Police and fire briefs for March 6, 2013

BR man arrested
in pedestrian death

An anonymous tip and vehicle fragments led to the arrest of a man accused in May of driving drunk and a hit-and-run that resulted in a fatality, authorities said Tuesday.

Kenneth Wayne Station, 37, 6869 Hanks Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday on one count each of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, and driving under suspension, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.

Station is accused of hitting pedestrian Durell Anthony Ballard, 23, who died at a hospital, Hicks said.

A resident flagged down patrolling deputies at 11:56 p.m. May 27 after seeing Ballard in a ditch in the 7700 block of Hanks Drive, Hicks said.

Station admitted to detectives that he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Station said he returned to the scene, saw a man in a ditch, called 911 and then left, the affidavit says.

Station initially did not call authorities because he had been drinking alcohol and had several past DWI arrests, Hicks said.

2 Tara High students
with gun arrested

Two Tara High School students were arrested Tuesday after East Baton Rouge Parish authorities found an unloaded .38-caliber handgun in the booksack of a 16-year-old 10th-grader and after a second student put the gun in a classmate’s face during class.

The 16-year-old boy was booked into the parish’s Juvenile Detention Center on one count of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.

Jesus Morejon, 17, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property and aggravated assault, Hicks said. Morejon is accused of pointing the gun at another student in a threatening manner, Hicks said.

A school administrator contacted the East Baton Rouge Parish School Drug Task Force on Tuesday afternoon after a student anonymously reported that two students had a gun, Hicks said.

The 16-year-old student told deputies that he bought the gun illegally off the street, Hicks said.

LSU Police seek man
in theft at library

LSU Police are looking for a man accused of a theft on the fourth floor of the university’s Middleton Library on Monday.

Police will not release information about what the man is accused of taking, but the theft is enough to be considered a felony, police spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late teens to early 20s, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 170 to 180 pounds, Lalonde said.

The suspect can be seen in surveillance footage wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark shorts and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call LSU Police at (225) 578-3231 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344-7867.

Five people booked
on DWI in EBR

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Jim Domingues, 35, 8686 Coy Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a police officer, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, driver’s license suspended or revoked, failure to maintain control, registration commercial vehicles exemption, and motor vehicle inspection required or expired.
  • McKinley Kelly, 22, 5019 Baywell St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, failure to maintain control and careless driving.
  • Epsy McCain, 24, 4541 Kilkenny Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, window tint obscuring view prohibited, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, reckless operation of a vehicle, inspection sticker switched and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Clarity Robinson, 22, 1918 Arizona St., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, speeding, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to signal, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense, motor vehicle inspection required or expired, seat belt violation, flight from officer and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Brian Tate, 39, 28760 Juban Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and simple obstruction of a highway.

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