Have you ever wondered what small-town criminal activity looks like? What kinds of calls and reports do Amherst police officers receive on a typical night? For this blog post, we thought we would take a closer look at the Amherst police log for the week of October 3-9, 2018. The complete list can be found here.
Traffic Accidents Abound
On first glance, it is clear that Amherst police spend much of their time responding to vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents. Many of the accidents involve bicyclists who are struck by cars, resulting in minor injuries. Fortunately, the accidents for this particular week did not cause severe injuries or extensive property damage.
Animal Complaints: Elusive Bears?
A log from October 3 first mentions a “bear wandering around,” but the police were unable to locate it. then, on October 4, there is another report of a “large bear wandering on Lessey Street,” but the police were still unable to find it. The last mention of an elusive bear is on October 6, when police were unable to locate a bear that was reportedly wandering through peoples’ yards. Multiple bear sightings in one week certainly makes Amherst residents aware of their proximity to nature!
Some other highlights from the police log revolve around noise complaints. On October 5, police convinced a resident to “stop playing a guitar for the evening.” It’s unclear if the complaint was made because of the noise level or the quality of his playing. Two separate noise complaints were made on October 7, one to a resident with an excessively loud alarm clock, and one to a resident playing a stereo too loudly. The Amherst Woman’s Club was warned by police to play their music more quietly on October 8, but they apparently failed to comply. A second warning was issued an hour later.
Keeping Amherst Safe
Police officers deal with a wide array of disturbances from day to day. Sometimes, however, an officer may fail to properly respect your rights. If you are currently facing criminal charges in the Amherst area, you need immediate legal representation. Call Thomas Whitney Attorney at Law today at (413) 254-6234 to make sure your rights and your future are in safe hands.