Controversy Surrounds Johnson’s Pond Emergency Action as Town Lawyer Questions Timing

Coventry, Rhode Island – The owners of Johnson’s Pond are claiming that emergency action is necessary to address concerns about the pond’s dam. However, the town’s lawyer is questioning the timing of this claim. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is currently involved in a legal dispute with the owners over lease terms. The owners, Soscia Holdings, have expressed their concerns about the dam, citing reports from their consultant, Soscia Architects and Engineers, Inc. They argue that the spillway is in poor condition and poses a risk of failure. On the other hand, the … Read more

Ethics Violation: Athens Town Judge Accused of Financially Benefiting Own Company Through Court Contract

ATHENS, N.Y. – E. Timothy Mercer, a part-time judge on the Athens Town Court, has come under scrutiny for using his judicial position to benefit his personal company financially. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct recently released a report detailing their findings and recommending Mercer’s removal from office. The report revealed that Mercer awarded a no-bid contract to his own company for courthouse improvements, while falsifying and altering an invoice for the work. These actions were taken without disclosing his personal financial interest and against the concerns raised by the court clerk. In October of … Read more