Tag Archives: Alan Keays

Local News
May 2, 2018

Former Rutland woman sues city, cop for excessive force

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

RUTLAND – A former Rutland woman has filed a lawsuit against the city, its police department and one of its officers, alleging the officer used excessive force in taking her into custody, slamming her to the ground leading to a concussion and…

Local News
January 10, 2018

Kmart closing at Diamond Run Mall

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

RUTLAND—The third of three anchor stores at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town plans to close, leaving local officials to wonder about the future of the regional shopping center.

Sears Holding Corp. announced Thursday plans to shutter 64 underperforming Kmart and…

State News
January 10, 2018

House passes pot compromise in spite of federal threat

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 4, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, defeating a host of amendments, including one that likely would have cost the governor’s support.

The House vote came on the same day that U.S. Attorney…

Rutland budget showdown is underway
Local News
December 28, 2017

Rutland budget showdown is underway

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

The city’s Board of Aldermen cut a bit deeper but big-ticket items survived a marathon budget session.

The board Wednesday night adopted a proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year totaling $21,393,763, a figure that will now go on the…

State News
December 21, 2017

Prosecutors clear troopers in fatal shooting of man pointing BB gun

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

Prosecutors have cleared five state police troopers of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting that followed a lengthy standoff in Poultney.

A big factor in that decision, according to the prosecutors, was the misleading appearance of a weapon Michael Battles pointed…

Local News
December 21, 2017

Judge invalidates sex offender “nuisance” ordinance

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

A judge has struck down an ordinance in Rutland that limited where convicted sex offenders can live in the community.

“The case hinges on the question whether the City of Rutland has the power to declare people nuisances,” Rutland Superior Court…

Local News
December 14, 2017

Governor takes half-step toward weed legalization

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott says he will stand by his commitment to support legislation that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Vermont.

“I made that commitment. It’s a libertarian approach,” the governor said Dec. 1 during an interview…

Local News
October 25, 2017

Ex-city attorney doubles down on effort to get out of jail

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

A former attorney for the city of Rutland is taking a second legal avenue to challenge his conviction and prison sentence in a fatal hit-and-run.

Christopher Sullivan, 57, acting as his own attorney, recently filed a petition for post-conviction relief in…

Local News
October 25, 2017

Regional marketing campaign pitches “Real Rutland”

By Alan Keays/ VTDigger

A marketing initiative aimed at boosting Rutland County’s declining population as well as helping the region land more tourists aims to show people the “Real Rutland.”

The “Real Rutland” campaign was unveiled Thursday night at the annual meeting of the Rutland Region…