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In this photo taken Thursday, May 30, 2013, Officer Duke Roessel displays a stash of heroin to be used with his drug-sniffing dog during a training session at the police station in Bremerton, Wash. The newest drug-sniffing dog on the police force in Bremerton, near Seattle, is one of a few police dogs in Washington state that are not trained to point out pot during searches. Other police departments are considering or in the midst of re-training their dogs to ignore pot as well, part of the new reality in a state where voters last fall legalized marijuana use. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

District attorney, UMass at odds over status of student informant

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — The Northwestern district attorney’s office said Wednesday that it had no knowledge that University of Massachusetts student Eric L. Sinacori had served as a confidential informant and denied that it routinely reviews recommendations by any law enforcement agencies to use individuals as confidential informants. Those assertions seemingly contradict previous statements made by UMass Police. In a statement issued …

Boston College uses community liaison to patrol neighborhoods where off-campus students live

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When he parks in front of a house in Brighton or Newton or Brookline in his Boston College-maroon Ford Explorer, Stephen Montgomery expects the residents to come out to see him. It’s a residence where BC students live and Montgomery has noticed a party brewing. Montgomery, 52, is the off-campus student community liaison …

UMass suspends confidential informant program; students speak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announced in an email to faculty and students Tuesday night. “The review …

UMass Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald explains confidential informant program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald on Tuesday explained details of a confidential informant program that has come under scrutiny, saying it reduces illegal drug activity and the potential for gun violence on campus. He said the program using students, which dates back to …

UMass police seek man who allegedly bit student in neck near Fine Arts Center

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are searching for a man who allegedly bit a student on the neck and threatened several other students near the Fine Arts Center early Sunday morning. Police received a report Monday that a college-age man approached students outside the Fine Arts Center …

Area police news

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amherst ■ A West Street resident reported at 9:13 p.m. Monday the theft of an iPad from the home. ■ Elizabeth Britney Caraker, 25, of 97 Logtown Road, was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was driving on South East …

Amherst bars planning ‘Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day’ event despite town’s concerns

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — A digital countdown clock on the wall near the entrance to McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern is a reminder to patrons, down to each fraction of a second, about when the Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event begins. The 15th year for the event, formerly known as Halfway …

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to …

UMass gets three-year, $1 million federal grant to boost nursing program for minority, disadvantaged veterans

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a …

Two Amherst police officers hurt in separate Sunday incidents

Monday, September 15, 2014

AMHERST — Two Amherst police officers suffered work-related injuries on Sunday that could force them to take extended medical leaves while they recuperate, Police Chief Scott Livingstone said. A police sergeant suffered a broken hand during an incident involving a prisoner at the police station early Sunday morning, …

Area police news

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ Shannon M. Walsh, 22, of Norwood, was arrested at 5:23 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Pine Street and Sand Hill Road on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol after she was found slumped over the steering wheel of …

VIDEO Students rally at UMass to denounce police killing of unarmed black people

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — A crowd of about 75 students — most of them black — moved slowly down a University of Massachusetts campus path Wednesday afternoon with their arms raised above their heads. Their “Hands up, don’t shoot” chant, …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amherst ∎ Bicyclist Joseph G. Habib, 22, of Worcester, was riding south on University Drive when he was involved in a collision at 7:41 p.m. Tuesday with a westbound vehicle on Northampton Road driven by Neal T. Bannon, 25, of 27 Hemenway Road, Unit A, Leverett, police said. …