DEATH IN CUSTODY
Man dies in Md. police custody after chase
WHITE MARSH, Md. (AP) - The Harford County Sheriff's Office says a man died after deputies used electronic stun guns to subdue him.
Deputies say about 8 p.m. Wednesday, 30-year-old Arvel Douglas Williams of Baltimore fled in his pickup truck after they saw him engage in drug activity. Authorities say Williams led deputies on a chase into Baltimore County, where he crashed into a Baltimore County police patrol vehicle.
Officers say Williams resisted arrest and deputies used electronic stun guns to subdue him. Deputies say after Williams was handcuffed, he appeared to be in medical distress.
Williams was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The sheriff's office says Williams had a white, powdery substance covering his face, which was field tested and reacted positively for cocaine.
Baltimore County police are investigating the incident.
Anne Arundel police chief speaks at NAACP event
GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis says he stands by the department's decision to charge a man with murder, even though a judge dismissed all charges.
Davis spoke Thursday night at an event in Glen Burnie held by the NAACP to discuss the shooting of Kendall Green last September.
He was shot and killed by Matthew Pinkerton as he tried to enter Pinkerton's home to talk to his wife.
Davis told the group at John Wesley United Methodist Church police are committed to diversity and community policing.
The event was held to discuss Green's death and the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Federal judge allows busking at Metro stations
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling allowing performers to work for tips outside Metro stations in the Washington region.
Street performer Alex Young challenged Metro's rules that bar buskers from performing at Metro stations. Young, represented by the Charlottesville, Virginia-based Rutherford Institute in federal court, argued that the rules were an illegal infringement of his free-speech rights.
The Washington Post reports that last week, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell issued a preliminary injunction against Metro that allows Young and others to work for tips while the lawsuit progresses.
The Rutherford Institute also successfully challenged rules restricting street performers from working for tips on the boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland.
Bus to connect downtown Salisbury with university
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A new bus service will better connect downtown Salisbury to the students at Salisbury University.
Bus service dubbed the Downtown Trolley will begin Thursday in the city.
The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the bus service is funded through a $50,000 state grant, with an additional $16,000 from the city.
The bus, built to resemble a trolley, will run during the fall semester on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fares will be $1 each way.
Officials hope the service will help build connections between the downtown and university communities.
More than 8,000 undergraduates and 600 graduates attend Salisbury.
Md. ban on grain alcohol hurts violin makers
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
Silver Spring violin maker Howard Needham tells The Washington Post that nothing works better than Everclear grain alcohol for making the varnishes he uses to repair chipped or broken musical instruments. He's been hoarding whatever grain alcohol he can get his hands on since the ban took effect last month.
Other violin makers report similar concerns.
Maryland became one of several states to ban sales of alcohol at 190 proof or higher. Leaders at Maryland's colleges and universities supported the ban, saying students abused grain alcohol as a cheap way to get drunk.
Baltimore celebrates new music festival
DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore's indie music, art and theater scene is packing up and heading to the woods.
The first-ever Fields Festival is three days of camping and music at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, beginning Friday. The festival features some of Baltimore's most beloved underground artists and musicians, such as Dan Deacon, Matmos and Flock of Dimes.
Campers can also look forward to comedy shows, art installations and dance performances on multiple stages across the campground, which is equipped with a pool, a ropes course and cabins for those city slickers less inclined to pitch a tent.
The festival's co-organizers, Amanda Schmidt and Stewart Mostofsky, say some are calling Fields, "Whartscape in the Woods" - a nod to the weird, quirky, now-defunct festival co-organized by Deacon.
Retailers fill Hagerstown downtown - for weekend
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A private group in Hagerstown aims to give downtown redevelopment a boost by showing people what a thriving city center could look like.
Rori Daughtridge of the Downtown Movement tells the The Herald-Mail that at least six local business based outside the city center are opening temporary, "pop-up" shops in vacant downtown storefronts this weekend.
The project runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Daughtridge says some of the businesses are considering opening permanent downtown stores.
The event coincides with one of the city's biggest annual events, the German-themed Augustoberfest, now in its 19th year.
The outdoor, beer-and-polka party on Saturday and Sunday celebrates the relationship between Hagerstown and its sister city, Wesel (VAY-sel), Germany.
Delaney to meet with Boonsboro officials
BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) - Rep. John Delaney is scheduled to meet with local Boonsboro officials.
The congressman will be in downtown Boonsboro on Friday. He will be there with Mayor Skip Kauffman and other city officials.
Delaney also will meet with officials at the Boonsboro First Hose Company.
The congressman's office helped the company get 501(c) status. That enabled the company to receive a donation from best-selling romance author Nora Roberts, who is a Boonsboro native.
Later in the morning, Delaney will have coffee with constituents.
AL GORE-AL JAZEERA
Gore lawyers challenge secrecy in Al Jazeera suit
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for former Vice President Al Gore are challenging an effort by Al Jazeera America to keep details of a Delaware Chancery Court lawsuit secret.
Gore and his Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt claim in the lawsuit filed last week that Al Jazeera is improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million last year.
Many parts of the complaint have been blacked out at the request of Al Jazeera, but Gore's attorneys challenged the redactions in court papers this week. They say the redactions are inconsistent with the principle of public access to courts.
Al Jazeera has denied the allegations in the lawsuit and says the escrows funds were for indemnification from third-party claims to which it is entitled.
Driver's body found inside taxicab in Millsboro
MILLSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say the driver of a taxicab was found dead in his vehicle parked on the shoulder of a road in Millsboro.
Police say a passer-by called troopers and reported the suspicious taxicab around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers found 45-year-old William Toomey of Millsboro dead inside the passenger compartment. Toomey was a driver employed by Delaware Beach Taxi.
Troopers say Toomey's death is a homicide. Police say they will not release the cause or manner of death to avoid compromising the investigation.
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