Police and Fire briefs for June 13, 2013

BR woman sought
in meth lab explosion

An arrest warrant issued Tuesday accuses a 26-year-old woman of operating a meth lab that blew up on Feb. 24, causing thousands of dollars in damage to her apartment and leaving her with second-degree and third-degree burns.

Danell Christine Davis, of 5116 Highland Road Apt. 3, Baton Rouge, faces counts of aggravated arson, simple arson, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of property to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, the warrant says.

Baton Rouge fire and police investigators said they believe Davis was cooking meth in a secret lab using the “shake and bake” or “one bottle method,” the warrant says. They discovered substances believed to be meth and marijuana at the apartment, along with digital scales, a marijuana grinder and a pipe, the warrant says.

Man booked in attack on girlfriend at job

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a 24-year-old man accused of kicking open a door and physically abusing his live-in girlfriend.

Byron Courtney, 24, 8238 GSRI Ave., Apt. 3, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of home invasion, domestic abuse battery, simple damage to property and disturbing the peace, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The victim told deputies that following an argument with Courtney at her place of employment, Progressive Health Care, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, Baton Rouge, she went inside and locked the door, the affidavit says.

Courtney kicked open the door to the group home, yelled and cursed at those inside, grabbed the victim’s face and left in her vehicle, the affidavit says. Courtney was arrested at the couple’s apartment.

Man accused of filing false police report

A 21-year-old man accused of falsely reporting that he was robbed of his rental car, his cellphone and his wallet at gunpoint was arrested Tuesday by East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies.

Carlos De-La-Torre, 21, 16731 Stephanie Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of filing or maintaining false public records, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

De-La-Torre told deputies Monday night in the 1000 block of Manson Drive that he was supposed to be switching vehicles with his child’s mother when he was robbed, the affidavit says.

Authorities later discovered that De-La-Torre’s vehicle was not stolen and he did not have a cellphone, the affidavit says.

De-La-Torre also allegedly stole a safe that contained drugs from a nearby apartment earlier Monday, the affidavit says.

De-La-Torre appeared to be intoxicated on some type of drug and his story continually changed during questioning, the affidavit says.

2 people booked
on DWI in EBR

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, records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Robert Jordan, 32, 5725 Glen Oaks Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, resisting an officer, failure to maintain control and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Christian Marchiafava, 20, 10406 Magnolia Lake Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

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