she was to drive in the state of Massachusetts. The vehicle was parked on a legal spot and the driver was provided a transport to the Stop and Shop in Belchertown.

1:39 a.m.: At 227 Northampton Road, a gray 2009 Honda Civic was stopped and a verbal warning was issued to its operator.

2:11 a.m.: A white 2012 Chevrolet Cruze made a right turn onto North Pleasant St. from Kellogg St. despite a “no right on red” sign. A verbal warning was issued to the operator.

11:24 p.m.: A silver Subaru Impreza was observed to have a homemade registration plate with the numbers written in marker. Upon stopping the vehicle, the operator advised that she had a temporary New Hampshire registration plate which had fallen off, so she made a new one by hand. The operator provided paperwork from the New Hampshire DMV which indicated the temporary registration was valid until Nov. 19. The operator advised she would be putting the permanent plates on once she returned to New Hampshire.

Recovered Property

1:16 a.m.: A cell phone was turned in at the APD station at 111 Main St. The owner called and stated they would pick up the phone in the morning.

Motor Vehicle Crash

1:26 a.m.: At the Newman Center at 472 North Pleasant St., a red 2007 Nissan Maxima stopped for pedestrians crossing the road. A green 1996 Toyota Corolla failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the Nissan. The airbags of the Nissan were deployed but there were no injuries. The damage appeared to be well over $1,000.

8:23 a.m.: The University of Massachusetts Police Department advised of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on North Pleasant. The vehicles had pulled into Lot 43 on the UMass campus.

12:50 p.m.: At 362 College St., a gray 1998 Toyota RAV4 pulled out from the Cumberland Farms into the northbound left turn lane on Southeast St. He was crooked in the lane and backed up without looking into a gray 2007 Toyota Camry. There was minor paint damage on the front bumper of the passenger’s side. An exchange form was completed and the operator of the RAV4 was issued a citation for failure to use care in backing.

1:59 p.m.: At 1 Main St., two vehicles pulled over after a crash. A white 2015 BMW X5 was traveling northbound on South Pleasant St. and slowed down for a car in front of it at the intersection. A gray 2003 Toyota Camry failed to brake and collided with the BMW. There was heavy damage to the front of the Camry and moderate damage to the rear of the BMW. Neither vehicle was towed. The operator of the Camry was cited for failure to use care in stopping.

5:28 p.m.: An involved party was on his bicycle at the intersection of East Pleasant St. and Eastman Lane. The bicyclist was following the rules of the road and was awaiting in the travel lane for the light to turn green before making a left turn onto Eastman Lane. The bike was equipped with a rear reflector, as well as reflectors on the pedals. A blue 2002 Honda Accord was approaching the intersection at a low rate of speed and did not see the bicycle until he collided with it in the intersection. There was no damage to the vehicle and no one was injured. The bicycle sustained damage to the rear tire and both involved parties were provided with a report number and exchange information.


2:49 a.m.: A reporting party stated there was a male party in his 30s creating a disturbance at the homeless shelter at 434 North Pleasant St. The involved party was gone on arrival after being told to leave several times by the staff due to him arguing with the staff.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

6:15 a.m.: At The Spoke at 35 East Pleasant St., a reporting party stated there was a black sedan parked and running at 3 a.m. with someone inside. The vehicle was still there at 6 a.m. but the reporting party couldn’t see anyone inside and wanted to make sure they were okay. APD made contact with the involved party who advised they had been sleeping there since midnight. The individual was not in need of medical attention and did not show signs of impairment at the time.

8:48 p.m.: At 21 Mattoon St., a blue 2006 Dodge Durango was parked at the high school. A janitor was at the school working late.

Assist Other Police Department

 9:51 a.m.: APD assisted Hadley PD in looking for a blue Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle was located parked at Presidential Apartments and HPD was notified.

7:13 p.m.: At 300 Sunderland Rd., Sunderland PD requested an officer be present for a motor vehicle stop. K9 Marvin was brought to the stop for suspicion of OUI drugs and a suspended driver’s license. Officers were on the scene while the SPD officer did field tests which indicated impairment. K9 Marvin did not alert officers after an exterior sniff. A large amount of marijuana was located and seized by SPD.

Assist Business/Agency

11:17 a.m.: An officer assisted the RMV in assisting an immediate threat notice of license suspension at 9 Autumn Lane.


1:39 p.m.: At 46 Main St., a reporting party stated that her gray Trek bike with yellow hand grips was stolen from the bike rack in the lot across from Bueno Y Sano. The reporting party thought it was taken the previous night but stated they hadn’t ridden it in about a week. There was an unknown value on the bike. APD planned to check with nearby cameras but noted it was likely out of view.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

9:55 p.m.: At 405 Amity St., a gray 2010 Toyota Camry was disabled in the middle of the intersection with its hazard lights on. Ernie’s Towing was on scene and no assistance was needed from APD.

Kathrine Esten can be reached at [email protected]umass.edu.