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MICKY BEDELL

Emmanuel T. Bile Jr. awaits sentencing in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder sentenced him 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.

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 part in a gang rape the judge characterized as an “alcohol-fueled, sex-crazed assault of horrific proportions.” The prison sentence will be followed by five years of probation. Bile will be required to register …

High level of disinfection byproducts found in Amherst water supply

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — A higher-than allowed concentration of disinfection byproducts were found in the municipal water supply last year, though public works officials said the results did not pose a threat to the public. “This was not an emergency,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the Department of Public Works. “If it had been, the Amherst Water Department would have provided notification to …

Hazzard, Douangmany elected to Amherst School Committee

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMHERST — Two new members elected to the Amherst School Committee pledged to listen to the community and work together with their colleagues after winning seats at Tuesday’s town elections. Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., who previously taught fourth grade in Bennington, Vemont, and is a stay-at-home mother of two, and Viraphanh …

Speakers share experiences as racial minorities at Amherst forum

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Three years ago, Janaya Collins was walking through Amherst center late at night with a female friend when she was confronted by a college-age man who made a disparaging comment about her physical appearance. Her friend …

Matt Vautour: Plate full for new UMass AD Ryan Bamford

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford won’t officially inhabit his third floor Mullins Center office until some point next month. But he’ll be doing work on the school’s behalf while he’s tying up loose ends at Georgia Tech, …

Non-union, full-time town employees in Amherst will get 2 percent raise

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — All eligible full-time town employees who are not part of municipal unions will receive 2 percent pay raises beginning July 1. The Select Board Monday voted unanimously to support the recommendation from the Personnel Board to offer the increase. Those employees who are already at the …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Ryan Bamford introduced as UMass’ new athletic director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — Ryan Bamford said he’d had chances to pursue athletic director jobs before. Either the time wasn’t right or the fit wasn’t. But Bamford, who was introduced as the University of Massachusetts’ new athletic director Tuesday, said …

Area briefs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst TRIANGLE STREET ONE-WAY: Triangle Street at the intersection of East Pleasant Street will be narrowed to one lane between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday to accommodate equipment needed for construction of the five-story Kendrick Place project. Central Mass Crane Inc. will set up its equipment in …

Amherst Housing Authority approves contract extension, raise for executive director

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AMHERST — An extension of the contract for Amherst Housing Authority’s executive director was approved this month on a 3-1 vote by the five-member commission. The two-year extension for Denise LeDuc, and the 1½ percent pay raise that will bring her annual salary to more than $86,250, was …

Area police news

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ A 2004 Polaris snowmobile valued at $3,000 parked on the front lawn of the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity, 118 Sunset Ave., was reported stolen at 10:42 a.m. Monday. The residents told police the snowmobile was likely taken sometime during spring break. Easthampton ∎ Police were called …

Medical exam focus of third day of testimony in trial of Emmanuel Bile Jr., accused in alleged gang-rape at UMass

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A nurse who examined the former University of Massachusetts student who alleges four men raped her in her dorm room testified Tuesday that the 18-year-old woman said she may have been unconscious for one to three …

Musings: Recalling the fog of parenting small children

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

About six years ago, as I was shuffling down the street in the wake of my running/walking/stopping 1½-year-old, I must have looked every bit as haggard as I felt because a complete stranger passing by said to me, …