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Amherst police calls

DAY-BY-DAY

Amherst Police Calls

MONDAY, JAN. 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

• 9:23 a.m. — A Bay Road resident reported that a person drove into the driveway, rang the doorbell and then took off.

• 10:05 a.m. — A woman found asleep in the foyer of the downtown post office was awoken and sent on her way. She will be issued a trespass notice.

• 1:56 p.m. — Two ice fishers on Puffer’s Pond left the area when police got there. It was uncertain whether the ice was safe for fishing.

• 2:46 p.m. — People loitering in front of a downtown convenience store were advised to leave.

• 3:19 p.m. — Police received a photograph of a former high school student who posed with a handgun on Facebook. No threats were made and the student no longer lives in the area.

VANDALISM

• 9:01 a.m. — The sign for the Munson Memorial Library was pulled out of the ground sometime overnight and thrown onto the nearby common.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

• 12:31 p.m. — The animal welfare officer is investigating a dog bite incident that occurred at Mill River Recreation Area 12 days earlier. A dog owner told police her dog was bitten by a second dog running loose from its owner. The owner of the loose dog could be responsible for bills associated with treating the bite, police said. The animal welfare officer will be enforce a prohibition on dogs being off leashes after 10 a.m.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

• 4:04 p.m. — Police were notified about a man going door-to-door on Van Meter Drive disseminating information about a human rights organization. It was unclear if he had permission to be soliciting.

DISTURBANCES

• 12:28 p.m. — Police responded to Rolling Green Drive to calm down people involved in a verbal altercation that may have also involved pushing and shoving.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

• 11:14 a.m. — A bag of marijuana located at the corner of Northampton Road and Hazel Avenue was turned over to police for destruction.

VANDALISM

• 7:05 a.m. — A window on a stairwell at the Boltwood parking garage was broken overnight.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

• 6:56 a.m. — A rabid fox located on Meadow Street was destroyed by police.

• 11:49 a.m. — A jogger running on Market Hill Road two days earlier told police that her dog, which she had on a leash, was attacked by a dog that got loose from a nearby home. Police determined both dogs live in Shutesbury and advised both owners to keep their dogs on leashes at all times when in Amherst.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16

BREAK-INS

• 12:01 a.m. — A North Amherst woman reported a man who had been visiting the residence earlier returned, first knocking on the door and then entering the home through a bedroom window. He was located by police and issued a trespass notice after the homeowner told police she didn’t want to file charges against him.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

• 8:06 p.m. — A vehicle parked outside The Pub restaurant sustained minor damage when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

• 5:02 p.m. — A Logtown Road resident told police he took photographs of footprints in the snow in his yard he believed were suspicious. Police determined they belong to a child at a nearby home playing a game of capture the flag.

DISTURBANCES

• 4:33 p.m. — Two homeless men loitering in the West Cemetery and being loud enough to bother people at businesses were located and sent on their way.

LARCENY

• 1:56 p.m. — Police reported that two customers were caught on videotape stealing $118.35 in baby formula from Big Y supermarket three days earlier.

• 2:06 p.m. — A customer distracted a store clerk at an Amherst convenience store and took cigarettes valued at $8.30.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

• 1 p.m. – A car went off Station Road, through the guardrail and nearly ended up in a nearby brook, police said. The driver suffered a minor injury when the airbag deployed, police said. The vehicle was towed, police said.

FRIDAY, JAN. 18

DISTURBANCES

• 12:23 a.m. — Police responded to the intersection of College and Dickinson streets where a man was shouting. Police determined he was intoxicated, had just come out of the woods and was wet and cold. Friends arrived to bring the man home.

• 2:09 a.m. — Roommates arguing on Bedford Court were calmed down for the night.

• 6:59 p.m. — Police kept the peace between a man and woman arguing at Mill Valley Estates. The man and his young son were given a ride to another residence.

• 10:13 p.m. — A man punching the walls inside the Craig’s Place homeless shelter was removed.

BREAK-INS

• 7:09 a.m. — Someone attempted to get into a vehicle parked on University Drive.

FIGHTS

• 1:06 p.m. — An aggressive man riding a PVTA bus on North Pleasant Street got into confrontations with other passengers and made threatening gestures as if he might have a weapon. He exited the bus and was not located by police.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

• 8:09 a.m. — A Longmeadow Drive woman told police someone jiggled the handle to her screen door and attempted to get inside the home late the previous night.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

• 11:03 p.m. — Police warned people playing loud music and talking loudly at a Main Street home.

• 11:45 p.m. — Amity Street residents holding a loud party agreed to clear out their guests when police got there.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

• 8:52 a.m. — Police took a report that a Bay Road yard and mailbox were damaged sometime overnight after a car went off the road.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

DISTURBANCES

• 11:39 p.m. — A man causing problems outside the Craig’s Place homeless shelter was warned to leave for the night.

VANDALISM

• 11:08 p.m. — Mailboxes on Hobart Lane were knocked to the ground and the street sign was stolen.

BREAK-INS

• 1:19 p.m. — A break-in was reported at Brandywine Apartments.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

• 2:27 a.m. — Police warned Puffton Village residents playing loud music and yelling.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

e_SBlt 1:19 p.m. — Police said a vehicle went off East Hadley Road and damaged a mailbox.

The driver told police that he left the scene because he thought he only ran into a snowbank.

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