Police and fire briefs for Feb. 19

Fiery crash kills man after car hits light pole

A Baton Rouge man died Tuesday morning after his car ran off the road, hit a pole and caught fire at Old Hammond Highway and Millerville Road.

Brian C. Richoux, 20, 2750 Millerville Road, was pronounced dead on the scene, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the crash at about 4:19 a.m.

Richoux exited Interstate 12, traveling northbound on Millerville, speeding in his gray Hyundai Tiburon and, according to a witness, swerving, Hicks said.

Deputies think Richoux was speeding when he struck the base of a signal light pole at the intersection, Hicks said.

Stolen championship rings recovered

Baton Rouge police recovered the 21 championship rings Tuesday stolen from former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman’s home Saturday morning, a police spokesman said.

Cpl. Don Coppola said he was unsure how police found the rings or where they found them.

The recovery comes one day after police arrested Moises Marquez, 18, 7942 Bles Ave., Baton Rouge, and two 16-year-olds on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Police have said Bertman was awoken from his sleep at about 4:35 a.m. after the three teens slipped into his home through an unlocked bathroom window and stole the rings.

Bertman scuffled with Marquez, related to the Bertman’s house cleaner and knew his way around the house, but the three teens were able to escape.

Police accuse woman of attempted murder

A woman accused of hitting her ex-boyfriend with her car Sunday, then backing up over him as she tried to flee the area, has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Emily Ann Gonzalez, 20, 15464 Rosestone Drive, Prairieville, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and simple criminal damage to property.

The victim said he broke up with Gonzalez following an argument, at which time she keyed his truck then got in her car and drove toward him.

She missed, but struck him on her second attempt, an affidavit of probable cause says. Witnesses told police they saw Gonzales run over the victim.

Police arrest mother; kids miss lots of school

Baton Rouge police arrested a 33-year-old woman Monday accused of not sending her two children to school for more than 130 days this school year.

Kenyetta Criss, 9999 Gwenadale Drive, Apt. 131, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of improper supervision of a minor.

Her two children, ages 8 and 11, have piled up 137 unexcused absences from Broadmoor Elementary, an arrest warrant says.

On Sept. 25, Criss agreed to a Family Plan Agreement with truancy officials, but the issues continued and on Nov. 8, she missed a hearing in Truancy Court, the warrant says.

Man accused of using Craigslist to steal

A man accused of using Craigslist to swindle thousands of dollars from shoppers in Baton Rouge who thought they were buying affordable used cars from him has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Larry Sherman, 30, 5432 N. Marcis St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison late Monday on five counts of felony theft, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. Sherman was arrested during a traffic stop in New Orleans on Monday.

The victims reported agreeing to meet Sherman, handing over cash, then never receiving the car he promised. McKneely said police think Sherman may have scammed others and are asking people to contact the department’s Financial Crimes Division at (225) 389-3871 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man accused of trying to hurt store employee

A man accused of stealing nearly $100 worth of pork ribs from Piggly Wiggly, then placing his keys between his fingers and trying to cut an employee who tried to stop him was arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Eugene Dunn, 54, 5170 Bradley St., Baton Rouge, on counts of theft of good and aggravated assault with other dangerous weapon.

When police arrived, there were two men holding Dunn down and four racks of ribs on the concrete next to him and four racks of ribs in his pants, the affidavit of probable cause says.

The complainant told police Dunn threatened to shoot him earlier in the week when he saw Dunn stealing food, the warrant says.

“When questioned why he took the meats, the Defendant stated he was only trying to eat and live,” the warrant says.

Police say woman battered ex-boyfriend

Baton Rouge police arrested a woman Sunday accused of striking her ex-boyfriend with a glass pitcher, causing him to sustain a stab wound in his chest from the broken glass.

Police booked Anjelica Taylor, 25, 2256 Drusilla Lane, Apt. 116, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated second-degree battery and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

Police found the victim inside his apartment bleeding heavily from his chest and saw Taylor outside the apartment with blood on her hands and clothes, the affidavit of probable cause says.

A witness told police Taylor went to the victim’s apartment to get some personal items, but she forced her way in, then struck him in the chest with the glass pitcher, the affidavit says.

Couple accused of crimes against juveniles

A Baton Rouge man accused of forcing two minors to undress in front of him and try on lingerie he pulled out of a garbage bin has been arrested.

Blaine Ross Doremus, 42, 15414 Ferrell Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on five counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and one count of sexual battery.

The ages and genders of the victims were blacked out in the affidavit.

Doremus’ girlfriend, Kathryn Ruth Fredrick, 35, 15414 Ferrell Ave., was also booked on three counts of accessory to indecent behavior with juveniles and obstruction of justice.

Doremus began forcing the minors to undress and try on the lingerie in 2010 and this occurred between 15 to 20 times in 2010 and 2011, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Two teens arrested in robbery, attempted rape

Baton Rouge police arrested two teens Tuesday, shortly after they allegedly robbed a woman, held her against her will and tried to force her to perform oral sex on them at gunpoint.

Jacorey Demond James, 19, 1334 N. 29th St., and Karzzerick Murray, 17, 658 N. 29th St., both of Baton Rouge, were booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, attempted aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping.

James lso was booked on possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana.

The victim said James pointed a black handgun at her and demanded the $820 she had on her. They let her go “because of how bad she was freaking out,” the affidavits of probable cause say.

Officers surrounded James’ home and arrested him as he tried to escape and picked up Murray as he was waiting for the bus on 28th Street, the affidavits say.

Two accused of driving while intoxicated

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. Monday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Savanna Brown, 18, 4000 Lake Beau Pre Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and stop sign/yield sign violation.

Alecia Chesson, 50, exact street address not available, Walker, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane usage.

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