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Zachary Simeone under house arrest in Dalton after allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ UMass Amherst, kill ex-girlfriend

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Dalton man has been released on house arrest a week after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the University of Massachusetts Amherst and kill his ex-girlfriend, a student there, and her new romantic interest. Zachary J. Simeone pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 in Eastern Hampshire District Court to charges of making a threat against a public university (mass shooting), assault with a dangerous weapon and two …

Made in the shade

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass Police request assistance from Northwestern district attorney’s office in investigating reported rape on campus

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — Police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have asked the Northwestern district attorney’s office to assist in investigating an alleged rape on campus that was reported Sept. 19. Interim UMass Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the suspect was identified right away, but the man declined to speak with police and has not been charged. “He invoked his right to …

Alcohol referrals top list as colleges release crime statistics for 2014

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. And Hampshire College had its first year without a …

Adam Liccardi sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison for role in rape of UMass student

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge sentenced Adam T. Liccardi to eight to 12 years in state prison followed by five years of probation for his role in the 2012 rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Hadley Planning Board likely to rule Tuesday on permit for Five Colleges library annex

Monday, October 5, 2015

HADLEY — The Planning Board will likely decide Tuesday whether to permit a controversial Five Colleges library annex building to be built on unused farmland between North Maple Street and Rocky Hill Road, according to clerk William Dwyer. Five Colleges Inc., a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke …

Conversation about microwave oven mistaken for threat — and other area police news

Monday, October 5, 2015

Amherst ∎ Ryan Daniel West, 20, of Lunenburg, was arrested at 2:32 a.m. Sunday on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger and failure to stay within marked lanes. ∎ Police took …

Former UMass graduate student Jesse Carrillo denies involuntary manslaughter, heroin distribution in death of Eric Sinacori

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who allegedly sold the heroin on which another student overdosed in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, …

Hampshire College declares success in eliminating standardized test scores from admissions process

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when colleges are increasingly competing for students, Hampshire College has found that eliminating standardized test scores from consideration was appealing to its applicant pool. In the first full year of its “test-blind” application …

Experts highlight importance of data science, describe job opportunities at ‘Tech Trek’ event in Amherst

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — When Superstorm Sandy was targeting the Northeast three years ago, data analysts employed by National Grid prepared the company for where power outages would occur. With an 85 percent accuracy rate in Massachusetts, the utility was able to successfully deploy repair crews that would get power …

Jesse Carrillo of New Hampshire charged in 2013 overdose death of UMass student Eric Sinacori

Monday, September 28, 2015

AMHERST — Nearly two years after the heroin overdose death of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Eric L. Sinacori, police have arrested the man who allegedly provided him the drugs. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, New Hampshire, was …

Area police news

Monday, September 28, 2015

Amherst ∎ Gates Barnard Larson, 52, of 143 Stanley St., was arrested at 1 a.m. Saturday on Belchertown Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within marked lanes and failure …

Dalai Lama cancels trip to Pioneer Valley, appearances at UMass, Smith College and Amherst College

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Dalai Lama has canceled the remainder of a U.S. tour — including a planned trip to the Pioneer Valley and an address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and visits to other area colleges — …