Police and fire briefs for Feb. 26

Woman accused of shooting at man

A Baton Rouge woman was arrested after she opened fire on a man as he fled down her street Monday morning.

The incident occurred near Yalonda Dailey’s home, 1967 Gracie St., after Dailey confronted the man, whom police did not identify, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said. Dailey had a restraining order against the man who was a passenger in a car with his brother.

“He was not provoking her in any way,” Coppola said, adding the two never went on Dailey’s property.

Dailey pulled out a silver handgun and fired several shots in the direction of the fleeing car, hitting no one, Coppola said. Dailey, 36, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal discharge of a firearm.

Court records show that in January, Dailey successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against a Roderick Crocklem, of Baton Rouge, after he allegedly chased her and threatened to kill her.

Officials say arsonist set Howell Place fire

Baton Rouge fire investigators have ruled a Tuesday morning fire at the Howell Place Apartments, 4150 72nd Ave., was caused by arson.

Firefighters responded to a fire in Unit 413 at 7:20 a.m., deploying four pumper trucks, one ladder truck and two support vehicles and getting it under control by 7:35 a.m.

“Upon entry to the apartment, firefighters discovered a couch engulfed in flames,” Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said. “The fire was quickly extinguished, but not before it caused heavy smoke and heat damage to the unit.”

Damage to the unit and its contents is estimated as $60,000, Monte said. The investigation is ongoing.

Student accused of battery on teacher

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 17-year-old Tara High student accused kicking a teacher repeatedly after the teacher was knocked down, even though school officials say the teacher fell down and was not attacked.

Raven Shantia-Precious Davis, 7698 Grand Teton Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of battery of a schoolteacher and disturbing the peace by fighting. In the affidavit of probable cause, the arresting deputy wrote the teacher was lying on the ground, surrounded by about 50 students, including at least one who repeatedly kicked the teacher.

Davis and another student had been fighting because they had an ongoing feud, the affidavit says.

Keith Bromery, a school system spokesman, said school security officials told him the male teacher was running to stop the fight when he fell down, and was not knocked down or attacked. He said a 14-year-old girl was also detained by police, but was released to her parents.

“Nobody was hurt as a result of this thing; nobody required treatment or transporting or anything like that,” Bromery said.

Woman accused of Medicaid fraud

A New Orleans woman working in home health was arrested Tuesday after investigators learned she claimed to be providing care for a patient who actually was in Orleans Parish Prison at the time.

Karen Howard Brown, 54, 10840 Roger Drive, Apt. C, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of Medicaid fraud and filing or maintaining false public records.

Brown was a personal care attendant with Payne’s Home Care Services, Inc. She would submit her hours worked to the company and the company would bill Medicaid for services rendered, the arrest warrant says.

She was paid $10,140 for 291 three-hour shifts she claimed she worked from Nov. 28, 2012 to Sept. 13, 2013 to a patient identified only as K.H., the warrant says.

The services included helping K.H. eat, dress, walk around and reminding the patient to take medication.

But, from Nov. 28, 2012 to Oct. 30, 2013, K.H. was incarcerated in Orleans Parish Prison, the warrant says.

Authorities book 3 on suspicion of DWI

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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Christian Commander, 19, 768 Bocage Lane, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, unlawful consumption of alcohol under 21, misrepresentation to gain entry into a bar, reckless operation and improper lane usage.
  • Jeremy Guadamud, 21, 5554 Montrose Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, passing on the right, reckless operation and disobeying a control device.
  • George Turner, 52, 12043 River Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and battery on a police officer.

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