Jasmine Cleveland

Deputies say parent punched bus driver

Sheriff’s deputies say an elementary school parent was arrested Friday after she was accused of punching a school bus driver in the face after the driver failed to drop off her child on the previous day.

The bus driver told deputies she didn’t drop off Jasmine Cleveland’s child when the bus came to its stop at 2900 Osceola St. on Aug. 21 because there was no parent or family member there to take the child, according to the arrest warrant. The driver took the child back to school instead, in line with school policy, the driver told deputies.

But when the driver pulled the bus up to the stop on the next day, Cleveland, 23, was there and demanded to know why the driver hadn’t dropped the child off the day before, the warrant says. When the driver told Cleveland that it was policy, she climbed onto the bus and punched the driver twice in the face, leaving a red mark, the affidavit says.

Cleveland, of the 3700 block of Alliquippa St., Baton Rouge, was booked Friday into Parish Prison on a count of battery of a schoolteacher.

Police: Man attacks mom, threatens girls

Baton Rouge police arrested a Baton Rouge man Sunday accused of breaking into a woman’s apartment, attacking her and threatening to attack her two daughters when they tried to intervene.

The suspect, Joshua White, 33, had been banned from the apartment where the attack happened, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

He climbed into the apartment through a back window and punched and scratched the victim before threatening the girls, the affidavit says.

White, 4348 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, Apt. 9, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of home invasion and two counts of simple assault.

Deputy books homeless man in theft, bribery

A sheriff’s deputy arrested a homeless man Saturday accused of stealing CDs and books, then added counts of public bribery when the man offered the deputy a baseball cap and beer if the deputy let him go.

A deputy responded to the SonLife Radio Bookstore on Bluebonnet Boulevard about 9:15 a.m. Saturday after a security officer stopped a man, Jarrod Brawley, 41, who took books and CDs, placed them into his bag and tried to leave without paying, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

During questioning, Brawley offered the deputy a new baseball cap if he let Brawley go, the affidavit says. Then during transport to Parish Prison, Brawley offered to the buy the deputy a beer if the deputy let him go.

Brawley was booked into Parish Prison on a count of misdemeanor theft and public bribery, which is also a misdemeanor.

Apparent arson damages vacant house

Firefighters responding to a vacant house fire on Sherwood Street on Saturday night found two piles of burning clothes in an apparent arson, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.

When firefighters arrived at 4811 Sherwood St. just before 7:30 p.m., they found the burning clothes in the middle room as well as a small fire in the back of the house, said Mark Miles, a Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters had the flames under control within six minutes, and smoke damage to the rest of the house was minimal, Miles said.

The house was valued at $40,000 before the fire.

Police say man shot girlfriend after bar fight

Following an argument at a Baton Rouge bar early Sunday, a Port Allen man allegedly shot his girlfriend with a handgun that fires shotgun shells, leaving her with buckshot pellets in her face and shoulder.

The couple were out at Benny’s Lounge on Airline Highway and were leaving at 2 a.m. when Ralph Stewart became mad and decided to walk home, the affidavit of probable cause says.

His girlfriend drove his truck to him and opened a door for Stewart to climb in the truck, the affidavit says. When she opened the door, Stewart pulled out a Taurus handgun, which is also known as “The Judge” and fires shotgun shells, and shot her in the face.

Baton Rouge police found a large pool of blood and blood spatter inside the truck, the affidavit says.

A witness told police that Stewart carried the gun in a motorcycle vest and had the gun on him before they went to the bar, the affidavit says. Police did not find the weapon or the vest.

Stewart, 43, 1027 California Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and second-degree battery.

BR man, 28, dies in motorcycle crash

A 28-year-old Baton Rouge man was killed Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Mohan Sheikh, 10435 Grace Lane, was driving west in the 1700 block of Hoo Shoo Too Road about 10:30 a.m. when he suddenly lost control and the motorcycle tipped over and the driver and the bike slid on the pavement, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

No one else was injured, Hicks said.

Sheikh was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. He was wearing a helmet, but the helmet had no strap, so it came off once he crashed, Hicks said.

Deputies took toxicology samples, but do not suspect intoxication was a factor, Hicks said.

Authorities book seven on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least seven 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:

  • Raphael Cormier, 42, 23698 Joe Nay, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and improper turns.
  • Tien Dinh, 59, 690 E. Washington St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, hit-and-run and reckless operation.
  • Austin Hardin, 21, 10566 Eagle Crest Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Ronald Kennedy, 66, 2875 77th Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Steven Kling, 48, 4944 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Nicholas Poret, 19, 1043 Creek Court, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Paige Tennant, 21, 1400 Butternut Ave., Metairie, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.

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