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Princess Anne Town Commissioner Banned From Town Hall

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Dennis Williams, pictured in the lower left, is issued a protective order against Lionel Frederick, pictured in upper right (WBOC) Dennis Williams, pictured in the lower left, is issued a protective order against Lionel Frederick, pictured in upper right (WBOC)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Town Commissioner Lionel Frederick has been banned by court order from Princess Anne Town Hall. The ban comes by way of a protective order issued by a Somerset County Judge, weeks after Frederick's May 9 arrest for allegedly extorting Town Commissioner Dennis Williams. 

The judge has ordered Frederick to stay clear of Williams home and workplace after Williams said in court documents he feared for his safety after Frederick's arrest. Williams said Frederick has a weapon and bragged about gang affiliations in court documents. 

Garland Hayward, President of Princess Anne Town Commissioners said the order will not affect the town's business.

"We still have a majority of our commissioners and the business of the town is still being conducted," he said. "We still have some important decisions that are being made and we're going to continue to conduct business as usual."

Demetrius Richardson said he knows Frederick well from the community and said it's sad to hear about his recent troubles.

"To be that young and to be in that position, sooner or later we kind of figured something would happen, not to be on a racial standpoint or anything like that," Richardson said. 

The controversy is stirring up town hall.

"Nobody likes negative attention on their town, so we're waiting for the day for this to pass," Hayward said.

Richardson wants to lessen the consequences.

"Just peace the whole thing and if anything don't let him be commissioner anymore and just let him live his life and go on, because he has done more good than bad if there was anything done," Richardson said.

The final protective order signed by the judge on May 17 is effective until Nov. 16. Frederick is set to appear in criminal court on Friday for his extortion charges.

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