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Defendant Adam Liccardi testifies in UMass rape trial

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Adam Liccardi told jurors in Hampshire Superior Court Monday that the woman he is accused of raping initiated sex with him and one of his co-defendants, but was then raped by Emmanuel Bile, a third co-defendant in the case. The woman, who was an 18-year-old UMass student at the time, testified Friday that Liccardi, Bile, Justin A. King and Caleb Womack raped her while she was so intoxicated …

Northampton Housing Authority board of commissioners approves reorganization plan

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a special meeting Monday, the Northampton Housing Authority’s board of commissioners unanimously rescinded actions it took at an unlawful and unposted Aug. 10 executive session when commissioners discussed a reorganization plan that proposed eliminating the jobs of five employees and a part-time consultant. The five-member board also approved in open session a reorganization plan presented by newly hired executive director …

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 historic Town Hall was smashed as well. Though the town was planning to replace some …

New signs point the way to Northampton Amtrak station

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Signs guiding travelers to the Northampton Amtrak Station were recently installed on city streets and on Interstate 91 — a move that increases the station’s visibility during what officials have said is an already booming period …

Driver strikes utility poles, highway sign, parked vehicles in early morning crash on North King Street

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton woman was taken to the hospital after crashing her car into two utility poles, a highway sign and a parked vehicle early Wednesday morning on North King Street. Melanie A. LaRochelle, 37, of 354 …

Baker directs $5.5M toward worker training in HCC appearance

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HOLYOKE — In an effort to support training for workers in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $5.5 million in capital projects Tuesday at Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Baker told reporters, elected officials and …

‘I broke my daughter’s leg;’ Southampton mom and area doctors warn against riding the slide with your toddler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sarah Osetek of Southampton and her then-18-month-old daughter, Raelyn, were at the playground one day three years ago when they decided to go down the spiral slide — as they had many times before — with Raelyn secure …

Driver cited in crash that closed Kennedy Road in Leeds Tuesday morning

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Kennedy Road was shut down to traffic for several hours Tuesday after the driver of a pickup truck struck a utility pole and downed wires at about 5:45 a.m. Police said driver Michael Mientka, 21, of Williamsburg, was not injured in the crash, which caused heavy …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year …

Area police news: Northampton man arrested after allegedly trying to sell stolen bike to its owner, and more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Police responded to Puffer’s Pond and the swimming hole below the Silver Bridge in Cushman five times between 4:43 and 7:18 p.m. Monday. Nine teenagers and college-age people were removed from the cliff at Puffer’s Pond, and two people were asked to get off the top …

Jurors hear opening statements, first witness in Adam Liccardi rape trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In his opening statement in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday, defense attorney Alfred P. Chamberland said a woman was raped in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 13, 2012 — but Chamberland …

State directs travelers to Northampton Amtrak in Greenfield

Monday, August 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state is looking into why signs it erected throughout Greenfield to direct people to the regional bus and train depot on Olive Street read: “NORTHAMPTON AMTRAK.” Amanda Richard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the signs appear at this point to contain …

Man arrested for allegedly driving drunk on Mt. Sugarloaf

Monday, August 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Montague man faces criminal charges after police say he drunkenly drove his vehicle up Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. According to Sgt. Michael Krusiewski, the department received reports of a vehicle driving erratically up the mountain around 7:50 p.m. Saturday, from someone walking up the …