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Amherst Police Log for July 14, 2017

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Arrests and Summons

AMHERST

Two loud parties on July 8 prompted police to bring charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws against a 20-year-old Boxborough man, who at 12:40 a.m. was determined to be responsible for a party police responded to for the second time at 10 Tyler Place, and a 21-year-old Berlin man, who was found responsible for underage guests drinking and littering beer cans and bottles at 15 Sunset Court at 4:42 p.m., police said.

A 29-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of vandalizing property after the intoxicated man was refused continued service at The Spoke on East Pleasant Street and intentionally slammed an exterior door with such force that the glass shattered July 8 at 12:41 a.m., police said. The man fled toward West Cemetery, but efforts to locate him with a K9 unit were unsuccessful, according to police.

A 29-year-old Springfield woman was arrested July 7 at 9:51 p.m. on Webster Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker, police said.

A 25-year-old Hadley man will be summoned to court on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a crash on Meadow Street July 7 at 5:19 p.m., police said.

A 40-year-old Belchertown man was arrested July 4 at 10:10 p.m. on Shays Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, police said.

A 20-year-old Brockton woman was arrested at 1:03 a.m. on North East Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and being a minor in possession of alcohol, police said.

A 23-year-old Belchertown man will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker following a traffic stop on Main Street July 3 at 5:26 p.m., police said.

UMass

A 34-year-old Holyoke man was arrested July 6 at 8:59 p.m. at the UMass Police Station on a warrant, police said.

A 51-year-old Amherst man was arrested July 4 at 6:34 p.m. on Rocky Hill Road in Hadley on a charge of disorderly conduct, police said.

Day-by-day police calls

MONDAY, JULY 3

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:26 p.m. – A man peering in windows and trying to open doors at a Butterfield Terrace residence was determined to be looking for a date he met using Tinder. He was sent on his way.

9:49 p.m., 11:18 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. – Fireworks were reported shot off on North East Sreet and Mill Street. No one was identified as responsible.

DISTURBANCES

4:17 p.m. – People arguing in front of a downtown restaurant were not located by police.

LARCENY

1:23 a.m. – A theft on Amity Street was reported to police.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

6:30 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in searching for a man and child who left a restaurant in a vehicle.

10:52 p.m. – Police assisted firefighters in extinguishing a small electrical fire at a West Street home.

TUESDAY, JULY 4

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:04 p.m. – A man wearing a camouflage vest and holding a rifle on North East Street was not located by police. The man was likely part of a paintball game being played in the area.

2:35 p.m. – Several youths on top of the dam at Puffer’s Pond and climbing on the cliff were were sent on their way and warned about the dangers.

6:23 p.m. – Police took reports of two suspicious vehicles, neither of which was found. In the first, police were told the people may have been selling drugs in the area of Village Park. At 7:22 p.m., a passenger holding a gun was seen in a vehicle on Main Street.

8:20 p.m., 9:43 p.m. and 10:57 p.m. – Fireworks were reported set off at The Boulders and on South East Street and State Street. No one was located with the illegal objects.

DISTURBANCES

3:36 p.m. – A man and woman yelling at each other on a path near Sand Hill Road were gone when police got there.

LARCENY

4:08 p.m. – A wallet was stolen from a vehicle parked on State Street while its owner was swimming at Puffer’s Pond. The credit cards were canceled. At 4:24 p.m., another wallet was stolen from a vehicle at Mil River Recreation Area, with $160 in cash and credit cards and IDs inside it.

ASSAULTS

11:57 p.m – A man reported being punched during an altercation at The Boulders. Police found no evidence the incident occurred.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

1:34 p.m. – A German shepherd wandering on Gatehouse Road was returned to its owner on Hickory Lane.

TRAFFIC

11:39 a.m. – Police assisted a driver who couldn’t find a handicapped parking space in a University Drive parking lot and warned another driver who was idling a vehicle for an extended time in one of the spots.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

9:44 a.m. – A homeless person and an accompanying dog were sent on their way from the porch of a downtown business.

