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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, …

Victim in UMass rape case files lawsuits against university, two staff members and four men she accused

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who has testified in three trials that she was gang-raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts in 2012 has filed lawsuits against the four men she accused, as well as against …

Former UMass student Luke Gatti apologizes for mac-and-cheese meltdown captured on video

Monday, October 12, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student who went on an obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers when they refused to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese has apologized. Luke Gatti acknowledged in a 2½-minute video …

Zachary Simeone under house arrest in Dalton after allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ UMass Amherst, kill ex-girlfriend

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Dalton man has been released on house arrest a week after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the University of Massachusetts Amherst and kill his ex-girlfriend, a student there, and her new romantic interest. Zachary J. Simeone pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 in Eastern …

Made in the shade

Thursday, October 8, 2015

UMass Police request assistance from Northwestern district attorney’s office in investigating reported rape on campus

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AMHERST — Police at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have asked the Northwestern district attorney’s office to assist in investigating an alleged rape on campus that was reported Sept. 19. Interim UMass Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday that the suspect was identified right away, but the man …

Alcohol referrals top list as colleges release crime statistics for 2014

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AMHERST — Alcohol arrests were up at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while reported rapes were down in 2014. At Mount Holyoke College, burglaries outpaced drug or alcohol referrals. And Hampshire College had its first year without a …

Adam Liccardi sentenced to eight 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 …

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 …

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 …

Former UMass graduate student Jesse Carrillo denies involuntary manslaughter, heroin distribution in death of Eric Sinacori

Thursday, October 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who allegedly sold the heroin on which another student overdosed in 2013 pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin. Jesse Carrillo, …