Electrical fire causes damage at school

An electrical fire in a classroom at the Dunham School on Saturday caused an estimated $10,000 in damage but no injuries, authorities reported.

The St. George Fire Department arrived at the school, 11111 Roy Emerson Drive, about 8:15 a.m. and put out the small fire in less than 10 minutes, St. George spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news release.

The fire started in a classroom at the school, which is located across Dawson Creek from the Mall of Louisiana.

Fire damaged that classroom and smoke damaged adjoining classrooms, the release says.

Eight booked on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Donna Atkinson, 52, 8730 Lochness Ave., first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and possession of alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.
  • Allen Dellihue, 31, 2001 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., first-offense DWI, failure to change address on a driver’s license, failure to yield left hand turn and vehicle negligent injury.
  • Kermit Hickman, 34, 4203 Jacquelyn Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
  • Herman Jones, 41, 3133 Derby Place, New Orleans, first-offense DWI and careless driving.
  • Michael Shefke, 28, 7766 Greenwell Springs Road, first-offense DWI, inspection sticker, required tail lamps, improper lane usage, failure to signal and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Matthew Trocquet, 21, 5407 Washington Ave., Metairie, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Darlene Walker, 58, 1616 Leonard Road, first-offense DWI and careless driving.
  • Richard White, 48, 40143 South Autumn Wood Court, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol beverage in a vehicle and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

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