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 Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl gives closing statements in the Emmanuel T. Bile trial Friday morning.

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at 4 p.m. The jury will return to continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Monday in the case of Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., the …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm room. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, now 21, spent most of Wednesday morning …

First trial of four defendants in alleged UMass gang rape begins this week

Monday, March 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two years and five months after a judge said in court that “never in my time on the bench have I heard such an egregious recounting of the facts,” the trial of the first of four …

Racist graffiti found at UMass Graduate Employee Organization condemned by chancellor

Friday, March 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators have apologized for a delayed response to racist graffiti found outside the Graduate Employee Organization office March 7, according to GEO co-chairwoman Anais Surkin. This is the latest incident involving racist graffiti on campus, after offensive messages were found in three …

UMass Police Chief John Horvath takes pay cut to lead Rockport department

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Chief John K. Horvath will take a pay cut to become chief of the Rockport Police Department on the North Shore, according to a report in the Gloucester Times. When Horvath …

Search committee hopes to have new UMass president hired by end of June

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

AMHERST — A search committee hopes to have a new University of Massachusetts president hired by June 30, according to its consultant, Kenneth L. Kring of Korn/Ferry International, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles. “For a search like this, while it will be extensive and there will …

Demonstrators at UMass call for sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — After a woman reported being raped at the University of Massachusetts, a sexual assault disciplinary hearing forced her to face the man she was accusing. Following the hearing, as she continued to recover from the sexual assault, her attacker not only remained a student at the …

Seven people arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on charges related to Blarney Blowout

Monday, March 9, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — On the Monday after Blarney Blowout, seven young people were arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court, mostly on minor charges such as underage possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw. Two others who …

Cost of controlling Blarney Blowout calculated at $500,000 by University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monday, March 9, 2015

AMHERST — What does it cost to keep 22,000 students under control? On the weekend of Blarney Blowout, the University of Massachusetts Amherst managed it for about $500,000. Of that total, $305,000 went to pay artists Juicy J, …

Strong police presence, other efforts keep lid on Blarney Blowout 2015, prompting students to bemoan loss of Blarney

Saturday, March 7, 2015

AMHERST — It worked. Months of preparation, a call out to police from about a dozen departments and a concert with world-class artists helped University of Massachusetts Amherst officials to keep a lid on Blarney Blowout. By 5 …

Some UMass students plan post-Blarney Blowout cleanup Sunday

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — As thousands of University of Massachusetts Amherst students geared up to take to the streets and celebrate Blarney Blowout, a handful of students prepared to clean up after them. Cody Potasky, a sports management major and …

University, town embrace Davis report advice

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst didn’t “officially end the Blarney Blowout” but it and the town of Amherst have hewed to most of the other recommendations included in a report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward …