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Former University of Massachusetts student Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow ponders a question under cross examination by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Wednesday.

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 Superior Court after the verdict was announced, …

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 debated with passers-by who approached him as he lay atop the woman on the ground. …

Witness testifies that UMass student accused of rape said sex was consensual

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Three witnesses testified in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday that they saw former University of Massachusetts Amherst student Patrick Durocher half-naked and atop a woman outside the Campus Center on the night of Sept. 2, 2013. …

Sheffield teens face charges for pulling gun on UMass student who tried to stop girl, 15, from leaving with them

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Two Sheffield teens were arraigned Monday on a slew of charges related to pulling a gun on a University of Massachusetts Amherst student on campus Saturday who tried to talk a 15-year-old female friend out of driving off with them. Jeremy A. Borges, 19, and Isaiah …

Area police news

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amherst • Several University of Massachusetts students playing on swings at Crocker Farm School, 280 West St., at 10:19 p.m. Wednesday were removed by police. • A 26-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on a charge of disorderly conduct after police identified him as responsible for …

University of Massachusetts economist Gerald Friedman calculates savings resulting from ‘Medicare for All’

Monday, January 18, 2016

AMHERST — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan, unveiled Sunday hours before the televised Democratic debate in South Carolina, got a seal of approval from University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Gerald Friedman, who has argued for …

‘Focus’ ends 50-year run on WMUA Sunday

Friday, January 15, 2016

AMHERST — After nearly 50 years on the University of Massachusetts Amherst radio station, the public affairs program “Focus” ends its run Sunday with interviews of the remaining polka hosts at WMUA. Todd Zaganiacz and Helen Curtin, who will each continue with two-hour polka blocks Sunday mornings, from …

National Weather Service designates University of Massachusetts Amherst as ‘StormReady’

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one military …

Study over 15 years in Whately connects warming climate to decline of Eastern brook trout

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

As scientists around the world continue to decipher the ways in which global climate change affects wildlife and the environment, researchers in western Massachusetts, have positively connected the warming climate to the decline of the Eastern brook trout. …

Reduced polka programming on radio station WMUA stirs more controversy in the community

Monday, January 11, 2016

AMHERST — Polka music playing on campus radio station WMUA would be the first sounds Michael Medeiros would hear when he awoke most Saturday mornings as a college student at the University of Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. Though …

Amherst College, University of Massachusetts join other campuses in banning hoverboards, citing safety concerns

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — As winter break wraps up and students head back to campus this month, some area universities are warning them to leave a certain gadget behind: hoverboards. They aren’t worried about Marty McFly’s retro levitating device or …

Trial scheduled Jan. 19 for Patrick Durocher of Longmeadow, accused of raping UMass student on campus lawn

Thursday, January 7, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who pleaded not guilty to raping a female student on a campus lawn during the first days of his freshman year in 2013 is scheduled for trial beginning Jan. 19. Patrick Durocher, 20, from Longmeadow, has pleaded not guilty …