2 drown in separate weekend incidents

In Howard, teen dies after jumping fence at pool

May 23, 2004|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

Two people drowned in separate incidents this weekend, one a Columbia teen who apparently jumped the fence at a closed Columbia community pool, the other a man who fled the scene of an attempted break-in and started swimming in the Severn River.

Howard County police were investigating yesterday the drowning of Corey Antonio Fontaine, 14, of the 5300 block of Brookway in Columbia, who was pulled by another teen from a neighborhood center pool about 8 p.m. Friday.

The pool was not open for the season, but police believe Fontaine and a group of friends climbed over the fence.

Fontaine was not breathing when he was pulled from the water, and a shopper at a convenience store near the pool, which is in the 5700 block of Columbia Road, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, police said.

Fontaine was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 10 p.m., police said.

Early yesterday morning, police said, a man drowned after an attempted break-in at a Crownsville home.

Anne Arundel County police were called to the 1000 block of Tudor Drive about 5 a.m. after a homeowner saw a male he described as being 16 to 18 years old trying to break through his back door.

The homeowner told police that the suspect left through the back yard and headed toward Pullen Drive.

After police dogs checked the area, officers found a person they believe was the suspect singing and talking to himself while swimming in the Severn River.

While officers were arranging for a boat to help bring the suspect to shore, he disappeared from sight, police said.

Anne Arundel County firefighters, Maryland Natural Resources police, U.S. Coast Guard officers and state police searched for the man.

County firefighters found a body in the river about 8:30 a.m., department spokesman George Wiseman said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Wiseman said.

Police did not identify him yesterday.

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