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Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm room. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, now 21, spent most of Wednesday morning struggling to keep her composure, fighting back …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she heard a voice say, “Turn the lights off and rip her clothes …

Medical exam focus of third day of testimony in trial of Emmanuel Bile Jr., accused in alleged gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A nurse who examined the former University of Massachusetts student who alleges four men raped her in her dorm room testified Tuesday that the 18-year-old woman said she may have been unconscious for one to three hours during the incident. Lou Rios, an emergency department nurse at Baystate Medical Center in …

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 …

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 …

A question of consent as UMass gang-rape trial begins

Friday, March 20, 2015

The first witnesses in the rape trial of Emmanuel T. Bile testified that when they last saw their 18-year-old classmate on the night of Oct. 12, 2012, she was drunk and sleeping in her bed in a UMass …

More than 100 people participate in ‘active-shooter’ simulation training exercise at UMass Amherst

Thursday, March 19, 2015

AMHERST — Inside Franklin Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, where an “active shooter” had reportedly injured people, police officers responded to bring order to the scene as additional emergency personnel offered medical attention for …

Three UMass Amherst students rescued from Mount Wonalancet in New Hampshire, one with hypothermia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. — Three University of Massachusetts Amherst students hiking a New Hampshire mountain were rescued early Wednesday after one started suffering from hypothermia with temperatures in the teens and strong winds. On Tuesday afternoon, Matthew Johnson, 20, of Sandwich, Massachusetts, was hiking with his friends Justin …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath will remain for most of spring semester before departing to take Rockport job

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John Horvath will remain in his job for most of the spring semester before he departs to lead the Rockport Police Department. A week after learning that Horvath had accepted the job in the North Shore community, UMass spokesman Edward …

UMass-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of Amherst educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Area police news

Monday, March 16, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Vincent Caputo, 25, of Ludlow, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on North Pleasant Street on a warrant. ∎ Mabvuto Tsonga, 38, who listed an address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 5:02 p.m. Saturday in front of Town Hall on charges of …

First trial of four defendants in alleged UMass gang rape begins this week

Monday, March 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two years and five months after a judge said in court that “never in my time on the bench have I heard such an egregious recounting of the facts,” the trial of the first of four …

Racist graffiti found at UMass Graduate Employee Organization condemned by chancellor

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators have apologized for a delayed response to racist graffiti found outside the Graduate Employee Organization office March 7, according to GEO co-chairwoman Anais Surkin. This is the latest incident involving racist graffiti on campus, after offensive messages were found in three …