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Former University of Massachusetts student Patrick Durocher, 20, of Longmeadow ponders a question under cross examination by Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jennifer Suhl during his trial in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Wednesday. For The Recorder/Kevin Gutting

Jury finds former UMass student guilty of 2013 on-campus rape

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A jury has convicted Patrick Durocher of raping a University of Massachusetts student on the lawn outside the Campus Center in 2013. Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom after the verdict was read. Durocher, 20, took his seat after the verdict was announced, and drank the water in a small, plastic cup in front … 0

Woman charged in break-in, fight

Friday, February 5, 2016

GREENFIELD — A 31-year-old woman faces charges including breaking and entering after allegedly kicking in an apartment door and fighting with the occupants. Jennifer L. Madsen, whose address was listed as the Days Inn when she was arrested on Nov. 21, 2015, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, witness/juror/police/court official … 0

Men rescued after ATV falls through ice in Athol

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ATHOL — Firefighters rescued two young men from the icy water of Lake Rohunta Wednesday afternoon after they rode a four-wheeler through the unseasonably thin ice. Officer Corey Brown said the Athol Police Department received a report of two people through the ice at about 3:45 p.m. “Two kids were going out on … 0

Police Logs, Jan. 26 to 29

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 26 11:44 a.m. — Officers at police station to serve a warrant to a walk-in; arrested was Richard N. Tirrell, 44, homeless, of Greenfield, on the warrant. 11:56 a.m. — Shoplifting reported at Big Y Foods on the Mohawk Trail; officer to investigate, and the suspect … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 20 to 28

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Orange, Jan. 20, Judge David S. Ross David Karras, 36, of North Main Street, Orange. Pleaded guilty to assault and battery, placed on probation until 7/11/17, with victim witness assessment of $50, and must take and complete the anger management program, must have mental health counseling, and must … 0

Man admits to OUI that injured driver in I-91 crash

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DEERFIELD — A Chicopee man involved in a two-car rollover on Interstate 91 in August has been punished over charges of operating under the influence causing serious injury in Greenfield District Court. Justin J. Cooney, 24, was summoned to court after a blood sample taken from him at … 0

Police Logs, Jan. 23 to 25, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Montague, Jan. 23 2:46 p.m. — Police were unable to locate a man accused of assault and battery in a Montague apartment complex on Avenue A. A caller reported that his friend broke into his apartment and strangled him. The caller was transported to seek medical attention. 10:20 … 0

District Court Logs, Jan. 21 and 22, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greenfield, Jan. 21, Judge William Mazanec III Thomas C. Woods, 43, of Vernon, Vt. Found responsible for motor vehicle lights violation, in Greenfield, fined $35. Charge of operating with suspended license, dismissed on request of the commonwealth. Greenfield, Jan. 22, Judge William Mazanec III Arrie Daniels, 22, of … 0

3 pets perish, 2 saved in Athol fire

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ATHOL — Five pets were taken from a burning home on Burbee Road Monday night, but only two could be saved. Deputy Chief Jeff Parker said no people were hurt in the fire, which displaced one. The report of smoke coming from 270 Burbee Road came in at … 0

Ex-Deerfield Academy student sues former teacher for rape

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DEERFIELD — A former Deerfield Academy student has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a former math teacher whom he has accused of raping him more than 30 years ago. Moss Krivin, now of Los Angeles, filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claiming that former … 0

Sunderland police chief to retire

Monday, January 25, 2016

SUNDERLAND — The town’s emergency service leadership will be shuffled up again for the second time in less than two months with Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert’s announcement this week that he will retire Feb. 15. Gilbert, a 19-year … 0

Northfield fire knocked down with neighborly help

Monday, January 25, 2016

NORTHFIELD — A community effort by Northfield residents, EMTs, Highway Department workers and firefighters helped keep a small barn fire on Caldwell Road in check and spare the structure from major damage. Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell … 0

Two teens face gun charges after one allegedly pulls pistol on UMass campus

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Two Sheffield teens were arraigned Monday on a slew of charges related to pulling a gun on a University of Massachusetts Amherst student on campus Saturday who tried to talk a 15-year-old female friend out of driving off with them. Jeremy A. Borges, 19, and Isaiah … 0