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Area police news

Monday, May 4, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police issued a written warning to a woman who drove her vehicle into a concrete wall outside the Mom’s House Chinese Food Market, 318 College St., at 11:16 a.m. Saturday and fled. The wall sustained damage in excess of $1,000, police said. ∎ Andrew P. Robichaud, 24, of Natick, was arrested at 1:49 a.m. Saturday on North Pleasant Street near Pine Street on charges of operating a motor …

UMass police deputy chief Patrick Archbald to lead department for third time in interim role

Monday, May 4, 2015

AMHERST — Patrick Archbald, a deputy chief with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department, will take over as interim chief to fill the gap left by departing chief John K. Horvath. Archbald’s tenure as interim chief begins Monday, May 11. Horvath is leaving the post to head the police department in Rockport, Massachusetts. Archbald has served as interim chief before, previously leading …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described himself as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. He explained to the group gathered outside the …

Area police news

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amherst ∎ The passing of two fraudulent checks at Greenfield Savings Bank, 6 University Drive, was reported by management at 10:37 a.m. Friday. The people who deposited the checks, each valued at nearly $2,000, may face criminal charges when the investigation is complete, police said. Belchertown ∎ Lilliana …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Massachusetts Teachers Association files complaint with state over unpaid raises to UMass employees

Saturday, April 11, 2015

AMHERST — The Massachusetts Teachers Association has filed a complaint with the state because the University of Massachusetts maintains it does not have the money to pay raises to employees that were agreed upon last year. The complaint argues that employees at the UMass Amherst, Lowell, Boston and …

Federal officials will visit UMass Amherst investigating response to possible sexual harassment and violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — A continuing investigation into the response by University of Massachusetts to possible sexual harassment and violence is prompting representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to visit the Amherst campus next week. An email sent Thursday from the office of the vice …

UMass research on how bacteria communicate may lead to medicines that keep people healthier

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — While a person might not have much to say to a bacterium, research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist shows that bacteria are avid communicators among their own kind. Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of microbiology …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Orleans woman indicted on negligent motor vehicle homicide charge in death of UMass student last July

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — An Orleans woman has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the July 31 death of University of Massachusetts student Hannah B. Frilot. The indictment, issued Monday, alleges that Cynthia S. May, 64, drove “negligently so that lives …

Next UMass rape trial scheduled for June; prosecution seeks to join trials of two remaining defendants

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At least one of the men accused of gang-raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial in mid-June, and the prosecutor is seeking to try two of the three remaining defendants together at that time. Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, …

Amherst creates new advisory board to bridge disconnect between town, students

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

AMHERST — For many of the nearly 25,000 undergraduate college students who live in Amherst, interactions with the larger community are limited to their four years in town. To improve and expand the relationship between students and the town, and to better understand and address student concerns, Town …