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10 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30- MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 NEWS " ave Gazette -" xS governor's office was not con- suited before the letter was sent. "The allegation that our office Continued from page I would in any way stop law en- forcement from moving forward Delaware State Police Col. with a criminal investigation be- Robert Coupe, is dated Oct. 22, cause of an election is as often- but organizations say they did sive as it is untrue," Selander not receive it until after the Nov. said. 6 election. "Isn't that a little Department of Safety and telling?" said American Legion Homeland Security Secretary Post 2 Commander Jim Cole. Lewis Schiliro said the state only Yeoman said he had been out became aware of illegal gambling of the state at a training seminar occurring at fraternal organiza- and did not sign the letter until tions in the last year. He said a he returned Oct. 29. He said combination of research, infor- about 150 letters were mailed, mation from officers in the field and the time it took to certify and and about six complaints from label each letter caused a further the public brought the activity to delay. Coupe announced he will his attention. retire from his position as super- "Continuing to look the other intendent Friday, Dec. 21. way is not an option for us," said About 80 people, including Schiliro, who oversees Delaware representatives from seven fra- State Police. "These machines ternal organizations across the are unregulated," he said. "Once state, attended a Nov. 26 meeting we became aware of this, we had at American LegionPost 2 in to deal with it in some way." Dover to discuss the problem. Schiliro said veterans' organi- Bessie Staab-Hickman, gov- zations do a lot of good for the ernment relations coordinator community. "This is not an at- for Maryland, Delaware, D.C. tempt to impede that in any way," Moose Association, said she was he said. upset media sources had not re- There is currently no exemp- ported that Delaware State Po- tion in Delaware law to allow for lice visited several organizations gambling by nonprofit organiza- earlier this year to make sure tions; changing the law would be they were in compliance. "Most a legislative task, Schiliro said. all of these places were visited The organizations have been this year," she said. "My lodge told legislation must be passed to was one of them." change the law and allow the ma- Staab-Hickman said she want- chines to operate, but the Gener- ed to know why police had sud- al Assembly does not convene denly changed their tune. "I until Tuesday, Jan. 8. think this was done on an agen- Thirteen Republican represen- da," she said. "The agenda is to tatives wrote a letter to Markell, give the state - or the casinos - a Democrat, asking him to halt total control." enforcement of the law until af- Jerry Melfa, a member of ter the General Assembly con- American Legion Post 17 in vened, butMarkellrefused. Lewes, echoed Staab-Hickman. Veterans organizations say the "This is a political fecal blizzard," tide change is already affecting he said. operations. Cole said, "We had to Melfa said he was told the en- lay off eight people immediately. forcement letter stemmed from We had to change our hours." spousal complaints, and he asked John Mitchell, vice command- if the state received spousal corn-, er of Veterans of Foreign Wars plaints about the casinos as well. Post 7234 in Ocean View, said "The state wants the tax, and the more people will be laid off and casinos want us shut down," he posts will be shut down by the said. time the General Assembly con- Brian Selander, a representa- venes. 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Butler to fill two lor of the Court of Chancery. p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, in vacancies on Superior Court. Markell will also nominate Dover. This special session of He will also nominate Deputy Dawn M. Williams of the Of- the Senate will be the first Attorney General Paula T. fice of the Public Defender and meeting of either chamber of Ryan, who currently serves as James J. Maxwell of the De- the 147thGeneral Assembly.chief prosecutor for Sussex partment of Justice to fill two A Nov. 27 press release about County, to fill the vacancy on vacancies as Family Court the session made no mention Family Court created by the re- commissioners and the Honor- any veterans issues would be moral of Judge John Henrik- able Lynne Parker for reap- discussed, sen. pointment as a commissioner Markell willnominate JudgeMarkeli will nominate Vice of the Superior Court. around on Jan. 8," Mitchell said. from American Legion, Moose sociations notified them. "Shame on the governor." Lodge, AMVETS, VFW, Elks Bushweller said the same situ- Cole said all fraternal organi- Lodge, Eagles and Delaware Vet- ation came up 15 to 20 years ago, zations should work together to erans Association to appoint two and veterans organizations were fred a solution before the start of people to ioin a committee that told the machines were illegal, the General Assembly. "Obvi- would work together on the is- but the machines were never re- ously, this needs to be a concert- sue in conjunction with state leg- moved. "The police just sort of ed effort," he said. "What's our islators, backed offthe issue," he said. recourse? What can we do to "Let's get this committee to Bushweller said finding a corn- turn these machines back on?" start working tonight," Gallagher promise would not be easy. "I Larry Waters, state command- said. would never want to tell you I er of Department of Delaware Sen. Brian Bushweller, D- can guarantee we'll find a solu- Veterans of Foreign Wars, said he Dover, who attended the meet- tion to the problem," he said. had attended four similar meet- ing, said finding a solution before "Not everyone is jumping up and ings since the letter was re- the start of the General Assem- saying, 'Let's help the veterans ceived. He suggested all organi- bly is nearly impossible. "There organizations.'" zations band together and adopt has to be legislation," he said. Bushweller urged those in at- a mission statement and strategy Bushweller listened to corn- tendance to contact their local to allow gambling machines for plaints, but he did not offer many legislators about the issue. nonprofit organizations, answers to members' concerns. "When you get people talking, Jim Gallagher, commander of He said legislators and the gover- things will start to happen," he American Legion Post 28 in Oak nor were unaware of the letter said. 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