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Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will leave the college, according to an announcement last month by UMass Provost Katherine Newman. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, …

Native of Ghana who has covered Africa as journalist will speak at UMass

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, a BBC and NPR journalist who has extensively covered West Africa, will speak with John Higginson, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on New England Public Radio at an event at the Commonwealth Honors College. The free event will occur at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. “We are thrilled to be one of Ofeibea’s few stops …

Town and UMass Amherst officials begin preparing to encourage repeat of relative calm on Blarney Blowout day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a month before the first Saturday in March — traditionally a time for pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry by students known as the Blarney Blowout — town of Amherst and University of Massachusetts officials are aiming for a repeat of last year’s relative calm. “From a police perspective, we’re duplicating what we did last year,” Police Chief Scott Livingstone said …

Extravaganja organizers meet with Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton to discuss event at fairgrounds

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Organizers of the annual Extravaganja event, a large marijuana legalization event formerly held in Amherst, received commendation from some members of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association as they seek to hold the event at the Three County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are private property, so the association …

Even NH Republicans find Sanders ‘honest’ in recent UMass poll

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — More Republicans view Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as more honest than almost all of their own candidates, according to a poll released Sunday by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and WBZ-TV in Boston. Among likely Republican voters in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, 66 percent found …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Second man charged with showing gun on UMass campus released with GPS monitoring

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Jeremy Arbore, one of two Berkshire County teenagers charged with bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts campus, was released from the Hampshire County Jail on Thursday and placed under house arrest at his mother’s home in Sheffield. Judge Jacklyn Connly had ordered his …

Jury begins deliberations after hearing closing arguments in UMass rape trial

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — On the night Patrick Durocher allegedly attacked and raped a young woman outside the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, he did not run away, defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni said during closing arguments Thursday. Durocher even …

UMass investigates alleged workplace fraud at Physical Plant, five employees on paid leave, one resigns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

AMHERST — Five employees at the University of Massachusetts have been put on paid leave while another has resigned as part of a continuing internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct that involve the misreporting of time and …

Area police news

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Amherst • A Gray Street resident reported at 7:55 a.m. Thursday an attempted arson at his home after a Maine state flag displayed from the garage caught on fire. Police officers and firefighters responded and determined a security camera malfunctioned and overheated, charring the flag. • Police found …

Judge orders second suspect in UMass gun case to be released with GPS monitoring device

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The second of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus Jan. 23 was granted release from custody Wednesday, but because no GPS monitoring ankle bracelets …

UMass rape trial defendant Patrick Durocher says sex was consensual and woman was ‘encouraging’ him

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — “Did you rape (the woman)?” defense attorney Vincent Bongiorni, of Springfield, asked Patrick Durocher in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Durocher didn’t hesitate. “No,” he replied. Durocher, 20, a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, testified …

Prosecution and defense witnesses testify about injuries to alleged victim in UMass rape trial

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecution and defense witnesses testified Tuesday about the nature of injuries to a woman who reported being raped by a fellow student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow, now …