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Adam T. Liccardi of Pittsfield listens to testimony on the first day of his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. He is charged with four counts of rape of a University of Massachusetts first-year student in October of 2012.

At Adam Liccardi trial, UMass detective testifies about interview with defendant

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A detective from the University of Massachusetts Amherst police department described to jurors in Hampshire Superior Court Thursday how Adam T. Liccardi’s account of what happened in a dorm room on Oct. 13, 2012 evolved over the course of a one-hour interview. Liccardi, Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., Justin A. King, all 21, and Caleb Womack, 20, have been accused of raping an 18-year-old woman, whom they knew, while she was too intoxicated to move or speak and was sometimes unconscious. Bile and King have been tried and convicted; Womack has not been tried yet. Liccardi’s trial began this week, with jury selection on …

Rodney Mills is still versatile and valuable for UMass football team

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — Under position next to Rodney Mills on the UMass football team’s roster this year is a “TE.” And he probably will lineup at tight end more than any other position. But like last year, when he was officially an “FB,” Mills is still going to be a tight end/fullback/receiver/guy-who-the-Minutemen-are-going-to-find-the-way-to-get-the-ball-to. But that …

Man rides bike into CVS in Amherst

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amherst ∎ An officer observed a man riding a bicycle through the parking lot at the CVS Pharmacy, 165 University Drive, and then into the store through the main entrance at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday. No one inside the store was injured, though some customers were frightened and upset by the incident, according to police. The man was warned about his actions. Easthampton ∎ …

Demolition permit for Amherst Carriage Shops waiting on final plan to recreate Amherst History Mural

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AMHERST — A permit to demolish the three buildings that make up the Amherst Carriage Shops complex, slated to be replaced by the mixed-use One East Pleasant project, could soon be issued by the town’s inspection services department. …

Jurors in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial see text messages exchanged by defendants

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Unlike his two co-defendants who have already been convicted, Adam T. Liccardi did not text much with his friends about the night in October 2012 that led to the four of them being charged with raping …

Amherst eyes new sign designs welcoming visitors under tagline “Amherst: A Learning Landscape”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — To capture the essence of Amherst, new signs welcoming visitors to town could depict a large tree, feature an illustration of Town Hall, or perhaps use a drawing of the Emily Dickinson Museum. An advisory group …

UMass men’s basketball team makes most of European trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Partway up was high enough for UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg. During last week’s eight-day, three-game tour of France and England, the Minutemen visited the Eiffel Tower. While most of the players went to the top of …

Randall Jette vs. Tajae Sharpe practice matchup helping both players shine for UMass

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST In less than three weeks, Randall Jette will likely be assigned to cover Nelson Spruce, the Colorado wide receiver who is a candidate for several honors, including the Maxwell Award for national player of the year. Two …

Filmmakers behind Emily Dickinson biopic planning documentary narrated by Cynthia Nixon

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Two months after film crews shot scenes on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum for a biopic to be released next year, the same filmmakers are preparing to create a documentary — narrated by “Sex …

Demonstration marks ‘Trans Liberation Tuesday’ in Amherst

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — Recognizing the violence that has claimed the lives of at least 17 transgender black women this year, about 60 people spent an hour walking through downtown Amherst Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to what they see …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

After a rocky freshman year, UMass CB Jackson Porter is improved, confident

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — The key, according to Jackson Porter, is to learn from the past without dwelling on it. A year ago, he was learning to play cornerback on the fly after spending his redshirt season practicing at safety. …

McGovern leads state, federal officials on farm tour of western Massachusetts

Monday, August 24, 2015

HADLEY — Congressman James McGovern, D-Worcester, kicked off a two-day western Massachusetts farm tour Monday, visiting the North Hadley Sugar Shack and Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst, along with five others. “Agriculture is an important part of …