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Emmanuel T. Bile  answers question while on trial for being   accused of taking part in a gang rape of a UMass student in 2012.

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. “She was consenting to what I was …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm room. The former University of Massachusetts Amherst student, now 21, spent most of Wednesday morning …

German town mourns loss of teens, teachers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HALTERN, Germany — Lara Beer waited at the train station, looking forward to seeing her best friend Paula returning from a 10th-grade exchange trip to Spain. The train came but her friend was not on it. “I just went back home,” the 14-year-old told The Associated Press on Wednesday, wiping tears away under …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck …

Five taken to hospital after accident in Hadley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HADLEY — Five people required treatment at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after a Sunday morning crash on Route 9 at West Street, according to police. Hadley Police Chief Michael Mason said Wednesday that a vehicle driven by Anjali Khanna, 28, of Meadow Street, Amherst, was traveling east …

Bertucci’s reopens Wednesday after gas odor forces it to close early Tuesday

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AMHERST — An odor of gas at Bertucci’s, 51 East Pleasant St., forced the restaurant to close early Tuesday night. Amherst Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said firefighters responded at 8:34 p.m. when staff reported smelling gas in the building. Customers and staff were evacuated as the building …

Accuser testifies in trial of one of four men accused of gang-raping her at UMass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The woman who accused four men of gang-raping her in 2012 tearfully told a jury Wednesday that when her two female friends left her alone with the men in her dorm room at the University of …

Case dismissed for woman who spent 22 years on death row in son’s killing

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row in her son’s killing before her conviction was thrown out said Tuesday she doesn’t know why the 4-year-old was murdered and had nothing to do with …

Charge: Pa. officer killed man, 59, lying facedown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker. Authorities …

Vt. cops tipped on Durst in student disappearance

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — A 2012 tip led investigators to look into whether millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst played a role in the 1971 disappearance and presumed death of a Middlebury College freshman, police said Tuesday. The tip …

’Tis the season for ... manhole explosions?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Call it another form of March Madness: Not flying basketballs, but flying manhole covers. Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis, host of the NCAA basketball …

Big trials spur calls for cameras in federal court

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — High-profile cases playing out in federal court are prosecuted on behalf of the American public, but the public has been largely barred from watching them. In Boston, reporters have mobbed the trial of Boston Marathon bomber …

Tsarnaev talked of losing loved ones in Chechnya

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Three months before he bombed the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told college officials he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had “lost too many” loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year, a school administrator testified Tuesday. The jury in Tsarnaev’s federal …