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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. 8 to 12

Friday, January 15, 2016

Orange, Jan. 8 12:30 p.m. — Suspicious activity on East Main Street where the caller says what looks to be shotgun shell casings are lying in the road across from the former Bank of America; officer found the spent shotgun casings and they were properly disposed. 12:44 p.m. … 0

Greenfield Police ask for public’s help identifying suspect in cigarette theft

Friday, January 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect in a break-in at the Lipton Mart gas station on the Mohawk Trail early Friday morning, during which a large amount of cigarettes were stolen. The … 0

Opioid drug fraud lands mom, daughter on probation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton mother and daughter pleaded guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to more than 200 drug-related charges resulting from the daughter’s opioid addiction. Each woman was placed on probation. Theresa Coe, 49, was accused in … 0

SJC OKs third trial in Northampton murder case

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that a third murder trial can proceed against Cara Rintala, who is accused of strangling her wife, Annamarie Rintala, to death in March 2010 in their Granby home. The … 0

Police say scam devices found on Whately cash machine

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WHATELY — Whately police are investigating the presence of an electronic “skimmer” device that can digitally read and capture customers’ credit and debit card information. The device was discovered on the lobby door card scanner outside a Bank … 0

Power lines fall on school bus in Conway, close road

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CONWAY — Power lines were knocked down onto a moving school bus by a tree Wednesday morning, delaying the driver and temporarily closing Hoosac Road until an Eversource crew arrived to turn off the power lines. According to … 0

Alleged stabber faces slew of other charges

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

MONTAGUE — Police say they found a rifle, ammunition and marijuana belonging to the Montague man who allegedly ambushed a friend in Colrain and left him for dead at a secluded beach last month. Colin D. York, 27, of 67 Lake Pleasant Road, has been charged with two … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Athol starts search to replace police chief

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ATHOL — Police Chief Timothy Anderson is leaving, and the hunt is afoot for his replacement. Anderson said he has served on the department for 34 years, 15 of them as chief, and he will retire effective July … 0

Light snow, ice derail drivers

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cold and a light snow late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening left roads surprisingly treacherous in some areas, catching some off guard. Enough cars left the road in Montague to prompt a first alarm from the Turners … 0