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State Senator Brian Pettyjohn will get probation for carrying a loaded handgun into the Salisbury Regional Airport.

The Delaware Republican faced a misdemeanor charge for carrying a handgun.

WBOC reports that he ultimately turned the weapon over to Wicomico Authorities.

The deal means that he will avoid conviction after his probation is finished.

The television station reports that Pettyjohn was on his way to a conference in June when the gun was discovered in his bag.

He said that he inadvertently left the gun in the bag while packing.

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The Lower Sussex County branch of the NAACP has called for end to state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society until a Confederate monument is removed from its museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization has asked State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and state Representative Briggs King to immediately halt the $11,500 grant to the society.

The paper reports that descendants of Delaware Confederate veterans were allowed to erect the monument on the museum grounds.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A trial date has been set in Maryland for a Delaware state senator who carried a loaded handgun into an airport.

Online court records show an Aug. 28 trial scheduled in Wicomico County for Sen. Brian Pettyjohn. A preliminary hearing remains scheduled for July 25.

Pettyjohn is accused of violating a prohibition against boarding or attempting to board an aircraft with any firearm or explosive, whether openly or concealed.  The felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware state senator missed his flight after his 9mm handgun was found in his carry-on.

The News Journal reports that Sen. Brian Pettyjohn was temporarily detained after Transportation Security Administration workers at Salisbury Regional Airport found the gun as he was headed on Thursday to a conference in New Orleans.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says a loaded handgun was discovered when a carry-on bag went through a checkpoint X-ray machine.

Pettyjohn says in a rush to pack, he forgot to properly stow the weapon.

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There was a solemn crowd at Georgetown’s Circle to pay honor this weekend to 47 year old Lt. Steven Floyd who died during a hostage standoff at the James T. Correctional Center.

In attendance was Delaware Governor John Carney who met privately with the family before joining the others at the Circle.

The Daily Time reports that the governor told the crowd that Floyd was a man who went to work every day in a very difficult and dangerous job.

He added that Floyd did it with courage.

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There won’t be any legislation in the Delaware State Legislature to shield the owner of the farm that hosts the annual Punkin Chunkin competition.

Senator Brian Pettyjohn told the Sussex County Council he has shelved the idea for now.

The measure would have protected Wheatly Farms where the competition is held from exposure to lawsuits filed by event attendees.

The Georgetown Republican said that he had run into opposition from the Delaware Trial lawyer Association which said it would set a precedent for tort reform in the state.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware state Senate candidate is denying sex charges that forced him to quit the race.

Eric Bodenweiser issued a statement Saturday saying he absolutely and forcefully denies the allegations. Bodenweiser's attorney says he is scheduled to appear Monday at hearing in the case in Sussex County Superior Court.

The News Journal reported that attorney Joe Hurley said his client is speaking out now to avoid the perception he agrees with what the attorney called a disturbingly false accusation.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Republicans are suing to get the name of a write-in candidate for state Senate on the ballot following the arrest of the GOP nominee on child sex charges.

Sussex County Republicans threw their support behind former Georgetown mayor

after tea-party backed Eric Bodenweiser dropped out of the race. Bodenweiser withdrew shortly before being indicted on 139 counts of molesting a boy more than two decades ago.