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Amherst Police Log for Nov. 10, 2017

Day-by-day police calls



Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Compiled by

SCOTT MERZBACH

SATURDAY, OCT. 30

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:28 p.m. – A person exiting the Newman Center told police a woman snapped photographs of him and his vehicle before fleeing. The woman was not located.

DISTURBANCES

4:19 p.m. – High-schoolers creating a disturbance outside a downtown restaurant fled before police got there.

10:57 p.m. – A boyfriend and girlfriend were found arguing on Bay Road. Officers determined the woman was having issues in her life and didn’t want assistance from her boyfriend in sorting them out.

LARCENY

9:14 p.m. – A man reported his clothes were stolen from a dryer at Brandywine Apartments after he did a load of laundry.

BREAK-INS

9:36 a.m. – A camera and a GPS unit were reported stolen from a vehicle that was broken into while parked on Emily Lane.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:53 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a minor two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Main and Gray streets, police said.

3:52 p.m. – A vehicle went off Triangle Street into a utility pole, causing minor damage and possible injury, police said.

TRAFFIC

8:40 a.m. – A tree came down across Station Road. The Department of Public Works was notified.

TUESDAY, OCT. 31

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:57 a.m. – A man and woman who told police they were having a “deep conversation” in a private parking lot on Gatehouse Road were sent on their way.

DISTURBANCES

1:37 a.m. – Police kept the peace between neighbors arguing at a South Prospect Street location. At 2:04 a.m., officers returned when the argument began again, this time over the theft of a battery for an e-cigarette vape pen.

LARCENY

10:09 a.m. – Two bicycles were reported stolen from Berkshire Terrace.

5:59 p.m. – A man told police someone stole items from his pockets while he was shopping at an Amherst store.

VANDALISM

3:07 p.m. – Someone shot out the street light on West Street near Country Corners Road.

7:05 p.m. and 7:12 p.m. – Windows on businesses on Triangle, Main and West streets were damaged by BB pellets.

TRAFFIC

10:39 a.m. – Three vehicles parked on Sunset Court were damaged when a tree fell onto them overnight.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1

DISTURBANCES

1:13 a.m. – A disturbance reported at Colonial Village was determined to be caused by a concerned man worried about the condition of his pregnant wife, who summoned an ambulance for a medical issue she was experiencing.

1:27 a.m. – An intoxicated woman suffered minor injuries when she fell while her boyfriend was carrying her on East Pleasant Street. The boyfriend dropped her when he was distracted by people near a bar he thought were trying to pick a fight with him.

2:43 a.m. – Police determined a man banging on a Hedgeow Lane home was trying to get back to his Pelham Road residence.

LARCENY

4:49 p.m. – An iPad left at a downtown store was reported stolen.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

1:43 p.m. – People being noisy in front of the Unitarian Meetinghouse on North Pleasant Street were advised to calm down, and one person was warned to dump a bottle of alcohol. At 5:11 p.m., police returned to the site where people were punching each other, but they fled.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

7:28 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries on University Drive, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

10:32 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted South Hadley Police in searching for a vehicle stolen by three men.

THURSDAY, NOV. 2

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:52 p.m. – Police got a report from a concerned Jones Library patron that a man took photographs of his child while in the library’s children’s room. Officers are looking into the matter and trying to determine why the suspicious man was in that section of the library.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

4:53 p.m. – Residents told police they got a call from a person claiming to be from Eversource and threatening to turn off the power if payment isn’t made.

9:43 p.m. – A homeless man loitering outside a downtown church was escorted to the Craig’s Place homeless shelter for assistance.

LARCENY

12:57 p.m. – A banner on the Unitarian Meetinghouse was reported stolen, possibly by young men seen outside the building the previous night.

3:58 p.m. – A mother reported her child’s bicycle was stolen from a bike rack at Wildwood School.

BREAK-INS

12:55 a.m. – A person who attempted to break into a home on Kellogg Avenue fled before police got there.

FRIDAY, NOV. 3

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:57 p.m. – Police took a report of a man who was at a downtown cafe several days earlier talking about the Taliban and its association with UMass.

10:33 p.m. – A man driving a vehicle on Cottage Street allegedly accosted a woman and asked her if she wanted to make money. The vehicle fled before police got there.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

12:43 p.m. – A student who left the middle school and refused to return may have had marijuana in his possession. The school is handling the matter after the student returned.

VANDALISM

12:43 a.m. – A window was shot out by a BB gun at a Main Street business. Police are investigating.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

9:34 a.m. – Cows loose on South East Street were returned to their pen. At 5:50 p.m., more cows got out of their field on South East Street.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:26 p.m. – One driver was issued a citation for failure to use care in starting from the Hampshire College campus following a two-car accident with no perosnal injuries, police said. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, according to police.

6:15 p.m. – A pedestrian on East Pleasant Street was struck by a vehicle, police said. An Amherst Fire Department ambulance responded, with paramedics treating the man for a minor scrape on his arm, according to Fire Chief Tim Nelson.

SATURDAY, NOV. 4

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:37 a.m. – A man urinating against a downtown building was warned about his actions.

3:05 a.m. – A West Pomeroy Lane resident called police after a man tried to get in through a back door. The man was likely intoxicated and just at the wrong home, according to police.

5:23 a.m. – Several men loitering in the police station parking lot were sent on their way.

DISTURBANCES

1:14 a.m. – Combatants engaged in an argument outside the downtown bars fled before police got there.

9:06 p.m. – Several teenagers goofing around at Village Park were advised to calm down.

11:54 p.m. – A woman causing a scene at a downtown bar was removed and left the location.

VANDALISM

12:39 a.m. – A vehicle parked in an East Pleasant Street parking lot sustained a significant scratch after someone threw a bottle at it.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:53 a.m. and 2:28 a.m.– Police issued verbal warnings to Summer Street and Colonial Village residents holding loud parties.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

6:10 p.m. – One driver was issued a ticket following a two-car crash with no personal injuries on University Drive, police said.

SUNDAY, NOV. 5

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:04 a.m. – A man carrying a yard sign from a Main Street location was stopped and advised to put the sign back where he found it.

DISTURBANCES

1:46 a.m. – A man loitering in the parking lot at a University Drive location who was banging on a pickup truck told police he was waiting for a ride after being stood up by a friend. The vehicle was not damaged.

FIGHTS

1:20 a.m. – Police separated people involved in a fistfight outside the downtown bars. Neither person was injured in the scuffle.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

1:08 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Rolling Green Apartments residents playing loud music.