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Amherst Police Log for March 9, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, March 08, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 26

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

4:38 p.m. – A person called police from a North Pleasant Street bus stop about a lost cellphone. When police got there, the man asked police if the New Balance sneakers he just bought would be allowed on a plane trip to China. He was sent on his way and reminded to contact police only if he needed assistance.

DISTURBANCES

11:23 a.m. – A woman who yelled at staff at a University Drive business and then sat on the floor inside the store was calm when police got there. She told police she was having emotional issues, but would be OK.

VANDALISM

9:28 a.m. – A stone flower pot was tipped over outside a Kellogg Avenue business.

TUESDAY, FEB. 27

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:28 p.m. – A homeless man pestering people using a downtown ATM was identified and will be issued a trespass notice.

3:02 p.m. – Police observed a man walking on the railroad tracks near Pulpit Hill Road, but he ducked into the woods before officers could warn him about his actions.

4:54 p.m. – Two men using a private bench outside a downtown church were gone when police got there

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

5:35 p.m. – Police assisted a landlord in South Amherst speak to a tenant about smoking marijuana in the home.

LARCENY

12:47 p.m. – A woman who stole merchandise from a downtown store was identified. Police are investigating the incident

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12:40 a.m. – A horse loose on Belchertown Road was returned to its barn by its owners.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

8:46 a.m. – A vehicle went off South East Street into a utility pole, police said. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was cited for failure to stay within marked lanes, according to police. The road was closed to traffic for several hours.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

11:02 p.m. – A woman reported to Amherst College police that she was followed by a man on Northampton Road. That person has not been identified.

DISTURBANCES

10:15 p.m. – A man was observed shoving a woman near the Craig’s Place homeless shelter. Both people involved denied any issues and told police they were heading back to Holyoke for the night.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

10:28 a.m. – A counterfeit $20 bill was turned over by management at a downtown bank.

LARCENY

10:06 a.m. – A winter jacket valued at $500 was reported stolen from a resident at Kendrick Place Apartments.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

10:43 a.m. – The animal welfare officer is attempting to resolve a dog-barking issue at a Pomeroy Lane home.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

7:58 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car crash that occurred on North Pleasant Street when a driver stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:13 p.m. – A suspicious man standing on East Pleasant Street near Cherry Lane and staring at passing vehicles for more than two hours was not located.

2:10 p.m. – People consuming alcohol in the pavilion at Mill River Recreation Area agreed to dispose it.

2:43 p.m. – Homeless individuals loitering in the lower level of the Boltwood parking garage left when police got there.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:15 p.m. – A woman who went on a date using the Tinder app hadn’t contacted her friends in more than 10 hours. The woman got in touch with police early the next day to report she was fine.

DISTURBANCES

12:25 a.m. – A North Amherst woman reported being threatened by her teenage son.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1 p.m. and 2:37 p.m. – Vehicles sustained minor damage when they were struck by hit-and-run vehicles in parking lots on Cottage Street and Mattoon Street, police said.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:08 a.m. – A man wandering on Hills Road and in the surrounding woods was located on a conservation trail. He told police he is homeless and has nowhere to go during the day.

DISTURBANCES

3:13 p.m. – Police kept the peace between residents at a downtown home.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

8:53 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a three-car crash on South Pleasant Street near the Amherst College campus, police said.

2:29 p.m. – A vehicle was towed after sustaining a flat tire when it hit a large branch that fell in front of it on South Pleasant Street, police said.

TRAFFIC

11:02 a.m. – Police issued a ticket to a vehicle blocking a driveway on Kendrick Place.

11:40 a.m. – The Department of Public Works removed a tree that fell across Harris Mountain Road. A small branch that fell on Middle Street was removed by police at 5:59 p.m.

8:17 p.m. – Henry Street was closed to traffic for more than an hour after a large tree was knocked down by high winds and toppled utility poles.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:38 p.m. – A sign at the intersection of Hallock and North Prospect streets was torn down and left on the side of the road.

3:20 p.m. – Two men trying to dig up a fence post on North East Street and filming each other while doing this were not located.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

6:25 p.m. – Police assisted an Uber driver on Cowls Road whose intoxicated passenger wouldn’t get out of the car.

DISTURBANCES

12:20 a.m. – People arguing in line at a downtown restaurant were calmed down.

6:40 p.m. – Two intoxicated passengers in an Uber vehicle who were drinking and discarding their empty cans inside the vehicle were warned about their behavior by the driver. When they left the vehicle, they kicked it and fled the location.

10:13 p.m. – A man causing a scene inside a downtown restaurant fled before police got there.

FIGHTS

1:24 p.m. – Several men fighting on Triangle Street were sent on their way.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:42 a.m., 3:44 p.m. and 11:39 p.m. – Police issued verbal warnings to Belchertown Road, Puffton Village and Tanglewood Road residents playing loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:07 p.m. – A fender bender crash on North Pleasant Street is being blamed on the driver distracted by a loud party taking place on a North Pleasant Street property, police said.

3:25 p.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of Fearing and North Pleasant streets, police said.

9:14 p.m. – A vehicle struck a pedestrian on College Street near Seelye Street, police said. No further details were available.

9:25 p.m. – A vehicle damaged a gate on Cowls Road and fled the area, police said.

TRAFFIC

3:11 a.m. – West Street at Mount Holyoke Drive was closed for an hour after a tree fell across the road. The Department of Public Works was contacted. At 3:59 a.m., a driver of a U-Haul truck was warned after he passed a cruiser blocking the road by driving onto the grass at the edge of the road.

9:30 p.m. – Police called for a tow after a vehicle got stuck in mud on a field off Sunderland Road.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:45 a.m. – An East Pleasant Street resident called police about a man banging on the door. The drunken man was from Boston University and was seeking a ride home.

2:45 a.m. – Police located a man who was trying to door handles at several Amherst businesses. He told police he is homeless and just looking for a place to stay warm for the night.

8:08 p.m. – A man standing outside a downtown restaurant and smiling at people as they entered, making them uncomfortable, was not located.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

4:11 p.m. – A hit-and-run accident caused minor damage to a vehicle parked in a Belchertown Road parking lot, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

6:26 p.m. – A chicken coop in the backyard of a Stanley Street home was damaged when a heat lamp suspended from its ceiling fell to the floor. Nine chickens safely were removed and firefighters extinguished the blaze.