Crime Watch


April 05, 2006

Bus driver gets prison for illegal day passes

A former Maryland Transit Administration bus driver has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in illegally printing out day passes and selling them on the black market, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday. Francisco Rivera Jr., 53, was convicted Jan. 27 of felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft.

Investigators reported seeing Rivera board his bus 30 minutes early April 17, 2003, and print out 334 day passes before starting his route, according to prosecutors. MTA police detectives then saw Rivera give the passes to two other men, who were subsequently arrested while selling the passes. The two, Leon Scott and Leroy Stevenson, have previously pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

Circuit Judge Roger W. Brown gave Rivera a six-year prison sentence, suspending all but two years. Rivera also will be on supervised probation for three years, prosecutors said.

`Stop Snitching' star denied bail

A star of the Stop Snitching underground DVD who was arrested and charged with assault and robbery was denied bail yesterday by a District Court judge.

Ronnie Thomas - known on the street and in the video as "Skinny Suge" - will remain in jail until his preliminary hearing, scheduled for May 2.

Thomas was charged with beating one woman and robbing another woman in separate cases, police said.

Police also said they found signs of the production of a sequel to the DVD during a raid on a Southwest Baltimore apartment that Thomas frequented.

Brent Jones

Victims identified in 2 killings

Police identified yesterday two men fatally shot Monday night in separate areas of the city.

No arrests had been made, and police believe the shootings were unrelated. Motives were not known.

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., Aaron Mackey, 18, of the 5600 block of Ready Ave. in the Wilson Park community was standing in the 1900 block of Druid Hill Ave. near the 900 block of Presstman St. when an unknown assailant shot him in the head. Mackey was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later.

Less than an hour later, Nehemiah Johnson, 30, of the 2000 block of Boone St. in Waverly was outside the Cameo Lounge in the 4700 block of Harford Road when one of two men, who police said had been in the lounge moments earlier, shot Johnson in the head, police said. The mortally wounded Johnson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital trauma unit and died a short time later.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in either slaying.

Corrections officer charged

A captain in the Maryland Division of Correction was arrested and charged with drug possession after Baltimore police stopped his vehicle Friday morning for traffic violations, according to police charging documents.

A Baltimore police officer stopped Michael K. Kemp, 45, in the 2800 block of Harford Road in Northeast Baltimore about 8:45 a.m. According to charging documents, the officer found two vials that contained a substance believed to be cocaine in the man's front pocket.

Kemp was also charged with traffic offenses that included failing to attach license plates to his car and not wearing a seat belt, court records show.

The corrections officer works in the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in East Baltimore. Corrections officials said that internal affairs investigators with the state prison system have begun an inquiry into the incident.

Gus G. Sentementes

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