Area police news
■ An Amherst man was arrested early Friday morning following a brief pursuit on the Route 116 bypass in which his vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and made a U-turn on the road that extends between Hadley and Sunderland.
Gangi Bakarani, 34, of 124 Meadow St., was arrested Friday at 3:06 a.m. at his home on charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stop for police, failure to stay within marked lanes, speeding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker and operating a motor vehicle with a number plate to conceal identity, police said.
■ Police are investigating break-ins to homes reported Thursday at 3:49 p.m. and 3:52 p.m. In the first incident, at an East Pleasant Street home, forced entry was made through a back door and items were taken, In the second incident, at a Grantwood Drive residence, there was no evidence of forced entry, but a guitar was missing from the home.
■ Dashaun J. Andino, 18, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. 728, Florence, was arrested at Millside Park Thursday at 9:28 p.m. on charges of underage possession of alcohol and trespassing.
■ Devon B. Dion, 34, of 26 Center St., was arrested at his home Thursday at 5:45 p.m. on a charge of disturbing the peace.
■ Paul J. Bullman, 63, of 491 Bridge Road, Apt. #712, Florence was arrested about 3:37 p.m. Thursday at Meadowbrook Apartments on a charge of domestic assault and battery and two charges of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (wall). According to police, Bullman allegedly grabbed a woman’s arms, pinned her against a wall, grabbed her head and banged it against the wall.
■ Police are investigating a report of a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle parked at the dog park on Burts Pit Road. According to police, between 9:15 and 10 a.m. Thursday the vehicle’s passenger-side window was smashed and a purse and its contents, valued at about $200, were stolen.