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Charges have been dismissed against Salisbury Council member April Jackson and another woman who were involved in an altercation in the Billy Gene Jackson Park in Salisbury.  

WBOC reports that when the assault charges were dismissed Jackson quickly exited the courtroom with tears of joy.

Jackson told the television station that the incident had ruined her reputation and could have endangered position on the city council.

Jarenea Mitchell said Jackson left her with scars resulting from the incident in August.

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The Salisbury City Council has put off the question of increasing the salary of the Mayor.

At last night’s session council members looked at whether the salary should be increased from $25-thousand to $75-thousand a year.

It has not gone up over the last ten years.

WBOC reports that former mayor and current city council member Jim Ireton said he was against going above $40-thousand a year.

Meanwhile, council members Muir Boda and April Jackson appear to be looking at something between $50-thousand and $60-thousand a year.

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A candlelight vigil and a prayer service was held at the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park in Salisbury this week in the aftermath of a shootout that left two men dead.

The incident occurred outside the Denney’s restaurant near Route 13 bypass early Sunday morning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a shootout between the two men resulted in the fatal wounding of one while the other was killed by a state trooper.

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In a tearful moment during last night’s session Salisbury City Council member April Jackson apologized for using the term “retarded” to describe President Trump on a Facebook page.  

She had compared the president to the clients at the Holly Center which helps people with developmental disabilities.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that her remarks were in response to the president’s decision to fire missiles at a Syrian airbase last week in retaliation for that country’s chemical attack.

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The Salisbury City Council decided not to hire the law firm of Cockey, Brennan and Maloney last night.

There were two no votes and one abstention.

The abstention came from R. Hardy Rudasill who has just come on the council to replace Laura Mitchell.            

He said that he had a conflict of interest since he worked for the firm.

Council members Jim Ireton and April Jackson rejected the law firm while Jack Heath and Muir Boda voted yes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Robin Cockey represented the City Council from 1986 to 1994.

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A big crowd that included state and local leaders showed up for the swearing of Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the newly elected city council members last night at the Cypress Street Fire Station.

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Mayor-elect Jake Day will be taking the helm in the wake of yesterday’s city election which also saw a dramatic change in the city council.

Day ran unopposed as did council vice president Laura Mitchell.

The Mayor-elect said, “This is going to be a different council and they’re all going to have to work together. I am excited for them. They have to be a team. And, we have to be a team as a city.

For voters there was a myriad of issues on their minds:

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Salisbury voters will be going to the polls today to choose a Mayor and for the first time five council members running in five separate districts.

In District 1 incumbent Shanie Shields faces challenger April Jackson and Sarah Halcott.

In District 2, a new minority-majority seat, there are four candidates who include Keyvan Aarabi, Marvin Ames, Muir Boda and Justin Gregoli.

In District 3 two incumbents Tim Spies and Jack Heath are vying for the seat along with Kevin Lindsay.

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In next week’s Salisbury City Council elections there will be a familiar face in District 1.

Incumbent Shanie Shields will be vying to retain her seat in what is one of two minority-majority districts on the council.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Kaydee Jones has this look at the race.

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With the announcement that Vice President Joe Biden will not make a bid for the White House there was some sadness in Delaware – a state he represented for decades as Senator.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that he respects Biden’s decision, who he had previously said he would back against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

The governor praised the Vice President for his dedication to the middle class and his leadership in promoting U.S. interests around the world.

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