Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Aug. 27, 2014

Man accused of making threats at BRCC

Baton Rouge police arrested a 27-year-old man accused Wednesday of threatening to shoot people on the campus of Baton Rouge Community College.

Campus police were notified by a witness who overheard a man saying he was going to shoot people on campus, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. Campus police found Damien McCray after the witness gave them a description of the man.

When Baton Rouge police arrived on campus, they arrested McCray, McKneely said. McCray did not have a weapon on him.

Once McCray was detained and campus police had some details about the incident, an email was sent to inform all faculty, staff and students about the threats, school spokesman Steve Mitchell said.

McCray is not a student at BRCC, Mitchell said.

McCray, whose address was not available, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of terrorizing.

Man arrested on counts of aggravated arson

A 29-year-old man accused of setting fire to his grandmother’s shed on July 31, causing a blaze that quickly engulfed the house and forced his grandmother and two children to flee, was arrested Wednesday morning.

The grandmother awoke at 3:15 a.m. when she heard someone outside her house in the 2700 block of Indiana Street and saw that her backyard shed was on fire, according to the arrest warrant.

She ran inside to get the two children and raced with them to her car, where she saw grandson Kentrell Jason Ross, whom she had kicked out of her house a week earlier for stealing from her, standing by the car, the warrant says. Ross told her he had been watching the house all night.

He also told her she couldn’t leave because her car had a flat tire, but she left anyway, the warrant says.

The shed contained lawn equipment for Ross’ father, who had reprimanded Ross for giving his grandmother problems, the warrant says.

Fire investigators learned someone had doused the shed in flammable liquid before setting it ablaze, the warrant says.

Firefighters extinguished the flames at about 4:40 a.m., but returned to the home three hours later when the fire re-ignited in a part of the house damage during the first fire.

Ross, whose address was not available, will be booked into Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated arson, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Authorities book man on suspicion of DWI

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

John Goodwin, 20, 139 Downing Court, Bossier City, was booked on counts of driving while intoxicated and improper lane usage.

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