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Propane gas tank leak at University of Massachusetts lab leads to brief evacuation of building

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMHERST — A leaky valve for a propane gas tank in a lab at the Goessman building at the University of Massachusetts led to the evacuation of the building shortly after noon Friday. The valve on the 100-pound tank was tightened and the air cleared by Amherst firefighters, who responded to the call along with University of Massachusetts police and environmental and safety officials, UMass spokesman Edward F. Blaguszewski said. … 0

Tick Talk: Panelists, public share experiences with Lyme disease ‘epidemic’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When panelists at a forum on Lyme disease Tuesday listed symptoms that often go unrecognized by doctors, many heads in the audience were nodding. Many of the approximately 130 people at the standing-room-only Tick Talk event at JFK Middle School were victims of the disease or had loved ones who suffered … 0

Number of University of Massachusetts students disciplined for off-campus misbehavior declines in past year

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — Fewer incidents in Amherst meant fewer University of Massachusetts students were disciplined because of their off-campus behavior during the recently completed academic year, according to a report compiled by the dean of students office. However, the number of students involved in major incidents remained almost the same, according to UMass. Released Friday, the report, which covers Sept. 1 through May 12, … 0

Amherst police statistics show fewer spring semester noise-related calls than last year

Friday, May 23, 2014

AMHERST — Even though the riotous behavior by thousands of college-age people during the “Blarney Blowout” in March brought national attention to Amherst and the University of Massachusetts, town police statistics show there were fewer disturbances impacting the quality of life for residents during the spring semester compared … 0

Andy Warhol Foundation gives six original prints to UMass Amherst

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AMHERST — Six original prints by famed artist Andy Warhol will be exhibited for the first time ever at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass after they were donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the … 1

Area police news

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Northampton ∎ Megan Suprenant, 17, of 33 Avis Circle, was not injured when her vehicle struck a parked car and then turned over onto its side near 284 Prospect St. at 12:34 p.m. Thursday. ∎ Zachary Marron, 21, of Turners Falls, was arrested at 6:54 p.m. May 12 … 0

Area police news

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Amherst  Hakim Jamal Stewart, 27, of North Village Apartments, Unit J8, was arrested at 4:01 a.m. Friday on North Pleasant Street on a charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  A 22-year-old Canaan, N.Y., man will be summoned to court on a charge of possession … 0

Area police news

Monday, May 5, 2014

Amherst ∎ Ronnie Wilson, 58, of 222 Belchertown Road, was arrested Sunday at 10:30 p.m. at his home on a warrant, police said. ∎ Haley A. Woods, 23, of 252 West St., was issued a citation for failure to use care in stopping after the vehicle she was … 0

Former UMass employee Samuel Welson sues school over alleged retaliation and age discrimination

Thursday, May 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A former employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has filed a civil lawsuit against the school and others claiming he was retaliated against and wrongfully laid off, two months shy of 20 years of service. … 0

Closing arguments made in rape trial of former UMass student Weilang Wang

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Prosecutors in the rape trial of former University of Massachusetts student Weilang Wang said he was a “manipulator” while his defense attorney said he was a man in love trying to protect the reputation of his … 0

Amherst, UMass officials prepare for potential weekend disturbances

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AMHERST — As the semester for local college students winds down, public safety officials are planning for the possibility of a weekend in which alcohol-fueled behavior could cause disturbances around town. Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said Tuesday … 0

Legislative committee recommends increased financial aid for public education

Saturday, April 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said last week that the state should act soon to help relieve rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. … 0