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Amherst Regional High School teacher Carolyn Gardner speaks during a vigil held for her last April on the Amherst Common.

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led up to her departure from the school system. The 14-page document was made public Thursday night. In it, Gardner, who has not …

Thursday’s colleges:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The UMass men’s soccer team couldn’t hold on to an early lead and fell 2-1 in overtime to UNC Asheville, Thursday in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt Mooney scored from Josh Schwartz to give the Minutemen (2-13-1) a 1-0 first-half lead. Paul Egle and Jackson Allen countered for the Bulldogs (2-8-3). Ryan Buckingham (one save) and Taylor Culp (two saves) split time in net …

Matt Vautour: Observations following UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over AIC

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST On one hand, UMass’ 120-71 exhibition win over American International came against a Division II team that finished 9-19 last year, so it’s hard to put much stock in the dominating performance. On the other hand, the Minutemen have had some anxious moments in games like these against teams of similar ilk. …

Amherst Police seek public’s help as search continues for 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Police are asking for the public’s help in their continuing search for missing 15-year-old Richard Hogans Jr. of Amherst, which extended north to Mount Sugarloaf and south to New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday. A student at …

Monday’s high schools: Caleb Farnham fires 89, finishes 22nd at state Division 3 tournament

Monday, October 27, 2014

A week after winning the Western Massachusetts golf championship, Caleb Farnham shot an 89 and finished 22nd in the state Division 3 tournament at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown on Monday. The Hopkins Academy sophomore did not see the course until a nine-hole practice round on Sunday. …

WMass Field hockey: Three teams battle in Division 2; Northampton, South Hadley eye Division 1 crown

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Field Hockey Tournament brackets were released Monday, officially opening postseason play. Of the 13 western Mass. programs in Division 2, just three qualified. Two of the 13 teams — South Hadley and Mahar — qualified, …

Search in Amherst for missing teen who police believe is possibly suicidal

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — A Massachusetts State Police airwing and a K-9 unit from the Northampton barracks assisted Monday in the search for a teenage boy who police believe is possibly suicidal. State Police Sgt. Tom Ryan said Amherst police …

Matt Vautour: With two weeks off, what will UMass look like when it returns?

Monday, October 27, 2014

After Saturday’s loss assured UMass of its third straight losing season in the Bowl Subdivision, the Minutemen get over two weeks before they play Ball State on Nov. 12th, a rare nationally televised Wednesday game. It’ll be interesting …

Men’s basketball: UMass freshman guard C.J. Anderson making a push for playing time

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — C.J. Anderson was about a stride behind Trey Davis when he hit midcourt in a 5-on-5 drill at UMass men’s basketball practice. Anderson was on defense when a teammate deflected a pass sending the ball bouncing quickly toward the opposite end of the floor. By the …

Amherst police charge six, respond to several large parties during weekend

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Six people were charged with criminal offenses between Friday and Sunday in Amherst, and police responded to 219 calls for service, including several large parties. However, no noise or nuisance house tickets were issued. Police Detective Jamie Reardon said there were three arrests, two of which …

Craig’s Doors shelter sees staff change

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst resident instrumental in establishing and then running the town’s first overnight shelter for homeless individuals is departing for a job assisting new Americans settle in North Carolina. Kevin Noonan, executive director of Craig’s Doors; …

Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner files discrimination complaint

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination alleging that Amherst school administrators placed her on unpaid medical leave after she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress …

Area police news

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amherst ∎ Police are investigating break-ins to a residence and a restaurant, both reported about 3 p.m. Sunday. Management at Loose Goose Cafe, 1 East Pleasant St., reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen after the business was entered, apparently through a basement door. A resident at …