Baton Rouge area police and Fire briefs for March 22, 2013

Police arrest man
in BR after chase

Authorities using police dogs and air support arrested an Opelousas man Thursday near Franwood and Landwood drives in Baton Rouge following an early morning chase from St. Martin Parish, State Police said.

Anthony J. Pickney Jr., 26, was driving a stolen BMW in St. Martin when troopers tried to pull him over at 6:15 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Breaux Bridge for a switched license plate, Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said in a news release.

Troopers booked Pickney, no address available, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated flight from an officer, resisting arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle and misrepresentation during booking, Hammons said.

Upon release from Parish Prison, Pickney will be booked into St. Martin Parish Jail on one count each of unauthorized use of a moveable, aggravated flight, reckless operation of a vehicle, switched license plate, driving under suspension and no seatbelt, Hammons said.

Livingston man held
in stalking of woman

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Wednesday arrested a 29-year-old Denham Springs man accused of leaving an ex-girlfriend harassing messages and threatening to set fire to her house.

Deputies arrested Lyle Christopher Poche, 7615 Magnolia Bridge Road, Denham Springs, on one count each of stalking and improper telephone communications, according to an affidavit warrant.

Poche allegedly left a message on an answering machine at the victim’s home in Livingston Parish on March 2 in which he threatened to set fire to her house and left another threatening message at her office in the 8400 block of Bluebonnet Boulevard on March 12, the warrant says.

On March 8, the victim’s neighbor alerted her that her house was on fire and investigators are labeling the cause of the fire as arson, the warrant says.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said her office did not have anything connecting Poche to the fire.

Baker man accused
of scamming elderly

A Baker man accused of defrauding several elderly people in a roofing scam was arrested late Wednesday, Baton Rouge police said Thursday.

Brandon Ferguson, 24, 550 Myrtle St., was arrested at his home by Baker police and booked with three counts of theft of assets of an aged person and one count of felony theft, Baton Rouge police Lt. Don Kelly said in a news release.

Ferguson, who had unknown accomplices, quoted the victims a low price and intimidated them into paying “significantly more than the amount quoted once the ‘work’ was completed,” Kelly said.

The victims are in their 80s and live in the Red Oaks and Broadmoor areas, Kelly said. Investigators believe there are other victims who have not reported similar incidents, he said.

The suspect’s vehicle associated with the thefts is a “beat up” 2003 Chevrolet extra-cab pickup, Kelly said. He urged anyone who may have been a victim in this case to contact police at (225) 389-3871.

9 booked on DWI
counts in EBR parish

Authorities arrested at least nine 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:

  • Roric Alexander, 37, 1678 Gayosa St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, equipment violation and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Peter Bryson, 20, 9005 Wynnewood Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.
  • Charles Jackson, 59, 3119 Spring Ridge, Manuel, Texas, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
  • Jack Jordan, 55, 10615 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and failure to signal/improper turn.
  • Brandon Maxwell, 21, 1031 Rue Bordeaux, Slidell, first-offense DWI and driving over a median.
  • Manuel Monjaras Hernandez , 21, 1463 Marcia Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, operating a vehicle without a lawful presense in United States and failure to maintain control/careless operation.
  • Gregory Prejean, 28, 464 E. Boyd Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper lane usage and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • Kenneth St. Germaine, 32, 3413 La. 70, Pierre Part, first-offense DWI, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Jeffrey Tucker, 23, 9413 Burbank Drive, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, improper left/right turns and reckless operation of a vehicle.

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