The kitchen at Nine Dragons Chinese Food Restaurant on Sullivan Road was damaged Thursday in a fire, a Central Fire Department spokesman said.
Firefighters were called to the restaurant, 144455 Sullivan, at 6:13 a.m., Capt. Derek Glover said. The fire was extinguished at 7:10 a.m.
The blaze damaged the restaurant’s kitchen, Glover said. Adjacent businesses St. Vincent De Paul and Cajun Daiquiri received smoke and water damage.
No one was injured in the fire, which is under investigation.
Teacher accused of punching student
A McKinley High School teacher was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly punching a student in the face during an argument about the student’s attempts to go to his locker, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Deputies were dispatched to the school at 800 E. McKinley St. at 6:50 a.m. in reference to the argument, Casey Rayborn Hicks said. When they arrived, deputies learned Richard Glasgow Haywood, 61, had pushed, then hit a 15-year-old student, Hicks said.
The student was in the hallway trying to go to his locker when Haywood told him it was past time to do so, Hicks said.
Haywood and the student exchanged words as the student tried to walk past Haywood to go to his locker, Hicks said.
Haywood pushed the student, and the student pushed Haywood back, Hicks said.
Haywood then punched the student in the face, causing swelling to his eye, she said.
Haywood, 5741 Castile Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on a count of cruelty to a juvenile.
Haywood was placed on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation into the incident, said Chris Trahan, a spokesman with the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
Trahan said Haywood has been a teacher with the school system since 1999.
Two-vehicle wreck kills BR man, 39
A man injured in a Greenwell Springs Road traffic crash Wednesday afternoon died later that night, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said Thursday.
Narcisco Villarreal Camacho, 39, 4415 Victoria Drive, died from injuries he suffered in the crash, which happened at 3:20 p.m. in the 9400 block of Greenwell Springs Road, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Camacho was riding in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala that was traveling east on Greenwell Springs when it turned in front of a 2009 Toyota Camry traveling in the opposite direction, McKneely said.
The Toyota struck the passenger side of the Impala, which was driven by 21-year-old Luciana Lopez, McKneely said.
Lopez, who was not injured, was issued traffic citations for failure to yield, no driver’s license and no seatbelt, McKneely said.
The driver of the Toyota suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries.
Man held on count of sex with girl, 14
A man accused of having sex with a minor was arrested Wednesday and booked into Parish Prison.
Jules Alexander, 26, 4541 Wells St., was booked on one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Alexander allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl on Aug. 6, an arrest warrant says. The incident took place at a Plank Road residence.
5 booked with DWI in EBR Parish Prison
Authorities arrested at least five 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:
• Bradley Bonnette, 53, P.O. Box 534, Boyce, second-offense DWI and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
• Jose Jimenez, 21, 9989 Burbank Drive, first-offense DWI, driving with a suspended license and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
• Kenneth Kleinpeter, 21, 12526 Parknoll Ave., first-offense DWI, failure to signal/improper turn and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Jason Stelzer, 25, 1761 Gamwich Road, first-offense DWI, headlights required, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
• Amy Downey, 18, 2438 Elwich Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, improper left/right turn and driving with a suspended/revoked license.