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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 the Vermont senator either “somewhat” or “very” honest (with 94 percent saying so on the Democratic side). Only former Florida Gov. Jeb …

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 Center in 2013. The defendant, Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow, took his seat in Hampshire …

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 release after a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday but no GPS ankle bracelets were immediately available …

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 …

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg criticizes governor’s ‘woefully inadequate’ proposed budget increase for UMass

Monday, February 1, 2016

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg on Monday criticized Gov. Charlie Baker for a “woefully inadequate” and “disappointing” increase for the University of Massachusetts in his budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Baker’s …

University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers help create powerful telescope to explore center of galaxy

Saturday, January 30, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. …

Berkshire County teen released on bail after allegedly bringing gun on UMass Amherst campus

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — One of two teenagers from Berkshire County accused of bringing a loaded gun onto the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last weekend was released from custody Friday on $5,000 bail, with the condition that he wear …

UMass gets $4.2 million National Science Foundation grant for CyberCorps Scholarships for Service program

Thursday, January 28, 2016

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are poised to bolster the ranks of those protecting the country against cyberattacks. Researchers at UMass received a $4.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program to campus. The money will …