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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Open and Gross Lewdness Arrest at Puffers Pond


On July 9, 2014 at approximately 12:30 PM, the Amherst Police responded to the area of Puffer’s Pond for the report of a man who was exposing himself. He was spotted by some young women who in turn called 911. The responding officers located the man on the south end of the pond. He was placed under arrest at the scene.

John S. Fitzgerald, Age 47

54 Pequot Road

Southampton, MA  01073


Charge:            Open and Gross Lewdness

Fitzgerald was held at the Hampshire County House of Corrections in lieu of $5000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned at the Eastern Hampshire District Court this morning. The matter remains under investigation.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

First Responder Recognition Award


Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone is honored to announce that on June 18, 2014, Amherst Patrol Officers Felipe Feliciano, Matthew Frydryk and Joshua Harris were recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee, receiving their First Responder Recognition Award at a ceremony held at Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA.


In February 2014, Patrol Officers Frydryk, Feliciano and Harris performed CPR on a 48 year old male that was in cardiac arrest.  In doing so, they provided life saving measures to this community member in need.   The award ceremony recognized first responders from across the state for rendering first aid assistance.   Patrol Officer Frydryk has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2008, Patrol Officer Feliciano has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2004, and Patrol Officer Harris has been with the Amherst Police Department since 2010.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 22, 2014 Stabbing



On June 22, 2014 at approximately 11:15PM, several officers responded to a residence at the Boulders apartment complex located on East Hadley Road. The resident, a 24 year old male, reported that he had been stabbed earlier in the evening. Responding officers did find the victim bleeding and suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center where he is currently being treated. The injury is not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators believe that the injury occurred at a different apartment complex in Amherst, but he victim is being uncooperative with the police at this time. Anyone who may have witnessed the altercations is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department.

Amherst Police detective bureau, 413-259-3015.


June 22, 2014 Assault and Battery


On June 22, 2014 at approximately 7:30PM, several Amherst Police Officers responded to the area of Kellogg Avenue for a disturbance. Officers located a victim unconscious in the roadway. He is a 51 year old Amherst man who was subsequently transported by Amherst Fire Department personnel to Baystate Medical Center. He was found to have significant head injuries and remains at Baystate in stable condition.

The ensuing investigation led to the identification of a suspect, Julian Munn. It was found that Munn and the victim had argued earlier in the evening leading to this altercation. Witnesses saw Munn strike the victim several times causing the victim’s head to strike a curb.

Munn was arrested at the scene and is being held at the Hampshire County House of Correction in lieu of $1000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned this morning at he Eastern Hampshire District Court.

Julian L. Munn, Age 47

503 Worthington Street

Springfield, MA  01105

Charge:               Assault & Battery/Serious Bodily Injury


The matter remains under investigation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Put a Dent in Identity Theft Free Community Shred Event

The Amherst TRIAD/"Seniors and Law Enforcement Together" (SALT) Council, in partnership with the Amherst Police Department, Office of District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Hampshire County Sheriff's Office, Pro-Shred, Inc. and PeoplesBank are sponsoring a "Community Shred Event" to be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., IN THE PARKING LOT of PEOPLESBANK, 56 AMITY STREET, AMHERST, MA.  This three (3) hour event will be open to all Hampshire County community members,  Participation is limited to residential shredding only and not open to businesses.

Consumer fraud and identity theft are on the rise.  As older adults are often the target victims of identity theft, the partners in this project want to raise awareness and promote prevention.  We hope that the "Community Shred Event" will provide the community with a responsible way to dispose of sensitive documents.  You are welcome to bring as many boxes of documents as you would like.  Documents such as old bills, credit card information, cancelled checks or any materials that may have your identifying information can be shredded.  All documents will be shredded on site.

PROSHRED, Inc. of Wilbraham is donating their services.  They are a document destruction company solely dedicated to on-site paper shredding, the most secure, convenient and cost-effective method for destroying and recycling confidential documents and materials.

Please join us in putting a dent in identity theft!  For further information you can contact Chris Geffin at the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, 413-586-9225 or Captain Jennifer Gundersen at the Amherst Police Department 413-259-3012.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bridge St. Train Crash

On May 21, 2014 at approximately 12:49PM, several officers from the Amherst Police Department responded to the intersection of Pine Street and Bridge Street for a reported motor vehicle accident. The accident involved a motor vehicle and a train. The motor vehicle was occupied by three people, and it was a freight style train.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was travelling north across the railroad tracks when it was struck by the train. Investigators observed that warnings signals and bells were sounding upon their arrival.

