APD Logs: Friday, Jan. 31 – Sunday, Feb. 2

A dog in a sweater vest was reported


(Maxwell Zaleski/Daily Collegian)

By Kathrine Esten and Ana Pietrewicz

The following police logs are from the Amherst Police Department from Friday, Jan. 31 to Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020


8:19 a.m.: At 67 Northampton Rd., a dump truck driver pulled onto the street and had to back out onto Route 9 due to parking issues on the street. The road was blocked by vehicles parked on both sides of the street and only created a clear road of approximately eight feet wide, which was not sufficient. Due to the lack of signage, enforcement actions were minimal. The Department of Public Works was contacted in an effort to show the recurring issues with parking management on that street.

12:25 p.m.: A reporting party stated that the traffic light at 19 Northampton Rd. was not changing. The lights were working properly upon arrival.

Assist Citizen

9:52 a.m.: A reporting party at 760 Riverglade Dr. had questions related to how Fort River School was handling a situation with her child and what she considered a bullying issue. APD advised her of their role and how they could assist. APD also gave her some advice on how to advocate for herself and her child within the school department. She decided she would handle things on her own and would contact APD if it did not work out with the school or the superintendent’s office.

Animal Complaint

11:22 a.m.: At 48 Morgan Cir., a UPS driver was bitten by the dog of an involved party.

Citizen Transport

4:05 p.m.: At the Bank of America at 1 South Pleasant St., a UMass student flagged down an APD officer asking for a ride to 768 East Pleasant St. The individual was not dressed for the weather and had walked several miles in the wrong direction. The student was transported to the listed address.

Assist Amherst Fire Department

4:14 p.m.: At 698 Belchertown Rd., there was a possible car fire with smoke coming from a vehicle. There was a disabled motor vehicle, and a friend on the scene assisted the operator in starting the vehicle. There was no car fire.

Assist Other Police Department

5:17 p.m.: A “be on the lookout” was issued by the South Hadley Police Department for a white 2016 Ford Fusion. A wellbeing check was requested on the registered owner who was operating the vehicle. There was no given time frame or direction of travel. The vehicle was not encountered in Amherst.

11:39 p.m.: At 47 South Prospect St., Amherst College Police Department requested assistance in checking the area for two white males who were suspects in a vandalism which had occurred approximately 15 minutes before. One male was described as wearing a green sweatshirt and a red and black winter hat. The other male was described as wearing a grey shirt and shorts. There was excessive vandalism throughout the interior of Hitchcock Dorm including damage caused to signs and thrown eggs. An area search was negative.

Recovered Property

5:36 p.m.: A reporting party came into the APD lobby with a set of found GMC/Honda keys which had been located in the area of 5 Hunter Hill Cir.

Disabled Motor Vehicle

6:11 p.m.: A red 2012 Honda Civic was reported disabled in the area of 25 Lincoln Ave. The vehicle was moved out of traffic and into a safe place to await a private tow.


6:48 p.m.: At 1040 North Pleasant St., a reporting party stated that he had an Amazon package delivered but never received it. In the delivery notes, it said that it was handed to a resident, but the reporting party stated he lived alone. He was also concerned for his safety in his apartment and there are no signs of entry to his apartment. The package arrived at 6:14 p.m. and the reporting party returned home at 6:50 p.m. APD spoke with the neighbors who stated they did not receive any packages. The package was valued at approximately $50 and the incident was reported to Amazon.

Motor Vehicle Stop

6:59 p.m.: A 26-year-old Southampton male was issued a summons for operating a gray 2007 Mazda 3 without insurance at 211 Lincoln Ave. The vehicle was towed.

Assist Business/Agency

7:24 p.m.: A reporting party requested officer assistance removing a female they have had issues with in the past. She was described as a possibly homeless white female who was approximately five feet tall and wearing a Miami Dolphins jacket. The reporting party wanted the individual to be removed before she caused any issues. The individual was identified and removed from the property. She was issued a trespass notice.


7:28 p.m.: At 14 Market Hill Rd., a reporting party stated that her ex was back and just rang her doorbell. She saw him but didn’t know if he was still out there. APD checked the perimeter of the residence and surrounding area but the individual was gone on arrival.

9:52 p.m.: A reporting party at 14 Market Hill Rd. reported that her ex-boyfriend was behind her house. An area search was negative and the individual was gone on arrival. Nothing criminal was noted at the time but the reporting party just wanted the ex-boyfriend to be told to stay away.


7:42 p.m.: At The Hangar at 10 University Dr., an individual was removed from the property and issued a trespass notice.

Motor Vehicle Crash 

7:44 p.m.: At 100 South East St., a 911 cell caller reported a two-car head-on motor vehicle crash between a white 2003 Acura 4D and a red 2008 Honda Pilot. APD assisted as needed.

