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

Storm closes methadone clinics, though patients still treated

Monday, February 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Several methadone clinics closed throughout the region because of Monday’s snowstorm, although clinic operators were required to provide patients with medication in advance for their daily treatments as required by the state. Community Substance Abuse Centers closed clinics in Greenfield, Northampton and Chicopee, according to the … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his … 0

Rosenberg rising

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg was named chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in 1996, he said time would tell whether the job would be the pinnacle of his career or just a step … 0

Next stop: Commuter rail

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Now that the decades-long dream of a high-speed train zooming along the Connecticut River valley is a lock, the region’s leaders expect to turn their attention to the next significant game-changer — a commuter rail system … 0

GCC nursing program to return to Smith Voke

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday. The decision will make space for the LPN program by ending a 23-year-old lease with the Northampton Parks … 0

Smith Voke to host GCC’s LPN program?

Monday, December 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees will vote today on whether to host Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program. Smith Voke Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson said “This is certainly a need of the community, and it’s a great opportunity for us.” The board of trustees … 0

Key players in medical marijuana industry air implications

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Panelists at a forum on medical marijuana this week explored the complexities of using pot medically, from the legality of growing it to finding the right dosage and knowing when it is and isn’t safe to … 0

Judge: Northampton business improvement district illegal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Northampton Business Improvement District should disband immediately, putting people out of jobs and calling a halt to street cleaning and jeopardizing holiday lights and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Hampshire Superior Court Judge John Agostini ruled Wednesday that the city failed … 0

Funeral Home sued again

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than $342,000 and the cremated remains of a Granby man and his wife are missing four months after the Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley was shut down by state regulators, according to two lawsuits filed in Hampshire Superior Court. The complaints — filed by … 0

Hamp eyes plastics ban

Friday, September 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The city is considering joining a growing list of communities nationwide to ban plastic bags in supermarkets and other retail stores, and Styrofoam disposable food and beverage containers used in restaurants. Responding to multiple requests from constituents asking the city to move toward such a ban, … 0