East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a Marrero man accused of threatening, during an Aug. 4 phone conversation, to blow up an office housing the Louisiana Road Home program.
James P. Austin Jr., 56, called the Road Home office to inquire about the status of his application and became irate when officials told him he failed to send in a death certificate required for his application, according to his arrest warrant.
Austin said he was tired of being told to do things by Road Home officials and said “I’m going to blow your place up,” the warrant says.
When transferred to a supervisor, he repeated his name and re-iterated his threat, the warrant says.
“The victim(s) believe Austin will act upon the threat due to the past incidents with him and Austin always advising them of his military history,” the investigating deputy wrote in the warrant.
Austin, last known address of 1648 Majestic Place, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of terrorizing.
Officials search for clues on building fire
Fire investigators are searching for clues in a vacant building on North Foster Drive where firefighters extinguished a blaze in a back room Tuesday morning.
Mark Miles, spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department, called the fire suspicious in nature and said investigators have not determined the cause.
Firefighters arrived at the building at 2045 N. Foster shortly before 10:20 a.m. and had the flames under control within 30 minutes, Miles said.
No one was in the building at the time of the fire, Miles said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact fire investigators at (225) 354-1419.
Woman booked on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parish Prison booking records show.
Nicole Pilley, 36, 18725 Riverbend Road, French Settlement, was booked on counts of second-offense driving while intoxicated, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.