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Amherst Police Log for Aug. 11, 2017



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Arrests and Summons

AMHERST

A 22-year-old Springfield man was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty following a traffic stop on South East Street Aug. 4 at 12:28 a.m., police said.

A 31-year-old Chicopee woman will be summoned to court on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation following a traffic stop on South East Street Aug. 3 at 12:48 a.m., police said.

Day-by-day police calls

MONDAY, JULY 31

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

3:35 p.m. – An Old Farm Road resident told police two pairs of boots left on her porch were stolen and orange traffic barrels taken from a road project were placed on her property.

8:45 p.m. – Screaming and banging sounds coming from a Mill Hollow Apartments residence were determined to be made by a woman who dropped and shattered a plate.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:47 a.m. – Police spoke to a UMass student from China whose 2013 Audi was towed from campus more than a year ago and who owed the Amherst towing company more than $11,000 for storage fees and repairs that will allow the car to be sold at auction. He was advised the issue with the company is a civil matter.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

5:30 p.m. – A beaver hit by a vehicle on Fearing Street was removed by the Department of Public Works.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:01 a.m. – A police cruiser was sideswiped by a vehicle on University Drive that was turnring but then abruptly opted not to, police said.

8:22 p.m. – A mailbox was destroyed at a West Street home, likely after being hit by a passing vehicle, police said.

TUESDAY, AUG. 1

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:54 a.m. – A vehicle with a couple claiming to be looking at the stars was found at Groff Park. The couple was advised the park is closed at night.

11:46 a.m. – Police issued trespass notices to four people loitering at the Amherst Motel property. The individuals had caused problems prompting a police response several hours earlier.

8:42 p.m. – A South Amherst woman reported being the victim of a scam in which she was sent a check for $3,500 advance payment for being a nanny after advertising her service son a website.

DISTURBANCES

12:30 a.m. – A woman locked out from a Southpoint Apartments residence and throwing a tantrum hadn’t been paying rent. Other tenants agreed to allow her to stay the night.

8:28 p.m. – Two teens creating a scene at the Bangs Community Center were sent on their way.

BREAK-INS

10:27 a.m. – Police are investigating a break-in to a Village Park residence, possibly through an unlocked window or an open front door.

ASSAULTS

1:29 p.m. – A man told police he was struck in the head during an altercation outside a downtown restaurant. Police determined the man was involved in a fight and advised him he could go to court to file a complaint.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

9:13 p.m. – A loose cow on South East Street was returned to its field with assistance from its owner.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

3:51 p.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a crash with no personal injuries at the intersection of North Pleasant and Meadow streets, police said.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

3:28 p.m. – Gun shots were heard in the woods near Puffer’s Pond. No source for the noise was located.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

10:06 a.m. – A resident was advised to contact town planners and Amherst College officials after she expressed concern about vehicles needing to back onto Route 9 at one of the entrances to the college’s football field, creating a potential safety hazard.

DISTURBANCES

11:36 p.m. – Police kept the peace at a West Street home where teenagers smoking marijuana were threatened by a person with a knife. Officers determined the argument started over a comment made by one of the teens, and that the issues could be worked out without police assistance.

LARCENY

2:17 p.m. – A man attempting to steal items from the Big Y Supermarket on University Drive was issued a trespass notice.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12:25 p.m. – A weasel trying to get into a downtown restaurant and then hiding in a flower pot in front of the store was not located.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

10:23 p.m. – Four candles left lit were found inside a downtown restaurant. Firefighters gained entry to extinguish the candles.

THURSDAY, AUG. 3

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:12 a.m. – A man sleeping in the lobby of Ann Whalen Apartments was awoken and sent on his way.

1:56 a.m. – A woman screaming in pain at North Village was located a short time later. Officers determined she was intoxicated and suffered an ankle injury from a fall.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

8:06 p.m. – Police responded to Southpoint Apartments where one family member was allegedly harassing his brothers and his son.

LARCENY

4:27 p.m. – A teenage girl who left the Big Y Supermarket on University Drive without paying for $13 worth of cometics was issued a trespass notice. Police contacted a guardian to pick her up at the police station.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

8:10 a.m. – Two dogs that allegedly attacked another dog on Shays Street returned with their owner to a South Amherst home. The animal welfare officer is investigating the incident.

FRIDAY, AUG. 4

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

2:31 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in contacting the owner of a vehicle whose son left it running in a Hadley parking lot before walking home.

3:28 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Easthampton Police in searching for a suspect involved in an incident.