Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 24, 2013

Man in machete attack arrested on warrant

A man who pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a July machete attack then skipped his sentencing hearing in January was arrested Saturday after he allegedly shot at a woman inside a vehicle.

A bench warrant was issued Jan. 21 for Daniel Darnell Scott, 39, 2362 Gardere Lane, Baton Rouge, after he missed a sentencing hearing. Scott was accused of slashing a man in the face with a machete during a July street fight. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery in December but missed the sentencing hearing in January.

On Saturday, Baton Rouge police arrested Scott on the bench warrant and also booked him into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal use of a weapon, booking records show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Scott intentionally shot at the woman while she was sitting inside her vehicle Saturday afternoon in the 2000 block of North 18th Street. The woman wasn’t injured in the shooting.

Man jailed in needle stabbing incident

Baton Rouge police early Sunday arrested a 60-year-old man accused of stabbing a woman with a needle inside a Plank Road nightclub.

Police booked Willard Byrum Carpenter, 4243 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated battery, booking records show.

The woman told police she was punctured with a needle in the back of her leg by an older man inside Club Raggs, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police found Carpenter carrying four needles inside a khaki bag in the club, the affidavit says, but he refused to talk to police.

A detective wrote in the affidavit, “the needles could possibly be contaminated with unknown diseases or contaminants which could possibly lead to life-threatening injury.”

On Sunday afternoon, Carpenter remained jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Firefighters rescue dog from house fire

Firefighters rescued a family’s dog from a burning home early Sunday after the family escaped uninjured.

Baton Rouge firefighters arrived at 4863 Longfellow Drive about 4:50 a.m. Sunday and found the kitchen ablaze from a pot left on the stove, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said in a news release.

The family was out of the house by the time firefighters arrived, but “firefighters did pull the family dog from the fire. The family and dog were unharmed,” the release says.

The fire damaged the kitchen, and the rest of the home sustained smoke damage.

The estimated cost of the damage is $15,000.

Red Cross assists pair after fire damages home

Two people escaped from a house fire early Sunday when one noticed smoke coming from a back room of the Colorado Street house.

Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at the home at 2033 Colorado St. at 10:23 a.m. and found the back of the home engulfed in flames, Curt Monte, a department spokesman, said.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading and declared the blaze under control at 10:32 a.m., he said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, though investigators do not suspect foul play, Monte said.

The rest of the home sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

Five booked into prison on DWI, other charges

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man on a fifth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Robert Roth, 45, 27379 Graves Drive, Zachary, fifth-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, disturbing the peace, simple criminal damage to property, unlawful refusal to submit to a chemical test and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

Anthony Sagona, 22, 32429 Dunn Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

John Aucoin, 58, 630 Chipperham Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, failure to signal/improper turn and reckless operation.

Russell Millien, 42, 2100 Van Arpel Drive, LaPlace, third-offense DWI, reckless operation and speeding.

Charles Wilson, 44, 5629 Henderson Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required or expired and reckless operation.

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