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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Our Bereano railroaded by fed prosecutors A14 Study herbs before you try to grow them SEE CHEF'S CHOICE Bl Van Slyke gets Orioles invite Cl Skins' success hinges on draft OCTO ARCHIVES 312 LAUREL AVE LAUREL MD 20707 TOMORROW SOME SUN DETAILS. PAGE A1B WEDNESDAY APRIL ANNAPOLIS. MD 35C Murdered woman knew suspect Strangled elderly victim 'adored him' By P.J. SHUEY Staff Writer As detectives yesterday continued to gather evidence at the house where a 74-year-old Annapolis-area woman was friends of the victim said one of the men accused in the sJaymg had known her all his life and had been treated generously by her Katherme Huntt of 459 Wagga- mon died Saturday night after she was strangled with a dog leash. One of two men charged with first- degree James C of 209-G Victor Parkway in grew up two houses from the victim. has known Katie since he was an said a friend of the McGee and Ryon families who asked not to be identified adored the friend said used to dote on -Ms. Ryon. who had a doctorate in nursing and had worked at a Washington-area retired years ago She was well-known in the Charge Another form of ID please ASSOCIATED PRESS To curb credit-card Maryland businesses soon will start asking their charge customers for another piece of identification to verify that the custom- er is really the card holder The General Assembly this year passed legislation that will allow mer- chants to request identification from charge-card users something that has been against the law. About five years the state en- acted a law that said a retailer could not request or record an address or phone number in credit-card transac- said Thomas president of the Maryland Retail Merchants As- sociation. was an assumption that re- tailers were selling the information to third parties for marketing he said. were using it for their own marketing but most custom- ers made up false phone numbers and addresses anyway. is this great myth that re- tailers are selling customer but why would you sell your customer list to your Under the new retailers Page INSIDE AftUNMEL Baltimore Gas ancf Electric Co. plans to file this week for-a 7.6 percent rate-increase'for gas company officials said. H 4 SO Arundet 01 Editorials. A14 Ask a B7 Kent island B6 Calendar....... A5 Lottery................ A4 Capital Camera.... D14 Military News. A12 Chefs Choice...... Bl-4 Movies...............B13 Classified.... 02 Obituaries...........A15 Cormcs.......... Bll Police A15 Crossword........... 012 Sports................Cl-6 Death Notices 014 Television...........B13 Dog's World A13 Tides A15 Dr. Gon............... A10 West County........ B8 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable. Circulation..................268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 community of Wild Rose an affluent area on the South River out- side Annapolis. was a very sophisti- well-to-do and very pri- the friend said. was highly thought Mr. McGee collapsed after being arrested by county police and was taken to North Arundel Hospital. Sources who asked not to be identified said he overdosed on methadone and has been placed on life-support. Hospital officials would say only that he's condition in the inten- sive care unit and is under police guard The second suspect in the murder is Richard W Willoughby. 35. also of 209 Victor Parkway in Annapolis Police records didn't show an apartment num- ber He was ordered held in the county detention center without bond yester- day by District Court Judge Clayton Greene A bullet in the chest couldn't stop Mc JAMES C. MCGEE grew up near victim. In charging documents filed with the county police Detective David McDonald said Ms. Ryon was strangled Saturday night following a struggle at her home Her body was discovered the next day by a neighbor who was checking on her Mr McGee and Mr Willoughby were found by city police on Saturday night RICHARD W. WILLOUGHBY second In in Ms. Ryon's car in the 1300 block of Tyler Avenue Officers impounded the car but let the men go City police apparently failed to contact Ms Ryon to ask about the car or check on her welfare. County police arrested the two men on Monday Page By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer A first-degree murder charge against a 41-year-old Annapolis man caps .a long criminal career that even a bullet in the chest couldn't stop. Both men charged in the strangula- tion of a 74-year-old Katherine Huntt Ryon of Wild Rose Shores have crimi- nal records Suspect Richard W. Willoughby has been arrested once but James Calvert McGee's rap sheet stretches back more than a decade On. Jan Mr. McGee was shot by a city police officer during a botched robbery attempt at an Annapolis store. Mr. McGee forced an employee and several customers to the floor at the Fabrikworks shop on Maryland Ave- grabbing some cash from the register. When he wasn't satisfied with the he robbed the customers of cash. Police had been alerted to