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Amherst Police Log for Dec. 22, 2017

Day-by-day police calls



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 11

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

10:33 a.m. – Police assisted middle school officials in speaking to a student who brought prescription medication to school grounds without permission.

DISTURBANCES

4:07 p.m. – Two teenagers banging on the windows of a downtown business and laughing at the owner fled before police got there.

VANDALISM

8:49 a.m. – A window on a car parked at Village Park was broken when someone threw a piece of pavement through it.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

7:16 a.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Station Road and South East Street, police said.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:10 a.m. – Police spoke to roommates at a downtown home about how to resolve issues they were having with each other.

DISTURBANCES

9:38 p.m – Police kept the peace between guests arguing at the Craug’s Place homelss shelter over a check and whether it could be cashed.

11:54 p.m. – An argument at a Village Park home ended when the man left for the night.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

1:41 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to the driver of a vehicle playing loud music at Watson Farms on Main Street.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

2:01 p.m – A vehicle that swerved to avoid hitting a mailbox went off South East Street into a ditch, landing on its roof, police said. The people safely got out from the vehicle before police got there.

5:25 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the corner of Northampton Road and South Prospect Street, police said.

TRAFFIC

4:12 p.m – A vehicle blocking a driveway on North Prospect Street was issued a ticket and was later towed.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:27 a.m. – A man urinating behind a downtown shop was issued a warning from police.

DISTURBANCES

1:18 a.m. – An argument between two women at Crestview Apartments ended when police got there.

8:17 p.m. – An intoxicated passenger on a PVTA bus causing a scene was removed at the Fine Arts Center bus stop and brought to Cooley Dickinson Hospital by ambulance.

LARCENY

10:14 a.m. – A woman reported being scammed by a man who gave her a check, even though his account didn’t have sufficient funds to cover the amount of the check.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

10:35 a.m. – Police took a report from a concerned resident about a dog tied up on Market Hill Road in the extreme cold.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:15 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries on North Pleasant Street near Crestview Apartments, police said. A driver was issued a warning for following too closely, police said.

1:37 a.m. – A pedestrian suffered an injury to his foot when a vehicle ran over it while he was walking at the intersection of Amity and North Pleasant streets, police said. He was transported by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield as a precaution. The crash remains under investigation.

9:51 a.m. – One driver was issued a citation following a minor two-car accident with no personal injuries on Northampton Road in the area of Ginger Garden restaurant, police said.

4:15 p.m. – A four-car chain reaction crash occurred on Belchertown Road, police said. No injuries were evident to any occupants, according to police.

5:33 p.m. – A vehicle parked on South East Street sustained minor damage when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:23 p.m. – South East Street residents contacted police after hearing people walking through the yard. When the residents shouted to the people, they didn’t respond.  Officers determined that it may have been deer in the yard, not people, including one deer that may have been struck by a vehicle within the past hour.

LARCENY

11:50 a.m. – Police are investigating an incident in which electric toothbrush heads and white strips were stolen by a man and woman from Big Y Supermarket on University Drive.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:27 p.m.  – Police issued a verbal warning to people playing loud music and yelling at Crestview Apartments.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:22 p.m. –  A vehicle that went off Mill Lane several hours earlier damaged a yard before leaving the location, according to police.

2:51 p.m.  – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Amity Street and Lincoln Avenue, police said.

TRAFFIC

8:41 a.m. – Police sent a warning letter to the driver of a vehicle that allegedly passed a school bus while it was picking up children on Chestnut Street a week earlier.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

DISTURBANCES

1:37 p.m. – Three men walking around parking lots at Village Park and yelling obscenities at people were not located.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

2:03 p.m. – A woman walking her dog on Grantwood Drive reported a loose dog approached and put its mouth around her dog’s head. While there were no injuries, police warned the owner of the attacking dog that fines could be issued for her dog’s actions.

8:58 p.m. – A bear cub on the porch of a Hampshire Village home on Autumn Lane was reported to police.  The cub, making crying sounds, left before police got there. Police advised the residents to remove bird feeders, which may have attracted the animal. At 10:28 p.m., Country Corners Road residents called police about the same cub sitting beneath a tree and continuing to make crying sounds. State environmental police officers were notified. Two cubs and the mother bear returned to the same Hampshire Village residence two days later, destroying lights on the porch, according to police.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

9:06 a.m. – A two-car rearending accident with no personal injuries took place at the intersection of Amity and North Pleasant streets, police said.

TRAFFIC

4:28 p.m. – A man panhandling at the intersection of Northampton Road and University Drive and causing traffic issues was warned about his actions.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

11:41 a.m. – Young children playing on and near the construction equipment on Kendrick Park were gone when police got there.

8:07 p.m. – A man who made threats toward a customer at a downtown store was not located. The customer and her children were escorted back to their vehicle.

9:11 p.m. – Five teenagers smoking marijuana in a vehicle parked at Mount Pollux Conservation Area were warned about their actions and sent on their way.

DISTURBANCES

2:24 a.m. – A man refusing to leave a downtown restaurant was gone when officers got there.

VANDALISM

11:25 a.m. – The sign for Dorsey Memorials on Main Street was knocked over. Police said the sign has been damaged several times in recent weeks.

4:33 p.m. – The driver’s side mirror was torn off from a vehicle parked on Amity Street.

TRAFFIC

11:43 p.m. – A vehicle traveling through West Cemetery was stopped. The driver and passengers told police they were playing Pokemon Go. They were advised to leave the location and return during daylight.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

10:02 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Belchertown Police in searching for a hit-and-run vehicle.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 17

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:34 a.m. – Police were contacted by two people attending mass at Newman Center after a man entered the church, walked to the front pew, knelt down and began gesturing, The man, who has mental health issues, was sent on his way. He will be issued a trespass notice to stay away from the church.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:57 a.m. – A woman who left a North East Street location following an argument and may not have been dressed properly for cold weather was located at a nearby store. She was given an escort to the police station to wait for a ride to Northampton.

DISTURBANCES

9:50 a.m. – Police spoke to residents in the area of Rolling Ridge Road and Van Meter Drive following a confrontation in a field where a man threatened to punch a woman. The man told police he only said that after the woman indicated she would kill him.

11:57 p.m. – A man bothering female patrons at a downtown bar was being escorted out when he punched a friend of an employee and threatened to return to beat up members of the staff. The man was not located and will be issued a trespass notice when he is identified.

VANDALISM

10:02 a.m. – A windshield on a vehicle parked at Village Park was broken by a thrown rock. At 1:54 p.m., another resident told police she found the windshield on her vehicle cracked, possibly by a stone thrown at it. Police are investigating whether the two incidents are connected and linked to a series of recent vandalism incidents at the apartment complex.

TRAFFIC

1:47 p.m. – A vehicle parked illegally in a reserved space in the Boltwood parking garage was issued a ticket and was towed.

9:54 p.m. – Police issued a ticket to a vehicle blocking High Street and spoke to the driver about his actions, which could have prevented emergency vehicles from passing.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

7:58 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Smith College officials in locating a student missing from the campus.