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DOVER, Del. (AP) - About 1,700 Delaware state employees were paid over $100,000 in 2017, including big names like Gov. John Carney and Chief Justice Leo Strine Jr., but also many police officers and school employees.

The Delaware State News reports that data from the Office of Management and Budget shows that 201 people made $150,000 or more. Of those, 70 worked for the Delaware State Police, 55 were judges and 39 were employed by a school district.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they have spent nearly $185,000 in overtime pay and helicopter costs related to the emergency response to a deadly inmate uprising last year and ensuing investigation.

The accounting of costs came in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware State News

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Several Delaware lawmakers say they want to give state police $1.4 million more than requested.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the funding would create a full-time Special Operations Response Team and replace bulletproof vests. Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, a retired state trooper, says the part-time nature of the SORT team decreases response time and increases costs. SORT is used to handle standoffs including those barricaded inside or with hostages.

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Core crimes in Kent County, Delaware are down compared to 2016.

Robberies declined by 35.7 percent.

That’s below the Delaware State Police of goal of 3 percent.

The clearance rate was the second-highest since 2005 at over 61 percent.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that burglaries were also down by just over 20 percent last year.

That’s the lowest since 2013.

Meanwhile, the clearance rate was at a record 39 percent.

Also the number of thefts was also down by 16.7 percent with a clearance rate of 42 percent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police have identified the 16-year-old boy they say was shot and killed over the weekend in an exchange of gunfire with a Delaware state trooper.

Delaware State Police on Monday identified the teen as Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna. Police said Monday that a trooper stopped a vehicle in Dover shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation.

Police say Pitcher, a front seat passenger, pulled out a gun as the trooper approached the vehicle.

Pitcher was killed when police say he and the trooper exchanged gunfire.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delawareans are doing their best to lend a helping hand to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Atlantic.

Gov. John Carney is announcing a new website, delaware.gov/relief, where Delawareans can learn about different ways to donate to disaster relief efforts, as well as volunteer their time.

U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Carol Timmons are among other officials who planned to join Carney on Wednesday to encourage contributions to the relief efforts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials at Dover Air Force Base are advising local residents of an active shooter exercise.

Officials say that because of Tuesday's exercise, access to the base and facilities will be limited during the day.

Officials say personnel can expect significant delays at the gates, but that access to base housing will not be affected.  

Military officials are partnering with Delaware State Police in the exercise, and multiple police vehicles will be responding to the base.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has ruled in favor of Delaware State Police in a lawsuit filed by a man who was shot in the back by a trooper in 2013.

The judge on Wednesday rejected Keith Schueller's claims of gross negligence, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Court records show that Schueller, a suspect in several thefts, led police on a vehicle chase before crashing his car and running into a cornfield.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of Delaware residents turned out for a fundraiser to benefit the Delaware State Police, getting strips of blue tape affixed to the rear windows of their cars to show their support.

Saturday was the latest "Back the Blue" event raising money for the Delaware State Police. The News Journal of Wilmington reports two previous events together raised close to $65,000.

On Saturday, drivers got the blue tape affixed to their windows at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles in Dover. The blue bar is commonly used as an emblem of police support.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney has settled on two retired judges to lead an independent review of an uprising at a prison where four Department of Correction staffers were held hostage and one was killed.

Carney announced Tuesday that retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely and retired Family Court Judge William Chapman Jr. will lead the review. It will begin after state police complete an investigation into Lt. Steven Floyd's death.

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