Police and fire briefs for Nov. 6, 2013

Man arrested in home improvement fraud

A 37-year-old man accused of taking a $1,950 check from a 76-year-old man in April for home improvement work, but never completing the projects, has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Jonathan Wayne Leach, 110 N. River Road, Denham Springs, into Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of home improvement fraud and theft, prison records show.

The victim and Leach signed a proposal April 19 stating Leach would lay ceramic tile in the kitchen and build a wooden deck, according to the warrant.

The victim said Leach’s father built a wooden box that was supposed to be the base for the deck in May, but no other work was done, the warrant says.

When the detective contacted him in August, Leach said he was contacted by someone at the state Attorney General’s Office about the case and he would “make things right for the victim,” the warrant says.

Woman says ex-boxer struck, severed her lip

Police are looking for a boxer who struck a woman in the face so hard he severed part of her lip, according to court records.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Samuel Wallace, 45, 1140 N. Ardenwood Drive, Baton Rouge, for second-degree battery in the Aug. 26 incident, which occurred in the 3800 block of Pocasset Street.

The victim told authorities that Wallace is a former boxer.

An arrest warrant says Wallace, who has a criminal history dating to 1986, admitted to striking the woman.

Raising Cane’s worker accused of theft

A Raising Cane’s employee stole more than $2,600 from the restaurant over the span of about two years by voiding transactions, according to Baton Rouge police.

Kenneth J. Gaines, 27, 6613 Siegen Village, Baton Rouge, is wanted in the theft that occurred at the Drusilla Lane business, according to court records.

An arrest warrant for felony theft says Gaines initially denied the scheme but later gave a written confession.

Authorities arrest three on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Jamal Collins, 20, 232 Foxbriar Court, Slidell, first-offense DWI, following too closely and reckless operation.

Chantz Gilbert, 23, 39536 Lakota Lane, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane change.

Kaitlin Waddill, 27, 8413 Cypress Point Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, license plate required and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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