Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 29, 2014

Woman booked in hit-and-run of child

Police say a Baton Rouge woman drove her car into a 6-year-old girl riding a bicycle Monday afternoon on Washington Avenue near Plank Road, critically injuring the girl before fleeing without stopping to help the child.

Baton Rouge police tracked down the alleged driver, Maigan Scott, 20, at a North 18th Street home shortly after the hit-and-run. Police arrested Scott there and later booked her into Parish Prison on counts of hit-and-run driving, negligent injuring, driver’s license required, insurance required and switched license plate, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The police found Scott by locating the vehicle wanted in the hit-and-run, a tan Oldsmobile Cutlass, Coppola said.

Scott is accused of striking the girl with her car as the girl entered the roadway on her bicycle about 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Washington Avenue. The girl was taken to a hospital where she remained in critical condition Monday night, Coppola said.

Two sought in armed robbery on N. Foster

Baton Rouge police are looking for two men wanted in the Monday morning armed robbery of a convenience store on North Foster Drive.

The robbery occurred about 8:45 a.m. at the Super Stop, 4162 N. Foster Drive, when one man entered the store with a handgun and confronted a store employee. The other man followed, carrying a black duffle bag, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The two men stole various merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash before running out of the store and heading north, Coppola said.

Police described the armed suspect as a black man wearing a yellow ski mask, a gray T-shirt, black pants and white sneakers. He carried a black gun, Coppola said.

Police described the man carrying the black bag as a black man wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask.

Police ask anyone with information about this robbery to call the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Electrical short sparks McGrath Ave. house fire

An electrical short sparked a fire early Monday morning at a home just east of the Garden District.

The small home in the 2500 block of McGrath Avenue sustained heavy damage from fire and smoke during the blaze, which began about 2:30 a.m., said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

The home’s owner awoke because of the thick smoke and escaped the fire through the home’s back door, Miles said.

The fire broke out near an air conditioning unit at the front of the home, Miles said.

Kitchen fire caused by grease spreads to attic

Grease left on a hot stove caused a kitchen fire that spread into the attic of a home at 10410 Firelight Ave. on Sunday evening, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.

Firefighters arrived at 5:15 p.m. and had the blaze under control by 5:27 p.m., according to a news release.

The home sustained moderate fire damage and heavy smoke damage, department spokesman Mark Miles said.

Damage is estimated at $40,000 to the $250,000 home, plus another $10,000 to the contents, Miles said.

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