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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.

Don Rush

The proposal to give casinos more than $20 million in state assistance is running into skepticism in the Delaware General Assembly.

Rep. Dennis Williams, a member of the House gaming committee, questioned where the money would come from.

He told the Wilmington News Journal that this was not a short-term two-year bailout but something that would become permanent.

And he reflected the opinions of other members of the committee that included its chair Rep. Charles Potter who voted against the proposal.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams may have a hard time finding support on the City Council to fire Police Chief Christine Dunning in the wake numerous shootings this year – the latest two murder taking place in recent days.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that seven of the council members say they would oppose such a dramatic shake up.

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Mayor Dennis Williams says he’s ready to make major changes in the leadership of Wilmington’s police department as the city faces a record number of shootings.

His comments came just as the city saw two more murders in recent days.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some City Council members said they believed he might just dismiss his handpicked chief Christine Dunning.

Don Rush

It doesn’t look like Delaware will be getting anymore new casinos for now.

Lawmakers in Dover tabled a measure yesterday that would have added two more including one in Sussex County and another in New Castle County.

The bill’s sponsor Representative Dennis Williams said the he was one vote short of what he needs to get the legislation to the floor of the House of Representatives.

The Talleyville Democrat told WBOC that he was in discussions with two other law makers, but time is running out.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has tabled a proposal authorizing two more casinos in Delaware.

The committee tabled the bill Wednesday after one member suggested that it needs more specific language regarding requirements the new casinos would have to meet, including licensing fees and minimum capital investment.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Dennis Williams of Wilmington, was among those voting to table the measure, but he said he's confident that he can get committee members to support it.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposal for more casinos in Delaware is getting its first hearing in the legislature.

A House committee on Wednesday will consider a proposal by Democratic Rep. Dennis Williams of Wilmington for two new casinos, one in New Castle County and one in Sussex County.

The bill is similar to one sponsored by Williams that died two years ago amid opposition from Delaware's three existing racetrack casinos.

Incoming Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams is calling for traffic studies before the Barley Mill Plaza development project receives any kind of government approval.

Williams says he is concerned that the large-scale commercial development could have a negative impact on revitalization efforts in downtown Wilmington and the River Front.

The announcement follows New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon’s statements that he agreed with a citizen group suing the county over the Barley Mill project. 

Their suit is now headed to Delaware’s Chancery Court.

It was a hot debate yesterday among the Democratic contenders for Mayor of Wilmington.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the sharpest exchange came over the police department.

During the two hour debate State Representative Dennis Williams called for get tough measures by the city police to curb recent violence.

But William Montgomery the former chief of staff for the current Mayor James Baker shot back questioning the value of Williams’ police experience which he noted “came before cell phones”.

Williams shot back, “You never wore the uniform.”