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Amherst Police Log for Feb. 16, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Saturday, February 17, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 5

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:50 a.m. – A person banging on the windows to a Kellogg Avenue home was determined to be a roommate locked out from the residence.

6:04 a.m. – Police warned a man loitering at Olympia Oaks that he is trespassed from the property.

8:17 a.m. – Police took a report of a man trying to open doors at multiple businesses in downtown. He was not located and none of the businesses were entered.

10:07 a.m. – Someone rang the doorbell at a Flat Hills Road home and then fled. The person was not located, though footprints were observed in the snow.

VANDALISM

9:47 a.m. – Graffiti was placed on a Boltwood parking garage pay station, a Dumpster near the garage and on the brick wall of the tunnel between Main Street and Boltwood Walk.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:59 a.m. – Loud music playing in an outside quad at Townehouse Apartments ended when the residents spotted a police officer.

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ACCIDENTS

6:07 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of North Pleasant and Pine streets that is being blamed on an icy road, police said.

8:25 a.m. – A vehicle parked on Sunrise Avenue was damaged when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

TUESDAY, FEB. 6

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:08 a.m. – A customer attempting to withdraw $25,500 from a downtown bank told the teller he needed the money to bail his grandson out from jail. Police determined the grandson was at college and that the customer had received a scam phone call. No money was stolen.

7:28 p.m. – An Amherst woman told police that someone who is using her photo as a Facebook profile picture and began contacting her through the social media site demanding she send him more pictures. The account for the other person was deactivated when police began investigating.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

5:41 p.m. – A Harkness Road resident who received a package containing an $1,850 check was advised this was part of a scam and was not sent by the institution she anticipates working for.

LARCENY

3:59 p.m. – A box of needles was reported stolen from an Amherst doctor’s office.

5:36 p.m. – All four tires and rims were reported stolen from a 2015 Honda Civic at an Amity Street location. The vehicle was left on blocks after the incident.

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ACCIDENTS

4:12 p.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car crash at the intersection of Amity Street and Lincoln Avenue, police said.

5:55 p.m. – West Pomeroy Lane was closed to traffic for more than an hour after a vehicle went into a pole and wires were hanging low on the road.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

4:19 p.m. – Smoke filled a Colonial Village residence after sausage was burnt by a person cooking it in the kitchen.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7

LARCENY

4:12 p.m. – A vehicle that had been returned to Enterprise Rent-A-Car on College Street several days earlier was stolen by someone who got into the drop box, where the keys had been placed. Police are investigating surveillance footage in an effort to identify a suspect.

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ACCIDENTS

8:12 a.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of West Street and West Pomeroy Lane, police said.

10:52 a.m. – Police said they called for the tow of a vehicle following a two-car crash with no personal injuries at the intersection of Main and Triangle streets, police said.

2:22 p.m., 4:50 p.m. and 6:32 p.m.– Vehicles that slid off the snow-covered Triangle Street into a fence, an ice-covered Flat Hills Road into a snowbank and a slippery Mattoon Street into a fence were towed, police said.

TRAFFIC

12:36 p.m. – A homeless person standing in the median at the intersection of Northampton Road and University Drive during the snowstorm was advised to leave the location for safety reasons.

THURSDAY, FEB. 8

DISTURBANCES

6:09 p.m. – A man who became disruptive on a PVTA bus on University Drive agreed to get off. The man was upset that he was told to move his belongings, which were in the aisle and blocking access to seats for other riders.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

2:51 p.m. – The carcass of a fox struck and killed on East Pleasant Street was removed by the Department of Public Works.

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ACCIDENTS

3:06 p.m. – A hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of North Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue, police said.

5:39 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car crash with no personal injuries at the intersection of Northampton Road and Orchard Street, police said.

TRAFFIC

3:53 a.m. – Police issued 27 tickets to vehicles parked on Amherst streets in violation of a winter parking ban.

FRIDAY, FEB. 9

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:52 p.m. – Police responded to Flat Hills Road for two people with flashlights loitering outside a home. Police determined the people were neighbors wearing headlamps and walking their dog.

11:56 p.m. – A State Street woman called police concerned about items removed from her porch and threats made against her by a former roommate. When officers got to the home, the woman answered the door wielding a metal baseball bat. She was advised cardboard left on porch likely was debris that blew.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

1:22 p.m. – A nonagenarian woman was reported missing after being dropped off for a haircut at an Amherst salon. Police determined the woman, who was located a short time later, had been brought to a different location than her family expected.

LARCENY

5:54 p.m. – A resident reported losing $2,500 in an online scam in which money was provided for a job opportunity.

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ACCIDENTS

12:31 p.m. – Police resolved a dispute between two drivers following a fender-bender accident in a gas station parking lot on Belchertown Road.

2:05 p.m. – A mirror was knocked off a parked vehicle on McClellan Street by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

TRAFFIC

4:36 p.m. – A box truck that got stuck on Bay Road and blocked both lanes of traffic was towed.

9:09 p.m. – A driver who was warned not to double park in front of the downtown bars returned a short time later, double parked and was issued a ticket for the offense.

10:24 p.m. – Police stopped a vehicle on Main Street and issued the driver a warning for failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

SATURDAY, FEB. 10

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

9:36 a.m. – A resident called police for assistance after his former girlfriend, who is in China but trying to get back to the United States, threatened to kill him if he doesn’t help her to return.

DISTURBANCES

1:59 a.m. – An intoxicated man knocking on doors to Puffton Village residence was located and given a courtesy escort to Main Street to reunited with a sober roommate.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

2:51 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to The Griggs residents on Amity Street playing loud music while playing video games.

11:45 p.m. – A verbal warning was issued by police to The Boulders residents singing and playing a guitar.

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ACCIDENTS

1:21 p.m. – A town sign in the median near the intersection of Pine and East Pleasant streets was destroyed when a vehicle ran into it and fled, police said.

TRAFFIC

9:41 p.m. – The Department of Public Works was notified about a large pothole on College Street near Dickinson Street. Amherst College Police placed cones near another large pothole on College Street in front of Valentine Hall.

SUNDAY, FEB. 11

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:51 p.m. – Two homeless people smoking in an ATM on Triangle Street were sent on their way.

10:42 p.m. – Police found a man sleeping in vehicle parked on North Pleasant Street. He told police he is not getting along with roommates at his Belchertown home. He was advised to find another place to park.

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ACCIDENTS

10:11 a.m. – A vehicle went off an ice-covered Pulpit Hill Road into a tree, police said. The vehicle was towed.

TRAFFIC

Between 12:18 p.m. and 9 p.m. – At least 11 vehicles sustained damaged tires when they hit potholes on East Hadley Road, South Pleasant Street and Belchertown Road, while one vehicle damaged its axle after hitting a pothole on Belchertown Road. Cones were placed at potholes on East Leverett Road and South East Street.

4:59 p.m. – One driver was issued a citation for failure to use care in starting following a minor two-car accident with no personal injuries on Belchertown Road, police said.