East Columbia

April 06, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Drowning of man, 23, in Jackson's Pond is ruled accidental State medical examiners have ruled that the drowning of a 23-year-old man whose body was found Saturday in Jackson's Pond in Long Reach Village was accidental.

Albert Chadwick Garant of the 5400 block of New Grange Garth, Columbia, was an epileptic, and medical examiners determined yesterday that he may have had a seizure and fallen into the water before drowning.

Two teen-agers who were fishing discovered Mr. Garant's body in the pond about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Howard County police said. It was in about three feet of water and about three feet from the shore.

Mr. Garant, who was engaged to be married, had moved to Columbia from Wyandotte, Mich., in August to work as a salesman with his father, a transportation broker, said Marilyn Atkinson, his stepmother.

A volleyball enthusiast, he wanted to design a line of volleyball clothing, she said.

The pond was close to their house and he frequently went there to fish, she added. Her stepson had experienced seizures for five or six years -- the most recent one last week.

She said he left to go fishing about noon Saturday with a small tackle box and a fly rod.

When he had not returned home by 6:30, his father, Albert Richard Garant, went to the pond looking for him and discovered the police already there.

POLICE LOG

* Kings Contrivance: 8900 block of Early April Way: Police spotted a man looking into cars about midnight Monday, but he fled. He was apprehended a short time later, and found carrying a bag with broken auto glass, tools and a stolen credit card. George Milton Colbert, 27, of the 6000 block of Major's Lane, was charged with theft and being a rogue and vagabond.

* Long Reach: 6700 block of Summer Rambo Court: Someone moved a sliding glass door about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. An alarm sounded, scaring away the intruders.

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