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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - More Potomac River communities are taking steps to protect their drinking water from last week's chemical spill at a western Maryland paper mill.

Treatment plant operators announced precautions Tuesday as a preliminary analysis indicated the nonhazardous, synthetic latex is not breaking down into potentially harmful components.

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BioCannatix wants to locate a medical marijuana site near Hebron in Wicomico County.

The company hopes to be one of the 15 companies that the state of Maryland chooses to grow medical marijuana.

WBOC reports that County Executive Bob Culver is neither for nor against the facility.

He told the television station that he is aware of at least six  outfits looking to locate in the county.

The company says the facility could cost up to $8 million to build and could provide 40 to 50 jobs.


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with 16 companies for cleaning up the Central Chemical Superfund site in Hagerstown.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that the agency and the state of Maryland have reached agreement with the companies for more than $14.3 million contain contaminated soils and waste on site of the Central Chemical Corp. facility.

The companies will reimburse EPA $945,000 for past costs and additional funds for future costs.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Washington County prosecutors are weighing a report on the death of a man after he was shocked by a police stun gun in Hagerstown.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says it recently gave its findings to the state's attorney's office. Deputy First Class Carly Hose said Friday that prosecutors will hold a news conference when they are ready to announce results of the investigation.

Thirty-one-year-old Darrell Brown of Upper Marlboro died April 24 after Hagerstown city police were called to a home he allegedly had broken into.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The blues are back in Hagerstown.

The Western Maryland Blues Fest opens Thursday night with a free performance by Paul Pfau (fow), who competed on the NBC show "The Voice" this year.

The music continues with regional, national and international acts Friday and Saturday in the city center, and Sunday in City Park.

Saturday's headliner is British guitarist Matt Schofield; Sunday's is the Kansas-born harmonica-and-guitar duo Moreland & Arbuckle.

The festival is in its 20th year and has become the city's biggest tourism event.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died in police custody after officers used a stun gun as they arrested him during a break-in call.

Hagerstown police say officers responding to a 911 call reporting a break-in on Thursday night found a "highly agitated" man in front of the house. Believing the man was under the influence of drugs, police say officers requested an ambulance.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The minor league Hagerstown Suns are celebrating their 35th season despite a sometimes rocky relationship with the western Maryland city they call home.

The Suns open the season's first home game Thursday with a ceremonial first pitch by former player Dane Anthony. He pitched the team's first game in 1981. He's now the sheriff of nearby Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The event also includes the introduction of a locally produced craft beer called Bases Loaded from the Antietam Brewery.


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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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.


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.


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.


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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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. 


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.