Police and fire briefs for Nov. 22, 2012

Man in hospital with gunshot wounds

A shooting Tuesday night in the 2900 block of Byron Street left one man with life-threatening injuries from gunshot wounds to his lower body, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said.

When officers arrived after 11 p.m., they found the man lying near the front door of a home, Capt. Elton Brown said.

The man was taken to a hospital, Brown said.

Police have no motive for the shooting at this time, Brown said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867 (STOP).

BR man accused
of setting car on fire

Baton Rouge police arrested a Baton Rouge man Wednesday accused of setting his ex-boyfriend’s car on fire Oct. 29, an affidavit warrant says.

Officers booked Larry Paul, 38, 2080 N. Lobdell Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on one count of terrorizing and three counts of aggravated arson, booking records show.

Paul allegedly set fire to his ex-boyfriend’s car at 2636 Jessamine Ave., after the ex-boyfriend refused to let Paul, who had been evicted from the property, into his apartment, the warrant says.

The ex-boyfriend told investigators he saw Paul running away from where the car was burning, the warrant says.

The fire engulfed the car and caused extensive damage to the southeast corner of the apartment building, the warrant says.

Paul went to the back of the structure, possibly to light it on fire, the warrant says.

Woman booked
with check fraud

State Police arrested a 47-year-old woman Tuesday accused of creating counterfeit checks using copies of checks from the LSU Hospital system where she was employed, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Most of the identity theft victims told detectives they had made payments to LSU Hospital system prior to being victimized, the affidavit says.

On Nov. 8, State Police arrested three people in Ascension and Iberville parishes who were using counterfeit checks and stolen bank accounts to make purchases at local stores, the affidavit says. The three people identified Pamela Reams as another accomplice in the scheme, the affidavit says.

Detectives discovered Reams was employed in the LSU Hospital system’s billing department and had access to the system’s document imaging database, which stores scanned copies of checks for medical payments, the affidavit says.

Detectives searched Reams’ apartment Tuesday and found 377 checks printed from the LSU Hospital system, the affidavit says.

Reams admitted to detectives that she printed the checks and used some of them to have counterfeit checks made, the affidavit says.

Reams, 600 Winbourne Ave., was booked on counts of identity theft and unlawful production, manufacturing, distribution or possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes.

4 arrested on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Brent Guitreau, 46, 536 S. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, improper lane usage and equipment violation.

Crystal Johnson, 31, 919 Daniels St., Baker, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, failure to maintain control and driver’s license required.

Raul Pujolalmira, 40, 762 N. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and failure to maintain control.

Kevin Rodrigue, 26, 2014 E. Parlange St., Gonzales, first-offense DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution or manufacturing of Schedule II drugs, obtaining legend drugs by fraud and headlights required.

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