Police and fire briefs for Dec. 20, 2013

Police arrest BR man in c hurch burglary

An unemployed man told police he was just trying to provide for his family when they caught him tearing wires out of a church ceiling Wednesday afternoon in north Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police booked Huey Dewayne Sonnier, 42, 3622 Wenonah St., into Parish Prison on counts of simple burglary of a religious building, misdemeanor theft and criminal damage to property, according to a probable cause document for his arrest.

Officers patrolling the 3500 block of Mohican Street walked into the Community Bible Church around 12:50 p.m. to find Sonnier knocking down tiles with a “wood railing made into a pole” and pulling wires from the ceiling, according to the arrest document.

Sonnier told the officers that he was not working for the church, and “he was just trying to provide for his family by taking scrap metal from the church,” a deputy wrote in the document.

The church’s custodians estimated Sonnier caused about $2,000 damage to the church, which is out of use because of damage caused by a ruptured water pipe, according to the arrest document.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

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:

  • John Cronin, 48, 10643 Tanwood Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
  • Kerry Deichmann, 31, 2148 Tulip St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light, reckless operation, improper lane usage and making improper turns.
  • Montrell James, 24, 2105 N. 39th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving without a driver’s license and reckless operation.
  • Jermaine Thompson, 38, 6751 Titan Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, hit and run and driving without a driver’s license.

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