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Amherst Police Log for Feb. 23, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, February 22, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 12

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:47 p.m. – A man wearing a bathrobe and smoking a cigarette outside a Puffton Village residence exposed himself to a woman passing by the previous day. Police are investigating the incident, as well as a second incident, not yet corroborated, in which the same man opened up his bathrobe to another woman living at the complex.

DISTURBANCES

2:54 a.m. – Police responded to a verbal altercation between a brother and sister at a South Amherst home. The argument began when the woman, who is staying with her sibling, poked him while he was asleep and threatened to punch him. The conflict was resolved when police got there.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

11:43 a.m. – Nip bottles, excrement and used feminine hygiene products were removed from a site near a downtown business.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

5:07 p.m – Two homeless men shouting obscenities and singing loudly while panhandling on Main Street were sent on their way.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:52 a.m. – Police were called to Pulpit Hill Road when a vehicle slid off the icy road into a tree, police said.

7:36 a.m. – A light post was knocked over at a Meadow Street property when a vehicle hit a patch of ice and went off the road, police said.

8:44 a.m. – A vehicle traveling through the Triangle Street roundabout sustained minor damage when it was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

10:16 a.m. – A vehicle parked on Hobart Lane was damaged when hit by a vehicle that fled the scene overnight, police said.

7:24 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Amity Street, police said.

TRAFFIC

9:03 a.m. and 12:36 p.m. – Two vehicles each sustained two flat tires after hitting potholes on College Street and Montague Road, police said.

6:25 p.m. – The Department of Public Works was contacted to put sand down in the Cushman section of Amherst after melted snow on roads began freezing.

TUESDAY, FEB. 13

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:11 a.m. – A man sleeping in a downtown ATM was awoken and sent on his way.

11:31 a.m. – Police got a report of a homeless man on Main Street panhandling and trying to light his T-shirt on fire. he was not located.

LARCENY

9:27 a.m. – A painting valued at $125 and $395 in cash was reported stolen from a North Amherst business the previous day, likely by a customer who was left alone in the store.

7:21 p.m. – A customer fled the CVS Pharmacy on North Pleasant Street with $100 worth of bleach and candy in a shopping cart. The items were recovered in the parking lot, but the suspect was not found.

9:17 p.m. – An unlocked vehicle with its keys left in the ignition was stolen from Amity Street. It was recovered about four hours later at Colonial Village.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:17 a.m. – A vehicle parked on Amity Street sustained minor damage when struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:27 a.m. – A trespass notice was issued to a man loitering in a downtown ATM

10:40 p.m. – Police were contacted when someone tried to get into a Stagecoach Road home through a garage door. No suspect in the attempted break-in was located nearby.

10:55 p.m. – A vehicle from which a man has been living was observed in the Boltwood parking garage. Police, contacted by a woman who was frightened to return to her vehicle, was unable to find the vehicle or the man.

DISTURBANCES

8:46 p.m. – A woman was reported screaming for help near the First Congregational Church as two men jumped onto and off the roof of a building on the property. At 9:22 p.m., police identified the individuals who had been on the roof. The woman said she didn’t need any assistance.

THURSDAY, FEB. 15

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

9:27 a.m. – An Amherst woman reported a man has been calling her and sending her gifts despite being told to stop the activity. She was referred to court for an harassment order.

10:26 p.m. and 11:12 p.m. – Police removed two homeless men from downtown ATMs.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:40 a.m. – A man loitering on properties in North Amherst was issued a trespass notice.

12:41 p.m. – A mother and her 2-year-old son new to Amherst, and who had no place to stay in town, were given a courtesy escort to a resource center to get help in finding accommodations.

6:12 p.m. – Police took a report from a North Amherst resident concerned that her housemate is sending emails that may reflect poorly on her.

DISTURBANCES

2:05 a.m. – Police responded to North Pleasant Apartments for an argument between a man and a woman. They denied being in an altercation and told police they just raised their voices while returning from a nightclub.

