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Stanley Andre, center, Jean Sifrin and Daniel Maynes participated at UMass pro day on Monday, hoping to catch the eyes of NFL scouts.

Minutemen Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes look to impress NFL scouts at UMass pro day

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — All three dashed and jumped, lifted and leapt, and were measured and weighed, hoping to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts in attendance. But UMass’ annual pro day came with different goals and expectations for Jean Sifrin, Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes. Sifrin, who had a breakout season at tight end, was trying to use pro day …

Police arrest or summon to court 17 people as the result of weekend disturbances in Amherst

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Even with persistently cold weather, several house parties during the last weekend of March kept police busy. At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a large party with loud music playing at 198 Sunderland Road, said Detective Janet Lopez. A 22-year-old Amherst man will be summoned to court on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws as a …

Amherst voters Tuesday will decide contested race for two School Commitee seats

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — Voters will decide just one townwide race for two positions on the School Committee in Tuesday’s election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three candidates are running for School Committee, Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., will both have their names on the ballot, while Victor A. Nunez-Ortiz, 5 …

Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and …

Area police news

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst ∎ Four men were arrested on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw after officers responded to and cleared out a loud party with about 100 guests at 240 Northampton Road at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Police identified them as Thomas Colby Brunton, 21, of Springfield; David …

Plymouth motorist arrested on drunken driving charge after allegedly nearly striking pedestrians, crashing vehicle

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Two pedestrians crossing a downtown street were nearly struck by a vehicle that crashed about two miles away near a South Amherst apartment complex early Friday morning, police said. Marissa L. Gallagher, 21, of Plymouth, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on charges of operating a motor …

Building Bridges Initiative lunches give veterans a place to be heard

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Peter Rogers, 71, of Amherst sat at one of the round tables in the banquet hall of the World War II club on Conz Street this week, thumging the peace symbol pinned onto his Vietnam Veteran …

Earth Matters: Maybe we are all climate change deniers

Friday, March 27, 2015

If you’re anything like me, you’re a walking contradiction. I understand climate change and what causes it; I read articles about sea level rise, catastrophic drought and the probability of climate refugees, hunger and planetary strife. I deeply …

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 …

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 …

Thursday’s colleges: Michael Hixon places fifth on 1-meter at NCAA championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon fell short of defending his NCAA 1-meter diving championship Thursday. The Indiana sophomore placed fifth with 430.90 points at the Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, held at the University of Iowa. Purdue’s Steele Johnson won with 468.15, followed by Miami’s Sam Dorman …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle …