Police accuse dad of helping son avoid arrest
Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested the father of an accused murderer who allegedly helped his son temporarily avoid arrest.
Police booked Curtis Howard Sr., 53, 9588 Great Smokey Drive, into Parish Prison Thursday on counts of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.
Curtis Howard Sr. is accused of providing his son, Curtis Howard Jr., 18, with a cellphone that allowed the son to remain in contact with his family while police searched for him, Coppola said.
Curtis Howard Jr. was arrested Sept. 10 in the Sept. 4 fatal shooting and robbery on Big Bend Drive that left 20-year-old Rayjaun Martin dead, police said.
Curtis Howard Jr. is being held in Parish Prison on a $325,000 bond on counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of a weapon.
Seven people booked with DWI in EBR
Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man on a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Brian Neely, 29, 202 E. Boyd Ave., Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI, driving over a median and license plate required.
- Leah Hart, 54, 4947 Autumn Brook Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and failure to signal while turning
- Micki Ledbetter, 40, 31047 Brownbud St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, careless operation , fugitive from justice and driver’s license required.
- Lucas Matchett, 18, 1766 Rue Desiree St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, headlights required and possession of marijuana.
- Joanne Perri, 57, 18282 Manchac Place S., Prairieville, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.
- Megan Poore, 21, 41009 Villa Court N., Gonzales, first-offense DWI and making an improper turn.
- Carl Thompson, 21, 12834 Wallis St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, hit and run, driver’s license required or expired and resisting an officer.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.