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Adam Liccardi, center, enters the courtroom Tuesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. He was sentenced to 8-12 years for his role in a rape at UMass.

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 student in her dorm room. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted Sept. 2 by a jury of two counts of aggravated rape …

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 and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, started in 2011 planning a library …

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 a report from a customer who overheard a conversation in which a cashier at the …

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 — …

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks at UMass, says interest rates will rise by end of this year

Thursday, September 24, 2015

AMHERST — The Federal Reserve plans to begin raising interest rates by the end of this year, the first of a number of modest increases, Chairwoman Janet Yellen told 1,800 people Thursday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Four UMass students displaced in apartment building fire on Hobart Lane in Amherst

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

AMHERST — A Wednesday evening fire displaced four University of Massachusetts Amherst students on Hobart Lane, according to Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson. The fire, reported at 6:39 p.m. at 44 Hobart Lane, was discovered behind the wall of a second-floor bathroom, Nelson said. “It turns out …

Area police news

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 30-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon after police said he threatened to hit another man with his cane at the Boltwood parking garage at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday. The victim told police the other man …

State officials say students who took PARCC exams less likely to perform as well as MCAS-takers

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — Public school students in third through eighth grades who took the PARCC exams last spring were less likely to perform well on that test than those who took the traditional MCAS exams, the state education department said Monday in releasing results from both. Massachusetts has been …