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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.

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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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.