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Area Police News for March 24, 2017



Thursday, March 23, 2017

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AMHERST

Weijie Shi, 24, of Brandywine Apartments, was arrested March 19 at 2:43 p.m. on Northampton Road on a warrant related to traffic offenses, police said.

Johnpaul Vanasse, 34, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested March 15 at 7:52 p.m. on Pine Street on charges of disorderly conduct and vandalizing property after he was found walking in the road and on the railroad tracks and smashed a window at the Cushman Market and Cafe, police said.

 

Day-by-day
police calls

MONDAY, MARCH 13

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

6:53 a.m. – A garbage truck pulled down electrical wires on Lincoln Avenue.

TRAFFIC

6:36 a.m. – Police conducted speed checks on Leverett Road.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:15 p.m. – Two intoxicated homeless people inside a downtown restaurant fled before police got there, but were located at a convenience store. They told police they were getting supplies during the snowstorm and would be heading back to the Craig’s Place homeless shelter.

TRAFFIC

12:31 p.m. – A tree came down and took out power lines to a Pelham Road home. The Department of Public Works and Everource were notified.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:40 a.m. – Homeless people loitering in a downtown ATM during the previous day’s snowstorm were not located. A toothbrush, clothes and cigarette butts were found nearby. Police will use surveillance and footage to identify the people.

DISTURBANCES

7:08 p.m. – A man wearing a suit and a tie yelling racial slurs at passers-by in front of the downtown post office calmed down and was sent on his way.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

5:27 a.m. – Police went to Bay Road for a vehicle that went off the road into a ditch and whose driver was waiting for a tow. The vehicle was gone when police got there.

10:49 p.m. – A driver who fell asleep at the wheel drove the vehicle off West Street into a telephone pole, police said. The vehicle was towed.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:20 a.m. – Two people in a vehicle parked at Groff Park told police they were enjoying the site. They were advised the park is closed at night and were sent on their way.

2:48 p.m. – An agitated and intoxicated man outside a South Amherst home, confronting people on the street, agreed to leave the area.

DISTURBANCES

12:31 p.m. – A man who caused a scene at a North Amherst restaurant, and confronted the owner for unknown reasons, was issued a trespass notice.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

11:08 a.m. – A loose dog located on University Drive was returned to its owner on Northampton Road.

 FRIDAY, MARCH 17

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:19 p.m. – A threatening note was found in a bathroom at the middle school. Police are investigating.

DISTURBANCES

7:04 p.m. – Police officers responded to Wildwood School where teens were being dropped off and possibly preparing for a fight. UMass Police was called to assist.

7:13 p.m. – Residents at Riverside Park Apartments got into an argument after the neighbor intentionally drove her vehicle into a bicycle owned by her neighbor’s boyfriend.

LARCENY

1:53 a.m. – A jacket valued at $120 was reported taken from a customer at the VFW on Main Street. The suspect also allegedly briefly grabbed the tip jar, but didn’t remove any money from it.

8:42 p.m. – A man who stole alcohol from a downtown package store returned it before police got there.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

4:33 p.m. – Police freed a dog stuck under a Fairfield Street porch.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

12:33 p.m., 12:35 p.m. and 12:36 p.m. – Police issued three warnings to Teaberry Lane residents for violating the town bylaw requiring sidewalks to be cleared of snow and ice.

11:23 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Chicopee Police in locating a girl in Amherst. She was found at a South Amherst home and awaited pick up by her father.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10 a.m. – A cover on an electrical box on North Pleasant Street was removed during snow-clearing efforts, leaving wires exposed to the elements. The Department of Public Works put the cover back on.

4:34 p.m. – Police were unable to locate the source of several gunshots on Flat Hills Road.

8:37 p.m. – A door was found open at a Railroad Street home by a resident returning from spring break. Police examined the residence and discovered no break-in had occurred.

DISTURBANCES

12:57 a.m. – A man and woman arguing and throwing items around a New Fort River home were reported to police. Only the women was still home when police got to the East Hadley Road location, and she refused to tell police what had happened.

LARCENY

10:42 a.m. – A Watson Farms resident told police her wallet was stolen. Police are investigating,

VANDALISM

9:46 a.m. – A parking machine booth in the parking lot behind Town Hall sustained heavy damage when it was struck by a vehicle.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:12 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to The Boulders residents playing loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:43 a.m. – One driver was issued a citation for failure to use care in backing following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at parking spaces on North Pleasant Street, police said.

10:41 p.m. –  A vehicle parked in a West Street restaurant’s parking lot sustained minor damage when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

6:07 p.m. – Police took a report from a man riding a PVTA bus who said a passenger made sexually inappriate remarks to him.

7:14 p.m. – A suspicious man loitering between Ann Whalen Apartments and the Bangs Community Center was not located.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

5:43 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in searching for suspects in a theft from store.