Police and fire briefs for Feb. 9

JAMES TULLOS
JAMES TULLOS

Man lied about role in crash, police claim

Baton Rouge police Thursday arrested a 40-year-old Baton Rouge man who lied to police about how a fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Jan. 26, claiming he altered the crash scene to make it look like the motorcyclist was at fault, an affidavit warrant says.

Police booked Lendell W. Williams, 8820 Greenwell Springs Road, into Parish Prison on one count each of vehicular homicide, second-offense DWI, reckless operation, vehicle entering highway from private driveway, suspended driver’s license, obstruction of justice and filing or maintaining false public records, the warrant says.

Police said Williams’ car was in the middle of the road when motorcyclist Edward Mims struck the car and sustained fatal injuries in the crash, the warrant says.

Williams moved his car back into the driveway and told police Mims hit him while the car was in the driveway, the warrant says.

Police determined Williams blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.104 percent, the warrant says.

BR man accused
of raping 11-year-old

Sheriff’s deputies Friday arrested a 47-year-old Baton Rouge man who allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl, an affidavit of probable cause says.

Deputies booked Troy Lionel Williams, 13921 Poydras Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a minor, the affidavit says.

The victim’s mother found the child crying underneath the bed and observed Williams looked nervous while sitting on the bed, the affidavit says.

Fight over cellphone leads to arrest

A woman accused of striking her son several times in the upper torso with a broom handle Wednesday and punching him several times in the face during a dispute over a cellphone was arrested Thursday, an affidavit of probable cause says.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kimberly Stevenson, 34, 7940 Keel Ave., Baton Rouge, and booked her into Parish Prison on one count each of cruelty to juveniles, the affidavit says.

The child called his grandmother and asked her if he could stay with her because he was tired of his mother “beating” him, the affidavit says.

She called deputies who, following a medical exam of the victim, arrested Stevenson, who admitted to striking him several times, the affidavit says.

He told deputies she has beaten him several times in the past, but he never told anyone, the affidavit says.

Family brawl leads to stabbing, police say

Baton Rouge police arrested a 51-year-old Baton Rouge man who allegedly stabbed his cousin in the chest with a pocket knife during an argument at 3:44 p.m. Thursday, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Police booked George Turner, 648 Halfway Tree Road, into Parish Prison on Friday on one count of attempted second-degree murder, the affidavit says.

Turner and the victim were intoxicated and began arguing when the victim pulled out a box cutter, the affidavit says.

Turner knocked the box cutter out of the victim’s hand, then pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim in the chest while a witness tried to pull the victim away from Turner, the affidavit says.

Investigators suspect fire started in attic

Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators say a fire that caused about $90,000 in damage to a home in the 3200 block of Jefferson Avenue on Friday morning began in the attic near the attic fan, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters responded to a call at about 5:45 a.m. of a fire at a home where 10 people lived and found the fire had already consumed about 70 percent of the house, spokesman Robert Combs said in a news release.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 6:36 a.m.

By the time people living in the home noticed the fire, it had already spread, Combs said.

No injuries were reported and the investigation was ongoing, Combs said.

Bogus check-cashing suspects sought

Baton Rouge police are looking for two people suspected of cashing counterfeit checks at Baton Rouge area businesses since No. 16, a police spokesman said.

Police are searching for James Tullos, 44, and Tammy Torina, 33, no current address available, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.

The two have been seen in a 2001 Dodge Dakota with a Louisiana tag of B793795, McKneely said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the financial crimes division at 389-3871 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

13 DWI suspects booked into prison

Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including two Baton Rouge residents on third-offense DWIs — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them are:

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