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Store owner accused of assaulting boy

State police arrested the 74-year-old owner of a Harney convenience store Friday and charged him with attempting to fondle a 6-year-old boy who went to the store.

Luther I. Ridinger, owner of Ridinger's Store at Harney and Conover roads, was being held yesterday on $50,000 full bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

State police said in a news release that they had identified three other youngsters, all male, who reported being sexually assaulted by Mr. Ridinger. Police refused to release any additional information yesterday about the alleged offenses.

Mr. Ridinger was charged with four counts of assault and battery, six counts of third-degree sexual offense and one count of a fourth-degree sexual offense.

Nonprofit agency names pharmaceutical director

Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc. (IMA) in New Windsor has appointed Don Padgett as pharmaceutical services director.

Mr. Padgett has a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and a master's degree in Spanish from the University of Houston. He recently completed three years in Zaire with the Presbyterian Church as director of the Central Pharmacy in Kananga.

IMA is a nonprofit agency that distributes medical supplies for overseas health care programs.

Naval Academy gives commission to Bach

Navy Ensign Eric J. Bach, son of Bonnie B. Bach of Union Bridge, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned to his present rank in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Ensign Bach was a 1989 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School. He will report for duty at the Navy's flight school in Pensacola, Fla.

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