Amherst police investigating two suspicious fires outside downtown shops
AMHERST — Two suspicious fires that caused minor damage at downtown businesses early Sunday morning are being investigated by the police and fire departments.
Detective David Foster said police officers and firefighters responded at 3:01 a.m. to the Toy Box, 201 North Pleasant St., after someone lit a pizza box on fire and stuck it into a mail slot on the exterior of the building.
The wooden frame surrounding the mail slot was scorched, but there was no major damage to the building, Foster said.
At 3:26 a.m., police were contacted after two men were seen lighting a wicker table on fire at the Lumber Yard, 383 Main St. The fire was extinguished by firefighters.
The fires capped a busy Saturday night and Sunday morning for police. While Foster said the department steadily responded to calls for service, most on Friday night were resolved with cooperation.
Only one time during the weekend were police unable to get assistance from people holding a loud party. That was Sunday at 12:33 a.m, at Presidential Apartments, 950 North Pleasant St., where a loud party with about 25 guests was taking place in the basement.
Zachary Louis Jacobson, 21, of Longmeadow, was arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws after he refused to follow police instructions, Foster said.
Lucas R. Manzi, 19, of Springfield, was arrested at the same time and place on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after the tried to prevent police from taking Jacobson out of the home by blocking the staircase, Foster said.
Other incidents also occurred in the early morning hours Sunday.
Thomas Reidy, 19, of Millbury, was arrested Sunday at 1:36 a.m. on a charge of disorderly conduct after he deliberately jumped into traffic on Main Street and was nearly hit by a police cruiser, Foster said.
A man found urinating against the police station Sunday at 1:38 a.m. was also arrested, Foster said. Dax S. Tucker, 18, of Warwick, R.I., was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
Two men were arrested near of Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., after running on the tarp covering the closed pool Saturday at 4 a.m., Foster said.
Eric M. Doddato, 22, of Northfield, and Spencer N. Squires, 23, of Greenfield, were arrested on charges of trespassing.
Police also issued seven warnings to residents and arrested or summoned to court an additional six people on various liquor law violations, including possessing open containers of alcohol on the public ways and being minors in possession of alcohol.