6:44 p.m. – A man blaring loud music from his vehicle and trying to annoy a woman he formerly dated in the area of Puffer’s Pond was sent on his way.

DISTURBANCES

4:15 p.m. – A woman turning around in a downtown driveway called police after a man blocked her vehicle. Police advised the woman she shouldn’t do U-turns in driveways and advised the man to ask for help if people are using the driveway.

LARCENY

7:57 a.m. – A chainsaw valued at $1,200 was reported stolen from a Bridge Street home sometime overnight.

ASSAULTS

9:29 a.m. – A Colonial Village woman reported hit in the face by a man who demanded she return his cellphone. She told police she didn’t want to press charges.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

9:27 p.m. – A deer was struck and killed by a vehicle at the corner of Northampton Road and University Drive, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

7:10 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in searching for the occupant of a vehicle seen stealing American flags.

THURSDAY, JULY 6

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:50 a.m. – Police were called by a grandfather upset that his grandchildren were still awake at their home. The father of the children advised police that his kids were OK and the issues began when his father banged on the bedroom door in the middle of the night.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:01 p.m. – Police spoke with business owners on University Drive about a nearby homeless encampment and homeless people hanging out.

DISTURBANCES

7:29 p.m. – A woman involved in a verbal altercation on Boltwood Avenue, who may have asked passers-by for help after it appeared she was being abducted, was not located. Police found no evidence that any crime had been committed.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

2:24 p.m. – A loose German shepherd on West Bay Road was caught and brought to the shelter until its owner is identified.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

7:17 p.m. – A bicyclist and Peter Pan bus collided at the intersection of North Pleasant and Triangle streets, police said. An Amherst Fire Department ambulance transported the male bicyclist to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for treatment, according to fire officials.

FRIDAY, JULY 7

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:52 a.m. – A couple inside a vehicle in the parking lot at Mill River Recreation Area were sent on their way and advised to find a more private location for their activity.

3:14 p.m. – Illegal use of a Dumpster at Rolling Green Apartments was reported to police.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

4:14 p.m. – Police are assisting municipal inspections with looking into whether a resident is operating an illegal taxi company from his home in South Amherst.

LARCENY

9:44 a.m. – A woman attempting to steal items from Big Y Supermarket on University Drive was issued a trespass notice.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:02 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Main Street residents holding a loud party.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

2:29 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Northampton Police in searching for a man who made threats against a woman and had a handgun in his waistline.

SATURDAY, JULY 7

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

9:27 p.m. – Several underage men trying to get into a downtown bar entered the wrong establishment and were issued a trespass notice by the owner.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

12:42 p.m. – A woman suffered scrapes to her arm after a tree branch fell from a municipal tree on Kellogg Avenue. Paramedics were contacted to treat her injuries and the Department of Public Works was notified to remove “widow-making” branches from trees.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

2:28 p.m. – A vehicle stolen from Amherst in October was recovered near the intersection of Grove and North Whitney streets.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:15 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Pelham Road residents holding a loud party with about 200 guests.

SUNDAY, JULY 9

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:35 a.m. – A man loitering at Colonial Village was determined to be waiting for his girlfriend. He was given an escort to Alpine Commons.

7:38 p.m. – Police took possession of two of three bicycles found with people hanging out on College Street.

DISTURBANCES

12:54 p.m. – People arguing at Mill River Recreation Area fled before police got there.

12:28 p.m. – A woman was heard screaming at Mill Hollow Apartments. No problems were discovered when officers got there.

11:54 p.m. – Police were unable to locate a man and woman yelling at each other at Olympia Place.

LARCENY

8:02 p.m. – A purse reported stolen by a resident at Olympia Oaks was later found underneath an aquarium in the home.

BREAK-INS

6:10 p.m. – A purse and a gold ring were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on State Street near Puffer’s Pond. There were no signs of forced entry. Police are investigating.

TRAFFIC

7:14 p.m. – A cardboard box and several books strewn in the middle of Meadow Street and Route 116 were removed by police.