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Third UMass Gang Rape Defendant Found Guilty

A Hampshire Superior Court jury deliberated for 12 hours before yesterday afternoon finding Adam Liccadi guilty on three of four counts of aggravated rape.

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West Springfield Police Probe Launched After Prisoner Escapes

Jose Rubet of Springfield was arrested August 22 after allegedly leading officers on a high-speed chase into Agawam. He was arrested and taken to lockup, where he later produced a knife which he waved at officers before escaping through an emergency exit.

Hotel Northampton workers march to unionize. Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Hotel Northampton Workers Plan To Unionize

Around 50 Hotel Northampton workers marched through downtown Tuesday night to announce their intention to bargain collectively. The group attempted to present their union petition to hotel owner Mansour Ghalibaf, who refused to come out of his office to accept it.

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Recreational Marijuana Question Cleared by AG

Attorney General Maura Healey has cleared a total of 23 potential 2016 state ballot questions, including one which would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Low CT River Levels This Labor Day Weekend

Possibly posing problems for boaters who don't pay attention, a lack of rain this summer has resulted in extremely low river levels.

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No Verdict Tuesday in UMass Gang Rape Trial

The jury deciding the fate of rape suspect Adam Liccardi resumes deliberations Wednesday morning

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FERC Still Accepting Pipeline Comments

FERC says since this is a pre-filing, the deadline for comments on the pipeline environmental impact statement is flexible

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UMass and Amherst Form Collaboration

Amherst Town Manager John Musante and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy announce creation of the University--Town of Amherst Collaborative

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Goshen State Forest Closing For Dam Repairs

The DAR State Forest in Goshen will close for the season Monday, while repairs are made to the dam on Highland Lake

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Triple-A Predicts More People Will Travel This Labor Day

Lower gas prices and an improving economy could translate into the busiest Labor Day weekend travel in seven years

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Fifty Animals Rescued From A Springfield Home

Animal control officers raided the home on 99 Champlain Street and found multiple dogs, cats, birds and a variety of mice and other vermin.

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Jury Deliberates Third UMass Gang Rape Case

Closing arguments were held yesterday in the trial of the third of four defendants accused of raping a UMass coed freshman in her dorm room in 2012.

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Local Overdose Remembrances Held

Local victims of drug overdoses were remembered at a series of Monday events held on “International Overdose Awareness Day.”

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Northampton Water Superintendent Placed On Paid Leave

City officials aren’t saying why Gregory Nuttleman has been relieved of his duties.

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Amherst Selectboard Approves Flying of USA Flags Every 9-11

The Amherst Selectboard has voted to finally go along with resident Larry Kelley’s request that the flags be flown annually.

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SJC Ruling Ends Greenfield Sex Offender Residency Bid

Greenfield's efforts to pass a new sex offender residency bylaw are over before they had a chance to get started

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UMass Gang Rape Defendant To Take Stand

Adam Liccardi is expected to testify on this final day of evidence before the jury gets the case

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21-Year-Old Man Fatally Stabbed In Springfield

David Steven Guasp of Springfield is the city's 14th homicide of the year

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Whately Firefighters Support Group Turns 75

The group most recently donated cash toward a project to upgrade the Whateley Elementary School playground

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Amherst Group Pushes For Town Government Changes

Amherst For All is looking to create a charter commission which they hope leads to a town government that's more responsive to residents' needs

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