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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 8 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 …

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty of three charges in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts …

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen to speak at UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen will deliver the University of Massachusetts Amherst economics department’s Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture later this month, but she has not said what topic she will address. The talk, free …

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate …

Search underway for next head of UMass police department; position carries new title, responsibilities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — More than five months after Police Chief John Horvath announced he would leave the University of Massachusetts Amherst department, campus officials are beginning the search for a successor in a position that carries a revised title, job description and new responsibilities, including a larger focus on …

Defendant Adam Liccardi testifies in UMass rape trial

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi will begin deliberating Tuesday after hearing the defendant on Monday deny taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in …

UMass cancer researcher looks to limit testing on animals

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — Shelly Peyton, a 34-year-old assistant professor and chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project that may lead to a reduction in testing cancer drugs in animals. Peyton recently received a …

UMass to lead New England branch of federal advanced manufacturing initiative

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead the New England branch of a $75 million federal venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the …

Former UMass student who accused 4 men of rape takes stand in Adam Liccardi trial

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The prosecution in the trial of Adam T. Liccardi rested its case Friday afternoon after jurors heard over two hours of testimony from the former University of Massachusetts Amherst student who says she was gang-raped in …

UMass football player Da’Sean Downey to be arraigned in October in connection with altercation that injured 2 students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — A linebacker for the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team will be arraigned in October on assault charges stemming from an altercation at a Hadley house party earlier this year that left one victim temporarily unconscious …

At Adam Liccardi trial, UMass detective testifies about interview with defendant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A University of Massachusetts police detective described to jurors in Adam T. Liccardi’s rape trial Thursday how the defendant’s account of what happened in a dorm room on Oct. 13, 2012, evolved over the course of …