Police and fire briefs for Dec. 20, 2012

Judge revokes bail after new DWI arrest

A state district judge revoked bail for a man accused in a July vehicular homicide after he was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Wednesday.

Judge Mike Erwin revoked bail for Matthew Harding, 31, 18179 Pride-Baywood Road, Pride, which was originally set at $100,000, Moore said.

Erwin also set a $100,000 bail for Harding’s recent DWI arrest. However, Harding cannot bond out on that charge because of the revocation of his vehicular homicide bail, Moore said.

Harding was booked Sunday after Zachary police found him passed out in his truck in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Main Street, an affidavit of probable cause says. Harding’s truck ran into another vehicle in the lot, the affidavit says.

Officers booked Harding on a fourth-offense DWI, even though his breath sample detected no alcohol, because evidence at the scene indicated Harding was impaired, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid has said.

Officers also took a urine sample and sent it to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, McDavid said.

According to court documents, Harding had amphetamines and a marijuana metabolite in his system July 11 when his vehicle allegedly hit an oncoming 2005 Toyota Corolla and killed its driver, 48-year-old Nancy Pierce, of Clinton.

After the July 11 fatal accident, Harding was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of vehicular homicide, third-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving left of center, aggravated obstruction of a highway and no seat belt.

Harding’s parents bonded their son out after the July 11 fatal accident by posting a property bond, Clerk of Court records show.

Third teen booked in school gun possession

East Baton Rouge Parish authorities arrested a third student Wednesday in connection with a loaded .40-caliber handgun found on the campus of Park Forest Middle School, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Drug Task Force booked a 14-year-old Park Forest seventh-grader into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on one count each of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and possession of a stolen firearm, Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

No more arrests are expected, Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The School Drug Task Force arrested two other Park Forest Middle School students, both eighth-graders, on Tuesday after finding the gun in a bookbag inside an outdoor trash can on the school’s campus at 3760 Aletha Drive, Hicks said.

A 13-year-old and 14-year-old, both eighth-graders, were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on counts of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and possession of a stolen firearm, Hicks said.

The bookbag belonged to one of the eighth-grade students arrested, she said.

The gun is believed to have been stolen from Tangipahoa Parish in a 2011 residential burglary, Hicks said.

The names of the teenagers were not released.

Woman sought in counterfeit purchase

Detectives are searching for a woman accused of using counterfeit money to buy gift cards from a Rite Aid store on Dec. 8, according to a East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.

The crimes occurred at 4:50 p.m. at the Rite Aid store at 9031 Siegen Lane.

The woman purchased two Green Dot Money Packs, which are prepaid credit cards, with 11 counterfeit $50 bills, totaling $550 dollars, at the pharmacy checkout.

The woman is described as black, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a purple shirt, white shorts, and sandals. She has a tattoo on her right upper arm that appears to be three lines of words in black ink.

Anyone with information concerning the incident or the identity of the woman is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000.

Crime Stoppers also is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-STOP or (225) 344-7867.

Man, 19, shot outside park after argument

Baton Rouge Police were investigating a shooting Wednesday afternoon outside the Kernan Avenue BREC Park gym at Kernan Avenue and Main Street that left a 19-year-old man in critical condition, a police spokesman and BREC spokeswoman said.

Cheryl Michelet, BREC’s communications director, said two men began arguing over a basketball game and the argument continued as the two walked outside with three others following them.

One of the two men involved in the argument shot the other in the chest at least once, police spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.

The victim was taken to a hospital by a bystander. The shooter and two others outside when the argument and shooting took place fled, Michelet said.

An unarmed BREC security officer tried to intervene, but was not able to prevent the shooting, Michelet said.

Anyone with information related to this shooting is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.

Authorities book 2 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.