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Illegal Alien Faces Child Rape Charges

(Northampton, MA)  —  A former Amherst man is held on 100-thousand-dollars bail after denying that he drugged and raped a teenage girl 13 years ago.   The outstanding warrant against 41-year-old Mario Ayala was discovered when he was busted by border patrol agents last month.  In 2000 the girl’s father found her unconscious in Ayala’s apartment at The Boulders, and a medical examination revealed evidence of sexual activity.   The fugitive from justice also faces charges for being in the country illegally from El Salvador.

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Third UMass Gang Rape Defendant Sentenced

Courtesy of Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette. Adam Liccardi

Adam Liccardi is the third of four defendants to be convicted of gang-raping the unidentified woman in her Amherst dorm room back in 2013.

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Northampton Pulaski Park Upgrades Begin This Week

Pulaski Park - Photo courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette

Pulaski Park renovations begin Thursday, the first such improvements to that facility since 1976. New green space will be added as well as a new fountain, and improved access points.

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Greenfield Restaurant Closes

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Due to a lack of business, the Ocean Grille and Steakhouse was reopened just over a year ago by the owners of Hadley's Zoe's Fish and Chop House.

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Westfield Rogaine Robber Sought


The alleged Rogaine robbery occurred last week, and Westfield Police are asking the public's help in locating the perpetrator.

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Northampton Car Crash Into Train Injures Two

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Police say the car was traveling on Mount Tom Road at around one Tuesday morning when it collided with a freight train that was crossing Route 5 near Island Road in front of Packaging Corp. of America.