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Ex-Officer Gets 2.5 Years In Bank Break-In

Greenbelt, Md. (AP)- A former Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 21/2 years in prison for orchestrating a bank break-in.

A federal judge sentenced 42-year-old Eddie Smith Jr. of Fort Washington on Monday and ordered him to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Smith pleaded guilty in July to breaking into a Temple Hills SunTrust bank last year.

According to his plea agreement, Smith drove 54-year-old Earl Blake of Capitol Heights to the bank in his cruiser, then gave him tools and instructions on how to cut open an ATM safe. Firefighters responded to the bank after receiving an alarm and saw Blake inside. Blake fled and Smith ran around the bank as though he were pursuing him, but then fled himself.

Blake was sentenced to five months in prison.

College Park and Beltsville Seniors Beaten at Gun-Point While Houses Robbed

A Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge has sentenced Leonard Steven Riddle, 23, of Beltsville to 67 years.  Mr. Riddle pled guilty on 6 various counts on May 28, 2010.  He pled guilty to one count of attempted murder, one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of assault in the first degree, two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted murder. 

“This violent criminal has been held accountable for the loss of property and piece of mind for people in the College Park and Beltsville areas.  This sentence sends a strong message that violent robberies will not be tolerated in our community,” commented State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey. 

National Archives Government Contractor Gets Jail Time for Attempting to Steal Nearly $1 Million

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Robert Caleb McCray, age 44, of Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday to 15 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, in connection with a scheme to steal $958,280.64 from the United States.  Judge Williams also ordered McCray to pay restitution of $958,280.64 and to forfeit two vehicles purchased with the proceeds of the scheme.

        The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland  Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Aaron Collins, of the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General; and the National Archives and Records Administration Office of Inspector General.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

College Park Robbery

A warrant was issued for 19-year-old Chernor Alie Jah of the 8800 block of Piney Branch Rd. in Silver Spring. He was taken into custody September 9th.

Police believe Jah was one of three suspects who attacked and robbed 2 victims in the 7200 block of Baltimore Ave in College Park on August 8th.  The other suspects are still on the loose.

Jah is being held at the Dept. of Corrections - no bond.

College Park Break-In Leads to Arrest

A man has been arrested by the University of Maryland police for allegedly breaking into the house of a student in College Park, MD.

When reporting the incident to police, the student stated the suspect entered her off-campus home through a door that was left unlocked.  When she confronted him, he told her he was looking to rent a room in the residence.  The suspect took off running after she asked him to leave.

James Francis Mohler, 51, of College Park, MD was arrested near the victims home and charged with burglary.

The break-in still causes concern with College Park residents and University police because the area where the break-in occurred is an area where many College Park students live.