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Amherst Police Log for Feb. 9, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, February 08, 2018
MONDAY, JAN. 29

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:15 p.m. – Two people squatting illegally in apartments at Colonial Village were removed with assistance from police.

DISTURBANCES

2:38 p.m. – An altercation outside a downtown restaurant ended before police got there.

8:13 p.m. – Two homeless men arguing at the First Congregational Church were told to leave.

LARCENY

1:53 p.m. – A homeless man told police his girlfriend used his debit card to steal $80 from him. Police are investigating.

7:02 p.m. – Police assisted management at a downtown store identify a woman who stole a candy bar, and had earlier taken a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky without paying for it.

FIGHTS

8:34 p.m. – A woman who swung a bat at three other people in the parking lot at Riverside Park Shopping Plaza was not located. Two men and another woman were still on scene, but refused to answer questions asked by officers. No weapons were found, even though someone was reported talking about a handgun.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

10:40 a.m. – Two dogs loose on West Street at the Notch running in and out of traffic were not located

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ACCIDENTS

11:26 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and Triangle Street, police said.

7:04 p.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car crash on Meadow Street, police said.

TUESDAY, JAN. 30

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

4 p.m., 5:01 p.m. and 6:44 p.m. – People knocking on doors and askng to see utility bills were reported at Village Park, Puffton Village and Brandywine Apartments. When police found them, they were warned that they needed a permit to continue soliciting and could be subject to fines.

6:20 p.m. – Several homeless people hanging out in a downtown alley smoking and being loud left before police got there.

DISTURBANCES

4:35 p.m. – A woman yelling for help on North Pleasant Street near Kellogg Avenue was not found.

LARCENY

11:58 a.m. – Police are investigating the theft of checks from an Amherst resident, possibly by a personal care attendant.

TRAFFIC

4:59 a.m. – A tree fell across Pulpit Hill Road, forcing the road to be closed. Police contacted the Department of Public Works to remove the tree, which it did by 6:34 a.m.

10:42 p.m. – Police issued a warning to the driver of a vehicle that was following an emergency vehicle too closely on West Street.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:10 a.m. – Police woke up a man sleeping in a vehicle parked on North East Street. He was advised the vehicle had to be moved.

4:54 p.m. – A man who went to a downtown home to visit his girlfriend and children was advised he was not welcome. He agreed to leave.

5:30 p.m. – A 40-year-old Columbus, Ohio man and a 19-year-old Springfield man were both issued $50 tickets for soliciting without a permit. The two were involved in knocking on doors at apartment complexes on behalf of a power company.

LARCENY

11:54 a.m. – Pills were reported stolen from a bottle at a Potwine Lane home.

3:10 p.m. – Personal items, including memorabilia from World War I, were reported stolen from a woman.

ASSAULTS

10:56 a.m. – Police took a report of a man seen in a vehicle on Kellogg Avenue who was allegedly assaulting a woman by pushing her head into the window. The vehicle was not located

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ACCIDENTS

3:52 p.m. – One driver was issued a citation following a two-car accident on North Pleasant Street, police said.

9:44 p.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a crash at the intersection of North Pleasant and Amity streets, police said. Airbags in the vehicles deployed.

THURSDAY, FEB. 1

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:42 a.m. – Several homeless people loitering in the vestibule of a downtown bank left before police got there.

2:31 p.m. – Two men going door to door soliciting for a company at Colonial Village were not located by police.

4:43 p.m. – An intoxicated man knocking on the door to a downtown home was advised the person who used to live there has moved. He was sent on his way.

DISTURBANCES

12:18 a.m. – Police responded to the Craig’s Place homeless shelter when a man yelled at staff and flailed his arms, and then threw a paper bag filled with trash onto the floor. Before calming down, the man told police he was having a heart attack, and an ambulance was summoned to bring him to the hospital.

9:22 p.m. – A man creating a scene at Colonial Village, after police found him peering into a window, approached the officer and began antagonizing his K9 unit. He was warned about his actions and sent on his way.

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ACCIDENTS

7:02 a.m. – A woman in a crosswalk on University Drive was bumped by a passing truck’s mirror, but told police she was not injured, The truck driver was issued a citation for texting while driving.

FRIDAY, FEB. 2

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:57 a.m. – A woman repeatedly knocking on the door to a Belchertown Road residence was locked out. Police helped her into the home after she provided proof she lived there.

5:44 p.m. – Police located a man sitting in a vehicle parked on North East Street. He told police he watches videos while smoking in the vehicle because he is prohibited from smoking at his home.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:48 p.m. – Police assisted a woman who got a handcuff stuck to her wrist and didn’t have the key to free herself.

DISTURBANCES

11:57 p.m. – An intoxicated man denied entry to a downtown bar pushed a bouncer and tried to force his way in. He was turned over to friends, who brought him home.

LARCENY

10:42 a.m. – A cellphone was reported stolen from an Amity Street location the previous night.

3:04 p.m. – Police assisted a Hobart Lane resident locate the woman who took two Donald Trump flags from his home during a party.

9:26 p.m. – A purse was stolen from a UMass student attending a function at the Newman Center. Police are investigating,

ASSAULTS

4:36 p.m. – A man reported he was assaulted at the Jones Library by a person who blew on him, and also may have used witchcraft.

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ACCIDENTS

9:17 a.m. – A vehicle went off Sunderland Road in the area of the Amherst Survival Center, hitting a street sign, police said. The vehicle was towed.

9:53 a.m. – Police said they responded to South East Street after a vehicle went off the road into a utility pole.

10:38 a.m. – A vehicle parked at Jeffery Amherst Apartments on West Street sustained minor damage when it was struck sometime overnight, police said.

12:46 p.m. – One driver was issued a citation for failure to use care in starting following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Pine and East Pleasant streets, police said.

SATURDAY, FEB. 3

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:07 p.m. – A guest at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter told police his cellphone was stolen, but other guests reported he may have sold it.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

12:43 p.m. – A chirping sound at a Rolling Green Apartments was from a smoke detector with a low battery.

DISTURBANCES

5:24 a.m. – A woman yelling at Rolling Green Apartments for about 20 minutes was located. She had a deep laceration to her hand from a broken ceramic dish and was brought to the hospital by an ambulance.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

11:27 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Amherst firefighters clear out people from an overcrowded downtown bar.

SUNDAY, FEB. 4

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

3:53 a.m. – Someone tried to get into a Hallock Street apartment. No one was located outside, though a lighter was placed in the door to keep it from closing, according to the residents.

8:36 p.m. – The source of fireworks on Belchertown Road was not identified.

DISTURBANCES

10:08 p.m. – A woman who slapped guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter left for the night. She was not welcome back because of her behavior.

BREAK-INS

3:03 p.m. – A vehicle parked on Montague Road sustained a broken door handle and damage to its roof after someone broke in. Nothing was stolen from the vehicle.

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ACCIDENTS

1:07 p.m. – A vehicle parked on Olympia Drive sustained minor damage when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.