Published August 19, 2006

Drug deal precedes fatal shooting of car passenger

ST. PETERSBURG - Police are investigating a homicide they say stemmed from a drug deal gone bad early Friday.

Tony Derwin Calloway, 47, of St. Petersburg, was a passenger in a car involved in a drug deal at Yarmouth Avenue S and 46th Street S around 5 a.m., police said.

A person described only as a black male on a blue bicycle shot Calloway in the lower body.

The driver of the vehicle, whose identity wasn't released, sped away, and Calloway lost consciousness. The driver pulled over at Sixth Avenue N and 28th Street N and called 911.

Calloway was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he died.

Police described Calloway as a career criminal. Records show numerous arrests for cocaine possession and burglary.

Police ask that anyone with information call Detective Gary Gibson at (727) 893-7512 or the communications center at (727) 893-7780.

Ex-VA hospital officer charged with stealing IDs

TAMPA - A former Department of Veterans Affairs police officer at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa was indicted Friday on identity theft charges.

James Richter, 43, of Plant City, also was charged with fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices, according to the indictment. If convicted on both counts, he could face up to 12 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Richter worked at Haley between August 2005 and February. He used a law enforcement database to gain access to personal information and used it to open fraudulent credit card accounts, the indictment said, and used the cards to make more than $24,000 in purchases, including a pickup and a motorcycle.

Richter was not believed to have accessed any personal information on patients at Haley, said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.