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11:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Deaths of Mother and Two Daughters Ruled Accidental Heat Stroke

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland medical examiner's office says a Hagerstown woman and her two young daughters found dead in a stifling car died from accidental heatstroke.

Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said Tuesday that the formal cause of death was hyperthermia and environmental heat exposure.

Thirty-two-year-old Allison Pluck was found dead in her closed but unlocked car in a local middle-school parking lot June 16 along with the bodies of 18-month-old Shania Gill and 6-month-old Shameka Gill. Outdoor temperatures peaked near 90 degrees that day.

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11:56 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Woman and Two Children Found Dead in a Parked Car at a Hagerstown School

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Police say a Hagerstown woman found dead along with her two children in a parked car was a native of Guyana.

Capt. Paul Kifer says there's no apparent cause of death of the woman or her children, ages six months and 18 months. They were found Monday afternoon in a car parked at Western Heights Middle School in the city's West End.

Police are withholding their names pending notification of relatives in South America. Kifer says autopsies will determine how they died.

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8:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

EPA To Monitor Ground Water from Superfund Site in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to learn the extent of groundwater pollution from a Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The agency is asking the mayor and City Council on Tuesday to let it install detector devices in surface water at several city parks.

The EPA would then inject a non-toxic dye at the Central Chemical Superfund site and look for it the dye at the monitoring locations.

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9:11 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Economic Benefit From Arts Districts

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A study commissioned by the Maryland State Arts Council underscores the economic benefit of local arts and entertainment districts.

The council said Wednesday that the Towson University study found that arts districts in 20 communities supported about 5,100 jobs paying $149 million in wages in fiscal year 2013. Most of the jobs were linked to visitor spending at district events.

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8:48 am
Tue October 22, 2013

John Brown: A Piece of History in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The University System of Maryland campus in Hagerstown is displaying an unusual piece of Civil War history.

It's a hotel guest ledger signed by abolitionist John Brown, using the alias, "Isaac Smith."

The school occupies a group of downtown buildings, including the former Washington House Hotel.

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11:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Hagerstown Begs Off Stormwater Fees

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The city of Hagerstown will not charge property owners a fee to help pay for a state-mandated stormwater remediation effort, but it is unclear how the city will contribute to the effort.

The Herald-Mail reports that members of the city council on Tuesday quickly shot down city employees' proposal to generate revenue by charging a stormwater fee to residential and nonresidential city properties. Mayor David Gysberts was the lone voice supporting a fee. 

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12:34 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Black Civil War Vets to Finally Get Monument in Hagerstown

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The city of Hagerstown says it will erect a monument to black Civil War veterans 90 years after white veterans of the war were similarly honored.

Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford said Thursday that the monument is long overdue. He says it will be dedicated in September at Rose Hill Cemetery.

The granite obelisk will honor members of a local, African-American chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic. The GAR was a national organization for Union veterans of the Civil War.

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