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Adam Liccardi, right, reacts as verdicts in his rape case are read Wednesday at Hampshire County Courthouse. Standing beside him is his attorney, Alfred P. Chamberland.

Jury finds Adam Liccardi guilty in UMass rape trial

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire County jury on Wednesday found Adam T. Liccardi guilty on three of the four charges filed against him in connection with the 2012 rape of an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Sentencing was set for Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. The verdict came on the second day of the jury’s deliberations. Jurors deliberated for about seven hours Tuesday. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, was the third to be tried of the four men accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old student Oct. 13, 2012, in her dorm room at the university. The woman testified in each trial in Hampshire Superior Court …

Hotel Northampton workers seek to unionize, dozens demonstrate support at rally Tuesday night

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — More than two-thirds of the workers at Hotel Northampton want to unionize — and on Tuesday night they marched through downtown to deliver that message to hotel management. The hotel workers, including servers, cooks, housekeepers and maintenance staff, have been organizing over the last year with the help of the New …

Tuesday’s colleges: Charlotte Wagner paces Mount Holyoke past Nichols

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Charlotte Wagner scored four goals as the Mount Holyoke field hockey team opened its season with a 9-0 victory over Nichols College Tuesday night in Dudley. Kristina Ramsden of Northampton had a goal and two assists, while Julia Bell added two tallies for the Lyons (1-0). Women’s soccer Mount Holyoke 2, Southern Vermont 1 — Liz Rose scored the game winner late in …

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 …

Police make six drunken-driving arrests as part of ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Six drivers allegedly operating under the influence of alcohol on city streets were arrested between Friday night and Sunday morning as part of the grant-funded initiative “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” focused on removing impaired drivers from roads, according to police. At 11:01 p.m. Friday, …

Bicycle reported stolen in Laurel Park neighborhood — and other area police news

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Granby ∎ Nathan Pelland, 19, of Chicopee, was arrested on South Street at 11:17 p.m. Aug. 25 on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Northampton ∎ A woman at Moe’s restaurant, 228 King St., who was allegedly making threats and repeatedly shouting …

Westfield man breaks wine bottles at one Northampton eatery, smears blood in kitchen area of another

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Westfield man allegedly destroyed more than $1,000 worth of wine and caused extensive damage at two restaurants during a temper tantrum that led to his arrest Saturday night. Roger James Dwyer, 32, of 23 Linden Ave., was arrested at 10:47 p.m. at Mimmo’s Pizza, 71 …