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Kent County couple indicted for serial child abuse, torture

Staff Writer Police & Fire, Headlines

A Kent County couple has been indicted on 646 charges, including more than 80 felonies, for allegedly abusing their two children. The Department of Justice announced the charges Wednesday afternoon. Over a period of 20 months, Mary Vinson, 45, and Charles Vinson, 36, are alleged to have abused their children, including making them stand for long periods of time; withholding …

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Delaware to get about $8 million from JUUL settlement

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A $438.5 million agreement between e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs and 34 states and territories has been reached over the alleged role they played in getting a new generation of Americans hooked on nicotine.  Delaware stands to recover between $7.8 million and $8.5 million under the agreement, according to Attorney General Kathy Jennings. The “agreement in principle” comes as the result …

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AG Jennings announces abortion hotline

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision that gave individual states the power to regulate abortion, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Monday announced a hotline Delawareans and out-of-staters can call to answer questions about abortion access in the First State. Those with questions about abortion access can call (302) 992-8096 or toll-free at (877) 312-2366. A …

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DOJ: Buffett-owned mortgage firm guilty of redlining in NCCo

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Pennsylvania mortgage company owned by billionaire Warren Buffett will pay $20 million to resolve allegations of discrimination against Black and Latino homebuyers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, the Department of Justice announced this week. Attorneys general in the three states accused Trident Mortgage Company of redlining in the greater Philadelphia region, including New Castle County. Redlining, in the …

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AG candidate Murray sues Dept. of Elections over mail-in voting

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Republican candidate for attorney general has filed suit against the Delaware Department of Elections over a new law that allows voters to request and submit ballots through the mail. The lawsuit marks the second legal challenge to Senate Bill 320, both filed in the Court of Chancery by well-known members of Delaware’s Republican Party. Julianne Murray, a Georgetown-based lawyer …

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AG Jennings announces 76 felony gun charges in Dover

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Wednesday announced 77 charges against nine defendants accused of conducting straw purchases of at least 12 firearms in the Dover area. Of the 77 charges, 76 are felony charges. “There’s no question that guns — and by extension, gun trafficking — are driving violent crime in Delaware,” Jennings said during a press conference. “Straw purchases …

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DOJ investigator admits to misleading court in McGuiness case

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathy McGuiness will not have any charges dropped before her trial begins next week, a judge ruled Tuesday. McGuiness’ attorneys appeared before Judge William Carpenter of the Superior Court of Delaware to ask for a misdemeanor non-compliance with procurement law charge to be dismissed. RELATED: McGuiness pleads not guilty; bail set at $50,000 Defense attorney Steve Wood argued …

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House bill would raise minimum sentence for felony firearm charge

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill set to be considered by the Delaware House of Representatives would increase the minimum sentence for those who possess a firearm during the commission of a felony.  The crime was created by the 137th General Assembly in 1994 with the minimum required sentence set at three years, or five years for defendants with two prior felony convictions. It …

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TurboTax owner to pay $400K to Delawareans after ‘misleading’ users

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Wednesday that Intuit Inc., the company behind online tax filing software TurboTax, will pay more than $400,000 to low-income Delaware residents who were deceived by the company. The settlement comes as part of a $141 million agreement between the attorneys general of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Intuit.  Intuit must also …

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DOJ seeks public’s assistance in Sussex County sexual abuse case

Charles Megginson Headlines, Police & Fire

Major Foster The Delaware Department of Justice is asking individuals who have been victims of abuse by an Ellendale pastor to come forward and assist in his prosecution. Major Foster, a Lincoln man, is facing pending charges after allegedly inappropriately touching multiple women during his time as pastor at Ellendale’s Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church. Foster was indicted in November by …