BR police hunt armed bank robber

Police are searching for an armed gunman who robbed the Capital One bank at 19980 Highland Road on Tuesday afternoon.

The man walked into the bank in the North Gate area near LSU about 2 p.m., wielding a gun and demanded money, said Sgt. Donald Stone, a police spokesman.

The robber was given an undisclosed amount of money before he fled the bank, Stone said.

It was not known which way the robber ran once he left the bank, Stone said.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call police at (225) 389-3845.

Mother, 33, arrested in toddler’s overdose

A 33-year-old woman was arrested Monday in failing to seek medical attention after her 5-year-old daughter took several pills prescribed to treat attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, court documents show.

The girl took the pills between 1:45 p.m. Saturday and 10:45 p.m. Sunday, an affidavit of probable cause said.

The girl’s father took her to a local hospital late Sunday because she was not behaving like herself, the affidavit said.

Nurses at the hospital told authorities the girl was hallucinating and shaking a lot, the affidavit said.

Authorities interviewed the girl’s mother, Tina Holmes, who said someone with Poison Control advised her to take her daughter to the emergency room, the affidavit said.

For unknown reasons, Holmes did not follow the advice.

As a result, authorities arrested Holmes, 1737 La Annie Drive, No. 17, and booked her into Parish Prison on a count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

2 booked on counts of drunken driving

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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

•Tyler Hanford, 19, 1616 Demosthenes St., Metairie, first-offense DWI, failure to yield left turn and improper lane usage.

• Adam Bouchie, 23, 2128 Brightside Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and other laws of the road.

Lightning blamed in two house fires

The St. George Fire Department worked two house fires reported five minutes apart Tuesday in the wake of a heavy lightning storm that moved through Baton Rouge.

The first fire was reported at 17121 E. Old Perkins Road at 3:12 p.m., according to a fire department release.

The house was in a rural area about 200 yards from the road and was burning when firefighters arrived, the release said.

The home is considered a loss, the release said.

Neighbors reported that there was lots of lightning in the area at the time of the fire, but the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, the release said.

The second house fire started about 3:17 p.m. at 17643 Nine Oaks Ave., the release said.

Lightning is the confirmed cause of this fire, which caused $35,000 in damage to the home, the release said.

No one was injured in either fire, the release said.