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Longtime Delaware state auditor Tom Wagner is calling it quits as he approaches the end of his seventh term.

He is only one of two statewide elected Republicans in the First State and was elected in 1989.

WBOC reports the in a statement Wagner said that the decision not to seek reelection was a bittersweet moment noting that his political career spanned more than 30 years when he started out as Mayor of Camden.

The Delaware Republican said that his decision was based on health concerns that have resulted in a kidney transplant.

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Lionel Frederick could be back on the Princess Anne town commission.

His 2016 conviction for attempted extortion of another commissioner has been overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

He was accused of trying to get town commissioner Dennis Williams to give him $5-thousand so that no one would run against him.

Court did not dispute the facts in the case but said there was insufficient evidence to convict.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Frederick’s attorney asked the town to reseat his client on the town council.

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A Princess Anne Commissioner has been found guilty of extortion as well as misconduct in office.

Lionel Frederick could face more than ten years in prison when he is sentenced.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the case involved the extortion of $5-thousand for protecting fellow commissioner Dennis Williams from a challenge in the next election.

The Circuit Court Judge James Sarbanes did acquit him of theft and three other related offenses connected to the scheme.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's police union has reached a long-awaited, tentative agreement with the city that includes three years of raises for rank and file officers.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced the proposed deal with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 on Monday after the two sides met in a closed-door meeting.

The city's police officers have been working without a contract since July 2011.

The agreement includes a 2 percent pay increase for fiscal year 2013, a 1 percent increase for the past two fiscal years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams, who was elected in 2012 after promising to get tough on criminals, says his violence-ridden city can't arrest its way out of its crime problem.

Williams, who campaigned four years against a "hug a thug" approach to crime, said in a Democratic primary debate Wednesday that arresting more people won't solve Wilmington's crime problem, which he suggested was rooted in poverty.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's mayor says he is not planning to have any tax increases in the city's upcoming budget.

Mayor Dennis P. Williams said during his State of the City address to the City Council on Thursday that he hopes to eliminate five vacant positions and transfer funds to cover a $5.16 million increase in employee health care costs.

Williams says those moves will be enough to not require any tax or fee increases to balance the upcoming budget.

The $155 million spending plan Williams introduced is up 1.9 percent from the current fiscal year.


There were protesters out in Wilmington’s business section blocking roadways during the lunch yesterday.

They were protesting the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole and the failure to bring criminal action against the officers.

There were around 30 in all who shouted “No Justice, No Peace” as they made their way down Fourth Street.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family has called on Mayor Dennis Williams, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and the city police Chief Bobby Cummings to step down.


The family of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed by police while he was in a wheel chair are calling for the resignation of Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

At a rally outside police headquarters in Wilmington on Saturday protesters also called for the resignation of police Chief Bobby Cummings.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some of the protesters shouted “Don’t Shoot Me” at officers who stood watch over the crowd.

After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams is launching a new anti-violence campaign by visiting some of the city's toughest neighborhoods.

He took to the streets Monday to announce a program called "Cease Violence" that will send former offenders and outreach workers into hotspots to try to deter troubled adults from criminal activity.

He says the program uses a violence-prevention model that has shown good results in parts of Chicago and New Orleans.