7:57 p.m.: A gray 2019 Subaru Outback was parked in a spot in the lot of Mission Cantina at 485 West St. A red 2016 Dodge Caravan struck the Subaru’s front bumper and driver’s side, causing small scratches. The operator of the Dodge, not knowing he hit the vehicle, left the parking lot. A witness entered the restaurant and advised the bartender of the collision. The operator of the Dodge was located at home and stated that he did not realize he struck the other vehicle. He provided the officer with his information so the owner of the Subaru could contact him and he could pay for the damages.


7:59 p.m.: At the Laundry Club at 6 University Dr., a reporting party stated there was a female party inside causing a disturbance and was screaming at customers. The involved party agreed to head home for the night.

11:38 p.m.: At the Monkey Bar at 63 North Pleasant St., a reporting party requested assistance with three individuals who were refusing to leave. All parties were gone on arrival and the bouncer no longer needed assistance.

Motor Vehicle Complaint

8:17 p.m.: A 911 caller at the Notch Visitors Center at 1500 West St. reported that a white Ford Escape was in the wrong lane and traveling into South Hadley. The reporting party was no longer behind the car. South Hadley Police Department was advised of the situation.

10:00 p.m.: A reporting party stated that a black 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander was all over the road near 3 East Hadley Rd. The vehicle was reported to have difficulty in maintaining lane and slowed almost to a stop then proceeded again. The motor vehicle pulled into the pumps at Speedway at 468 West St. and the reporting party continued on. The involved party was located at the gas pumps and was not the registered owner of the vehicle. The involved party advised he was looking to get gas after getting out of work at UMass and that he wasn’t a good nighttime driver. The involved party wasn’t found to be intoxicated. The operator was advised of the complaint which was unfounded.

Noise Complaint

10:22 p.m.: Loud music was reported coming from 57 East Pleasant St. A 21-year-old Lynnfield female was issued a summons for violation of town bylaws.

Saturday. Feb. 1, 2020

Motor Vehicle Stop

12:12 a.m.: A gray 2008 Hyundai Elantra at 338 College St. was stopped due to the driver’s side headlight being out. The driver stated that she was not aware and was issued a warning.

1:51 a.m.: A black 2009 Honda CR-V was stopped due to the passenger’s side headlight being out. The driver was made aware of the issue and stated he would fix it as soon as possible.

7:20 p.m.: A red 2007 Pontiac Vibe was stopped for a light violation at Jones Library at 43 Amity St. The operator was issued a verbal warning.


12:13 a.m.: At 13 Fisher St., a reporting party stated there were a number of cars parked in the no-parking zone. The vehicles were moved out of the zone.

911 Hang Up

2:23 a.m.: A 911 hang up took place at 81 Belchertown Rd. Upon call back, the involved party stated that everything was all set. Upon APD arrival, a female individual approached officers and stated that her Apple watch had dialed the emergency line on its own and that she was okay.

Motor Vehicle Crash

7:57 a.m.: A red 2013 Lexus CT and a red 2013 Toyota Prius were involved in a motor vehicle crash near 590 East Pleasant St. There were no injuries reported.

3:01 p.m.: A gray 2018 Chevy Cruze was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a black 2013 Chevy near 525 East Pleasant St.

3:15 p.m.: At 75 East Pleasant St., a gray 2010 RAV4 was involved in a crash with white 1963 Cadillac. No injuries were reported.

Community Policing

8:39 a.m.: APD assisted the staff at the Jones Library at 43 Amity St. with their mini golf fundraiser.


12:27 p.m.: A reporting party requested an officer to view some vandalism that occurred an hour earlier in the bathroom and cooler area at Cumberland Farms at 35 Belchertown Rd. They advised that they have the suspect on tape and that it was a regular customer, but they did not know his name.


12:57 p.m.: A reporting party at 354 Northampton Rd. stated that there were two individuals walking around the property looking in windows. The reporting party did not believe the individuals lived in the apartments at Hawkins Meadow. The individuals were described as a white female carrying two reusable shopping bags and a white or Hispanic male wearing a backpack with a large knife hanging off the back. The reporting party was waiting by the entrance to point them out to a responding unit. Both individuals were located picking through the dumpster for cans. They were sent on their way.

Suspicious Motor Vehicle

8:28 p.m.: A white 2019 Tesla Model 3 was parked in a lot at 1405 South East St. and nobody was around. An APD officer reviewed the scene.

9:08 p.m.: At 581 South East St., a blue 2008 Honda Civic was pulled over. There was a heavy odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The operator had a large tray with ground-up marijuana inside the vehicle with him. Signs of impairment were observed, and the operator advised that he had smoked an hour earlier. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted and showed the operator was not impaired. The operator was advised of the open container of marijuana law. He agreed to secure all marijuana in his trunk until he got home.


8:36 p.m.: At The Hangar at 10 University Dr., a reporting party stated that a wallet had been left behind between 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The bank notified the owner that charges were attempted using their card that afternoon, but they were unsure where those charges had occurred. The reporting party was taking steps to freeze the cards and accounts associated with the wallet.

Motor Vehicle Complaint  

9:55 p.m.: A 911 caller was behind a yellow box-style sedan which was traveling at various speeds all over the road at 10 Belchertown Rd. The reporting party provided a plate which came back with no matching record. The vehicle was gone on arrival.


