Police and fire briefs for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Two dogs killed in southeast BR fire

A Thursday morning house fire at 17819 Christopher’s Crossing killed two dogs and sent a third to the veterinarian, the St. George Fire Protection District reported in an email.

“Three large dogs were recovered from the home with no pulse and unresponsive from smoke inhalation,” St. George spokesman Eldon Ledoux said. “Firefighters performed CPR and administered oxygen to each,” but could only revive one of them.

Units were dispatched at 9:23 a.m. and the first truck arrived at 9:27 a.m., finding dense smoke in the house, he said. The fire was extinguished at 9:46 a.m. and investigation into its cause is ongoing.

“The fire appears to have begun in the kitchen area and caused moderate fire and heavy smoke damage,” Ledoux said. “The exact cause and point of origin of the fire is undetermined.

“No one was home at the time of the fire, so there were no (human) injuries,” he said.

Police arrest man, 20, in June bank robbery

Police on Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man accused of robbing Fidelity Savings Bank, 5643 Corporate Blvd., in early June.

Matthew Smith, 3749 St. Katherine Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of simple robbery, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Smith is accused of walking into the bank on the afternoon of June 4 and passing a note demanding money to a bank teller. Once he received money, Smith fled the bank on foot, McKneely said.

A recent Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of Smith, who was already in Parish Prison for an unrelated reason, McKneely said.

Four DWI suspects booked into prison

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

Gerald Albers, 54, 18483 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license expired, driver’s license suspended or revoked.

Jason Bourgeois, 43, 8065 Allen D Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, disobeying a police officer and possession of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

Michael Hall, age unavailable, 40109 Pelican Roost, Gonzales, underage DWI, reckless operation and headlights required.

Kayla Unbehagen, 23, 612 S. Kenilworth Parkway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

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