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Emmanuel T. Bile  answers question while on trial for being   accused of taking part in a gang rape of a UMass student in 2012.

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. “She was consenting to what I was …

A shot in the dark as officers train

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON The city’s police force spent three days this week taking part in specialized firearms training with Blue Line Corp. of Sudbury. The program was held at the Massachusetts State Police barracks on North King Street in Northampton and focused on live firearms training in the dark as well as situational “shoot or …

Senate pushes non-binding budget toward approval

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans pushed a balanced-budget blueprint toward late-night approval Thursday night, laying down conservative markers for a likely veto struggle with President Barack Obama over their plans to erase deficits through trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the health care law. Approval of the non-binding budget was a certainty, one …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Sen. Donald Humason Jr. and Rep. John Scibak among legislators seeking end to regulation changing consumers’ electricity rates

Monday, March 23, 2015

After receiving numerous phone calls from baffled energy customers, state Sen. Donald F. Humason Jr., R-Westfield, and eight of his colleagues are urging the state to end a regulation that requires energy suppliers to retroactively change consumers’ rates …

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg among political leaders seeking analysis of Boston Olympic Games’ impacts

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three state leaders plan to hire a publicly funded consultant next month to analyze the potential impacts of Boston hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said they are seeking an independent …

Activist Angela Davis to speak at UMass about social justice

Monday, March 23, 2015

AMHERST — Angela Davis, an internationally known civil and women’s rights activist and scholar, will speak at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Monday about social justice. Her talk, titled “Sustaining Social Justice Movements and Intersectional Struggles,” is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts …

Area police news

Monday, March 23, 2015

Amherst ∎ A purse was reported stolen in a break-in to a vehicle parked at the Notch Visitors Center, 1500 West St. The incident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Sunday. ∎ Christopher P. Chilson, 25, of 29 Stebbins St., Belchertown, was arrested at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on West …

Police send unknown substance found on Northampton High School student to drug lab for testing

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police have sent an unknown substance found on a student at Northampton High School to a drug-testing lab after questioning him Friday, according to Northampton Police Captain Jody Kasper. She said an NHS administrator called police to the school after discovering what she reported as a …

Four people hurt in two-vehicle accident on Route 9 in Hadley

Monday, March 23, 2015

HADLEY — At least four people were taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a two-vehicle accident on Route 9 at West Street on Sunday morning, according to Hadley Police. The crash occurred near the Esselon Cafe, 99 Russell St. at 10:04 a.m., said Officer …

Jurors see text-message exchange between Emmanuel Bile Jr. and woman he is accused of raping at UMass

Monday, March 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The morning after Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. and his three friends allegedly gang-raped a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dormitory in 2012, she sent him several furious, expletive-filled text messages about what she said …

Worthington Select Board request for inventory of federal surplus property still not completely answered

Sunday, March 22, 2015

WORTHINGTON — A year after first requesting an inventory of federal surplus property obtained by the town’s Fire Department, the Select Board still does not have a complete list of that equipment. After verbally requesting the inventory from …

Business briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Trucking company delivers for children HADLEY — Ideal Movers and Storage is donating its services to deliver items to Massachusetts children. They are working with Cradles to Crayons, an agency that provides children living in homeless or low-income …