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Caleb Womack is escorted from the Hampshire County Courthouse Monday morning.

Final defendant Caleb Womack pleads guilty in UMass gang rape case

Monday, November 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four co-defendants accused of raping a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday and was sentenced to five years in county jail as jury selection in his trial was set to begin. In a plea deal reached with prosecutors, Caleb M. Womack, 20, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to …

UMass doctoral student receives fellowship to support research on teaching juveniles in youth correctional facilities

Friday, November 27, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student studying how best to teach science to juveniles in youth correctional facilities, has received a national fellowship to aid her research. Christina Anderson Bosch, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in special education in the College of Education at UMass, was awarded a fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in …

‘Monte’s March’ raises $150,240 to help western Massachusetts residents who need food

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AMHERST — Radio personality Monte Belmonte’s 42-mile anti-hunger march wound its way through the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, where it was joined by chancellor, Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “The scourge of hunger is in our own back yard,” Subbaswamy said Tuesday morning at the corner of North Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue, …

Area police news

Friday, October 23, 2015

Amherst • A man wearing a sign with words indicating opposition to Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president was reported wandering into traffic at the intersection of Main and North Pleasant streets at 3:49 p.m. Thursday. Police were unable to find him. • A resident of Hawkins Meadow Apartments, …

Three finalists for UMass police chief to visit Amherst campus during next two weeks

Friday, October 23, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has three finalists for police chief who will come to campus for community forums over the coming two weeks. The candidates are Joseph R. Riley, deputy chief of the New York City Police Department; Tyrone A. Parham, chief of police and …

University/Town of Amherst Collaborative will have first meeting at Campus Center

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AMHERST — A permanent board linking the University of Massachusetts and the town in jointly pursuing housing projects and economic development will meet for the first time next week. The University/Town of Amherst Collaborative, known as UTAC, is an outgrowth of a study completed for the Town-Gown Steering …

Arrests and other area police news

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Amherst ∎ The owner of a 2011 Ford Fusion reported at 4:47 p.m. Monday that a side mirror was snapped off while the vehicle was parked Saturday at Puffton Village. Northampton ∎ Northampton Police worked with Southampton officers to arrest two people at the Walter Salvo House at …

Fire forces four UMass students to leave home at Presidential Apartments in Amherst

Monday, October 19, 2015

AMHERST — Four University of Massachusetts students were forced out of their home at Presidential Apartments Monday night after a small electrical fire caused by a malfunctioning thermostat, according to Amherst Fire Capt. John Ingram. Firefighters responded at 8:45 p.m. to the apartments at 950 North Pleasant St., …

UMass homecoming football game and tailgate draw thousands, boost business

Saturday, October 17, 2015

AMHERST — When is a pre-game not a pre-game? When people leave a tailgate party at kickoff and head off in search of other amusements. And for many, that seemed the order of the day — to the …

Amherst falls $100,000 short in hotel taxes after state gives UMass Hotel permission to stop paying room tax

Friday, October 16, 2015

AMHERST — A ruling by the state’s Appellate Tax Board last year that allowed the University of Massachusetts Hotel to stop paying hotel taxes left the town nearly $100,000 short of projections for the budget year that ended June 30. But UMass said it is still collecting the …

Man told to quiet down after venting while playing online poker — and other area police news

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police observed a man kicking signs and newspaper boxes on North Pleasant Street near the downtown bars at 1:15 a.m. Friday. Officers chased him into the West Cemetery where he escaped detection by the K9 unit. ∎ A man screaming and throwing items against the walls …

Congressman James McGovern, advocates focus on solutions to student-debt crisis at UMass forum

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — If U.S. Rep. James McGovern could get 15 percent of what he wants in student debt reforms through Congress, he would be happy, but the Worcester Democrat told a student debt forum Wednesday that was unlikely …

UMass Homecoming Parade on Saturday will go through downtown Amherst

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, student-created floats, classic cars and public safety officials will be among those participating Saturday morning in the Homecoming Parade. The parade steps off from the Dallas Mall, near McGuirk Alumni Stadium, at 10:30 a.m., before participants head up Amity …