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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 …

Judge allows former Ryder Funeral Home employee Thomas Pascucci to attach real estate for unpaid wages

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge allowed a former employee of the closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley to stake a claim on a residential home that belongs to former funeral director William W. Ryder. Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder issued a court order allowing Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton to attach real estate deeded in Ryder’s name at 99 Alvord St. …

August trial planned for Robbie Rossi, held on $50,000 bail in case of 2011 Westhampton home break

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Worcester man was nearing the end of a state prison sentence for filing fraudulent Springfield tornado disaster claims, but a judge in Hampshire Superior Court ruled Tuesday that he be held after that sentence ends on $50,000 bail on charges related to a 2011 Westhampton break-in. Robbie Rossi, 42, of Worcester, has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony daytime …

Northampton Community Preservation Committee to consider six requests totaling more than $2 million

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Community Preservation Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on requests to fund six community projects that total $2,057,000. One of those is a much-publicized $1.67 million project that would transform Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown, while another is a request for $200,000 to …

Northampton Police Department offers parking lot as secure area to complete transactions resulting from online services

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — People who want to make transactions using online services such as Craigslist may now do so under the watchful eye of Northampton Police Department video surveillance. Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz has announced that the department’s business-only parking lot at 29 Center St. is now available for …

CISA names Squash Inc., Maple Corner Farm and Adams Farm as ‘Local Heroes’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three local businesses start the 2015 growing season as heroes of local agriculture. At a gathering in Northampton, the nonprofit Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture bestowed “Local Hero” awards on Squash Inc. of Belchertown, Maple Corner Farm of Granville and Adams Farm of Athol. The awards …

Hack@Smith takes on gender imbalance in software field; teams tackle weekend of computing projects

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A little after noon Saturday, Smith College senior Melissa Chenok pulled a photo up on her laptop, that of sinister “Harry Potter” character Draco Malfoy. Then she fetched another: celebrity Kim Kardashian, sporting blond tresses. The …

Inside the funeral industry: Northampton man’s ashes reclaimed from common grave

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When city native Paul W. Swift died in March 2009, his ashes were held in safe-keeping by the former Pease and Gay Funeral Home on Prospect Street. According to one family member, they were to be …

State agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux makes first official Pioneer Valley appearance

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his first …

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. …

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 …

Eric Poulin, charged with offering sexual conduct for a fee in Easthampton salon, has case continued without a finding for one year

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The South Hadley man charged with offering a $300 sexual massage to an undercover police in an Easthampton hair salon will have his case dismissed after a year if he stays out of trouble with the law during that time. Eric P. Poulin, 43, of 10 …

Former employee Thomas Pascucci files lawsuit alleging that ex-funeral director William Ryder owes him back wages

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An employee of the former Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that ex-funeral director William W. Ryder failed to pay him $61,548 in earnings during his final three years on the job. Thomas A. Pascucci of Northampton was a licensed funeral …