Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 29, 2014

Customer allegedly pulls knife on cashier

A Zachary man accused of pulling a knife on a cashier after he was asked to pay for glow sticks he had picked up at a Baker store was arrested Monday.

Christopher Moore, 51, 22356 Sutter Road, is in Parish Prison on a count of attempted armed robbery and two counts aggravated assault.

The cashier at the Dollar Tree, 328 Main St., Baker, said Moore, whose skin was red and eyes bloodshot and glassy, came to the counter Monday afternoon, pulled a silver knife from his pocket and threatened her when she asked him to pay for the glow sticks, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

She managed to persuade him to hand over the knife and leave the merchandise without incident, according to the affidavit.

Soon after, Baker police found him at a nearby hotel, took him back to the Dollar Tree for identification purposes, then booked him.

Woman dies in wreck on I-10 near Siegen

A Tangipahoa Parish woman died Monday night after her car hit a guardrail along Interstate 10 near Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge, State Police Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said.

Patricia M. Martello, 51, of Independence, was driving a 2005 Honda Element westbound on I-10 around 8 p.m. when she hit the right guardrail.

Her car then crossed three lanes of traffic, struck the inside barrier and rotated around until it came to a stop facing the opposite direction, Sandifer said.

Martello, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, where she died from her injuries, Sandifer said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Man booked in dog suffocation case

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday accused of suffocating his roommate’s dog with a Cheetos bag April 23 after he believed the dog tore a hole in his sofa.

Shaun Andrew Parsons, 23, 5535 Goodland Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Parsons and the roommate texted back and forth on April 23 when Parsons began asking him about a tear in the sofa, the arrest warrant says.

The roommate admitted the dog tore one of the cushions, saying he flipped it over to hide the damage.

Parsons then called back about 30 minutes later, the warrant says, and indicated the dog might not have been the culprit in the tear of the sofa, but then added: “Your dog is dead.”

When the roommate returned home, he found his mixed-breed dog with the Cheetos bag still on its head.

BR man booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

John Foy, 53, 9234 Rose Place, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-offense DWI, negligent injuring and improper lane usage.

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