Fire Department battles two blazes

The Baton Rouge Fire Department fought two early morning blazes Sunday, one of which displaced a family, according to a news release.

A window air conditioning unit sparked the fire that sent a family of four from their home at 4756 Enterprise St., Fire Department spokesman Barry Mounce said in the release.

Everyone escaped unharmed, Mounce said.

The fire started about 12:45 a.m. in a bedroom and spread to a hall before firefighters put it out, Mounce said.

Flames gutted the bedroom, and heavy smoke damaged the rest of the house, he said.

The Red Cross was at the scene to help the family, he said. Fire officials estimated damage at $50,000, he said.

The other fire started about 12:10 a.m. in a vacant house at 3728 Sycamore St., and is believed to be an arson, Mounce said.

The fire started in the small, one-bedroom house and caused extensive damage before it was brought under control, Mounce said.

The suspected arson caused an estimated $20,000 in damage, the release says, and is under investigation.

BR man, 25, charged with shooting driver

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Sunday for allegedly flagging a man down July 5 and then shooting and injuring the man when he pulled over, according to an arrest warrant.

The victim, who was not identified, was driving near Winbourne Avenue and Addison Street when he saw Travis Thompson, 25, standing on the side of the road, waving his arms at him, the warrant says.

The victim stopped his car and got out, the warrant says.

Thompson pulled out a handgun and shot at the victim three times, the warrant says.

The victim was hit in his right arm and upper torso, the warrant says.

Thompson fled the scene on foot, the warrant says.

The victim tried to drive himself to the hospital but had to stop and call police, the warrant says.

The victim later identified Thompson in a photo lineup, the warrant says.

Thompson, 2424 Madison Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Thompson was convicted of simple robbery in 2005, the warrant says.

Authorities arrest 12 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 12 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:

• Mollie Adomako, 56, 5555 Bennington Ave., first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Daryl Albert, 30, 4056 Mayan St., first-offense DWI, insurance required, driving on the wrong side of the road and driver’s license suspended or revoked.

• Robert Beshears, 53, 3942 Elanor St., second-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Dickie Dreher, 18, 8645 Glenn Ellen Drive, second-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and driver’s license suspended or revoked.

• Joshua Fuller, 20, 1811 Avon Road, Roanoke, Va., first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Brooke Little, 20, 43462 R. Daigle Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI.

• Mark Losavio, 26, 4925 Vondel Lane, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and speeding.

• Erica Mitchell, 25, 2526 Gates Circle, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, motor vehicle inspection required or expired and seat belt violation.

• Ryan Sternberg, 27, 7217 President Drive, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Ashton Wade, 22, 3422 Dijon Ave., Ocean Springs, Miss., first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Marlon Williams, 27, 6929 Commerce Circle, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

• Marvin York, 48, 9422 Windward Road, second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to maintain control.

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