Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 17, 2014

Man booked in porn, beating, gun incidents

In November, Baton Rouge police issued an arrest warrant for a Plaquemine man accused of watching pornography in the presence of young children, then beating their mother with a DVD player when caught in the act.

And this week, when the man, Stafford Charles Jones — who is serving a five-year prison sentence on a gun-related conviction — attended a court hearing related to the gun charge, authorities also served the unrelated warrant.

Jones, 26, was then booked into Parish Prison on counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, aggravated battery and aggravated criminal damage to property. He also was remanded there by a state district judge on the gun conviction.

Jones previously was serving his sentence at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety & Corrections.

The November warrant stems from a March 2013 incident at a North 37th Street home. A woman left her two children, ages 2 and 8, with Jones while she ran errands, according to the warrant.

When she came home, she found Jones sitting on a couch, along with her two kids, watching pornography, the warrant says. She told police she then asked him to leave.

The woman told police the matter escalated until Jones picked up her DVD player and struck her in the head with it. She also told them he kicked her TV off a stand, causing it to fall onto the floor close to her children.

Jones, previously of 5875 Meriam St., Plaquemine, remained at Parish Prison Wednesday afternoon.

Fire heavily damages porch of BR home

A fire caused the near-total destruction of a home’s back porch just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters found the porch on fire when they arrived at 10164 Devonshire Drive, Baton Rouge, said Eldon Ledoux, a St. George Fire Department spokesman.

Two people were home when the fire began, but neither saw how it started, and neither was hurt as the fire all but destroyed the porch, Ledoux said. The fire’s cause is still undetermined but is assumed an accident.

The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes, but not before the interior of the house sustained smoke damage, Ledoux said.

Authorities book three on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Cody Edwards, 26, 9543 Vienna Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of vehicle and failure to maintain control.

Gregory Lacy, 54, 1422 Briarrose Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI.

Malori Lansing, 19, 498 La. 3024, St. Joseph, Louisiana, underage DWI, driving left of center, improper lane use and reckless operation of vehicle.

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