No one was injured as a result of this collision.

Names and specifics are not being released at this time as the matter still remains under investigation.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Click It or Ticket Mobilization

During the month of May, the Amherst Police Department will be teaming up with Massachusetts State Police and more than 133 local police departments state-wide to crack-down on motorists who are not buckling up.   Amherst will be taking part in the national Click It Or Ticket (CIOT) seat belt enforcement mobilization which is federally funded through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division.

 “Memorial Day traditionally kicks off the busy summer driving season,” said Amherst Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone. “Safety belts and properly installed child safety seats are your best defense against drunk, aggressive and distracted drivers, as well as your own mistakes.”  Beginning May 19 through June 1, 2014, law enforcement officials will be out in full force looking for safety belt violators.

 In Massachusetts in 2012, an estimated 50 lives could have been saved if everyone wore their seat belts. Statistics also show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night.  While Massachusetts data is still being compiled, nationally, nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers. In 2012, 10,480 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes at night (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.).  Of those killed in nighttime crashes, 55 percent were not wearing seat belts (compared to 41 percent of occupants killed during daytime hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.).

As part of the day or night CIOT kickoff, at 6:00 p.m. on May 19th, state and local police departments including Amherst will join law enforcement agencies across the East Coast in mobilizing the CIOT “Border to Border” Operation which aims to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State Borders, sending a ‘zero tolerance’ message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state, no matter what time.

 “Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Chief Livingstone.  “Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.  That’s why we’re out enforcing the law.  Click It Or Ticket, every time, day or night.”

 In Amherst in 2013, 81 persons were issued motor vehicle violations for not having on a seatbelt. 

For more information, please this website.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Register Now! 21st Annual Amherst Rafters 5K Walk/Run or 5 Mile Run 5/18

Only a few more days for online registration for our 21st Annual Road Race.  Visit our race page to register online or download the application which you can still mail in.  Or, just show up on Sunday 5/18 for our 10:30 start http://www.amherstma.gov/index.aspx?NID=1804

Sunday, May 11, 2014

On May 3, 2014 at approximately 6:00AM, several Amherst Police Officers responded to a private residence on Main Street for the report of a stranger that had entered the home. Responding officers located the unknown male sleeping in a bunk bed in the same room where a minor child was also sleeping. He was subsequently placed under arrest, and has been identified as:

Zachary J. Zeigler, Age 19

241 Main Street

Norfolk, MA  02056

Charges:          Breaking and Entering


                        Disturbing the Peace

                        Minor in Possession of Alcohol

 Zeigler is a student at the University of Massachusetts. Investigators suspect that alcohol consumption may have contributed to this criminal act. No one was injured.

Zeigler was  arraigned at the Eastern Hampshire District Court.

Friday, May 2, 2014

IRS SCAM!! Don't fall for it!!

The Amherst Police, with other local police agencies, have seen a dramatic influx of persons reporting an IRS Scam.  From what we’ve learned, the scammer is calling and identifying themselves as employees of the IRS and demanding personal and banking information.  According to the IRS, they would never ask someone from this information over the telephone.  Many elderly have fallen victim to this scam so please be ALERT!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sgt. Chuck Nelson Retires. Best of luck to you Sgt. Nelson!

Chief Scott P. Livingstone has announced the retirement of Sergeant Charles H. Nelson, III effective May1, 2014, after almost 27 years of exceptional service to the police department and the Town of Amherst.    Sergeant Nelson was appointed as a patrol officer with the Amherst Police Department on October 1, 1987.  Prior to becoming a patrol officer in Amherst, Nelson was an officer for four and a half years with the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department in Watford City, North Dakota and served in the United States Air Force.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on April 3, 2000, and was assigned as a patrol supervisor.

 Sergeant Nelson graduated from the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center in Bismarck, North Dakota in November 1981.  He is a graduate of Holyoke Community College where he obtained his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and Anna Marie College, Paxton, MA where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  During Sergeant Nelson’s tenure, he has served as a member of the department’s Detective Bureau, Search and Rescue Team, supervised the Property and Evidence Unit and was assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2003.  “The Amherst Police Department is losing a great supervisor and police officer with the retirement of Sergeant Nelson” said Chief of Police Scott P. Livingstone. “He is a good friend and valued colleague who for the past 27 years gave one hundred percent to this department and town, and while he will be missed, we wish him the best in his well deserved retirement.”
Sergeant Nelson currently resides in Shutesbury, Massachusetts and upon his retirement will be relocating to South Carolina with his wife Gail.