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Amherst Police Log for Jan. 19, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, January 18, 2018
MONDAY, JAN. 8

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:12 a.m. – The source of gun shots heard on East Pleasant Street was not identified.

7:47 p.m. – Two homeless people loitering in a downtown bank were asked to leave.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

12:15 a.m. – An angry customer who was not allowed to continue consuming alcohol at a downtown bar made threats to a bartender before leaving.

4:33 p.m. – A person sending inappropriate messages on Facebook was warned to stop the activity.

DISTURBANCES

10:37 a.m. – An intoxicated passenger on a PVTA bus on Belchertown Road exited before police got there.

1:48 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. – Police kept the peace between family members arguing at Southpoint Apartments and at Ann Whalen Apartments.

TUESDAY, JAN. 9

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

3:17 a.m. – A man asleep in a vehicle parked on State Street near Puffer’s Pond told police he lives in his car. He was sent on his way.

DISTURBANCES

5:37 p.m. – A man who was refused entry onto a PVTA bus on Boltwood Avenue began spitting on the vehicle before leaving toward the Amherst College campus.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

11:06 p.m. – Cows loose on South East Street were returned to their field.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:01 p.m. – A vehicle was towed out from a snowbank on University Drive, police said.

2:17 p.m. – A two-car accident with possible injuries occurred on Northampton Road, police said.

TRAFFIC

5:06 p.m – A vehicle pulled over on Bay Road after its hood flew open, obscuring the windshield. Police assisted the driver.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

9 a.m. – A possum hiding in a grill at a Woodlot Road home left when police got there.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

2:10 p.m. – A two-vehicle accident with possible injuries occurred at the intersection of South Pleasant Street and East Hadley Road, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

11 a.m. and 11:04 a.m. – Residents who failed to clear sidewalks of snow and ice on West Street were issued tickets.

THURSDAY, JAN. 11

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:42 a.m. – A person in a vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center told police he was having family issues. He was sent on his way.

4:27 p.m. – People loitering outside at The Boulders and possibly looking to cause trouble were told to go inside for the evening.

6 p.m. – Police took a report of a man exposing himself to passers-by in downtown Amherst. The suspect was not located.

6:20 p.m. – A man kneeling next to a vehicle on Churchill Street and tugging on the door handle told police he wasn’t trying to break in, but rather to let people trapped inside out. Police determined no one was in the vehicle.

LARCENY

11:55 p.m. – A Cottage Street resident reported the theft of mail two days earlier. The person was referred to the post office for assistance.

FIGHTS

3:48 p.m. – Two children throwing punches at each other at Olympia Oaks were reported to police. The parents told police their issues began at school and they would speak to school officials about the matter.

ASSAULTS

5:50 p.m. – Police are investigating an alleged assault and battery incident in which two teenage males approached a man who exited his vehicle on Fearing Street.

FRIDAY, JAN. 12

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:28 a.m. – A man looking in windows of homes at Puffton Village fled when approached by security. Two hours later, a man loitering at the apartment complex was identified and told police “Amherst is a nice town to walk around” and that he was up in the middle of the night because he would soon be heading to work to stock shelves.

6:04 p.m. – Two homeless people loitering in the lobby of a downtown building were gone when police got there.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

3:07 p.m. – Police assisted Jones Library staff issue a trespass notice to a patron.

DISTURBANCES

10:24 a.m. – A former employee at the American Legion on Amity Street allegedly destroyed seasonal decorations outside the building, including cutting down a Christmas tree with a knife, and peered into windows, before fleeing. He will be issued a trespass notice.

12:30 p.m. – An intoxicated man loitering inside the American Legion and yelling obscenities at staff left the location before police got there.

BREAK-INS

3:56 p.m. – A leafblower and four trimmers were reported stolen from a shed broken into on Tamarack Drive. Police are investigating.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

5:25 p.m. – A PVTA bus passing through the roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets sideswiped another vehicle while trying to pass by two other vehicles involved in an earlier crash, police said.

7:46 p.m. – A deer was destroyed by police after a vehicle struck it on South Pleasant Street near Orr Rink, police said.

TRAFFIC

6:09 p.m. – At least five vehicles sustained damaged tires after going through a large pothole on East Hadley Road. The Department of Public Works was advised to place a cone in front of the pothole. Another cone was placed near a pothole forming on College Street in front of Valentine Hall.

SATURDAY, JAN. 13

DISTURBANCES

5:41 p.m. – A man causing a scene inside a downtown church was sent on his way.

6:13 p.m. – Police assisted a PVTA bus driver remove a drunken woman causing issues on the bus while it was on Belchertown Road.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:55 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to people staying at the University Lodge holding a loud party while watching the New England Patriots football game.

TRAFFIC

2:51 a.m. – Police placed cones in front of four potholes on Bay Road and notified the Department of Public Works about the damage to the road.

7:11 a.m. – Signs warning drivers about a partially flooded road were placed on West Pomeroy Lane near Hickory Ridge Country Club.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

10:50 a.m. – Police assisted firefighters in extinguishing a vehicle fully engulfed in the parking lot near Mom’s House Chinese Food Market on College Street.

11:49 a.m. – Police assisted firefighters in removing water from the basement of an unoccupied West Street home.

SUNDAY, JAN. 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:23 a.m. – A drunken man making threats toward staff and customers at a South Amherst restaurant after he was refused service fled before police got there.

1:41 a.m. – Police were unable to find a woman who was reported screaming for help on Wildwood Lane.

9:26 p.m. – A woman house-sitting at a South East Street residence told police she heard someone jiggling the front door and trying to get in. Police found no evidence of an attempted break-in.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:48 a.m. – A woman called police from the Not Bread Alone soup kitchen to report she was being stalked. Police provided her advice and assistance.

BREAK-INS

9:15 a.m. – Police are investigating a break-in to Athena’s Pizza on University Drive in which entry was made sometime overnight through a smashed window, and money was stolen.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

2:34 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Olympia Oaks residents playing loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:14 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries on Belchertown Road, police said.

3:45 p.m. – A vehicle that rolled while parked in front of the Jones Library on Amity Street went over its driver’s foot, police said. The woman told police she was OK, with feeling in her ankle and toes, and declined to be evaluated by paramedics.