Man accused of abusing 3 children

Baton Rouge police on Saturday arrested a man accused of abusing three children — ages 6, 9 and 11 — by punching them and burning them with cigarettes.

Police were called to Capital Elementary School on Thursday after a 9-year-old girl told school officials that Claude Williams, 28, punched her in the chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

She said he punches her when he gets upset, the affidavit says.

School officials told police they have noticed that the 6-year-old boy has had both of his eyes swollen shut on multiple occasions, the affidavit says. School officials also disclosed they have seen burns and bruises on the three children.

School officials said the children have reported to the staff on multiple occasions that Williams has been abusing them, and the school has notified the state Department of Child and Family Services of the abuse on multiple occasions; however, the police were never notified, the affidavit says.

Williams, 4121 Provost St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to juveniles and possession of marijuana.

Two booked in Baker drive-by shooting

Baker police arrested two men in an April 6 drive-by shooting that left a grandmother wounded.

Lamarco F. Westley, 17, and Cortez Williams, 20, are accused of driving by a home in the 2200 block of North Magnolia Drive in Baker at about 6 a.m. April 6, intending to fight a man who lived there, according to their arrest warrants.

When they drove by, Williams opened fire on the home, which had nine people inside, including an infant and the grandmother, the warrant says. The woman was taken to a hospital where she was treated.

Westley is accused of showing Williams how to use the gun and sell it after the shooting.

Williams, of 9873 Avenue I, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property and assault by drive-by shooting.

Westley, of 12357 E. Brock Place, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on a count of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder along with other counts.

Woman accused of setting man’s car on fire

Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators arrested a 27-year-old woman accused of pouring a flammable liquid on a man’s 2009 Nissan Altima and setting the car ablaze Saturday morning.

The car’s owner said he heard noises in his front yard in the 100 block of South 21st Street shortly before 7 a.m. When he went outside, he saw several people running from the car that was on fire, the affidavit of probable cause says.

The owner said he also received several text messages related to the fire before and after his car was set ablaze, the affidavit says. The affidavit does not go into further detail about the text messages.

About three hours after the fire was set, Joycelyn Marie Williams, 27, went back to the home and told the owner that she set the car on fire, the affidavit says.

Williams, 5181 Madison Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of simple arson.

Two wounded in shooting early Sunday

Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting in Tigerland early Sunday that sent two men to a hospital, a police spokesman said.

The shooting occurred at about 3 a.m. in the 4400 block of Alvin Dark Avenue, behind Reggie’s, a popular bar among college students, spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., said.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and a 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen, Coppola said. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The shooting likely occurred during an argument between the two victims that apparently involved other people, Coppola said. It is unclear if there was one or multiple shooters.

There was a rumor Sunday morning that the two victims were LSU football players, but that is untrue, Coppola said.

Man accused of firing shots at man after fight

Baton Rouge police arrested a 31-year-old man accused of shooting at a man twice Friday on Scenic Highway after an argument.

Malcolm P. Whitlow, the suspected shooter, was seen milling around the area following the shooting at 2421 Scenic Highway and was arrested after a brief foot chase, the affidavit of probable cause says.

After initially denying he shot at the victim, Whitlow admitted he fire two shots and threw the gun behind a nearby shop, the affidavit says.

Whitlow, 609 Mills Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and resisting an officer.

Pilot makes emergency landing at BR airport

Emergency services scrambled into action at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport on Sunday after a pilot on an inbound flight said he noticed a weird odor in the cockpit and asked for assistance, the airport director said.

Fire and police units rushed out onto the runway Sunday afternoon to prepare for the landing, airport Director Anthony Marino said.

When officials checked the plane after it landed safely, they gave the all-clear, Marino said.

“They get a little smell in the cockpit and they get concerned,” Marino said, adding calling for assistance was the right move by the pilot in that situation.

Marino said he thought the plane already was scheduled to land at the airport.

Authorities arrest 15 suspected of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 15 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Christine Battaglia, 28, 18531 Lake Tulip Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Nicholas Bauman, 22, 15824 Ferrell Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Sabrina Benoit, 20, 6067 La. 26, Jennings, first-offense DWI.
  • Michael Califf, 38, 7031 Perkins Place Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Francesca Dambrosi, 24, 9413 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Sidney Davis, 47, 8508 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, improper lane usage, insurance required and reckless operation.
  • Connor Jackson, 22, 5629 Bellaire Drive, New Orleans, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Quinn McDonald, 23, 900 Dean Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Timothy Norwood, 36, 11343 Winsdor Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of an alcoholic beverage in vehicle, reckless operation, headlights required, operating with a suspended license and criminal damage to property.
  • Timothy Pearce, 20, 18297 Derbes Drive, Covington, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Kevin Perkins, 31, 6076 Tezcuco Court, Gonzales, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Wayne Shelton, 38, 1626 Beechgrove Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Travis Spikes, 27, 1346 Pleasant Ridge Ave., Zachary, second-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Rodney Washington, 44, 12746 Glenhaven Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and following too closely.
  • Justin Wilkinson, 27, 74 Timberlake Road, Natchez, Mississippi, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

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