Quincy man drowns in pond

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Quincy man was among several unrelated drownings over the weekend.

Officers say Steve Johnston, 47, of Quincy drowned Sunday night while hunting for frogs in a private pond behind an Owen County home.

Johnston was alone in a boat when it capsized, a friend told officers.

Meanwhile, a 4-year-old boy and a teenager died in separate drownings over the weekend, according to state conservation officers.

The boy -- Mason C. Phifer of Tipton -- drowned while playing in the water with his sisters and a friend Sunday afternoon at the Hidden Lake Campground near the Grant County town of Fairmount, conservation officers said.

Divers found the boy's body in eight feet of water. There was no lifeguard on duty at the small lake.

Officers were also investigating the drowning of Anthony B. Cox, 19, of Avon at Raccoon Lake in Parke County.

His body was found Sunday night in about 15 feet of water about 150 feet from shore. Cox was swimming in an area that was closed because of high water.

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  • Please check your facts and correct the name of Steve Johnson to Steve Johnston. Do you have any idea how much panic the wrong name in an article can cause? Dang.

    -- Posted by loco on Tue, Jul 8, 2008, at 7:59 AM
  • Channel Six News has it as Steve Johnson also.


    -- Posted by Utah on Tue, Jul 8, 2008, at 1:59 PM
  • The Banner Graphic is not the only news source who makes mistakes. Awhile ago, there was a man who drowned in the high waters and WTHR and WRTV news had the town of Coatesville spelled Coatsville.



    So before criticising the Banner Graphic, make sure YOU never make mistakes!

    -- Posted by Sunflowermel on Tue, Jul 8, 2008, at 2:12 PM
  • My thoughts and prayers are with his family

    -- Posted by mom1577 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 7:31 PM
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