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Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Granby ■ Jose A. Marquez, 45, of Holyoke, was arrested on West State Street at 7:56 a.m. April 9 on a warrant out of Holyoke District Court. ■ Kevin R. Ellis, 26, of 6 Philip Circle, was arrested at home at 8:27 p.m. April 8 on a warrant issued by Northampton District Court. ■ Benjamin McCullough, 21, of Belchertown, was arrested on New Ludlow Road at 2:43 a.m. April 7 … 0

With UMass talk overrun by activists, John Ashcroft answers questions from audience on the Patriot Act, torture

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — When former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft stepped up the podium in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday night to both hearty applause and boos, he told the crowd of about 150 that he planned to talk about liberty. But after just a few minutes of his thoughts on freedom, a … 1

More than 1,000 support gay community at UMass rally, countering five from Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — The Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay protest at the University of Massachusetts came and went quickly and without incident Wednesday, while a rally supporting the campus’ gay community drew over 1,000 people. The two events were sparked by UMass sophomore Derrick Gordon becoming the nation’s first openly gay men’s college basketball player. … 1

Area police news

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are trying to find a silver canoe taken from the side of Sunderland Road Wednesday afternoon. A woman breaking up with her boyfriend told police at 4:30 p.m. that she placed the man’s property near the road and a passerby likely mistook it as a … 0

Amherst, UMass officials take steps to minimize pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AMHERST — Social media is buzzing and event T-shirts are ready to order. Some University of Massachusetts students seem to be itching for the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” Saturday that is becoming an annual promotion at downtown … 0

Alleged drunken driver crashes into snowbank after officer’s warning — and other area police news

Monday, March 3, 2014

Amherst ∎ Carlos A. Saravia, 28, of 151 East Hadley Road, Apt. A, was arrested at 1:34 a.m. Sunday on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (third offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, possessing an open … 0

Cause undetermined as officials end investigation of 2013 fire that killed UMass student Jake Hoffman

Friday, February 28, 2014

AMHERST — The cause of a fire that claimed the life of a University of Massachusetts student at Rolling Green Apartments a year ago has been officially declared unknown. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Amherst Fire … 0

No driver found in rolled over pickup truck in Leeds — and other area police news

Friday, February 28, 2014

Amherst ∎ Nicholas T. Abraham, 20, of 286 Belchertown Road, was arrested Friday at 1:58 a.m. on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at a red light and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger. … 0

Expansion, renovation underway at UMass Blue Wall cafe

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

AMHERST — With the demolition process wrapping up and construction to begin in early March, the $19 million project to renovate the Blue Wall cafe in the University of Massachusetts Campus Center is well underway. The project, which … 0

UMass-Amherst town-gown steering committee to interview three finalists for consultant

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMHERST — Three finalists to assist the University of Massachusetts and town of Amherst in completing a town-gown study focused on meeting future housing needs and promoting economic development will be interviewed Tuesday afternoon. The town-gown steering committee, which is overseeing the process of hiring a consultant for … 0

Area police news

Monday, February 24, 2014

Amherst ∎ Taylor S. Aldrich, 29, of 85 Russell St., Hadley, was arrested at 12:38 a.m. Sunday on East Pleasant Street 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 … 0

UMass hospitality industry career day to feature over 60 companies, including Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

AMHERST — Career day for students studying hospitality and tourism management at the University of Massachusetts will feature representatives from two companies planning to open casinos in western Massachusetts. Mohegan Sun and MGM Grand will join 10 other first-time companies registered for the event to be held on … 0