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Boy, 3, dies at hospital after apparent drowning

A 3-year-old boy died yesterday afternoon at St. Joseph Medical Center, the victim of an apparent drowning after he fell into a pool at a home on Satyr Hill Road near Cub Hill, Baltimore County authorities said.

The child, whose name was not released, fell into the pool about noon outside a house in the 9200 block of Satyr Hill Road. He was pulled from the water by residents, who called 911.

Authorities said the crew of a county Fire Department ambulance attempted to revive the child at the scene and on the way to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The incident remained under investigation by county police.

- Richard Irwin


Man, 28, drowns in Patapsco after trying to wade in water

A 28-year-old Baltimore man drowned yesterday in the Patapsco River at Patapsco Valley State Park yesterday after trying to wade in the water, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Pedro Peralta was picnicking and fishing with friends and family when he decided about 3 p.m. to cool off by wading near Bloedes Dam in the Avalon area of the park, despite signs warning against swimming and his not knowing how to swim, said Cpl. Jim Eisenhauer.

Peralta was sucked under the dam, and friends, family and fishermen in the area were unable to save him. Rescue divers from Howard and Baltimore counties recovered his body about three hours later.


Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of Arundel couple

Homicide are investigating the shooting deaths of a married couple in their Glen Burnie home Saturday as a possible murder-suicide, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

"It's looking more like that," said police Capt. Pam Davis.

Davis said the couple's son called police about 11:20 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, Carolyn Ruth Boner, 58, was dead and Robert Neil Boner, 62, was unconscious. He later died at North Arundel Hospital.

State medical examiners performed autopsies yesterday. Further information about the deaths was not released.

- Melissa Harris


City schools official remains in hospital after car crash

Baltimore school board member Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, a day after a car driven by his wife crossed the center line of Route 140 in Westminster, collided with another car and then struck a motorcycle, authorities said.

The operator of the motorcycle, 45-year-old David Alan Eline of Finksburg, was killed in the late-afternoon accident, according to state police.

Myra Hettleman, 64, and the two occupants of the other car were released after treatment at Carroll Hospital Center, police said. The accident remained under investigation, and no charges had been filed.

Kalman Hettleman, 70, an attorney who formerly had a seat on the school board and years ago held top city and state social services posts, was named to the school board in January by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley after member David J. Stone resigned last year.

- Melissa Harris

Metro Digest items yesterday and Sunday incorrectly reported that Myra Hettleman was released from a hospital after treatment for injuries she suffered in a car crash Saturday. In fact, Hettleman, the wife of a city school board member also hurt in the crash, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where she was listed in fair condition yesterday. The Sun regrets the error.
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