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Amherst Police Log for Nov. 24, 2017

Day-by-day police calls



Friday, November 24, 2017
MONDAY, NOV. 13

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:12 p.m. – Garbage was reported dumped illegally on Hobart lane.

12:51 p.m. – Police checked on people sitting in a vehicle in the Spring street parking lot. They were just talking.

10:32 p.m. – A man standing outside a South Amherst home, who stared at a woman when she pulled into a driveway and then hid behind a tree, was gone when police got there.

LARCENY

11:14 a.m. – Someone posted a fraudulent Amherst apartment for lease on Craigslist. Police notified landlords and the Off Campus Student Services at UMass about the incident.

BREAK-INS

9:06 a.m. – Someone may have entered a Colonial Village apartment to gain access to a computer. Police are looking into the matter.

9:54 a.m. – A front window at The Barber Shop on Montague Road was smashed sometime over the weekend and a glass stein filled with coins and other money was stolen. Police are investigating.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

2:17 p.m. – A Village Park resident was warned about letting his dog run loose at the neighboring Olympia Place complex.

4:24 p.m. – Fearing Street residents reported a black bear roaming the neighborhood. It was not located.

TUESDAY, NOV. 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:59 a.m. – Police found a suspicious man in a vehicle parked in a West Street parking lot. The man told police he was just smoking a cigarette.

5:35 p.m. – A man urinating on a downtown church property was issued a warning and sent on his way,

10:21 p.m. – A woman screaming in the woods of Fearing Street was not located, but people in the area told police that she returned to a UMass dormitory after having a panic attack following her use of marijuana.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

1:59 p.m. – Police officers gave advice to Mill Valley Estates residents for resolving a dispute.

6:58 p.m. – A Strong Street resident asked police for help in removing a guest who had been invited to stay at the home, but was now causing issues.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:34 a.m. – A tractor-trailer truck knocked over a traffic signal at the corner of Amity Street and University Drive, police said.

12:46 p.m. – A vehicle parked on Greenleaves Drive sustained minor damage when struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:05 a.m. – Police determined a hissing noise coming from a Columbia Drive home was a malfunctioning refrigerator.

8:38 a.m. – Police are assisting with an investigation into counterfeit bills that were turned over by an Amherst bank.

3:48 p.m. – A Colonial Village resident told police that an acquantance entered his apartment and took his bowling ball and phone. She later returned the phone. ServiceNet staff is assisting the tenants with their issues.

4:36 p.m. – Police are investigating an incident in which South East Street residents told police $1,000 in fraudulent charges were placed on their credit cards to purchase a laptop that was delivered to their home. A man who was loitering near their residence, and asking if a package had arrived, was not located.

10:02 p.m. – A Gray Street woman reported being confronted by four people who said they were looking for lost headphones in the Uber vehicle they had been riding in. The woman told police she is not an Uber driver and the people were likely at the wrong home.

DISTURBANCES

10:01 a.m. – Police were unable to locate a man standing outside a vehicle on Belchertown Road yelling at a woman. The man allegedly had his pants pulled down around his ankles, according to those who saw him.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

10:24 p.m. – Police issued as verbal warning to Crestview Apartments residents watching a loud television.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

11:04 a.m. – A loose beagle at Amethyst Brook Conservation Area was brought to the pound.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10 a.m. – A dog was injured when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on East Pleasant Street near Cherry Lane, police said.

TRAFFIC

5:53 p.m. – Wood that fell from a truck on Leverett Road was removed from the travel lanes by police officers.

THURSDAY, NOV. 16

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:49 a.m. – Police determined a person knocking on the door to a College Inn Apartments residence was just at the wrong home.

DISTURBANCES

10:49 a.m. – Police took a report of a possible assault at a South Prospect Street home. The alleged incident occurred during a complaint about loud noise.

12:35 p.m. – A verbal altercation occurred between roommates at a West Street home over smoking a cigarette in a common area. At 6:24 p.m., police returned to the home when one of the residents told officers tires on a bicycle were intentionally deflated.

LARCENY

6:57 p.m. – A man who left Big Y Supermarket on University Drive without paying for items agreed to pay for the merchandise once he was identified. He will be issued a trespass notice by store management.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

9:52 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Puffton Village residents playing loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:37 p.m. – An ambulance was summoned to the scene of a two-car crash at the intersection of South East and Stanley streets, police said. No additional details about the accident were available.

FRIDAY, NOV. 17

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:09 a.m. – A man urinating on a downtown property was warned and sent on his way.

9:23 p.m. – People being intimate with each other in a vehicle parked on a downtown street were warned about their actions and sent on their way.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:29 a.m. – An unwanted guest at Chestnut Court Apartments left before police got there. At 4:58 a.m., the man was pounding on the door and and windows to try to get in, and was advised he wasn’t welcome.

LARCENY

3:23 a.m. – Police took a report of a cellphone stolen from a patron while he was at a downtown bar.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

3:04 p.m. – A rabid raccoon in a Pomeroy Lane yard was destroyed by police.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

6:03 a.m. – A deer was struck and killed by a passing vehicle on Montague Road, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

5:14 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in blocking a portion of Route 9 after wires came down during an accident.

SATURDAY, NOV. 18

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:07 a.m. – A man urinating on a downtown property was issued a warning and sent on his way.

9:30 p.m. – Police called for an ambulance to assist a woman who was wandering into traffic on North Pleasant Street and was unable to answer simple questions.

10:11 p.m. – A homeless man sleeping in the community room at Ann Whalen Apartments was awoken and sent on his way.

LARCENY

12:04 p.m. – A shirt valued at $50 was reported stolen from a downtown merchant. Police were unable to locate the two alleged shoplifters.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

8:28 a.m. – A dead bear, likely killed when struck by a vehicle on Pelham Road, was removed by police.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

3:48 p.m. – A car went off North East Street into a tree, police said. No additional information was available from police.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

6:50 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted South Hadley Police in trying to locate a missing 12-year-old girl.

SUNDAY, NOV. 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:51 a.m. – A man sleeping inside a downtown church building fled before police got there.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

1:42 p.m. – Two shell casings for a gun left in a memorial at a South Amherst apartment complex were turned over to police.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

6:31 p.m. – A car went off West Street into a utility pole near Country Corners Road, police said.

TRAFFIC

9:41 a.m. – Police cloded Sunset Avenue and contacted the Department of Public Works and Eversource after a large oak fell across the road.