Police and fire briefs for April 24, 2013

Police seek help
in shooting case

Baton Rouge police are investigating the Monday night shooting of a woman found lying in the 5200 block of Stearns Street.

Police were called to Stearns to investigate a report of shots fired at 10:15 p.m., according to a police news release.

The victim was found with multiple gunshot wounds and she was taken to a hospital for treatment, the release says.

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

Rapper arrested
in shooting death

A Baton Rouge rapper charged in the June 30 shooting death of an 18-year-old Baton Rouge teen on College Drive was arrested Monday night by U.S. Marshals in Mississippi.

Samuel Nicholas, also known as “Mista Cain,” was booked in Corinth, Miss., said Baton Rouge police Sgt. Don Stone, the department’s coordinator for Crime Stoppers.

Nicholas, 23, was indicted by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury Jan. 16 on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, court records show.

The grand jury also charged Essence Dyson, 21, 1950 Government St., and Chattley Chesterfield, 18, 1454 Jordan St., both with second-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Key, 18, and attempted second-degree murder in the wounding of a 19-year-old man.

The shootings occurred at 2:30 a.m. June 30 in the 3000 block of College Drive at the road’s intersection with Rabey Street, which is near Interstate 10, police have said.

Key was found dead in a car and Chesterfield fired several shots into the car, according to a warrant for his arrest.

EMS worker accused
of punching patient

An East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services employee has been placed on paid administrative leave after he allegedly punched a crash victim late Saturday at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, authorities said Tuesday.

The crash victim was “cursing and saying offensive things” to medical personnel wheeling him toward the hospital’s emergency department and had to be restrained in his stretcher, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

The EMS employee, Michael Castello, punched the victim in the face three times before other medical personnel took control of the stretcher, Hicks said.

Deputies gave Castello a misdemeanor summons for simple battery against a patient, Hicks said.

EMS spokesman Mike Chustz said Castello is on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

“Upon conclusion of our investigation, further disciplinary action may be warranted,” Chustz said.

BR man accused
of dropping baby

Baton Rouge police have arrested a man accused of falling asleep while feeding a five-week old baby and dropping her to the floor April 18.

Elton Paul, 33, 4956 Linden St., was booked Monday with cruelty to a juvenile, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison booking records show.

The infant was later taken to a hospital and diagnosed with a fracture to the right side of her skull, according to an affidavit warrant.

3 people booked
on DWI in EBR

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:

Kevin Ginn, 27, 32193 Linder Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession or distribution of schedule III drugs and failure to maintain control.

Shelia Harper, 57, 1623 Convention St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Randell Prather, 22, 24534 Burvant St., Abita Springs, first-offense DWI, speeding, motor vehicle inspection required and reckless operation of a vehicle.

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