the rob- bery by an upstairs tenant who heard Mr. McGee shouting. When Officer Robert Foley Jr he chased Mr. McGee up a flight of stairs. Mr. McGee was shot once in the but crashed through a ran across some. rooftops and was finally caught at a nearby still kicking at police as he lay in a pool of blood. He was taken to the Shock-Trauma Unit of University Hospital in Balti- more and eventually recovered. During the he brandished a .pistol that turned out to be a plastic toy. In September Circuit Court Judge H. Chester Goudy sentenced him to seven years in prison after Mr. McGee pleaded guilty in July to twjj counts of robbery Page QUIET WATERS CATERING DEAL IRKS COUPLE By Bob Gilbert The Capital BUI Brawn and Ms fiances Tara Ledger stt at Quiet where they plan a July IS wadding. The Annapolis couple complains that an exclusive county contract tor catering at the Blue Heron Center Is costlier than supplying their own food for the Catering monopoly 'ridiculous' ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer Bill Brown was planning the perfect wedding at Waters Park when the county's exclusive catering contract left a bad taste in his mouth. Mr. Brown and his Tara charge that the monopoly held by The Main Ingredient Is unfair and more expensive than competitors. County officials say they've tried to work with Mr. but that his demands and he has unreasonable expectations. have bent over backward to work with this said Jay the park's chief of special facilities. The Annapolis couple appealed to the County Council Monday night for help to circumvent the Department of Recreation and Parks contract for their July IS wedding. Council members agreed to study the and Mr. Brown plans to meet Tuesday with County Executive John G. Gary Jr. The conflict stems from the county's two- year contract with The Main Ingredient is totally ridiculous. My point is I'm being discriminated Bill prospective groom that began last June 1. The county receives 15.3 percent of sales from the catered events at the park. The county switched to a single caterer because previous contractors responsible for the Visitors Center cafeteria quit during money-losing winter months. Now the more lucrative Blue Heron Center is tied to The Main Ingredient cafe. But eight caterers who previously provided services at the park protested the change and said Blue Heron contracts should be doled out individually. Only two companies bid on the although 28 attended a prebid meeting. Mr. Brown argued that the park is a public facility built with tax money and should be open to everyone. The government should not grant a monopoly to a he argued. is totally Mr. Brown said. point is I'm being discriminated But catering much like golf fees or park pay up to two-thirds of the cost of operating Quiet Waters Mr. Cuccia said. Mr. Brown even quoted for the council a portion of the contract that appears to allow an exception. superintendent reserves the right to schedule the use of the Blue Heron Center to groups who wish to self-cater which would require no service from food he read from the contract. That passage was Intended only to nonprofit groups that have met regularly at the building since before the contract Mr. Cuccia said. we give in to we might as well invalidate the Mr. Cuccia said. Renting the Blue Heron Center with a Pate Rock thrower B provides new leads By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer Rodt-throwing vandals who have terrorized south county motorists struck again Monday but county police say the the crime produced leads that could help them find the culprits in a similar incident that killed a DeaJe man The latest crime occurred around 9 p m. in 14 days after a rock thrown from a moving car killed Kevin as he drove on Bay Front Road in Tracvs Landing. County who have assigned two investigators to the case full- said the lat- est victim was a 19-year-old Bowie resident whose windshield was hit at Route 256 and Franklin Manor Road. He wasn't injured. The incident oc- curred about the same time that Mr. Gallagher was killed on April and police said there's a strong possibility the Monday night crime was committed by the same person. many people do you think are down there throwing rocks at motor That's not something that's said Detective Jack Payne of the Police Depart- ment's Southern District Station. In contrast to the Gallagher there were Monday he said. making Detective Payne said. j don't see an arrest imminently. The problem with this caw is there's no physical except the rock from the Gallagher case. The rock used in Monday night's incident wasn't do have some leads as a result of this incident he declining to give more specific information He would not release a description of the car in Monday night's case. In the April 3 case the culprit's car was described as small and dark. are asking if they know anything not what they hear to give us a Detective Payne said. The number for the Team Police Unit at the Southern District Station is 222-1965 Page Latest rock throwing Incident ;