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Amherst Police Log for May 4, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, May 03, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 23

DISTURBANCES

6:31 p.m. – Police took a report that a man was accosted by a photographer while walking in the center of Cushman village.

LARCENY

8:04 a.m. – Management at a University Drive store reported a person fled without paying for pain medication that he put in his pockets. He was not located.

6:15 p.m. – Police are assisting to investigate a report that an Amherst resident stole between $500,000 and $1 million from a company in Canada.

ASSAULTS

5:43 p.m. – A woman told police another woman slapped her and spit on her while she was waiting for a bus on University Drive, police said.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

5:39 p.m. – One driver was issued a warning for a two-car accident at the intersection of Northampton Road and Lincoln Avenue, police said.

TRAFFIC

1:07 p.m. – A man who used a racial epithet toward a woman during a road-rage incident on Belchertown Road incident was not located by police.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

12:32 p.m. – Police assisted firefighters extinguish a portion of a field that caught on fire on Strong Street. The fire began when someone had an authorized burn in the backyard.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:41 p.m. – A man was allegedly waving a sign inciting violence against women on a downtown street corner. He was leaving the location when police got there.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:32 p.m. – A person who pitched a tent at Puffer’s Pond was advised to remove it by the end of the day.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

11:01 a.m. – Police took a report that a dog suffered puncture wounds when it was bitten by another dog that got loose while being walked on leash at Amethyst Brook Conservation Area April 13. The animal welfare officer spoke to the owner of the offending dog, who was advised to cover any veterinarian bills and keep better control of the dog.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

DISTURBANCES

9:31 p.m. – A man staying at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter told police he was punched in the face by a woman who fled.

ASSAULTS

11:32 p.m. – Police are investigating an assault reported on Main Street.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

10:26 pm.. – Police issued a verbal warning to Puffton Village residents yelling after the Boston Bruins won their opening round playoff hockey series. At 10:38 p.m., Main Street residents were also issued a warning for a loud gathering related to the same sporting event.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

9:13 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted South Hadley Police in searching for a suspect in a break-in.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:32 a.m. – Allen Street residents told police that someone placed a flaming bag of excrement on their porch, a day after the home was struck with eggs. The bag on fire didn’t cause any damage to the home. The residents said the incident might be retaliation for a fight involving members of UMass fraternities and sororities.

8:24 a.m. – Police determined a suspicious person smoking a cigarette outside a Potwine Lane home was staying with the residents.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

9:37 a.m. – An Amherst farmer selling a piece of equipment valued at $1,000 on Craigslist reported a scam in which someone sent him a check for $2,500 and then requested the excess be returned.

12:14 p.m. – Police notified the health department about possible hoarding at an East Pleasant Street home.

DISTURBANCES

1:06 a.m. – Police kept the peace at an Amherst residence were roommates were yelling at each other.

VANDALISM

1:08 p.m. – A window was broken at a downtown bar when two regular customers got into a bar brawl. Management told police compensation would be sought.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

2:07 p.m. – A rabid raccoon was destroyed at a Mill Street home.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

4:05 p.m. – A man knocking on the door to a North Pleasant Street home and requesting an ambulance was later identified. It was unclear if he actually needed medical attention.

DISTURBANCES

4:59 a.m. – Police responded to The Boulders for an argument over how a cat is being cared for.

6 p.m. – Residents at a downtown apartment building having trouble getting along were advised to stay away from each other.

LARCENY

11:15 a.m. – A person who has not returned a rental vehicle to an Amherst business also allegedly stole a tire from the location.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

2:44 p.m. – One driver was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping following a two-car crash with no personal injuries on University Drive, police said. One vehicle was towed, according to police.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:45 p.m. – Three woman hanging out on top of the porch of a Bridge Street home were advised to get down for their own safety.

7:13 p.m. – A man trying to start fights with people at a downtown bar was sent on his way.

DISTURBANCES

1:17 a.m. – Police kept the peace at a Lincoln Avenue home where a handful of college-age men were trying to get into the home without permission from tenants.

2:33 a.m. – A drunken man knocking on the door to a Sunset Avenue home was sent on his way.

6:51 a.m. – A person causing a disturbance at an Amherst home left.

11:40 a.m. – A customer causing a scene at a downtown bank when a teller refused to advance money for a check he was trying to cash was gone when police got there.

ASSAULTS

7:08 p.m. – Two men on board a PVTA bus reported they were sucker punched by a man. They told police they may press charges against their assailant.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:01 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Amity Street residents holding a loud party.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

8:35 a.m. – A loose cow was removed from the middle of South East Street.

1:23 p.m. – Police took a report that an off-leash dog jumped on a person at Wentworth Farm Conservation Area.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

1:18 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Amherst College Police in keeping the peace at a College Street location.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:12 p.m. – The source of screaming on Tyler Place was not located.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:24 a.m. – A woman reported receiving annoying texts messages from unknown numbers.

VANDALISM

11:37 a.m. – A mailbox at a Carriage Lane home sustained heavy damage when it was struck sometime overnight.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

2:43 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Main Street residents playing loud music and dancing.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

10:35 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted UMass Police in trying to locate a man who exposed himself on campus.