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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

Letter: Showcasing the area

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Green River Festival has become an annual rite of summer in the Pioneer Valley. This year’s festival was the biggest yet with the addition of a third day. In total, over 14,000 people attended over the course of the weekend, which was blessed with near-perfect weather. The … 0

Scope of drug lab fraud widens

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After court documents revealed that former crime lab chemist Sonja Farak may have tampered with drug samples for much longer than state officials originally represented, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan estimated about 2,000 local cases could be impacted by the “debacle.” “The professional investigative work … 0

State prison sentence for second defendant in UMass rape trial

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Justin King found guilty in UMass gang-rape trial

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court jury Wednesday found Justin A. King guilty of raping a former student in 2012 in her dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. King, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted on the three counts of aggravated rape he faced. He was loaded … 0

South Hadley funeral director pleads innocent to more than 60 charges

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former funeral director William W. Ryder pleaded innocent Wednesday morning to over 60 charges filed in connection with the closing of his South Hadley funeral home last year, including several dozen counts of larceny. Ryder, 54, … 0

Family sues over UMass student death in bike lane

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The family of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student killed when she was struck by a vehicle on North East Street last year has filed a wrongful death suit against the driver. Hannah Frilot, 20, was walking her bicycle in the bike lane on North East … 0

I-91 King Street exit closed in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A southbound Interstate 91 exit that drops travelers onto North King Street near the intersection with Damon and Bridge roads will be closed for at least the next 60 days as part of bridge and road work that began in March, according to a state Department … 0

Jury selection for second defendant continues in UMass gang rape trial

Monday, June 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Jury selection for the rape trial of Justin A. King of Pittsfield will continue today as court officials said eight jurors were chosen Monday. Judge Bertha D. Josephson on Tuesday will continue questioning a new pool … 0

Ashfield silversmith part of plaque project to be buried in state time capsule

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two Pioneer Valley artisans — including an Ashfield silversmith — will see their work go down in history when a silver plaque cast and engraved by their hands is buried in a time capsule at the … 0

Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Look Park on Saturday

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A daylong event Saturday intended to pay tribute to area veterans and their families is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the state. The Veterans Council of Northampton hopes to lure people to its Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park with the … 0