Police and fire briefs for Oct. 26, 2013

Man shot Friday, expected to survive

A 23-year-old man shot once in the mid-section just north of LSU’s campus early Friday morning had a successful surgery and is expected to survive, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Adonis Forbes, was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment after being shot in the 200 block of West Roosevelt Street around 12:05 a.m. Friday, police said.

Forbes told detectives that a man walked into a residence carrying a handgun, at which point Forbes started running. The man then shot at Forbes, who had a gun himself and returned fire, McKneely said.

Detectives have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting and it is unknown whether anyone else was injured in the shootout, McKneely said.

Substitute teacher’s clothing set on fire

The Advocate learned Friday that on Oct. 4 a 14-year-old eighth-grade student at Westdale Middle School allegedly used a lighter to set a piece of clothing being worn by a substitute teacher on fire.

The child was arrested on counts of aggravated battery of a schoolteacher and expelled from the school, law enforcement and school officials said.

The substitute teacher told investigators that she had reprimanded the student prior to him setting the clothing she was wearing on fire, said Savannah Williams, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

“The teacher is not in the hospital, and she didn’t have third-degree burns,” Williams said.

East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Bernard Taylor said the incident was handled by school officials according to district policy and procedure.

“It’s unfortunate that one student out of the almost 1,200 at Westdale made a bad, bad choice and faces some pretty serious consequences,” Taylor said. “But it doesn’t change the fact that Westdale is a fine school.”

Man booked in Gardere area armed robbery

A 23-year-old man is accused of robbing another man at gunpoint Friday morning in the Gardere area.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Jared J. Caine, 8550 Santa Rose Ave., into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The robbery victim told detectives that a man driving a “brownish Nissan Maxima” with a dent in the rear bumper pulled up to him as he was walking near Gardere Lane and Nicholson Drive around 9 a.m. Friday, the affidavit says.

The driver then exited the car, whipped out a handgun and told him “give me all you got,” the affidavit says.

The victim handed the man an iPhone, and the driver drove away, the affidavit says.

Deputies patrolling the Gardere area later Friday saw a “brownish Nissan Maxima” with a dent in the rear bumper and conducted a traffic stop, the affidavit says.

The driver, Caine, matched a description of the man provided by the victim. Caine initially denied being in the area at the time of the robbery, but later said the victim had asked him for drugs, at which time a tussle ensued and Caine drove away, the affidavit says.

Caine denied taking the iPhone and having a gun, and deputies did not find a cellphone or a gun during a preliminary investigation, the affidavit says.

BR officer steps in to stop possible arson

A Baton Rouge police officer confronted a man as he was pouring gasoline on the porch of a house with three people inside in the 5200 block of Peerless Street early Friday, possibly preventing the man from lighting fire to the porch.

“As he saw what was going on, he was able to stop this guy from lighting a fire and arrest him,” said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Police booked Anthony Benton, 41, 5329 Peerless St., into Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated arson, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The patrolling officer shined a spotlight on Benton around 1:40 a.m. Friday as he was pouring something onto the porch of the residence, the affidavit says.

The officer confronted Benton and found him in possession of a gasoline-filled soda can and a lighter, the affidavit says.

Benton also is a suspect in a Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a vacant house in the 5200 block of Peerless Street, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Thirteen booked with driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man on a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Gregory Bizette, 30, 58314 Desobry St., Plaquemine, fourth-offense DWI, speeding and careless operation.
  • Banks Alverson, 30, 40008 Irving St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Kortney Canyon, 23, 5445 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and a seat belt violation.
  • Brad Cook, 31, 634 Summer Breeze Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and trespassing on BREC parks.
  • Kevin Cox, 50, 18505 Surry Court Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, careless operation and driver’s license expired.
  • Christopher Ferachi, 20, 8807 Sharee Place, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI.
  • Alonzoneisha Garner, 19, 58757 Allen St., Plaquemine, underage DWI, reckless operation, possession of marijuana and trespassing on BREC parks.
  • Qutaybah Imran, 22, 6648 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and improper lane usage.
  • Eliseo Mayorga, 41, Hyacinth Avenue, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, insurance required, driver’s license suspended or revoked and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
  • Kristen Meeks, 24, 5775 Castille Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Chevelle Robillard, 40, 14466 Firethorn St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Mitchell Stangl, 19, 2561 Springwood Lake Drive, city unavailable, Texas, first-offense DWI.
  • Joshua Wascomg, 31, 1477 Charmaine Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

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