Caleb Womack, right, of Windsor Locks, Conn., listens to Kurt Conner, an attorney from the Committee for Public Counsel Services, before his hearing in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. For The Recorder/Kevin Gutting

Final UMass 2012 rape defendant competent for trial

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The last of four men accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room has been found competent to stand trial following a mental health evaluation. Jury selection in the trial of Caleb Womack, 20, is scheduled to begin Monday. The trial had been expected to begin with jury selection Nov. 16, but was delayed when a court-affiliated psychologist testified on Nov. 13 that Womack was suffering from depression and unable to make rational decisions. After hearing that testimony, Hampshire Superior Court Judge Bertha D. Josephson ordered Womack to be hospitalized and evaluated to determine whether he is competent … 0

Smith College clarifies stance on media coverage of sit-ins

Monday, November 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has issued a statement clarifying the college’s stance toward the media, claiming that some press coverage incorrectly stated that Smith supported banning the media at Wednesday’s sit-in. Some 300 Smith students gathered at the Campus Center Wednesday to support students of color on campuses across the nation and to address racism at Smith. According to the statement issued by … 0

GCC might move nursing program back to Smith

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s Licensed Practical Nurse program may return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School as early as next summer. The program has been housed at several locations across the Pioneer Valley in recent years, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds, the GCC’s downtown center on Main Street in Greenfield and currently, in Florence in a … 0

Greenfield Savings Bank branch robbed

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Police are investigating a Thursday afternoon robbery at a King Street bank. Officers responded to the Greenfield Savings Bank branch at 325 King St. around 2:06 p.m., Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge said in a statement. … 0

Smith College protest over racism on campus supports actions at University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and supporting similar actions at Ithaca College and University of Missouri. … 0

Rosenberg reflects on first year as Senate pres.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As an agency that can remove a child from parental custody, the Department of Children and Families may hold the most significant power in a state without the death penalty and its budget should not face … 0

UN cancer study gives bacon lovers indigestion: Shops like Pekarski’s not worried about effect on sales

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the World Health Organization’s announcement Monday that processed meats such as sausage, ham and bacon increase the risk of colon and stomach cancer, Pioneer Valley residents didn’t see the news as a reason to cut … 0

Area mayors urge state to add rail options

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor … 0

Ronald’s return: McDonald’s worker turns in missing statue

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The super-sized mystery regarding the whereabouts of a rare Ronald McDonald statue that was taken from a Leverett home in August was solved Wednesday when a Hatfield family turned it in to Northampton Police. Detective Sgt. … 0

Combatants for Peace

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Working side by side, scores of Israeli and Palestinian veterans are not only talking together about how to dismantle the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They’re working on doing it, says Uri Ben Assa. As Combatants for Peace, which … 0

Budding business: Region’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Northampton

Monday, September 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Standing against his car with a white paper bag in his hand, Kenny Flanders of Pittsfield searches for the right words to describe what medical marijuana has done for him. “I got a life,” he said. … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Man pleads not guilty to charges following high-speed I-91 chase, crash

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The State Police trooper who pursued a southbound vehicle on Interstate 91 Friday night at speeds up to 130 mph described in court documents watching the vehicle go airborne on the Exit 21 off-ramp in Hatfield and rolling over several times before coming to a stop … 0