AREA POLICE NEWS
NORTHAMPTON — Michael Joseph Pratt, 23, of 9 Carriage Lane, Amherst, was arrested Saturday at 1:45 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, second offense, failure to stop for police, resisting arrest, improper operation of a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with no inspection sticker.
A cab driver who saw Pratt drive off after having a verbal altercation notified the police that Pratt, who was driving an orange Chevy Camaro, appeared intoxicated. Police said an officer performing a routine traffic stop on Bridge Street near Hawley Street attempted to stop Pratt, who did not pull over. Pratt led police in a chase down Bridge Street until he spun out of control and crashed into a patch of bushes at the top of Bay Road, according to police. Pratt fled on foot, but police said he was apprehended after a short pursuit.
— DYLAN PEERS McCOY
∎ Joseph Scott Kapinos, 46, of 2 Belanger Pl., Apt. 2C, Northampton, was arrested Friday at 11:59 p.m. for domestic assault and battery. Kapinos allegedly headbutted his girlfriend. Police said the victim was not transported for medical treatment. Kapinos was served with a restraining order Saturday at 4:06 a.m.
∎ Dennis Smith, 58, of 421 N. Main St., Leeds, was arrested Friday at 12:23 p.m. on a warrant from the Lowell District Court for failing to register as a sex offender. Police said he did not register as a sex offender when he moved to Leeds.
∎ Ralph Walter Reed, 48, of 504 N. King St., Apt. 6, Northampton, was arrested Friday at 8:48 p.m. on charges of shoplifting. Reed was attempting to steal an unconcealed pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes, police said.
∎ Police are investigating the burglary of a home at 300 Bridge St. The residents reported the break in Sunday at 8:32 a.m. Police had no information on what was stolen.
∎ Three vehicles were involved in a minor accident Friday at 6:44 p.m. Police said Sarah Heim, 37, of 47 Stone Ridge Drive, Florence, was traveling East on Main Street near Masonic Street when she stopped for pedestrians at a crosswalk. Margaretann Azzaro, 41, of 161 Cardinal Way, Florence, was traveling behind Heim and hit her vehicle. Nicole Vadnais, 43, of 76 Granby Heights, Granby, was traveling behind Azzaro and also failed to stop, causing a three car pile up. A passenger in Heim’s vehicle reported minor back pain but refused medical treatment, police said.
∎ A bike was reported stolen Friday at 9:07 p.m. The bike was left outside on Main Street in front of Haymarket cafe.
∎ A woman reported at Saturday at 12:12 p.m. that her vehicle, which was parked off Burts Pit Road in an area popular for walking dogs, was broken into. Police say she reported a purse, valued at $50, stolen.
∎ A wallet, valued at $50, was reported stolen at the Post Office Sunday at 12:01 a.m.
∎ Matthew Boynton, 20, of Waltham, was arrested Friday at 11:44 p.m. on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police said Boynton was walking along the Rt. 116 bypass, and when police attempted to stop him, he began running down the middle of the road, interfering with traffic. When police told him he was under arrest, Boynton continued to run and got into an altercation with the police.
∎ Rebecca Tobey, 22, of Amherst, was arrested Saturday at 2:18 a.m. on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a police officer. Police said Tobey was causing a disturbance in the Presidential Apartments, 950 E. Pleasant St., and when police attempted to arrest her she struck the officers multiple times, including kicking them with her boot, which police said is considered a dangerous weapon.
∎ Max O. Lesselbaum, 54, of Amherst, was arrested Saturday at 10:32 p.m. for violating the town’s open container bylaw. Police said Lesselbaum, who was outside Town Hall with a open container of Pabst Blue Ribbon, had been warned that he was violating the town’s bylaw earlier that day.
∎ Seth J. Lally, 20, of Quincy, was arrested Sunday at 1:33 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. Police said Lally was pulled over near 778 N. Pleasant St. for driving with only his parking lights on.
∎ Matthew R. Geary, 22, Haydenville, was arrested Sunday at 1:39 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, second offense, and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. Police said Geary was pulled over near the intersection of College Street and Seelye Street for driving without any lights.
∎ Andrew A. Conz, 27, of South Boston, was arrested Sunday at 3:01 a.m. on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, second offense, and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. Police said Conz was pulled over near the police station on Main Street for driving without any lights.