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

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By Abigail Charpentier and Will Mallas

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

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 

Traffic Stop

12:27 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating with a defective headlight on Massachusetts Avenue.

5:18 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a written warning at the Studio Arts Building on North Pleasant Street. Amherst Police Department was notified.

5:52 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating without headlights at Lot 71 on Massachusetts Avenue.

5:58 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a written warning on Massachusetts Avenue.

6:03 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating with a defective headlight on University Drive.

6:10 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating with a defective headlight on Massachusetts Avenue.

6:24 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a written warning on North Pleasant Street.

6:34 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating with a defective headlight on University Drive.

8:39 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a defective brake light on University Drive

8:47 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a defective brake light and operating without headlights on in the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive.

9:13 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a written warning on Commonwealth Avenue.

9:43 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating without headlights on Massachusetts Avenue.

11:25 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating without headlights on North Pleasant Street.

Suspicious Person/Activity

1:19 a.m.: A party at Sunset Avenue did not meet protective custody criteria.

2:00 a.m.: A party at Sunset Avenue did not meet protective custody criteria.

2:08 a.m.: An officer stated a party was found with alcohol in Lot 34E on Massachusetts Avenue. The alcohol was destroyed on scene. The party did not meet protective custody criteria and was sent on his way.

Assist Citizen

5:40 a.m.: A reporting party stated he believed someone had locked themselves in a handicap bathroom at the Fine Arts Center on Presidents Drive. An officer stated no one was in the bathroom, and an area check came up negative.

8:07 p.m.: A reporting party stated that the furniture in the dressing rooms of the Fine Arts Center had been moved the last two nights, possibly in an attempt to barricade the doors. The reporting party was in room 104.

9:19 p.m.: A reporting party stated he saw a red Hyundai driving from Southwest Residential Area to the Mullins Center with a Dominos sign on the car. The reporting party stated the sign was stolen from Dominos. A check of Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenue for the vehicle came up negative.

Alarm-Fire Trouble

8:30 a.m.: Fire Engine One was notified of an accidental or defective alarm at Brooks Hall on Infirmary Way.

12:15 p.m.: An accidental or defective alarm at Prince Hall on Sunset Avenue was referred to technicians.

2:14 p.m.: F1 was notified of an accidental or defective fire alarm at the Dome Support Building on Stadium Drive. The alarm was referred to technicians.

4:12 p.m.: F1 was notified of an accidental or defective fire alarm at the Rand Theater in the Fine Arts Center on Presidents Drive. F1 stated it was due to a battery issue and that the alarm will remain.

Assist Agency

12:11 p.m.: The Physical Plant requested an officer meet with the watch tour. The chief complaint was that a unisex restroom on the first floor of Paige Laboratory had been locked for over an hour, and no one knows if it’s occupied. Physical Plant staff had arrived prior to the arrival of an officer and unlocked the bathroom. An officer double-checked the bathroom, and no issue was found.

Alarm – (Prefire)

12:36 p.m.: F1 was notified of an accidental pre-alarm at Webster Hall on Orchard Hill Drive. The alarm was set off accidentally by a maintainer.

Larceny

2:23 p.m.: A reporting party stated his UCard had been used at Franklin Dining Commons on Stockbridge Road. The reporting party was outside the Fine Arts Center at Haigis Mall. The reporting party called back and advised that he just went through the transactions and realized he had made them and had forgotten.

Lost/Found Property

4:16 p.m.: A cellphone was found at the service desk at Crabtree Hall on Eastman Lane. The phone had a black case with a deer on it. An officer stated the party lived in Puffton Village. The officer picked up the phone at the service desk and brought it to the UMPD station. The officer spoke with the owner’s roommate. The roommate advised the owner to pick up the cellphone. The cellphone was returned to the owner at 5:40 p.m.

5:17 p.m.: A reporting party stated a backpack was found in the fifth floor men’s bathroom of Tobin Hall on Hicks Way. An officer brought the backpack to the UMPD station. The backpack contained gym clothes, gym shoes, a tub of protein, a bottle of horny goat weed, a bottle of CBD pills, two bottles of fish oil pills and a shaker bottle.

5:42 p.m.: A Rhode Island ID was found outside the Integrative Learning Center on North Pleasant Street. No record was found, and there was no Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles result when queried. The ID was entered into property.

Accident-Property Damage

5:34 p.m.: A vehicle crashed into a wood post in Lot 12 (west of Lot 25) on Forestry Way. There were no injuries and no damage to UMass property.

Suspicious Vehicle 

9:39 p.m.: A vehicle was spotted driving around campus with a light bar on top of the car.

