APD Logs: Friday, Feb. 7 – Sunday, Feb. 9

Four were arrested at a party on Friday night


(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

By Kathrine Esten, Collegian Staff

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Feb. 7 to Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Friday, Feb. 7


7:48 p.m.: At 20 Kendrick Pl., a reporting party stated that there were vehicles parked all over the street, making it very hard to get through. They said that on Friday morning, the garbage truck could not get down the road. It was the second caller making the same complaint and the parking clerk from Town Hall was brought to the road and shown the ongoing situation. The parking clerk offered the solution of making parking available only on one side. She took photos and said she would send the request up to her bosses. The assistant fire chief was contacted and made aware of the issue as well.

5:46 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a large branch fell onto her car, a black 2012 Acura MDX, and smashed her headlights at 900 Bay Rd. She continued to her residence but advised that the large branch was still on the road.

7:57 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was wood debris in the roadway near 10 Belchertown Rd. APD found the roadway was clear from debris.


9:29 a.m.: Management at Rolling Green at 422 Belchertown Rd. called on behalf of residents who chased what they believed to be a peeping tom off the property and over to Echo Hill. They reportedly had photos and knew what apartment the suspect ran into. APD filed an incident report.

1:09 p.m.: A reporting party in Puffton Village at 1040 North Pleasant St. gave his personal banking information out over the phone in an apparent phone scam. The individual claimed that the FBI called him and told him there was a warrant, so he provided all of his information. He was advised by APD to sign up for one of the credit monitoring services and to stop providing information to people he did not know.

11:49 p.m.: At Salem Place Condos at 664 Main St., a reporting party stated there were some people banging on cars near the entrance off Salem Street.

Community Policing

10:00 a.m.: At 70 Boltwood Walk, APD spoke with staff and patrons at the Bangs Community Center.

Motor Vehicle Crash

10:07 a.m.: The operator of a gray 2002 Toyota Camry failed to stop in traffic at 716 North Pleasant St. The Toyota struck a black 2019 Nissan Pathfinder from behind. The Pathfinder was stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

12:20 p.m.: At Rise at 169 Meadow St., the operator of a gray 2018 Volkswagen Jetta backed out of a space. At the same time, a black 2009 Mazda CX-9 was pulling into the lot. Both claimed the other was at fault. There were no injuries.

2:29 p.m.: A reporting party stated that she was struck by a motor vehicle in the crosswalk at 48 Triangle St. She indicated that she began walking across the crosswalk when a silver Honda van began to accelerate from a stopped position in the traffic line and pushed her forward. The reporting party was not injured, did not want any medical attention and did not wish to have anyone charged. She stated the operator of the Honda rolled her window down and apologized before pulling away. The operator was described as a heavyset white female in her 40s or 50s with brown hair. She was wearing a shirt with some pink on it. An area search was conducted but was negative.

3:21 p.m.: The operator of a gray 2002 Honda Accord failed to stop in traffic at 630 West St. and struck a blue 2016 Mini Cooper from behind.

4:28 p.m.: The operator of a white 2015 Toyota Sienna near La Veracruzana at 63 South Pleasant St. stated that he was struck, and the offending vehicle left. He said it was a white Audi with a Massachusetts license plate that matched the plate given in a motor vehicle complaint shortly before. The reporting party had pulled into the Spring Street lot and the Audi continued northbound on North Pleasant. The reporting party as well as two witnesses provided the registration for the involved vehicle. One witness advised that she followed the vehicle to TD Bank and informed the operator of the crash. The vehicle was located in the high school parking lot. The operator, a 38-year-old Amherst woman, was found to be intoxicated and was uncooperative with officers on the scene. She was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence, leaving the scene of property damage and resisting arrest.

7:35 p.m.: A brown 2005 Ford Explorer was parked in a proper parking space. The operator of a gray 2013 Jeep Wrangler was attempting to park and was distracted by a person opening a door next to his space and hit the gas, crashing into the front of the Explorer. The Explorer and Jeep both sustained damage to the front. Information was exchanged.

Animal Complaint

12:57 p.m.: A reporting party advised that a dog was struck by a car and was injured near 265 Belchertown Rd. While the reporting party was still on the line, the animal was struck again and was more than likely deceased. APD found it was a black cat with no tags and it was moved to the side of the road. A call was placed to DPW for removal.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

1:28 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was a black Audi traveling northbound on 419 North Pleasant St. with no license plate.

5:17 p.m.: A reporting party stated that there was an erratic operator traveling northbound on West St. last seen in the area of West Pomeroy. The vehicle was a 2013 Audi A3 reportedly seen speeding and swerving. The vehicle was gone on APD arrival.

911 Hang Up

5:07 p.m.: A 911 hang up took place at Amherst Internal Medicine at 170 University Dr. There was no answer upon call back. APD walked the building and checked with the offices that were still open but found no one who reported any issues.

