Police and fire briefs for Nov. 23, 2012

Livingston couple booked in meth case

Two Livingston residents were arrested Wednesday after authorities found materials used to create methamphetamine in a Baton Rouge motel room, according to information contained in affidavits of probable cause.

Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies contacted East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and told them Brandon Middleton, 33, 29912 Bram St., was a fugitive from Livingston and that they suspected he was in Baton Rouge, the affidavits say.

Deputies from both parishes found Middleton at 8 p.m. Tuesday outside the Shades Motel office, 8282 Airline Highway, affidavits say.

Deputies detected a chemical odor associated with creating meth near Middleton’s room and found his girlfriend, Christina Britton, 33, in the room, affidavits say.

During a search of the room, deputies found materials used to create meth that Middleton claimed as his, affidavits say. Middleton told deputies he and Britton used the meth and did not sell it, affidavits say.

Britton told deputies she and Middleton created meth several times in one week in the motel room, affidavits say.

Deputies booked Middleton into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of creating and operating a drug lab, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and as a fugitive from justice.

Britton, 29912 Bram St., was booked on one count each of creating and operating a drug lab, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies arrest woman in ID theft

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman Wednesday afternoon who is accused of obtaining 15 credit cards using the stolen identities of seven people, an affidavit of probable cause says.

A woman contacted deputies May 27 and said someone had changed her phone number at Cox Communications using her husband’s Social Security number, the affidavit says.

Deputies later received information from Chase Bank about personal information of seven people — including the victim who contacted deputies on May 27 — being used to apply online for 15 different credit cards between April and June.

“Chase Bank also provided 18 forged receipts, which were obtained from the merchants associated with the fraudulently obtained credit cards,” the affidavit states.

Deputies discovered the credit cards were mailed to one of several addresses associated with Laura Carter Cofield, whose last known address was 2908 Tecumseh St.

Chase Bank provided automated teller photos of a woman later identified as Cofield in a tan sport utility vehicle making cash withdrawals using the credit cards, along with a receipt where she signed for maintenance performed on the SUV.

The SUV is registered to her grandfather, the affidavit says.

Deputies booked Cofield, into Parish Prison on Wednesday afternoon on 15 counts of identity theft and 18 counts of forgery.

Three DWI suspects booked into prison

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Aileen Dehart, 30, 4322 Rue De Belle Maison St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and registration on commercial vehicles exception.
  • Curtis Earl, 35, 2480 Commercial Drive, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, improper lane usage, reckless operation of a vehicle and license plate required.
  • Anthony Gutter, 39, 4366 S. Oakland Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI.

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