Assist Other Police Departments

11:24 p.m.: A 22-year-old male was arrested at a fugitive from justice without warrant charge. Boston Police Department requested the party be arrested for an alleged offense that had occurred in their jurisdiction. The party was turned over to BPD. No charges were filed by UMPD. 

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

Suspicious Person/Activity

12:21 a.m.: A party at Sunset Avenue “checked ok.”

12:40 a.m.: A party at Lot 32W on Massachusetts Avenue “checked ok.”

1:25 a.m.: An officer was with five parties by Morrill Science Center on North Pleasant Street. The parties did not meet protective custody criteria.

11:51 p.m.: A male was in the middle of Hicks Way attempting to find someone to drive him off campus to a party. He was advised to stay away from the road and to not bother motorists.

Traffic Stop

12:29 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a one-way violation and operating without headlights by Lot 34 on Massachusetts Avenue.

1:14 a.m.: A vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. The parties exited the vehicle, and two parties were given alcohol checks. The operator was issued a verbal warning for speeding.

1:42 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for speeding on Infirmary Way.

2:11 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for operating without headlights.

2:54 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation on Hicks Way.

1:37 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for speeding on Commonwealth Avenue.

3:41 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a written warning on lower Massachusetts Avenue.

3:47 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a missing front plate on Massachusetts Avenue.

3:51 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for an inspection violation on Massachusetts Avenue.

3:57 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for an inspection violation on lower Massachusetts Avenue.

3:57 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a verbal warning for a defective headlight on Commonwealth Avenue. 

4:17 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue was issued a verbal warning for a defective headlight.

5:17 p.m.: An officer stated a vehicle was parked illegally on Kennedy Road. Ernie’s was requested and the vehicle was towed.

6:37 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle near the Design Building on North Pleasant Street. The APD were notified.

8:38 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle on Governors Drive for failing to use care, starting, stopping and turning.

8:57 p.m.: A verbal warning for failure to use care when starting was issued to the operator of a vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue.

9:55 p.m.: The operator of a vehicle was issued a traffic citation for an offense that occurred on Massachusetts Avenue.

10:07 p.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle on Governors Drive for operating without headlights.

Liquor Law Violations

1:20 a.m.: A small amount of alcohol taken at Lot 50D on Sunset Avenue was dumped.

8:47 p.m.: A small amount of alcohol was seized for destruction in Lot 34 E on Massachusetts Avenue.

Suspicious Vehicle

2:09 a.m.: A reporting party stated there were parties in a maroon vehicle parked outside Gorman Hall on Butterfield Terrace for the last 20 mins. The reporting party believed the parties inside the vehicle were yelling at each other. Five parties were found inside the vehicle and stated they had been singing. There was no indication of any type of disturbance. While speaking with the occupants, officers observed marijuana paraphernalia in plain sight. No one was 21 years or older and two glass pipes and a metal grinder were seized for destruction.

2:34 a.m.: A vehicle outside the Army ROTC Building on Commonwealth Avenue checked ok.

Alarm-Fire Trouble 

8:21 a.m.: An accidental or defective fire alarm went off at Mary Lyon Hall on Eastman Lane. UMPD attempted contact with F1 three times on the radio but received no response. F1 was called on the phone. Environmental Health and Safety was notified of the alarm. F1 states the alarm was due to a dirty smoke detector. Technicians were notified. 

Disabled Motor Vehicle

1:13 p.m.: A reporting party stated his vehicle broke down on the side of the road on Massachusetts Avenue. An officer stated the reporting party’s friends helped move the vehicle out of the roadway.

Parking Complaint

4:01 p.m.: A parking citation was issued to a vehicle in the Southwest Circle.

8:47 p.m.: A residence director states there was a vehicle parked in the fire lane in the lot between John Quincy Adams Hall and MacKimmie Hall and had been there for several hours. A parking ticket was issued and Ernie’s towed the vehicle.

Vandalism

12:49 p.m.: A reporting party stated his vehicle was keyed in Lot 22C on University Drive.

4:14 p.m.: The reporting party states that it looked like someone “ran across his vehicle” when it was parked during the hockey game the night before and scratched it up. He states that he was in the middle of Lot 12 on Forestry Way and when he came back to his car, there were footprints on the trunk, lid and roof of the vehicle. He didn’t notice any damage and did not want to file a report at this time.

911 Hang-Up Call

6:16 p.m.: Nobody was in the area when the house phone near McNamara Hall was triggered.

Alarm-Fire

6:48 p.m.: F1 and AFD were en route after an accidental/defective alarm in Lincoln Apartments Building 8 on Lincoln Avenue. All the units were cleared after it was determined the smoke was caused by cooking.

Assist Other Police Departments

3:00 p.m.: A reporting party stated there was a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident on East Pleasant Street. There were no injuries and no airbag deployment. The reporting party was transferred to APD.

