Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 18, 2014

Fence fire spreads to apartments

Fire investigators determined that a Friday afternoon fence fire that spread to two apartments near Gardere Lane was caused by a person, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was arson, said Eldon Ledoux, a spokesman for the St. George Fire Department.

“The fire was caused by some human action, although whether it was accidental or intentional is undetermined at this time,” Ledoux said.

The fire began shortly before 3 p.m. Friday on an 8-foot fence and eventually spread to two fourplexes on Ned Avenue near Gardere Lane, Ledoux said in a news release.

Residents were in one of the apartment buildings, and the other was vacant. No one was injured, and property damage was minimal, Ledoux said.

Eight adults and three children living at one of the residences received assistance from The American Red Cross because electricity to the homes had to be cut off to properly fight the fire, Ledoux said.

Man accused of stealing seven guns

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a 21-year-old man accused of stealing seven guns and electronics from a Zachary home in October and later trying to sell some of the items.

Deputies booked Joshua Terrell Jones, 21, 241 E. Port Hudson-Plains Road, Zachary, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary, theft and theft of a firearm, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Investigators found that Jones tried to sell the stolen firearms to people who lived near both Jones and the victim, the affidavit says.

The burglary took place Oct. 27, after which Jones’ family members helped him flee the area, the affidavit says.

Fifteen suspected of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least 15 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including two men on fifth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Clifton Edwards, 40, 5765 Henagen Ave., Baton Rouge, fifth-offense DWI, motor vehicle insurance required, registration required, careless operation, reckless operation, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and headlights required.

John Kelley, 49, 5274 Woodside Drive, Baton Rouge, fifth-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning, reckless operation and driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Jade Berlin, 27, 33030 Alexander Circle, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane usage.

Daniella Bryant, 23, 4154 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and a stop sign/yield sign violation.

Dominique Davis, 22, 2000 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

Ryan Gosserand, 21, 13577 Quail Meadow Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a traffic control device and reckless operation.

Christopher Leblanc, 26, 1513 Stoneleigh Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and speeding.

Marissa Lingoni, 28, 8920 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to change address on a driver’s license and disobeying a red light.

Tomyl Manning, 25, 3418 Dalton St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, reckless operation and a stop sign/yield sign violation.

Samantha Marigiotta, 24, 14106 W. Club Deluxe, Hammond, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and speeding.

Victoria Pruitt, 21, 13903 Hootsell Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to signal while turning.

Christopher Quebedeau, 20, 210 Overbrooke Drive, Broussard, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required and disobeying a red light.

Thomas Thomas, 62, 13385 Rice Road, Batchelor, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Joseph Weber, 21, 9327 Southern Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required and reckless operation.

Laurie Willis, 49, 973 La. 115, Mansura, second-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.

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