The body of park employee Jayson Beard was found Thursday in a truck, submerged in a pond. Authorities do not suspect foul play, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Perry Rushing said.
Beard’s wife told authorities her husband was taking seizure medications and may have had a seizure before driving into the pond, Rushing said.
Man hospitalized after shooting
Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday night in the 1700 block of Spain Street.
A 24-year-old man was found shot several times just before 9 p.m., according to a police news release.
The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but is now in stable condition, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Thursday afternoon.
The victim, whose name was not released, does not know who shot him, McKneely said. Police do not have a suspect or motives.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Woman killed in collision on La. 64
A two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on La. 64 east of U.S. 61 near Zachary killed a Jackson woman, State Police said Thursday.
Melinda Messer, 40, was driving a Ford Focus east on La. 64 at 7 a.m. when she ran off the road to the right, according to a State Police news release.
Messer over-corrected and lost control, crossing into the westbound lane. Her car then spun and collided with a westbound 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche, the release said.
Messer was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, the news release said.
The driver of the pickup, Tedd Ohlinger, 50, of Zachary, and his passenger suffered minor injuries.
Troopers do not suspect impairment was involved, but they submitted a sample of Messer’s blood to the State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis, the news release said.
Ohlinger submitted a breath sample to troopers that showed he had no detectable alcohol, the news release said.
Fog limited visibility at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation, the news release said.
Unattended pot results in house fire
A pot left on a stove caused a house fire at 3326 Conrad Drive on Thursday, the Fire Department said.
Firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:51 p.m. and had it under control by 2:06 p.m.
A neighbor went inside the house to make sure no one was trapped. The fire caused $30,000 in losses to the kitchen and attic, Combs said.
The remainder of the house suffered smoke and water damage. No one was injured or was inside of the house.
9 arrested on counts of drunken driving
Authorities arrested at least nine 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. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
• Patrick Ewing, 35, 26290 Holly Ridge Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
• Mark Jackson, 25, 36437 La. 74, Geismar, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required or expired, and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Land Ledbetter, 21, 2181 Stanford Ave., third-offense DWI, improper lane usage, unlawful refusal to submit to a chemical test and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Eva Marble, 46, 17914 Brennan Ave., first-offense DWI, hit and run, reckless operation of a vehicle and seat belt violation.
• Daryl McMorris, 40, 11304 Cypress Glen Ave., first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and careless driving.
• William Middleton, 30, 8860 Hill Drive, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Thach Nguyen, 30, 15888 Antietam Ave., first-offense DWI and obstruction of a public highway.
• Trudy Ramey, 59, 6144 S. Pollard Parkway, second-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, careless driving and obstruction of a public highway.
• Emma Vinson, 19, 1531 Moon Shadow, Sugar Land, Texas, first-offense DWI and speeding.