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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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Maryland State Police arrested 33-year-old Donte Sumpter of Princess Anne on Sunday for first and second degree murder among other charges.

He is accused of shooting to death 31-year-old Arthur Alford in Princess Anne.

Police were called to the scene Sunday afternoon and found Alford lying on the ground.

He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he died.

Authorities said they found a long barrel .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - State police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who was found lying in the middle of the street in Princess Anne.

A man believed to be in his 30s was found Sunday afternoon by emergency medical personnel after police received to a 911 call of a reported shooting in a residential community. The man was later pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities have dropped hate crime and arson charges against two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Donald Trump.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports 19-year-olds Joy Shuford and D'Asia Perry appeared in Somerset County District Court Thursday, where second-degree arson charges against them were also dismissed.

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A second arrest has been made in the burning of the Trump billboard in Princess Anne.

Police say that 19 year old Joy Shuford of Ownings Mill turned herself in and has been charged with second degree arson among other charges.

She is currently out on $20-thousand bond.

19 year-old D’Asia Perry has already been arrested for the destruction of the billboard.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities have surveillance video of Perry and her vehicle.

Damage to the billboard is estimated at $800.

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The Princess Anne Town Commissioners have decided to keep Lionel Frederick’s seat open.

It has been on hold since his conviction more than a month ago on extortion charges.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the commissioners decided to hold his seat open until Frederick exhausts his appeals.

If Frederick is successful he would be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Daily Times reports that the town pulled the payment from his $6-thousand salary pending the outcome of the legal process.

Frederick has also been barred from participating in commission business. 

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a woman and her two children were critically injured in an attack at a home on the Eastern Shore.

Princess Anne Police said in a statement that the attack took place around 3 a.m. Tuesday at a townhouse.

Police Chief Tim Bozman said by telephone that the mother's boyfriend stabbed the woman and then assaulted her and the children, ages 8 and 4, with a hammer.

He did not know what led up to the attack. The woman and her children were taken to a hospital, where Bozman says they are in critical condition.

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Town Commissioner Lionel Frederick is no longer welcome at the Princess Anne Town Hall.

The ban is part of a protective order for Town Commissioner Dennis Williams following Frederick’s arrest for an alleged extortion plot.

Frederick has been barred from coming near Williams home and place of work.

Williams alleges that Frederick claimed he had a gun and boasted about gang affiliations.

Frederick allegedly offered to persuade a potential election opponent not to run against Williams for a cash bribe.

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The deaths of a father and his seven children by carbon monoxide poisoning in Princess Anne a year ago has spurred legislation in Annapolis that would require landlords to install hard-wire or plug in carbon monoxide detectors.

WBOC reports that the tragedy occurred when police went to the home of Rodney Todd who had failed show up for work.

Family members at the time said that the electricity had cut off for non-payment.

A generator was left on apparently leading to the death of the family.

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HOPE Ministries of Delmarva is set to open a meal center in Princess Anne in the coming weeks.

Located on Somerset Avenue the Christian-based non-profit said it has been working with another organization in Salisbury over the last few years.

Steven Milligan, vice president of Hope Ministries, told WBOC that the group saw a great need for this kind of facility in Somerset County.

The group says the facility will offer a sit down meal once it is open.

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