Police and fire briefs for May 20, 2014

Police investigate College Drive shooting

Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Monday morning near the Albertson’s supermarket on College Drive.

Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said detectives are still investigating and believe the shooting may have stemmed from an earlier fight.

The victim was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, but is expected to survive.

No other information was available Monday.

Deputies search for inmate who left job

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for an inmate who walked away Monday afternoon from his job at the sheriff’s Central Substation.

Joseph Pomares, 42, 9174 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, was discovered missing from his job at the substation, 13016 Gurney Road, at about 1 p.m.

He was arrested by Baton Rouge police on April 4 and booked into Parish Prison on counts of unauthorized use of an access card and illegal possession of stolen things, prison records show.

Pomares is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

Anyone with information on his location may call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Buchanan Street home damaged by fire

A Buchanan Street home had about $80,000 in damage after a Monday morning fire, Baton Rouge Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters arrived at the home, 141 Buchanan St., at just after 11 a.m. to find the back of the house engulfed in flames, extending into the attic. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but investigators don’t suspect foul play, Fire Department officials said in a news release.

About 60 percent of the house was destroyed in the fire with the rest of the home damaged by heat, smoke and water. Red Cross was called to help the resident.

One person 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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

William Ault, 51, 15354 Joor Road, Zachary, was booked on counts of first-offense DWI and license plate light required.

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