Police and fire briefs for Oct. 25, 2013

Space heater blamed for Thursday house fire

An unattended space heater too close to furniture sparked a fire Thursday that spread from the living room to the front porch of a house at 2526 Madison Ave., Baton Rouge, firefighters said.

“Space heaters should never be left unattended,” Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said in an email.

“Heaters should be placed at least three feet away from anything that will burn.”

The Fire Department deployed four pumper trucks, one ladder truck and two support vehicles. The first responders arrived on scene at 12:01 p.m. and the fire was under control at 12:13 p.m., Monte said.

“The fire was contained to the front of the home,” he said. “The rest of the home received heavy smoke and heat damage.”

No one was home when the fire started, he said.

Baton Rouge man booked in Tuesday rape

A man accused of grabbing a 35-year-old woman by the hair, forcing her to the floor and raping her inside a home Tuesday has been arrested, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies booked Don Michelle Thibodeaux Jr., 31, 8155 Skysail Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of forcible rape, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

After Thibodeaux allegedly raped the woman, he sat on a sofa and went to sleep, the affidavit says.

The woman immediately left the residence and called authorities.

Thibodeaux declined comment about the incident when initially interviewed by deputies, the affidavit says.

Woman accused of abusing toxic vapors

A 21-year-old woman is accused of sniffing aerosols Wednesday afternoon until she slumped over and twitched repeatedly while sitting on the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 8900 block of Westminster Drive.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Adelaide Nicole Tanner, 7417 Oak Meadow Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of abuse of toxic vapors, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A deputy found Tanner holding a cleaning duster upside down while slumped over inside a vehicle in the Westminster/Pine Park neighborhood, the affidavit says.

Tanner eventually admitted she was “huffing” and that she didn’t know it was illegal, the affidavit says, adding “she gets a ‘weird’ high from the duster.”

Authorities book three on suspicion of DWI

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Alden Heaphy, 22, address unavailable, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning and improper lane usage.
  • Philip Ledet, 21, 208 Rienzi Drive, Thibodaux, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning, improper lane usage and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Robert Patterson, 55, 2526 North St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage, driver’s license suspended or revoked and operating a vehicle while under suspension.

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