Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 14, 2014

BR man, 30, arrested on dogfighting count

A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday night after Baton Rouge police found evidence of dog-fighting at his Washington Avenue home.

Police booked Gillis Lee Hawthorne, 5233 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of dog-fighting, prison records show.

Hawthorne admitted to being at the home when two dogs fought, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Officers said they found marks around the dog’s mouth.

The affidavit does not say the species of the dogs nor what happened to the dogs.

Lafayette man found dead near overpass

Baton Rouge police are investigating the death of a Lafayette man they suspect fell off the Interstate 110 overpass at La. 19 late Saturday or early Sunday.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said the victim has been identified as William Hardy, 57, 704 Idlewood Blvd., Lafayette.

He said officers do not think foul play was involved, but they are not sure if Hardy jumped or fell about 20-30 feet from the overpass.

A passerby called police at about 8:30 a.m. to report what looked like a body, McKneely said. Police found Hardy’s car on the side of the interstate about a half-mile from where they believe he jumped or fell.

Investigators found no signs of trauma other than injuries Hardy would have had from the fall, McKneely said.

Man battles BR officers answering hotel call

A Denham Springs man attacked a Baton Rouge police officer early Sunday morning when detectives found him inside a torn-up hotel room with a woman who appeared to have been beaten, police said.

Police were called to the Holiday Inn hotel just off Interstate 10 on Constitution Avenue early Sunday morning.

They found George Bryan Achee, 37, with bloodied knuckles and a woman, whose age was not provided, with a swollen jaw and bruises on her arms and neck, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police also found closet doors on the floor that had apparently been ripped off their hinges, the affidavit says.

When officers tried to arrest Achee, he resisted. Officers fired a stun gun at him several times in order to subdue him.

As Achee was being placed in a police unit, he lunged head-first at a police officer’s chest, causing them both to fall to the ground.

Achee cut his face on the concrete, the affidavit said. It was unclear whether the officer was injured.

Police took Achee, 32085 Hemingway Drive, to a hospital before booking him into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery, resisting an officer, battery on a police officer, disturbing the peace and simple criminal damage to property, booking records show.

Authorities book five on suspicion of DWI

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. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Santos Betanco, 43, 209 E. Railroad Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation.
  • Paul Collins, 23, 12031 Province Place, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense and careless operation.
  • Joel Gonzalez, 25, 33208 Ebony Road, San Benito, Texas, first-offense DWI, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense, driver’s license not on person and simple highway obstruction.
  • Pablo Martinez, 28, 1933 E. Flanacher Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Sylvia Palmer, 39, 1215 N. 31st St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

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