BR rapper has new reason to hate BRAVE

In his role as rapper Spitta, John Taylor makes no bones how he feels about the BRAVE crime-fighting team.

On a track titled “Brave Team” that is posted on YouTube, Spitta raps, “I hate them city cops … but most of all I hate the ---ing BRAVE team.”

And now the Baton Rouge rapper might have one more reason to dislike the crime fighting unit: his arrest Friday on a drug count.

Taylor, 30, showed up for a probation appointment smelling strongly of marijuana, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman. While searching Taylor’s car, officers found a small plastic bag hanging from the ceiling that held 1.7 grams of marijuana and a digital scale with marijuana residue in the car’s center console, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Probation officials then called officers with BRAVE — Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination — to make the arrest, McKneely said.

Taylor admitted the marijuana was his and said he left it behind in his car “because he had to meet with his probation officer,” the affidavit says.

Taylor, 3542 Sherwood St., was booked into parish prison Friday on second-offense possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

9-year-old refuses to eat dinner, beaten

Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested a Baker man accused of beating a 9-year-old who refused to eat her dinner.

Authorities say Justin Lee Hensley, 38, lost his temper Wednesday when, after two hours, the child still had not eaten her dinner. The 9-year-old placed a piece of macaroni in her mouth but “did not like it,” and when she did not swallow Hensley hit her buttocks and thighs, according to the warrant.

Hensley also set a timer for eight minutes, and when the timer ran out, he spanked her as well as hit her with his belt and then reset the timer for eight minutes again, according to the warrant. Hensley reset the timer at least two more times before the child ate her food.

Investigators found continuous red, purple and blue bruising across the child’s buttocks and thighs.

The victim’s mother later received photos of the 9-year-old’s bruises via text message from her 11-year-old daughter.

Deputies booked Hensley, of 10811 Candletree Ave., into Parish Prison on one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Police investigating hit-and-run fatality

Baton Rouge traffic homicide detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a motorcyclist dead early Friday.

Eric Fabre, 20, 1101 Mary Kevin Drive, Slidell, died at the scene in the 9700 block of Airline Highway.

Patrol officers responded just before 1 a.m. and found Fabre lying unresponsive in the roadway at Airline Highway and Old Hammond Highway, police said in a news release.

“According to a witness, a fleeing vehicle is possibly a red- or maroon-colored Chrysler 300 with front end damage,” Cpl. Don Coppola said.

The Chrysler fled north before police arrived.

Contact the Traffic Homicide Division at (225) 389-7819 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867 with information on this case.

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. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Brett Foster, 24, 10773 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, operating vehicle while driver’s license suspended, reckless operation of vehicle, driver’s license suspended or revoked, unlawful refusal to submit to a chemical test, failure to maintain control and invalid or missing inspection sticker.
  • Joseph Manda, 19, 17757 Chasefield Ave., Baton Rouge, underage DWI, illegal turns and seat belt violation.

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