Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Feb. 15, 2014

Faulty water heater blamed for blaze

A water heater malfunction sparked a fire in the 2600 block of Pimpernel Avenue on Friday morning, temporarily displacing the home’s four residents.

Baton Rouge firefighters extinguished the fire, which began in the home’s storage room about 10:30 a.m., before spreading to the home, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, in a news release.

It took firefighters only seven minutes to control the fire from when the first call was made, Monte said. He said the fire caused only minor damage to the home.

No one was injured in the fire, and The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents because electricity had to be temporarily disconnected from the home, Monte said.

Man booked on armed robbery, drug counts

Police on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old man on drug possession who also had an active warrant for his alleged role in a November robbery and kidnapping.

Baton Rouge police booked Montrell Woods, 28, 1111 Rodin Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and possession of Schedule III drugs, booking records show.

Police arrested Woods in the 900 block of North Donmoor Avenue on Thursday night after a traffic stop because the windows of his vehicle had a dark tint. Police found one and a half hydrocodone pills during a search of the vehicle, which Woods said he was taking for back pain, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The armed robbery and kidnapping Woods is accused of took place Nov. 19 on North Carrollton Street, according to the warrant.

Woods is accused of driving up to a man on a bicycle and offering to sell him marijuana. When the man refused, Woods exited his vehicle, struck the man on the head with a handgun and drug him into the automobile, the warrant says.

Kody Lorenzo Huff, 21, also of Baton Rouge, was arrested in January in the robbery. Police alleged Huff held the bicycle rider at gunpoint in the back seat of the car while Woods demanded his belongings, which included a wallet and two cellphones, the warrant says.

16 booked into prison on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 16 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man on a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Steven Alford, 40, 4206 Gwendolyn Drive, Baker, fourth-offense DWI, driver’s license required and expired motor vehicle inspection.
  • Oliver Aguirre, 22, 14220 Arrian Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Gregory Akers, 31, 75 River Bluff Drive, Madisonville, first-offense DWI and headlights required.
  • Steven Broom, 26, 546 County Road 2150 Woodville, Texas, first-offense DWI, disobeying a traffic control device and reckless operation.
  • Javonte Burton, 18, 1763 Starboard Drive, Baton Rouge, underage DWI, speeding, driver’s license required or expired and driving with a switched license plate.
  • Dillon Dawson, 29, 17294 Cedarville Lane, Livingston, third-offense DWI, careless operation, a right of way violation and simple criminal damage to property.
  • Randall Gremillion, 24, 10632 Island Road, Ventress, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • John Hogg, 21, 5744 Ardmore Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, possession of marijuana and speeding.
  • Stacy Lovelace, 30, 10719 Shermoor Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Frances Mathies, 20, 17623 Crossing Blvd., Baton Rouge, underage DWI, failure to signal while turning and purchasing of alcohol by a minor.
  • Matthew Morgan, 25, 7315 Barrimmer Road, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, operating a vehicle while under suspension and reckless operation.
  • Richard Phillips, 52, 3405 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving without a driver’s license, failure to signal while turning and reckless operation.
  • Jean Paul Picard, 19, 102 Kentville Circle, Lafayette, first-offense DWI, possession of Schedule IV drugs and headlights required.
  • Christopher Reavis, 37, 6747 S. Renior Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and headlights required.
  • Jasmin Winchester, 27, 9840 Hyacinth Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and failure to dim headlights.
  • Paul Wooden, 56, 2317 Joliet St., New Orleans, first-offense DWI, making an improper turn, disobeying a red light, reckless operation, simple obstruction of a highway and driving without a driver’s license.

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