Police and fire briefs for Dec. 1, 2012

Police arrest two on suspicion of robbery

Baton Rouge police arrested two men Thursday on suspicion of robbing two convenience stores at knifepoint, affidavits of probable cause say.

Anthony Tackno, 46, 4017 Lee St., Zachary; and Timothy Bandy, 33, 2888 Dougherty Drive, Apt. 86, Baton Rouge, were arrested on Plank Road near Hooper Road after the two allegedly robbed the Circle K store, 13435 Hooper, in Central, affidavits say.

About 3 a.m. Thursday, Bandy entered the ExxonMobil store at 4718 Plank, approached the counter to buy a bag of chips, drew a knife and then fled with cash from the register and three or four packs of cigarettes, affidavits say.

Tackno’s girlfriend contacted police at 6:46 a.m. to report Bandy had taken her car without permission, affidavits say.

When a police officer stopped the vehicle about 11:15 a.m., Tackno’s girlfriend gave permission to search the car. Inside the vehicle, an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy found a black cap used in the Circle K robbery, the stolen cigarettes and two knives, affidavits say.

Police booked Tackno and Bandy on Thursday on one count each of armed robbery. Deputies booked Tackno on Friday with one count each of armed robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Deputies booked Bandy on Friday on a second count of armed robbery.

House fire causes $175,000 in damage

A residential fire that broke out Friday at 6898 Lacey Ave. caused more than $175,000 in damage before it was put out, the Fire Department reported.

Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs said investigators believe the blaze originated in the carport or utility room, then reached the attic before spreading through the rest of the residence.

Firefighters summoned at 2:37 p.m. arrived at the scene at 2:44 p.m. to find 75 percent of the house ablaze and flames shooting through the roof, Combs said. The fire was brought under control by 3:44 p.m., Combs said.

Combs said firefighters consider the structure a total loss.

The occupant of the house, Combs said, received medical treatment from Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services paramedics after complaining of a burning feeling in the face.

Officials: Unattended pot caused house fire

An unattended pot that overheated on a stove set fire to a house at 12725 Deloris Drive, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage, a Central Fire Department spokesman said.

The Fire Department received a report of the fire at 9:23 a.m. and had the blaze under control by 9:45 a.m., spokesman Derek Glover said.

No injuries were reported, Glover said.

Eight arrested on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Joseph Harris, 19, 20105 Greenwell Springs Road, Central, first-offense DWI, flight from officer, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Ernest Jackson, 36, 1609 42nd St., Kenner, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.

Johnell Neal, 26, 3755 Wyandotte St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle and seat belt violation.

Casey Pizzolato, 31, 15715 Chanove Ave., Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to signal/improper turn.

Thomas Scott, 54, 20818 Leviticus Drive, Zachary, first-offense DWI, speeding and motor vehicle inspection required/expired.

William Scott, 38, 1140 Boardwalk Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, careless driving, equipment violation and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

Brandon Singletary, 31, 16017 Weston Court Drive, first-offense DWI, speeding, registration on commercial vehicles exemption and possession of alcohol in the vehicle.

Carlton Wells, 20, 38517 Charleston Road, first-offense DWI, possession of Schedule II drugs, speeding, possession of marijuana and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

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