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MICKY BEDELL
Emmanuel Bile Jr., left,stands with his lawyer David A. Pixley as a Hampshire Superior Court jury delivers its verdict Monday in Northampton. The jury convicted Bile of two of three aggravated rape charges in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student.

Jury convicts Emmanuel Bile Jr. on two charges of aggravated rape of UMass student

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A jury Monday found Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and acquitted him of a third count in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Bile, 21, of Pittsfield, was the first of four men to be tried in Hampshire Superior Court for allegedly gang-raping …

Jury fails to reach verdict after deliberating for five hours in alleged UMass gang-rape case

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury deciding whether a Pittsfield man took part in the gang-rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman deliberated for five hours Friday afternoon without reaching a verdict. Court was adjourned at 4 p.m. The jury will return to continue deliberating at 9 a.m. Monday in the …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. …

Area police news

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amherst ■ Two people told police they were assaulted in the area of Fearing and McClure streets at 3 a.m. Sunday. Although one of the victims had blood on his shirt, both declined medical attention. The incident remains under investigation. ■ Police are investigating an alleged mugging on …

Amherst Planning Board approves Crotty Hall to house Political Economy Research Institute at UMass

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — A new office building to house the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts will be built on a parcel on North Pleasant Street that serves as the so-called gateway between the campus and downtown Amherst. The Planning Board recently approved plans for Crotty …

State rules that peer mentors at UMass may vote on joining Resident Assistant Union

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — Live-in peer mentors at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will have the opportunity to join the Resident Assistant Union after a ruling by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. The board issued a decision Friday ordering a vote among the approximately 75 peer mentors at UMass to …

Traffic rerouted after water main breaks near Campus Center parking garage at UMass

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — A water main break late Friday morning near the Campus Center parking garage forced University of Massachusetts officials to reroute vehicles traveling to and from the garage. UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said traffic was detoured along Holdsworth Way and a couple of smaller roads, which has …

Faculty, students blast UMass misstep on Iran

Friday, February 20, 2015

AMHERST — One day after University of Massachusetts Amherst officials reversed a ban on admitting Iranians to certain graduate programs, the university chancellor apologized to faculty and students, many of whom expressed outrage and remorse over the policy. …

Toning down the Blarney: Amherst, UMass officials develop plan to rein in March mayhem

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — Building on the success of their efforts to limit student rowdiness during the Super Bowl, University of Massachusetts officials are optimistic about their plans to manage what has become a bigger, rowdier event — the March …

UMass reverses policy on Iranian graduate students in engineering, natural science programs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will …

Fire at Amherst duplex displaces six UMass students and one cat; no injuries reported

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AMHERST — A fire Tuesday morning displaced six University of Massachusetts students and one cat at a downtown Amherst duplex. No injuries were reported. Firefighters put out the fire within 30 minutes, according to Fire Chief Walter “Tim” …

Many considerations for consumers in hiring a financial adviser

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When it comes time to seek professional advice to help with your financial goals, such as saving for college tuition or retirement or handling an estate plan, finding the right financial planner takes work. It’s the job of …

UMass student Matthew Schiek of New Jersey, high school hockey player, victim of Route 9 accident in Belchertown

Monday, February 16, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A mechanical engineering student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who helped lead his high school hockey team to a championship on the New Jersey shore has been identified as the man killed while walking across Route 9 early Saturday morning. Matthew T. Schiek, 20, of …