7:10 p.m.: A reporting party stated last night after midnight cars were not stopping for pedestrians on North Pleasant Street near the Hillel House. A reporting party also expressed concerns over a female party leaving a fraternity house crying. The party was connected with APD.

Assist Agency

10:56 p.m.: The Hadley Police Department stated they had received a call in regard to a college-aged male party that was running in and out of the roadways. He was described as middle eastern, approximately 6’1’’, wearing a denim jacket, jeans and a beanie hat. He was last seen on Stadium Drive heading toward the athletic fields. The party was found by the HPD fully naked in the softball complex. He was transported the Cooley Dickinson Hospital by ambulance.

Alarm – (Prefire)

10:58 p.m.: F1 was notified of an accidental/defective alarm in McNamara Hall. The alarm was reset.

Intoxicated Person

11:22 p.m.: A male party in the John Adams Hall lobby was reported to be intoxicated. He was showing signs of intoxication but did not meet the protective custody criteria. The male stated he was drinking at Amherst College and was alert and oriented before being advised to refrain from drinking and left the area without incident.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 

Parking Complaint

12:18 a.m.: A reporting party states there were no ResLife parking spots available outside of Moore Hall. A Southwest rover cadet was en route, however, the reporting party said a spot opened up.

12:33 p.m.: A reporting party states there was a Mustang parked in the loading zone at North Apartment B on Eastman Lane, making it difficult for vehicles to get by. A message was left for the owner.

4:34 p.m.: A vehicle was parked in the fire lane outside of John Quincy Adams Hall. Police dispatch attempted to contact the party but was unsuccessful. A parking ticket was issued.

Open Window/Door

12:20 a.m.: An exterior door of Bartlett was found propped open. The ground floor was checked, but no other issues were noted. All doors were secured.

Traffic Stop

12:34 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle on East Pleasant Street for speeding.

12:45 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle for an incident that occured at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and University Drive.

12:49 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle for an incident on Thatcher Road.

12:58 a.m.: The operator of a vehicle on Commonwealth Avenue was issued a citation for defective headlights.

1:00 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue for speeding.

1:20 a.m.:  The operator of a vehicle on Hicks Way was issued a citation for defective headlights.

1:26 a.m.: A verbal warning was issued to the operator of a vehicle on Massachusetts Avenue for a one-way violation.

Suspicious Vehicle

1:51 a.m.: A suspicious vehicle in Lot 27 (south of Lot 44) on Sylvan Drive “checks okay.”

1:52 a.m.: A minor amount of marijuana was found in a vehicle in Lot 49C (across from Dickinson) on Orchard Hill Drive. The parties were moved on their way.

2:37 a.m.: A vehicle was parked in the roadway near Flint Laboratory on Campus Center Way. The operator stated he was waiting to pick up a passenger.

Alarm – Elevator

1:57 a.m.: Seven parties were stuck in car #7 in Oak House near the first floor. F1 and AFD were notified and en route. All parties were then cleared from the elevator.

7:21 a.m.: A subject was stuck in an elevator in Melville Hall. Environmental Health and Safety and APD were notified and en route. F1 advised the subject was released from the elevator and that they wouldn’t contact a technician.

2:37 p.m.: Housing states there is an elevator entrapment on floor 14 of John Quincy Adams Tower. Environmental Health and Safety and APD were notified and there was a 30-minute wait for a technician. The party was released from the elevator and housing locked the elevator until the technician arrived.

Alarm – Fire Trouble

6:17 a.m.: F1 was notified of an accidental/defective alarm in Rand Theater located inside the Fine Arts Center.

Assist Agency

10:23 a.m.: Officers assisted at the Special Olympics in Northampton.

Accident – Leaving the Scene

2:29 p.m.: A reporting party states she witnessed a vehicle hit another vehicle and take off. An office checked the camera and observed an Audi hit a Honda in Lot 50F on John Adams Road.

Suspicious Object

2:57 p.m.: A reporting party states there was a grey suitcase located outside of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library with no one in the area. The item was gone upon arrival.

Alarm – Fire

3:20 p.m.: A Residence Director states a smoke alarm was sounding in a dorm room on Fearing Street. She stated the room smelled like there was “something burning,” but no smoke was showing. She also called F1 despite nothing showing on the Simplex panel. The AFD arrived on the scene and keyed into the room. There was no smoke, but the alarm was sounding. It was determined this was due to a small paper fire in the trash can in the room. The two roommates were not in the room but were contacted. All units were cleared, and the state police were notified of the smoke in the state building. State police declined to respond.

Abigail Charpentier can be reached at [email protected] Will Mallas can be reached at [email protected]