Police and fire briefs

Police arrest manin BR after chase

Authorities using police dogs and air support arrested an Opelousas man Thursday near Franwood and Landwood drives in Baton Rouge following an early morning chase from St. Martin Parish, State Police said.

Anthony J. Pickney Jr., 26, was driving a stolen BMW in St. Martin when troopers tried to pull him over at 6:15 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Breaux Bridge for a switched license plate, Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said in a news release.

Troopers booked Pickney, no address available, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated flight from an officer, resisting arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle and misrepresentation during booking, Hammons said.

Upon release from Parish Prison, Pickney will be booked into St. Martin Parish Jail on one count each of unauthorized use of a moveable, aggravated flight, reckless operation of a vehicle, switched license plate, driving under suspension and no seatbelt, Hammons said.

Livingston man heldin stalking of woman

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Wednesday arrested a 29-year-old Denham Springs man accused of leaving an ex-girlfriend harassing messages and threatening to set fire to her house.

Deputies arrested Lyle Christopher Poche, 7615 Magnolia Bridge Road, Denham Springs, on one count each of stalking and improper telephone communications, according to an affidavit warrant.

Poche allegedly left a message on an answering machine at the victim’s home in Livingston Parish on March 2 in which he threatened to set fire to her house and left another threatening message at her office in the 8400 block of Bluebonnet Boulevard on March 12, the warrant says.

On March 8, the victim’s neighbor alerted her that her house was on fire and investigators are labeling the cause of the fire as arson, the warrant says.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said her office did not have anything connecting Poche to the fire.

Baker man accusedof scamming elderly

A Baker man accused of defrauding several elderly people in a roofing scam was arrested late Wednesday, Baton Rouge police said Thursday.

Brandon Ferguson, 24, 550 Myrtle St., was arrested at his home by Baker police and booked with three counts of theft of assets of an aged person and one count of felony theft, Baton Rouge police Lt. Don Kelly said in a news release.

Ferguson, who had unknown accomplices, quoted the victims a low price and intimidated them into paying “significantly more than the amount quoted once the ‘work’ was completed,” Kelly said.

The victims are in their 80s and live in the Red Oaks and Broadmoor areas, Kelly said. Investigators believe there are other victims who have not reported similar incidents, he said.

The suspect’s vehicle associated with the thefts is a “beat up” 2003 Chevrolet extra-cab pickup, Kelly said. He urged anyone who may have been a victim in this case to contact police at (225) 389-3871.

9 booked on DWIcounts in EBR parish

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