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JERREY ROBERTS
Adam Liccardi, right, talks to his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland, Tuesday at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Deliberations will continue Wednesday. Liccardi is accused of taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a UMass student.

Jury fails to reach verdict after first day of deliberations in Adam Liccardi UMass rape trial

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi deliberated for nearly seven hours Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. With the court’s closing time of 4:30 p.m. approaching, jurors asked to stay and deliberate a little longer. At 5, though, they notified Judge Richard J. Carey that they were ready to suspend deliberations and come back …

Northampton implements immediate water-use ban

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city on Tuesday implemented an immediate daytime ban on non-essential water use to protect stream flow for aquatic life and to ensure a sustainable water supply, according to city officials. The restrictions are in effect between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until further notice. Violators of the ban are subject to $100 and $200 fines for repeat offenses under city …

Plan for memorial bench at former Northampton State Hospital moves forward

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former Northampton State Hospital grounds are moving forward in a collaboration between the Historical Society and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The memorial’s mahogany bench …

Mayor sends weekend alert on alleged Open Meeting Law violation; three more meeting law complaints filed by employee

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Housing Authority planned to start its special meeting Monday with an executive session but canceled those plans after Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz raised concerns about its agenda possibly violating the Open Meeting Law. Meantime, the authority’s longtime maintenance director, David Adamson, on Monday …

Director hires firm linked to her former employer

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — To provide tenant services at the Northampton Housing Authority, newy hired Executive Director Cara Clifford is hiring a nonprofit company with close ties to her former employer in Connecticut. She also has hired a new assistant executive director, Maria Walton, at a budgeted salary of $72,000, …

Northampton water superintendent Gregory Nuttleman placed on paid leave

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The city’s water division superintendent, Gregory Nuttelman, has been placed on paid administrative leave, though city officials have declined to say why. When questioned about the matter Monday, Mayor David Narkewicz said that DPW Director Ned Huntley took Nuttelman off the job early last week but …

Live band in Amherst warned of town’s noise bylaw — and other area police news

Monday, August 31, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police twice responded to 15 Sunrise Ave. for a reported live band playing in the basement. At 11:28 p.m. Saturday, police warned the band members to stop the music and advised the tenants to send their 40 to 50 guests home for the night. At 12:57 …

Defendant Adam Liccardi testifies in UMass rape trial

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi will begin deliberating Tuesday after hearing the defendant on Monday deny taking part in the alleged gang-rape of a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in …

Northampton Housing Authority board of commissioners approves reorganization plan, address Open Meeting Law violations

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a special meeting Monday, Northampton Housing Authority commissioners unanimously rescinded actions taken at an unlawful and unposted Aug. 10 executive session, when commissioners discussed a reorganization plan that proposed eliminating the jobs of five employees …

Whately will ask Town Meeting for money to fix historic window

Sunday, August 30, 2015

WHATELY — When a microburst tore through southern Franklin County last month, it broke more than tree branches and power lines. According to Whately Town Administrator Mark Pruhenski, one of the Palladian-style windows on the facade of Whately’s …

Deerfield historians say pipeline threatens archaeological heritage

Sunday, August 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The commissioner of the Deerfield Historical Commission and the director of Historic Deerfield have submitted a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission raising concerns regarding how the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline could affect archaeological sites along its route. The report, authored by …

Construction underway for half-mile extension of rail trail in Leeds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Construction has started on an over $500,000, half-mile extension of the MassCentral Rail Trail in Leeds, which is part of the city’s long-term goals to increase bicycle and foot traffic and connect the rail trail transportation network to Williamsburg. Gagliarducci Construction began working about two weeks …