11:02 p.m.: A 911 cell caller was crying and said something about bricks being thrown at 120 Amity St. Someone was yelling to hang up the phone. The call was disconnected upon callback when a male answered and hung up. A subsequent call was answered by two females who stated it was a mistake and there was no problem. The area was checked but all individuals were gone on arrival. There was normal foot traffic in the area and no signs of any disturbance.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

Motor Vehicle Crash

12:21 a.m.: A gray 2015 Jeep Cherokee called 911 after hitting a deer in the area of 518 Bay Rd. The deer was deceased upon arrival and DPW was notified for carcass pickup. There was damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle and the operator declined medical attention.

Noise Complaint

12:46 a.m.: Loud music was reported from a Puffton Village apartment. When the reporting party was questioned, there was a hesitation and a possible false name was given, and the address given was nonexistent. Noise was gone upon arrival.

11:36 p.m.: There was loud music reported from an apartment at 170 East Hadley Rd. and the caller’s baby was unable to sleep. The apartment was dark and only mild bass could be heard inside. Upon knocking, the music shut off.

Assist AFD

1:09 a.m.: Amherst Fire Department requested assistance at Kendrick Place apartments, 57 East Pleasant St., for fire alarm activation caused by malicious use of a fire extinguisher. Captain Gaughan located the individual responsible. AFD had initially responded to an alarm at the building where all residents had evacuated. AFD identified a male who admitted to spraying a fire extinguisher in a second floor hallway. The male was intoxicated but realized the magnitude of his actions. He was informed of the consequences and severity of his choices. Kendrick Place management was contacted regarding the issue.


1:13 a.m.: A party at Antonio’s Pizza at 31 North Pleasant St. reported a fight. He said he was struck by approximately five or six people and the altercation started over an exchange of words. One of the involved individuals was described as a college-age male with brown hair. All other parties fled before police arrival.

Liquor Law Violation

1:22 a.m.: On Pray Street, a male was seen carrying an open Miller Lite bottle. A verbal warning was issued, and the alcohol was destroyed.

Recovered Property

1:57 a.m.: A wallet was found by passersby at Bueno y Sano at 1 Boltwood Walk. The wallet’s owner was contacted by phone by APD to retrieve the wallet.

Assist Other PD

2:11 a.m.: A “be on the lookout” was issued out of Belchertown for a wellbeing check. The individual left the scene of a motor vehicle chase on foot on George Hannum Road. The direction of travel was unknown.

Motor Vehicle Stop

2:29 a.m.: A black 2013 Volkswagen Passat, an Uber vehicle, was stopped on Main Street for too many passengers. The overloaded passengers exited the vehicle and were sent on their way. An underage passenger who exited the vehicle was found to be in possession of an open container of White Claw hard seltzer. She was uncooperative and was issued a summons.

Citizen Transport

10:20 a.m.: An officer transported a party from Dunkin Donuts at 312 College St. to a residence on East Hadley Road.

10:49 a.m.: An individual was transported from East Hadley Road to Dunkin Donuts at 312 College St.

Animal Complaint

11:39 a.m.: There was a raccoon reported “clearly in distress” and going after people in the area of Rail Trail Station. The animal chased the reporting party and his wife to their car and now the two were unsure whether it was under the car or not. Upon arrival, the raccoon was acting normally and eating in the woods. The raccoon was moved along.

5:20 p.m.: At a residence on Iduna Lane, a raccoon was reported in the front yard with porcupine quills stuck in it. The caller stated the raccoon was chasing people. The animal ran into the woods when approached by humans and officers could not locate the animal in the yard. The caller was advised to call back if the raccoon returned and was aggressive.

9:43 p.m.: A caller was concerned about a small dog in a red 1993 Ford Ranger parked outside The Hangar at 10 University Dr. The small dog was resting on a dog bed located in the passenger seat and was acting normal and not in distress. It also had a sweater vest on keeping it “extra warm.”

911 Hang Up

1:30 p.m.: A 911 call was made from a residence on Old Montague Road. Upon call back, spoke with a male named Justin who became uncooperative once his last name was asked and would not confirm information. It was suspected to be an accidental dial by a child.


3:53 p.m.: There was a suspicious black industrial metal barrel just off the road on the right-hand side of West Pomeroy Lane. The container was empty and was on private property.

8:14 p.m.: Two gunshots were reported in the area of 38 Trillium Way. This was the only call regarding the noise and officers were unable to locate anything in the area.

10:32 p.m.: A party in a black 2007 Saab 9-3 stated they were followed by a white 1997 Toyota Camry into a parking lot at Townehouse Apartments on Meadow Street after a disagreement about who had the right of way at a traffic light. The Toyota followed the Saab around the Townehouse parking lots and the driver got out and went into Building One. Through a search, it was found that the Toyota has ties to the Townehouses, but there was no exact address. After a search of the area, the party could not be located. The caller was informed and stated he would be parking his car in a different area for the night.

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