Crime blotter: I-10 crash causes fire, fuel leak _lowres

Richard Slang

Two 18-wheelers side-swiped each other, and one caught fire, as the two trucks headed east on Interstate 10 near the East Washington Street exit at around noon Thursday.

Traffic on I-10 East was initially closed after the cars crashed against each other and one of the truck’s fuel tanks was ruptured, leaking about 100 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway, said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

The fire and leak were contained after a Haz-Mat unit responded to the scene, and neither driver was injured. Debris from the crash struck a car headed west on the freeway, but that car sustained minor damage, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.

The truck that caught fire was carrying shrimp, Miles said. He added it was unclear whether the shrimp itself was contaminated.

One lane reopened shortly after noon, and all lanes reopened at around 4:30 p.m., Coppola said.

Juice bottle leaves clue to burglaries

A 23-year-old man has been named a suspect in the burglaries of two businesses after police trace his DNA from a bottle of Minute Maid orange juice left at the scene.

Richard Slang, of 1322 Julia St., left the bottle behind when he took more than $2,000 of electronics and other valuables from Gourmet Girls on 3025 Perkins Road on Aug. 12, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman. Slang also took about $300 in cash from Frankie’s Dawg House nearby on Cedardale Avenue, Coppola added.

The orange juice bottle didn’t belong to the business, nor was it left behind when Gourmet Girls closed for the day, Coppola said. The bottle was sent to the State Police Crime Lab, which confirmed that there was DNA evidence on the bottle.

Anyone with details of Slang’s whereabouts can call the Police Department’s Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

St. Amant man booked in computer sex sting

State Police arrested a 36-year-old man they say emailed lewd pictures of himself to an undercover investigator pretending to be a 15-year-old girl.

The investigator responded to a Craigslist ad looking for young women and on July 30 began exchanging emails with Jason Hodge, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

In messages over the next month, the investigator sent Hodge a clothed photo of a female who looks about that age, and in response Hodge repeatedly requested nude photos and also sent two photos of his genitals, the warrant says.

Hodge, of 12594 Laurel Ridge, St. Amant, was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Dad accused of beating 4-year-old

Baton Rouge Police say a man beat his 4-year-old son with an extension cord, leaving the boy covered in bruises, after he urinated in his bed.

Dandre Robinson, 25, admitted to police that he beat his son on Tuesday, but did not think he hit him hard enough to cause bruising, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

A detective found more than 30 bruises on the boy’s body when he was being treated at a local hospital, the affidavit says.

Robinson, of 2704 Arbutus St., Baton Rouge, was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on a count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Police: wife pulls gun on husband of one year

Police say a Baton Rouge woman pulled a gun on her husband of one year during an argument, then chased him to a nearby home.

Tiffany Rogers, 25, drew a black Springfield XP 9mm pistol out of a bag and aimed it at her husband while they were arguing Wednesday in their Huron Street home, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Her husband, who was not identified in the affidavit, punched Rogers in the face and ran outside to avoid getting shot, but Rogers pursued with the gun in hand.

The man was able to hide behind his grandmother’s house on Tecumseh Street a few houses away until police arrived. Police found the gun, which was loaded with a full magazine and a round in the chamber, at the Tecumseh Street house

Tiffany Rogers, 2308 Huron St., was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated domestic abuse.

Authorities book 2 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least two 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:

  • Rodney Schmaltz, 26, 13053 Dale Drive, Ponchatoula, first-offense DWI, improper turns and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Rodney Whitley, 33, 12887 Middlewood Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, violating a no-passing zone and careless operation of vehicle.

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