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Amherst Police Log for June 1, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Saturday, June 02, 2018
MONDAY, MAY 21

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

4:39 a.m. – A vehicle that struck a mailbox on Summer Street was found parked in the police station parking lot. Police determined the operator had medical issues and will not be facing criminal charges for leaving the scene of a property damage crash.

DISTURBANCES

8:51 p.m. – A man caused a scene at a downtown restaurant after refusing to move for staff members while they were cleaning. When police got there, he left the establishment and told police he wouldn’t patronize it again because of the way he was treated.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

9:44 a.m. – A dog bite on Western Lane is being investigated by the animal welfare officer.

7:39 p.m. – A woman walking her dog near the middle school told police a collie came out from the woods and bit both her and her dog. The animal welfare officer is investigating and has identified the collie’s owner.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

8:20 a.m. – A rear-ending crash took place at the intersection of Main and Shumway streets, police said. Minor injuries were reported to occupants of the vehicles, according to police.

2:45 p.m. – A vehicle went off Pine Street into a utility pole, causing possible injury to the driver, police said. The vehicle was towed and Eversource was contacted to repair to the pole.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

7:53 p.m. – A bonfire on Thayer Street was extinguished by residents before police officers and firefighters got there.

TUESDAY, MAY 22

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

11:10 p.m. – Police took a report of a gunshot fired in the area of the Boltwood parking garage. After an extensive search of the area by officers and use of surveillance cameras, no evidence was found that any gun had been fired.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

7:52 p.m. – A resident who recently sold a vehicle to an out-of-town woman reported a man from Florida, possibly related to the woman, made physical threats as retaliation for the vehicle not functioning right. The resident told police the man said he would be coming to Massachusetts, “knows scary people” and that the seller would “need a doctor” once he arrived in the state.

DISTURBANCES

1:39 p.m. – Police responded to Mill Hollow Apartments after a resident reported she broke off a friendship with another woman, who came to her home and refused to leave, and then began banging on a door and yelling, scaring the children who live there. Police kept the peace and the former friend agreed to leave.

9 p.m. – A woman called police from a downtown location to report being hit in the face, suffering a laceration to her chin and tongue. Police determined she was intoxicated and had stumbled into a wall, injuring her chin, and bit her own tongue.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

RECOVERED PROPERTY

9:40 p.m. – A suspicious bag reported outside a Montague Road business was determined to be filled with trash.

LARCENY

6:53 p.m. – A bicycle was reported stolen from a West Street home.

TRAFFIC

12:30 p.m. – An aggressive driver who was honking the vehicle’s horn and following another vehicle on Belchertown Road was not located by police.

4:54 p.m. – Police were notified about a vehicle that drove over crops on North East Street.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

3:21 a.m. – Amherst Police assisted Agawam Police in searching for a vehicle whose occupants broke into two stores in that town.

11:31 a.m. – Police officers and firefighters responded to an outdoor fire on South East Street. The resident was just burning ornamental grass and had a water hose nearby to extinguish the blaze if it got out of control.

11:18 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted South Hadley Police by sending a K9 unit to track break-in suspects.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:48 a.m. – A homeless man resting in a downtown office building was located. He was advised to leave the location, which he did.

8:42 p.m. – Two people sleeping in a downtown ATM were awoken and sent on their way.

DISTURBANCES

12:10 a.m. – Police kept the peace during a disturbance in front of the downtown bars between a man who dropped his wallet and other people he claimed had picked it up from the sidewalk. Officers assisted the man in locating his wallet.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

6:30 a.m. – One vehicle was towed and one driver was issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign following a two-car crash with no personal injuries at the intersection of Main and South Whitney streets, police said.

TRAFFIC

2:35 p.m. – The Department of Public Works was notified about traffic lights malfunctioning at the intersection of East Hadley Road and South Pleasant Street.

10:28 p.m. – An erratic vehicle observed by passers-by on Northampton Road was parked on North Pleasant Street when police located it.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:02 a.m. – People sleeping inside a vacant business in downtown Amherst were sent on their way.

1:43 a.m. – Police located two people smoking marijuana in a vehicle parked near Crocker Farm School. Officers advised them to stay off school property.

DISTURBANCES

6:22 p.m. – Police kept the peace between two men arguing outside a downtown store.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

8:19 p.m. – A bear wandering around Applewood Apartments and seen climbing one of the buildings was chased from the location by an officer. It was last observed heading into woods near the Eric Carle Museum.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:11 a.m. – Police issued a warning to a person with an open container of alcohol near the Jones Library.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:04 p.m. – A resident told police he got death threats from another person. Police examined the communications and determined no threats were made.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

11:55 p.m. – A transformer blew out on Summer Street. Police officers and firefighters responded after flames were observed. Eversource was notified.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

2:17 a.m. – Two people inside a downtown restaurant were determined to be employees getting an early start on making a large catering order.

3:57 p.m. – A PVTA bus with an electronic sign on the front reading “please help, call 911” was located on University Drive. Officers determined the sign was malfunctioning and no one on board the bus needed assistance.

DISTURBANCES

9:41 p.m. – A man yelling at a Mill Hollow Apartments home was calmed down by police. The man told police he got upsetting news and first talked angrily to his mother on the phone and then vented to his girlfriend at the residence.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

1 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Edgehill Place residents playing loud music.

11:48 p.m. – A verbal warning was issued by police to children making loud banging sounds inside a Rolling Green Apartments home.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

9:55 a.m. – The door of a vehicle parked on Montague Road was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, police said.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

4:27 p.m. – Police notified New England Central Railroad about a large tree that fell across the tracks on Bridge Street in the Cushman section of Amherst.

8:02 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Hadley Police in locating suspects in a shoplifting incident at a Hadley store.