Noise Complaint

11:58 p.m.: At Alpha Sigma Phi at 374 North Pleasant St., a reporting party stated there was a loud party. There were two registered parties in the area and units were advised. Extremely loud music and voices were heard coming from inside the residence. The residents of the building had been warned on multiple occasions to keep their noise levels down and some of the residents had been summoned the night before for the same complaint. The party was shut down and guests were cleared out. Four residents were identified and placed under arrest for violation of town bylaws. The residents included a 22-year-old Sharon man, a 21-year-old Springfield man, a 21-year-old Brewster man and a 20-year-old Gloucester man.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

12:59 a.m.: A lost Uber driver in a yellow 2014 Toyota Camry was able to use GPS to find his destination near 525 East Pleasant St.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:04 a.m.: The operator of a black 2014 Ford Fusion was issued a verbal warning for marked lanes violations near 365 North Pleasant St.

1:35 a.m.: A white 2013 Jeep Wrangler was stopped for a light violation near 141 North Pleasant St. The operator was issued a verbal warning.

1:49 a.m.: A white 2000 Volvo S70 was stopped for an inspection sticker violation near 769 East Pleasant St. A verbal warning was issued to the operator.

3:21 a.m.: A blue 2013 Toyota Highlander was stopped at 1 Spring St. The vehicle’s registration was expired and the operator was able to renew it online. The operator was issued a verbal warning.

7:19 p.m.: A gray 2008 Chevrolet Impala made a left turn where prohibited at 161 North Pleasant St. The operator was issued a verbal warning.

6:32 p.m.: A red 2011 Hyundai Sonata was stopped at Main and Boltwood at 457 Main St. for violating the one-way exiting the lot. A verbal warning was issued to the operator.

9:39 p.m.: At 33 East Pleasant St., a blue 2015 Audi was stopped.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

2:18 a.m.: At 1191 North Pleasant St., the operator of a water truck stated that his brakes had frozen. He was able to back the truck into the parking lot behind Ernie’s. He stated he would contact a co-worker to assist in unfreezing them.

6:23 p.m.: A white 2002 Honda Civic had a mechanical failure with the clutch and transmission near 417 West St. The vehicle was able to be pushed to a nearby driveway where the operator would make arrangements for a private tow. The roadway was cleared.

6:34 p.m.: At 1101 West St., a blue 2013 Subaru Impreza ran out of gas. AAA had been contacted and were on scene within moments. The gas was replaced and the vehicle was on its way under its own power.

Citizen Transport

3:15 a.m.: An individual was not properly dressed for the weather. Their phone was dead and they were unable to get a ride. The individual was transported from 770 East Pleasant St. to their home at 15 North Pleasant St.

Assist Other Police Department

3:52 a.m.: The University of Massachusetts Police Department was looking to make contact with an individual. Her husband called UMPD from North Village and was concerned. She was last seen at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7. Her phone was pinged by UMPD approximately 25 minutes earlier at a house on Harris Street. The resident at the given address did not know anyone by that name. UMPD was able to ping the phone again and it showed a location on Governor Drive. UMPD stated they did not need APD assistance any further.

11:33 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a male party possibly driving under the influence near 319 Pine St. The vehicle was gone on arrival when the area near the town line was checked.

Assist Citizen

5:30 a.m.: At 21 Mattoon St., a reporting party stated he was going on a field trip and left some items inside the school. APD was unable to gain access as the key fob only works between certain hours.

Animal Complaint

8:07 a.m.: A reporting party stated there was a lost dog, brown in color, wandering the area near 321 Middle St. The dog was gone on arrival.


2:21 p.m.: An individual was identified by staff on scene at Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Rd. as possibly being involved with a vandalism incident which took place the previous weekend. The investigation was ongoing.

Motor Vehicle Crash

2:42 p.m.: A lumber truck struck an electrical wire at 325 Leverett Rd. and pulled it down. Eversource and Verizon were notified and there were no reported injuries.

3:56 p.m.: A gray 2015 Nissan Versa was stopped in the southbound lane of South East Street at its intersection with College Street waiting for the traffic light to signal green. A red 2010 Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound on South East Street when the operator was distracted by his cell phone and rear-ended the Nissan Versa. Both vehicles were towed, having sustained damage estimated to cost more than $1,000 to repair. All involved declined medical attention. The operator of the Nissan Sentra displayed signs of impairment due to alcohol consumption in conjunction with performance of standardized field sobriety tests. The operator, a 22-year-old Lakeville man, was charged arrested for operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and improper use of a mobile phone.


6:03 p.m.: At 446 Main St., a reporting party stated there was a trespassing party on the bus. The reporting party was unable to provide their name or any further information. The driver stated that she believed the involved party had left the bus and proceeded east on Main St. An area search was negative. APD emailed and requested the footage in order to confirm the individual’s identity. If the identity was confirmed, APD stated it would issue a summons.


9:06 p.m.: At 406 Pine St., a reporting party stated that an individual was walking around with a backpack and flashlight and was lurking around other people’s houses. APD encountered the individual and he was advised of the complaint. The individual became agitated with APD and was advised to stay off other people’s property and not to shine a light at people’s houses for no reason.

