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August 13, 2007

Anne Arundel : Churchton

Police investigate man's drowning

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the death of a Churchton man in an apparent swimming accident at an Anne Arundel County beach yesterday afternoon, natural resources and fire officials said yesterday.

John Frederick Tucker Jr., 33, was taken to Anne Arundel County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Sgt. Kenneth Turner, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The man had been swimming at a beach at Chesapeake Drive and Exeter Street in Franklin Manor, a community in Churchton, said Battalion Chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

He said a 15-year-old girl, while swimming, discovered Tucker under the water. She and a woman attempted to pull him from the water. A county police officer also responded and helped to bring the man to the beach.

Liz F. Kay

Fires

Information sought on two blazes

Anne Arundel County fire investigators are seeking more information on two fires deemed suspicious, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters responded about noon Friday to a barn fire in the 5500 block of Greenock Road in Lothian. The 40-foot-by-100-foot building was engulfed in flames and had collapsed upon itself, said Battalion Chief Michael Cox.

Cox said that investigators have determined that the blaze was intentionally set. Anyone with information about the fire can may call the arson tip line at 410-222-TIPS.

Investigators are also seeking more information on a blaze in a vacant house in the 8100 block of Oakwood Road in southern Glen Burnie that occurred about 5 p.m. Friday.

The two-story, single-family dwelling was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Cox said.

Howard County

: Elkridge

Man's body found in wooded area

Howard County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Saturday in a wooded area near his Elkridge home.

He was identified as Bradford Lee Long, 21, of Athol Avenue.

Police said a man was walking in the woods off the 6400 block of Loudon Ave. about 4:30 p.m. when he detected an odor and called police.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore revealed no obvious signs of foul play, and a cause of death had not been determined, police said.

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