VANDALISM

4:29 p.m. – A door to the gas tank on a vehicle parked at Village Park was pried open and someone dumped sugar into it.

TRAFFIC

2:48 p.m. – Police issued a ticket to a vehicle that passed a stopped school bus on Northampton Road.

8:58 p.m. – A man exiting a downtown pizza shop with a half-eaten slice of pizza inside a folded paper plate was handed a parking ticket after police identified his vehicle as one being double parked on North Pleasant Street.

FRIDAY, FEB. 16

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:44 a.m. – An intoxicated man running in the middle of College Street and causing a scene was not located. At 1 a.m., the same man was knocking on the door to a Railroad Street home. He was at the wrong residence and his girlfriend was located to take care of him.

11:01 a.m. – A shovel and a lawnmower were illegally dumped on a Summer Street yard.

5:08 p.m. – Two people soliciting for a power company without a license were issued $50 tickets after they were found going door-to-door at Village Park after previously being warned about their actions.

6:53 p.m. – Police were contacted after a woman didn’t return home from a jog she began two hours earlier. The woman was located and found safe, letting police know she had stopped at a friend’s house and turned off her cellphone, and just lost track of the time

8:17 p.m. – A man standing in front of a downtown church and making menacing movements toward passers-by was not located.

8:30 p.m. – Police responded to a South Amherst location where a man was screaming for help. No one was located there.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

4:55 p.m. – A North Amherst resident reported getting more than 200 threatening texts and emails from her roommate. Police advised her of her options for getting a harassment order.

DISTURBANCES

8:26 p.m. – An altercation between two men was reported in a downtown ATM. Both men fled before police got there.

VANDALISM

1:22 a.m. – Intoxicated individuals on East Pleasant Street near Kendrick Park were found pulling up the poles with reflective markers that indicate the edge of the road during the winter months. After banging the poles against trees, they agreed to put them back and were sent on their way.

9:16 a.m. – Unspecified vandalism was reported on Hulst Road.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

9:23 p.m. – A two-car collision occurred at the intersection of Meadow Street and the Route 116 bypass, police said. No personal injuries were reported, according to police.

TRAFFIC

9:16 p.m. – Police issued a warning to the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk in the Triangle Street roundabout.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:28 a.m. – Police found a drunken man who attempted to get into wrong apartment at The Boulders turned over to a sober friend.

2:24 p.m. – A man who approached a stopped police cruiser at the intersection of Kellogg Avenue and North Pleasant Street tried to pry open the hood and then leaned against the driver’s side door. He was warned about his actions. The man told police he was just having a bad day.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

1:57 p.m. – An Amherst man starting a relationship with a Chicopee woman got calls from her angry boyfriend, and she later informed him that she was just using him to make her boyfriend jealous. The man was advised to block the number of the woman’s boyfriend.

DISTURBANCES

10:51 p.m. – Several people causing a scene outside the Craug’s Place homeless shelter told police they were upset they were denied entry because it was at capacity. They were calmed down and sent on their way.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:50 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Bridge Street residents holding a loud party with about 20 guests.

SUNDAY, FEB. 18

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:01 p.m. – A woman walking on State Street in North Amherst told police she is new to Amherst and was lost. She was given a transport to a Pondview Drive home in South Amherst.

DISTURBANCES

10:29 p.m. – Police kept the peace between guests at the Craig’s Place homeless shelter arguing over possession of a package of parmesan cheese.

LARCENY

11:10 a.m. – A homeless man selling cigarettes for $1 on North Pleasant Street told police a customer stole a $20 bill from him after they got into an argument over whether given proper change.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:08 a.m. – A vehicle spun out and went off North East Street during the snowstorm, police said.

6:51 a.m. – A driver lost control of a vehicle on West Street descending from the Notch, went off the road and struck a fence, police said. The vehicle was towed and the driver was provided a courtesy escort.