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Adam Liccardi listens as his victim reads a statement 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 by a jury Sept. 2 of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of rape. He was found not guilty of another count of aggravated rape. He was the third of four men to be tried for the alleged gang-rape of an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012. She …

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 …

UMass Amherst director of Middle Eastern studies reacts favorably to US accepting more Syrian refugees

Thursday, September 10, 2015

WASHINGTON — The United States is making plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the coming budget year, a significant increase from the 1,500 people who have been cleared to resettle in the U.S. since civil war broke …

Two Northampton hair salons burglarized, and other area police news

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Amherst ∎ Jayson R. Stinson, 32, of 21 Old Amherst Road, Apartment B, Belchertown, was arrested on a warrant at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday at an East Pleasant Street business. ∎ A Crestview Apartments resident reported at 12:48 p.m. Wednesday the theft of a bicycle and mattress from her …

Jurors who convicted Adam Liccardi say they were looking for credibility, consistency in testimony

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joseph Henning said that as a juror in the trial of convicted rapist Adam T. Liccardi, he looked for consistency as he heard two very different versions of what happened in a University of Massachusetts Amherst …

Trial for Caleb Womack, final defendant accused in UMass gang rape, delayed until October

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The fourth and final trial for a defendant accused of taking part in a gang rape at a University of Massachusetts Amherst dorm room has been delayed until October. Caleb Womack, 20, of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated rape. …

Students back at UMass means busy weekend for emergency responders, new community liaisons

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — Students who moved back to the University of Massachusetts Amherst during the past few days had beautiful weather and a holiday weekend to enjoy it. Many spent time at large parties near campus, keeping emergency responders busy each afternoon into the early morning. “It’s traditional, every …

Student Debt — Part 3 of 3: Current Pioneer Valley students prepare for payments after graduation

Monday, September 7, 2015

AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a …

Student debt, part 1 of 3: More college, university students across Valley take on loan obligations that follow them for years

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May …

Friday move-in for first-year students goes smoothly at UMass Amherst

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — First-year students, their parents and maroon-shirted helpers scurried around the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday as the first large wave of students moved into the dorms for the year. Those interviewed by the Gazette said …

Confident of state funding, President Marty Meehan says UMass will pay retroactive raises to union employees

Friday, September 4, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced Thursday that the system will retroactively pay raises it promised to 6,500 faculty and staff in a 2014 contract. The university system’s unionized workers have lobbied the board of …

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from …