Sunday, Feb. 9


1:21 a.m.: An involved party was observed banging on the back door of 33 Main St. The individual was intoxicated and believed her friends were in the building. The glass window on the door was broken but it was unclear if it was new or old damage. APD spoke with the property manager who confirmed it was old damage.

4:44 p.m.: A reporting party who resides at the Townhouse Apartments at 50 Meadow St. stated that someone opened his mail. He checked his mail on Sunday morning and found that an envelope containing a Bank of America debit card and two Capital One credit cards appeared to have been torn open. All of the cards were still present inside the envelope. He was concerned that someone opened the envelope to view the cards and took the information off of them. He stated the cards were not active at the time. He has since contacted his bank, advised them of the incident and has new cards on the way. The mailbox has a lock and was locked when he checked his mail. The reporting party was advised to monitor his statements and credit for suspicious activity and report any further issues.

5:09 p.m.: At 201 State St., a reporting party stated there were two suspicious motor vehicles in the area. He stated that one was a blue BMW and the other was a silver sedan and that they were parked and revving their engines. Four vehicles were in the area as part of the car club from UMass and were taking photos of their cars by the turn around on State Street. The vehicles included a white 2018 Infinity Q60, a white 2012 Volkswagen GTI, a white 1990 Toyota Supra and a black 2018 BMW. They were advised to stop revving their engines.

Motor Vehicle Stop

1:25 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a black 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan near 1039 North Pleasant St.

2:22 a.m.: At 70 South East St., a blue 2011 Acura MDX was stopped. Field sobriety tests were performed and impairment was detected. The operator, a 21-year-old Granby man, was placed under arrest for operation under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop/yield and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

2:39 a.m.: At 284 North Pleasant St., a blue 2006 Toyota Prius was stopped to investigate the canceled registration for insurance. The registration was one number off and not the correct plate. No enforcement action was taken but the operator was issued a verbal warning.

3:06 a.m.: At The Works at 48 North Pleasant St., a gray 2006 Nissan Sentra was stopped for an expired registration. The operator was able to renew the registration online and was issued a verbal warning.

Noise Complaint

2:14 a.m.: At 221 Pelham Rd., a reporting party stated that her neighbors had loud music playing and she was unable to sleep. She asked them to lower the music, but they had refused. The resident was advised of the town bylaws as there was no noise upon APD arrival.

2:57 a.m.: At 380 Riverglade Dr., a reporting party stated there was loud music coming from the apartment above him. The music was located and the resident was given a verbal warning and advised of noise town bylaws.

12:18 p.m.: A reporting party advised of continuous loud music with heavy bass coming from an apartment at 159 Summer St. The resident was listening to loud music while singing in the shower and was cooperative with APD.

9:34 a.m.: A reporting party stated that the noise from construction at the Boulders at 266 East Hadley Rd. was above the level of 50 decibels and he wanted it shut down. Normal construction noise was coming from the area and APD discussed options for a possible resolution.

Assist Business/Agency

8:38 a.m.: A reporting party wanted an officer to do a walk-through with him as he opened the Auto Zone at 373 Northampton Rd. due to the burglar alarm which had gone off that morning. Everything checked out okay.

Motor Vehicle Crash

9:00 a.m.: At 1191 North Pleasant St., a reporting party advised of a minor motor vehicle accident. The reporting party, who operated a blue 2017 Toyota Corolla, was struck by a gray SUV but did not have a plate number. The passenger’s side rear quarter of the Toyota was rubbed and had minor scratches.

11:12 a.m.: At 457 Main St., a black 2010 Dodge Journey was hit when the operator parked her car in the parking lot. She said there was apparent rear damage and the other involved operator didn’t leave exchange information. The reporting party was advised to contact her insurance company.

12:00 p.m.: At 48 Belchertown Rd., a white 2016 Infiniti QX80 was involved in a crash with a gray 2012 Buick Verano. The operators exchanged paperwork.

12:04 p.m: A blue 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on Hulst Road and approaching the intersection with Bay Road. A black 2015 Chevrolet Silver was traveling westbound on Bay Road and approaching the intersection. The Jeep stopped at a stop sign and the Chevrolet slowly attempted to turn right onto Hulst Road. The Chevrolet’s front bumper struck the Jeep’s front bumper and quarter panel. The operator of the Chevrolet was determined to be at fault and was cited for failure to use care while turning.

8:54 p.m.: At 893 West St., the operator of a red 2011 Honda Accord reported hitting a deer in the area. She stated that three deer ran in front of her and she slowed to avoid them. She realized the vehicle behind her was not slowing as quickly and slowed to approximately 10 miles per hour to avoid being rear-ended. Without coming to a complete stop, she struck the last crossing deer with the left front bumper of her vehicle. The collision caused a minor crack in the bumper just below the headlight. The deer ran off into the woods.

Assist Citizen

1:57 p.m.: At 41 Boltwood Walk, a reporting party stated that a $900 jacket was missing.


5:17 p.m.: At 141 North Pleasant St., a reporting party stated that the lights were not cycling properly. He was trying to take a right-hand turn. The traffic light was observed to be functioning properly.

Kathrine Esten can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter at @KathrineEsten.