Brian Pettyjohn

Punkin Chunkin website

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.

Bodenweiser, Del. Dept. of Justice

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.

Pettyjohn, facebook

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.