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Amherst Police Log for Feb. 2, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, February 01, 2018
MONDAY, JAN. 22

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

3:27 p.m. – A North Amherst resident reported she is having issues with her roommates, including their smoking marijuana and unsafe lighting of candles.

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ACCIDENTS

9:52 a.m. – A vehicle went off West Street, went over a curb and struck a residential building, police said. A town building inspector was notified.

10:53 p.m. – Police said they took a report of a hit-and-run on vehicle parked at the intersection of Main and Spaulding streets.

TRAFFIC

11:36 p.m. – A man told police his brother suffered scrapes to his forehead and shoulder and rib injuries after being knocked unconscious when a vehicle struck him on Lincoln Avenue. The victim, who wasn’t identified, went to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for treatment.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

5:42 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Pelham Police and state troopers after a man flipped his pickup truck and crawled out of it on an ice-covered Amherst Road.

TUESDAY, JAN. 23

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:29 a.m. – Police warned a woman that she would not be allowed to camp overnight in her vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center.

8:21 a.m. – A man sleeping in an ATM in downtown Amherst was awoken and sent on his way.

LARCENY

10:09 p.m. – An Olympia Place resident reported money and credit cards were stolen from her purse, with the credit cards later used to make purchases. Police said charges may be brought against a suspect.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12:32 p.m. – A dog biting incident at a West Street location is being investigated by police.

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ACCIDENTS

5:39 a.m. and 5:48 a.m. – Two vehicles went off an ice-covered Bay Road near Harris Mountain Road, police said. An Amherst Fire Department ambulance responded to evaluate the drivers and occupants of the vehicles.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

4:37 a.m. – An intoxicated man banging on doors and walls at a Greenleaves Apartments was a resident inside the wrong building. He was escorted to the building in which he lives.

8:30 a.m. – Police found a live round of ammunition in the area of Mattoon Street after getting a call about a shot fired, but no one was located after a search by officers and the K9 unit.

LARCENY

10:50 a.m. – Police are investigating past theft, captured on surveillance cameras, of prepared food from a downtown store. Several individuals could face charges if they are identified.

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ACCIDENTS

12:25 a.m. – A vehicle went off the road at the intersection of Belchertown and Gatehouse roads after hitting an icy patch, police said. Police called for a tow.

11:09 a.m. – A citation was issued to one driver for failure to use care in starting following a minor two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of North Pleasant and East Pleasant streets, police said.

TRAFFIC

3:26 a.m. – A water line broke at Jeffery Amherst Apartments on West Street. The Department of Public Works was notified to place cones in the street as ice began forming on the pavement.

THURSDAY, JAN. 25

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:24 p.m. – A man entered his former girlfriend’s home at Southpoint Apartments without her permission and took all of his belongings. Police are investigating if he also stole any of the woman’s possessions.

8:13 p.m. – A 20-year-old Concord man was issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s keg bylaw after police responded to a Lincoln Avenue home.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

10:36 p.m. – Police did compliance checks at downtown bars and found four underage people, with one person using a fake ID and the other three using other people’s IDs. Management at each bar was warned to do a better job in making sure people admitted were at least 21.

DISTURBANCES

11:11 p.m. – Police calmed down a man who was upset at staff at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter after they allegedly took his sardines. The man was later sent on his way.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

9:02 a.m. – An ATM stolen from Hampshire Mall in Hadley was located off Mill Lane.

LARCENY

12:31 p.m. – A paycheck for $424 for an employee at the Center for Extended Care was reported stolen from her housekeeping cart. The paycheck was canceled and management will be issuing a new one.

TRAFFIC

8:49 a.m. and 11:23 a.m.– Two vehicles parked in a tow zone on Churchill Street were issued tickets and were later towed.

8:35 p.m. – The Department of Public Works was contacted to treat College Street for ice after a water line began leaking from a property near the Amherst College campus.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

1:45 a.m. – A heavily intoxicated woman walking on East Pleasant Street was located and transported back to the UMass campus by UMass Police.

FRIDAY, JAN. 26

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:03 p.m. – An intoxicated man in a bathroom at a University Drive business, who urinated on himself before police got there, was transported by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after complaining of a leg injury, police said.

5:52 p.m. – Police were notified about a man removing items from a shed on Tamarack Drive. He was identified as the previous resident who was getting his remaining belongings.

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ACCIDENTS

11 a.m. – A PVTA bus sustained minor damage after it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle on North Pleasant Street, police said.

7:42 p.m. – A vehicle was towed after it went off the road while making a turn at the intersection of North Pleasant and Fearing streets, police said.

8 p.m. – The Department of Public Works was notified to remove a deer that was killed when hit by vehicle on Leverett Road.

SATURDAY, JAN. 27

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:34 p.m. – A man propped the door open to an ATM in downtown, scaring a woman who was trying to withdraw money and informing her that he was using the location as part of his exercise regimen. When officers got there, the man told them he was at the ATM for banking. He was sent on his way.

DISTURBANCES

1:11 a.m. – A man who created a scene at a downtown bar fled before police got there.

LARCENY

2:09 p.m. – A backpack with a laptop, wallet and keys stolen from Theta Chi on North Pleasant street overnight was later recovered.

BREAK-INS

3:23 a.m. – Police are investigating a break-in to a vehicle parked on Sunderland Road. The incident was reported as a robbery at a North Amherst apartment complex, but police determined no robbery occurred.

12:42 p.m. – A backpack was reported stolen from a downtown yoga studio during a break-in to the business. Police are investigating.

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ACCIDENTS

12:43 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Amity Street and University Drive, police said.

TRAFFIC

7:08 p.m. – The Department of Public Works placed orange cones at a pothole on South East Street after three vehicles sustained flat tires when they hit it.

SUNDAY, JAN. 28

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:44 a.m. – Six people hanging out in a vehicle at Groff Park were advised to leave and get Uber rides home.

1:37 a.m. – A woman urinating in a downtown alleyway was warned about her actions and turned over to a sober friend, who brought her home.

1:09 p.m. – Police got a report from West Street residents of a home-made hot air balloon, with no occupants, flying over their residences. It was not located.

DISTURBANCES

12:49 a.m. – A man reported being assaulted by a bouncer at a downtown bar. He was located and then denied the assault happened. Police determined the man had been removed from an establishment for causing problems.

10:46 a.m. – Police mediated a dispute between family members at a North Amherst home. The argument began over a deceased person’s belongings.

8:11 p.m. – An argument in a University Drive parking lot ended when police got there.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

2:33 a.m. – Amherst Police were summoned to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after two Amherst ambulances sustained minor damage when their bumpers collided.

5:23 p.m. – A vehicle that caught on fire on Station Road was extinguished by firefighters.

7:43 p.m – Smoke filled a Colonial Village residence after an intoxicated man attempted to boil potatoes on his stovetop. Firefighters cleared the scene before any damage occurred.