Lifeguard, 22, drowns at Hampton PoolA 22-year-old...

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September 08, 1992|By From Staff Reports

TOWSON — Lifeguard, 22, drowns at Hampton Pool

A 22-year-old lifeguard at the Hampton Pool drowned yesterday, apparently while atempting to match a friend's underwater swimming feat, authorities said.

Gregory Lloyd Devigne of the first block of Bussing Court in Timonium was found by other lifeguards in the deep end of the pool about 5:30 p.m., Baltimore County police reported.

The lifeguards were inside the pool office when Mr. Devigne began swimming. One guard at the private pool told police that Mr. Devigne had tried earlier to match a friend's feat of swimming two laps underwater with one breath and may have been trying again when he drowned.

Guards pulled Mr. Devigne from the pool but neither they nor the paramedics who had been summoned were able to revive him. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m. at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Waterlogged tree falls onto porch roof

BALTIMORE

A large tree whose roots apparently had been loosened by heavy weekend rains crashed onto the porch roof of a rowhouse in Northwest Baltimore yesterday morning, causing an undetermined amount of damage.

Residents of the home at 2314 Anoka Ave. heard the crash about 9 a.m., when the 50-foot-high tree, which was about five feet in diameter, toppled against the porch roof -- barely missing the house itself.

"Suddenly we heard this big 'Bang!' " said Sara Allen, 14, who lives at the house. She said the tree smashed the porch roof and pinned the door shut.

Sara said the tree had been on city property on a strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. It had been hauled away by city workers by afternoon.

Police were awaiting an autopsy report yesterday on a New York man whose body was found in a drainage ditch behind Fort Avenue on Sunday night.

A Locust Point boy led police to the body of the 54-year-old man, whose identify was not disclosed pending notification of his family. Police said there was no sign of trauma on the man's body.

Police said that shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday the boy reported seeing the man talking to himself in water up to his waist, just south of railroad tracks in the 1200 block of E. Fort Ave. By the time the boy returned with police, the man was dead.

Local donations dip to Jerry Lewis telethon

BALTIMORE

Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day weekend telethon for muscular dystrophy brought in $950,165 in donations and pledges in the Baltimore area.

The figure fell below last year's total of almost $1.1 million -- a drop that organizers blamed on rainy weather and a tighter ban on roadside solicitation by firefighters in Baltimore County.

County firefighters collected about $40,000 this year, according to Ellen Torres, district director for the Maryland branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Last year the firefighters collected $159,000, she said.

The telethon, aired in Baltimore on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), attracted some $45.7 million in pledges and donations nationwide.

That figure does not include millions of dollars in corporate contributions.

Donations are still being accepted at professionally staffed firehouses in Baltimore and Howard counties, Ms. Torres said.

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