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Emmanuel Bile Jr., left, stands with his lawyer David A. Pixley as a Hampshire Superior Court jury delivers its verdict Monday in Northampton.
On Wednesday, Bile was sentenced to serve between eight and 10 years in state prison after he was convicted of two aggravated rape charges in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student.

Emmanuel Bile Jr. sentenced to eight to 10 years in state prison for role in 2012 gang rape at UMass

Monday, March 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder on Wednesday sentenced Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. to serve eight to 10 years in state prison for his role in the gang rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The prison sentence will be followed by five years of probation. Bile will be required to register as …

Bombing defense rests

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. …

Dress-wearing man killed at NSA had lengthy record

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FORT MEADE, Md. — Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up and checked into a motel, police said Tuesday. The FBI said the driver, Ricky Shawatza …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …