Police and fire briefs for July 25, 2013

BR woman booked
with simple arson

Baton Rouge police on Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old woman accused of setting her vehicle on fire in April in an attempt to collect insurance money.

Police booked Victoria Lynn Anderson, 30, 16441 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of simple arson and arson with intent to defraud, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

On April 15, Anderson, along with two other people, set her vehicle on fire in a vacant lot, causing an estimated $1,600 in damage, the affidavit says.

A mechanic told detectives that he previously told Anderson that the vehicle was in poor condition and not worth repairing, the affidavit says.

Two men arrested
in meth lab case

Baton Rouge police arrested two men accused of possessing equipment to operate a meth lab.

Brian Joseph Zito, 36, 2750 Millerville Road, Apt. 6307, Baton Rouge, and Phillip Sylvest, 27, 321 W. Millet St., P.O. Box 1543, Gramercy, were booked Tuesday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of creation of a clandestine lab and possession of Schedule III drugs, prison records show.

Zito was also booked on possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and distributing Schedule III drugs, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Inside Zito’s apartment, police found two backpacks containing three “shake and bake” clandestine labs, plastic zip bags containing suspected crystal methamphetamine residue, empty boxes of Sudafed, cut-open batteries, hypodermic syringes, camp fuel and other items used to produce methamphetamine, the affidavit says.

Zito told authorities that Sylvest was storing the backpacks at Zito’s apartment, according to an affidavit of probable cause, which Sylvest admitted to police.

Police book man, 37,
with simple arson

A man accused of setting fire to $1,000 worth of his ex-girlfriend’s belongings, including clothing, a mattress and personal hygiene items, has been arrested.

Steve Ponder, 37, 2493 Baywood Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of simple arson and disturbing the peace while intoxicated.

Baton Rouge police were responding to a possible stolen vehicle Tuesday when they unexpectedly found Ponder dragging several items into a large fire, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Ponder walked toward officers with a clinched fist and was hit with a stun gun, the affidavit says.

BR women arrested
in prostitution sting

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two women in an undercover prostitution sting.

Deputies booked Darlene Ann Junker, 50, 341 N. 23rd St., and Brooke Ashley Crawford, 28, 317 East Blvd., both of Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison Tuesday on prostitution counts. Crawford was also booked on counts of possession of Schedule II drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An undercover deputy picked up Crawford behind a former restaurant at Florida Street and North 14th Street while another undercover deputy picked up Junker outside a store near of Florida and North Eugene Street. Both women offered to perform oral sex for money, according to affidavits of probable cause

Six people booked
with DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least six 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:

  • Matthew Bosse, 20, 5514 N. Pointer Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.
  • Amanda Dupre, 41, 7000 Antioch Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
  • Brittany Francois, 19, 23789 La. 42, Holden, underage DWI, speeding and driver’s license required.
  • Hilary Gaudin, 21, 615 Brockenbrough Court, Metairie, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and failure to signal while turning.
  • Melinda Hodges, 52, 18483 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate required, improper turn and equipment violation.
  • Sydney Holthaus, 23, 352 Delgado Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate required and disobeying a red light.

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