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Amherst Police Log for Jan. 5, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Friday, January 05, 2018
MONDAY, DEC. 25

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

8:26 a.m. – A vehicle went off a snow-covered Main Street into a telephone pole, police said. There were no personal injuries, but the vehicle was towed, according to police.

TRAFFIC

10:41 a.m. – A vehicle speeding around The Boulders parking lot, and sliding in the snow, was not located.

2:34 p.m. – Police didn’t find a man who was jogging in the middle of College Street.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:03 a.m. – An alarm sounding at a Flat Hills Road home was turned off after police contacted the homeowner.

2:51 p.m. – A man who got into the back of the town’s trash truck on Triangle Street told Department of Public Works employees he was cold, and then ran toward the West Cemetery. He was later located on East Pleasant Street and told police that getting into the truck was just part of goofing off with his friends.

BREAK-INS

2:09 p.m. – Southpoint Apartments residents gone for the Christmas weekend returned to find a $600 television set stolen and coins and bills missing. Police are investigating, but saw no signs of forced entry.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:04 p.m. – A vehicle parked in a South East Street driveway sustained extensive damage when it was struck by a plow driver removing snow, police said.

TRAFFIC

9:08 p.m. – Police took a report of an erratic vehicle speeding and going the wrong way on Oympia Drive.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

11:13 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Granby Police in looking for a vehicle traveling on Route 116 whose passenger may have been using heroin.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:11 a.m. – A Colonial Village resident called police after seeing people outside his residence trying to shoot him. Police determined his concerns were not legitimate.

2:05 p.m. – Police took a report of someone who tampered with windows at an Amherst office building. Officers determined that the cold temperatures had caused the window frame to crack and that no one had tried to break in.

DISTURBANCES

4:47 p.m. – Police kept the peace between people in an extended argument over a cigarette while they were at the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen at the First Congregational Church.

TRAFFIC

1:20 a.m. – A vehicle with its engine on was parked for an extended period in the Spring Street lot. The driver told police he was on vacation from school and talking to friends.

4:52 p.m. – Three vehicles parked at Puffer’s Pond and playing loud stereos were gone when police got there.

6:56 p.m. – An erratic vehicle that had been observed on Route 202 and then Pelham Road was found parked at a Belchertown Road business. The driver admitted to police to using a cellphone to text while driving.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 28

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:41 p.m. – Three teenagers loitering in a downtown shop who may have tried to steal an item left. Police found no evidence the boys took anything.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

9:29 a.m. – Police assisted a person house-sitting on Owen Drive get her vehicle out from the garage after the garage door refused to open.

LARCENY

11:38 a.m. – Management at Big Y Supermarket on University Drive reported the theft of Red Bull energy drink that occurred the previous day.

VANDALISM

12:46 p.m. – A man who smashed a window on a mini van parked at Village Park fled when police got there. At 2:10 p.m., another resident reported a broken window on her vehicle for the third time. Police said charges may be brought against the suspect.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12:16 p.m. – The animal welfare officer is investigating one dog bitten by another dog at Groff Park.

TRAFFIC

1:17 a.m. – Two vehicles were towed from downtown Amherst streets during the first overnight winter parking ban of the season.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

5:36 p.m. – A fire in the engine compartment of a vehicle on Bay Road was extinguished by firefighters.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 29

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:24 a.m. – Two men running through the Rolling Green Apartments complex were located. Police determined they were leaving the property so they could smoke cigarettes.

LARCENY

2:05 p.m. – A package with a butter dish delivered by the post office to a North Pleasant Street business was reported stolen.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

3:14 p.m. – A two-car accident with possible injuries was reported at the intersection of East Hadley Road and Riverglade Drive, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

9:29 a.m. – A fire between the Jones Library and Strong House Museum was extinguished by police officers and firefighters. The incident is under investigation.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 30

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:54 p.m. – A Sunderland Road resident returned home to find all lights on inside the residence. Police found no evidence of a break-in.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:58 a.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries on Belchertown Road, police said.

TRAFFIC

11:57 a.m. – Police responded to a road-rage incident between two drivers on South East Street in which one allegedly was tailgating the other vehicle, and one driver was videotaping the other using a cellphone.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

4:59 p.m. – A Bay Road home was evacuated after embers from a fireplace burned a hole in the floor boards.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 31

DISTURBANCES

1:55 p.m. – A woman told police her mother lunged at her with a butcher knife while at a South Amherst home. Police determined no domestic assault occurred and that the woman was just seeking to return to her home in Floence.

6:56 p.m. – An altercation with several people in the parking lot at The Boulders ended before police got there.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

9:54 a.m. – A doe that got stuck on ice in the Mill River off East Hadley Road, and broke both its front legs while trying to free itself, was euthanized by police.