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Area police news

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in at a Duxbury Lane home reported at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday Entry was made through a bathroom window and inexpensive silver-plated jewelry was stolen, according to police. UMass ■ Baoquan Sun, 20, of Marlborough, was arrested at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of failure to stop for police and operating a motor vehicle with a lights violation. … 0

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 … 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

With construction jobs coming, low-income workers get a head start on training

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HOLYOKE — Last year, Miguel Vega and Rafy Gomez of Springfield were looking for good-paying, secure jobs. But pursuing careers in construction had never occurred to them. “I had never been exposed to the idea of being in … 0

Amherst study-abroad program folds over rape response (with documents)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST — The handling of an alleged rape of a student attending a University of Massachusetts-affiliated program in Costa Rica has led to the demise of an Amherst study-abroad program. Living Routes on North Pleasant Street — which … 2

Amherst ambulance fees set to go up to support increased staffing

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMHERST — Fees for Amherst ambulances services, which are increasing for the first time in nearly five years, will be used to support additional paramedic and emergency medical technician staffing during the spring and fall semesters. The Select Board this week voted unanimously to adjust the fees for … 0

Trends show efforts working to counter drinking culture at UMass

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AMHERST — Binge drinking remains a serious concern for officials at the University of Massachusetts, but trends indicate that efforts to confront the problem are working. At a meeting of the Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Wednesday, representatives from the Center for Health Promotion at … 0

Amherst, UMass seek consultant for study of housing, economic development options

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AMHERST — Housing needs for college students as well as residents and economic development in the community will be the focus of a joint town-gown study. The $60,000 study, supported by the town and the University of Massachusetts, is expected to get underway next month, with consultants submitting … 0

Gottago Taxi loses right to operate in Amherst due to repeated rules violations

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMHERST — One of Amherst’s long-standing taxi companies will no longer be allowed to operate in town after repeatedly violating municipal regulations. The Select Board voted unanimously Monday not to issue a 2014 taxi license to Gottago Taxi … 0

UMass launches campaign to prevent sexual assaults (with video)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

AMHERST — With about one-quarter of all female college students nationwide reporting being victims of rape or attempted rape, the University of Massachusetts has launched a campaign to prevent sexual assault and other high-risk behaviors. As President Obama … 0

Patrick Durocher pleads not guilty to aggravated rape, other charges resulting from alleged attack on UMass campus

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Longmeadow man denied in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday that he sexually assaulted and throttled a woman on the University of Massachusetts campus in September. Patrick Durocher, 18, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping and aggravated assault and battery in connection with the … 0

In Amherst visit, Sen. Elizabeth Warren cites UMass affordability model

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AMHERST — Continuing efforts she is pursuing in Washington to reduce the financial burden on college students, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will file a bill to refinance student loan debt. At a meeting Wednesday afternoon with University of … 0

Construction trade training programs offered

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HOLYOKE — Local nonprofits are joining forces to prepare low-income workers for construction trade union careers. The Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program aims to provide access to more equitable income opportunities. Community Works is a consortium of organizations, unions and employers to prepare low-skilled and medium-skilled workers for … 0