Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 11, 2014

Work-release inmate escapes, eludes police

When U.S. Marshals received information that an escaped work-release inmate from Ouachita Parish was hiding near Baton Rouge’s Webb Park neighborhood Friday morning, authorities swooped in to find him, deploying a helicopter and police dogs, only to have the escapee disappear from their sight.

Jamie Sam, 33, was serving a 10-year sentence on a 2012 possession with intent to distribute marijuana conviction when he escaped his work-release program in late March, said Brian Lucio, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Middle District, which includes Baton Rouge.

Lucio could not say where Sam initially escaped from, and a Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokeswoman could not be reached Friday afternoon.

U.S. Marshals recently received information that Sam was hiding at a residence in the 4600 block of Wells Street. As they approached the area Friday morning, sometime before 11:45 a.m., they saw a man matching Sam’s description flee, Lucio said.

“They held the perimeter until the K-9 officer determined they were not going to be able to locate him,” Lucio said.

Authorities ask anyone with information about Sam’s whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

LSU Police: Suspicious package causes scare

LSU students received a second “suspicious package” scare this week when a gray box with wires coming out of it was found Friday outside some campus apartments.

While Monday’s scare ended with a controlled detonation of what turned out to be boxes filled with coffee, Friday morning’s threat was cleared within minutes after a construction worker nearby ran over to inform detectives that the box was a vibration monitoring system, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU Police spokesman said.

On Friday morning, construction workers building an apartment complex on the corner of Alaska and West Chimes streets placed the vibration monitor outside the West Campus Apartments, Lalonde said.

“However, they neglected to tell anybody about it,” Lalonde said.

The threat came a few days after the Baton Rouge Police Department’s bomb squad was called to an area near the Memorial Tower because two packages labeled as possible explosives were found on a sidewalk. After technicians conducted a controlled detonation, they realized the boxes were filled with coffee, police have said.

Two days later, LSU Police arrested two teenagers accused in the threat.

Five accused of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least five 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. Friday, booking records show.

Jennifer Carver, 32, 101 Audobon Trace, Jefferson, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

James Gordon, 34, 4616 Linstrom Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

Marion Leonard, 52, 2618 Evans Drive, Baker, second-offense DWI, speeding, careless operation and hit-and-run.

Timothy Price, 25, 8070 Ned Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

Tylor Thomas, 20, 3425 Adams Ave., Baton Rouge, underage DWI, vehicular negligent injuring and reckless operation.

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