Child molester gets 7 years for violating probation


A 78-year-old Harney man, who is serving two years in prison for molesting a young boy who visited his general store, was sentenced yesterday to more than seven years in prison for violating his probation in a similar case in 1994.

Luther I. Ridinger of the 5000 block of Harney Road served about nine months of a sentence imposed in 1994 by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

The remainder of that term, which Burns had suspended, was reimposed yesterday because Ridinger was found to have violated probation requiring that he have no contact with anyone younger than age 18.

Court records show Ridinger was convicted in June of third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses involving a young boy and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. to five years in prison.

Beck suspended three years of that sentence, but the conviction violated the no-contact terms of Ridinger's probation for the earlier offense. Ridinger will serve the remaining time concurrent with the term imposed in June.

Board won't reconsider ruling allowing gun ranges

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals will not reconsider its decision clearing the way for Taneytown Rod and Gun Club to open shooting ranges on a Frederick County farm.

At its Tuesday meeting, the board rejected a reconsideration request filed by opponents of the gun ranges.

The board approved a special exception last month that allows the club to build rifle, pistol and trap shooting ranges on its 128-acre farm in the 12000 block of Shoemaker Road, near Harney.

With the board's formal signing of its decision, opponents have 30 days to file an appeal in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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