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Soucy picked for Rutland County Senate seat

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Killington resident David Soucy to fill an open Senate seat in Rutland County, replacing Republican Kevin Mullin who was recently appointed as chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board. Soucy, 60, the head golf professional and general manager at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington, will be sworn in Wednesday morning ahead of a special legislative veto session. He will serve alongside Republican Sens. Peg Flory and Brian Collamore in the three-seat Rutland district. “I’m honored and humbled to be appointed by the governor and I look forward to getting to work,” Soucy told the Vermont Press Bureau late Monday afternoon. Soucy, who was one of three candidates put forth by the Rutland County Republican Committee for Scott’s consideration, said he received a call from Scott Monday informing him of the appointment. Continue Reading →

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New poll shows Sanders tied for lead among Vermont Republicans

New poll results show that Bernie Sanders is in a three-way tie for the lead among Vermont Republican voters. The results were revealed by commentator Steve Terry at the first Project 240 event held at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, the live-streamed Republican primary debate. Project 240 will feature 17 events leading up to the 2016 election that focus on civic engagement and connecting the community with the election process. The poll, conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute, wrapped up Monday night, according to Terry. He did not indicate how many people were polled, but outlined the results on several questions pertaining to the presidential election. Continue Reading →

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Investigator: Officers put city at risk

he behavior of several Rutland City Police officers named in a civil lawsuit by a former officer put the city at significant liability risk, according to an internal affairs investigator hired by the city. Thomas R. Tremblay, a retired Burlington police chief and former Vermont public safety commissioner, made that assessment in a recently released video deposition relating to the lawsuit. Former Cpl. Andrew Todd, who worked on the city force for nine years, alleges in his lawsuit that racism, racial profiling and cover-ups made his job so unbearable that he was forced to resign in 2012. In particular, Todd describes how a supervisor and co-worker regularly used racial slurs and exposed him to repeated acts of racial profiling of African-Americans. When he reported these behaviors to supervisors in the police department, he was not helped, according to his lawsuit. Continue Reading →

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Depositions cite racism, cover-ups in city police

engthy depositions of Rutland City police dispatchers, officers and other witnesses in the civil lawsuit filed against the city by a former officer reveal consistent stories of racism, racial profiling, cover-ups and rogue investigations during the nine years the officer was employed. Former Cpl. Andrew Todd, the only African-American police officer on the city force at the time of his employment from 2003 to 2012, said he was forced to resign because his working conditions were intolerable. “I would be exposed to the ‘N word’ by Sgt. John Johnson and other RCPD officers on a regular basis,” Todd said in his affidavit. “I would learn that African-American citizens, such as myself, would be harassed and discriminated against because of our race.”

Todd filed his lawsuit in 2012, and the court recently ruled there was enough evidence to go to trial this fall. Continue Reading →

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