Police and fire briefs for Jan. 15, 2013

Keandre Collins
Keandre Collins

Loaded gun found in student’s backpack

A School Drug Task Force officer reported finding a loaded gun Monday in the backpack of a 13-year-old Capitol Middle School student, who was taken into custody.

Authorities found the .380-caliber handgun in the sixth-grader’s backpack at 12:40 p.m., according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.

The gun was reported stolen through Baton Rouge police, and school officials were investigating an argument between two students when they found it, the release says.

The student will be booked with carrying a firearm by a student on school property and illegal possession of a stolen firearm, the release says.

Police seek clues on
man’s whereabouts

Police are looking for a 25-year-old man missing for at least 11 days.

Keandre Collins was reported missing by his family on Jan. 3 after they last spoke with him by phone on Dec. 29, a police news release says.

Collins is a black man, 6 feet tall, 145 pounds and was last seen wearing black jeans, a light brown jacket and a red shirt.

Collins has a mole on the right side of his top lip and letters spelling out “SELF PAID” tattooed across his fingers. He has a low-cut Afro haircut.

Anyone with any information about Collins’ whereabouts is asked to contact police at (225) 389-3853.

Firefighters put out
fire in church attic

Firefighters arrived at 2041 Birch Road at 5 a.m. Monday and found a small fire in the church attic, Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

Entergy crews had to shut down the building’s power before firefighters could fully extinguish the fire, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction, Monte said in a news release.

The fire came under control at 6:46 a.m. and did not spread outside the attic, Monte said.

Three people in an apartment that had been added to the building were present during the fire, but not injured, Monte said. The apartment received no fire damage, he said.

Information, suspect sought in shooting

Police are investigating a nonfatal shooting late Sunday on Stearn Street.

Officers arrived at 11:40 p.m. to the 4700 block of Stearn Street and found an unidentified victim with what were described as minor injuries, police Capt. Dwayne Bovia said in a news release.

The victim was taken to a hospital, Bovia said.

Police do not have a motive or suspects in the shooting, Bovia said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Authorities book one on DWI count

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Elmo Brown, 50, 5061 Enterprise St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of first-offense DWI.

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