Man breaks into donut shop, steals register

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who broke into a donut shop early Tuesday morning and walked out carrying the shop’s cash register.

Deputies responded to Mary Lee’s Donut Shop on Greenwell Springs Road shortly before 1 a.m. to find a shattered window and a missing cash register, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Surveillance video reviewed by investigators showed a man breaking one of the windows. The same man was seen on the video walking out with a cash register, Hicks said.

The man was described as white with a medium build and dark hair, wearing a camouflage jacket, a blue shirt, dark jeans and dark shoes, Hicks said.

Detectives ask those with information about the incident to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man who hit pedestrian accused of driving drunk

Baton Rouge Police arrested a Gonzales man accused of drunken driving when he ran over a pedestrian, causing serious injuries early Sunday morning.

Altarius Johnson, 28, was headed south on Nicholson Drive near East Boyd Drive at about 2 a.m. when he slammed into a pedestrian who was trying to cross the road, according to a police report. The pedestrian was taken to a hospital with “serious bodily injuries”— a broken femur, cuts to the face and possible internal injuries, the reports says.

Officers found that Johnson’s blood alcohol level was 0.087 percent. In Louisiana, a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

Johnson, 14030 Serenity Cove Drive, Gonzales, was booked into Parish Prison early Sunday on counts of first-offense DWI, vehicular negligent injuring and reckless operation.

Deputies: Man punches woman, hurls bar stool

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of punching a woman in the face repeatedly and throwing a bar stool at her after she grabbed a knife to defend herself.

Jason Brown, 35, punched the woman he has lived with for about two years during an argument, according to a police report. The woman tried to run away, but Brown grabbed her and dragged her back into another room and continued to punch her in the face, the report says.

The woman was able to grab a kitchen knife within arm’s reach, and that was when Brown grabbed the stool and hurled it, striking the woman in the arm, according to the report.

The woman cut Brown’s forearm in self-defense, and was eventually able to escape, the report says.

Brown, 9300 block of Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison early Monday on counts of domestic abuse battery and aggravated battery.

Deputies: Woman, 70, missing since Sunday

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a 70-year-old woman who has been missing since she left Sunday to take a walk.

Family members have not seen Aerice Williams, 12331 Shireburk Ave., since then, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Williams was last seen leaving her home to take a walk, which is routine for her, Hicks said. She was wearing a reddish-pink baseball cap, blue jeans and a dark jacket.

She was reported missing the following day. Deputies do not suspect foul play, Hicks said.

“She takes various medications, which is why they are concerned with finding her,” Hicks added in an email.

Williams is about 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 115 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Williams may call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000.

Convention Street home destroyed in fire

A vacant house in Baton Rouge was destroyed Monday in a fire believed to be an arson, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived to the home at 2386 Convention St., about 5:30 p.m. to find the rear of the home in flames, said Mark Miles, a Fire Department spokesman. By the time firefighters could extinguish the blaze, the $70,000 home was a loss, Miles said.

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set, Miles said. The home was boarded up.

Anyone with details about the fire may call arson investigators at (225) 354-1419 or Crime Stoppers.

Firefighters douse flames, save home

A Monday morning fire that began in the laundry room of a Linwood Street home was extinguished before it could destroy the house, a Baton Rouge Fire Department official said.

Firefighters arrived at the home in the 2700 block of Linwood Street just north of Choctaw Drive shortly after 10:15 a.m. Monday. The fire was under control within a few minutes, said Mark Miles, a Fire Department spokesman.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but investigators do not suspect foul play, Miles said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Three suspected of driving while intoxicated

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Willie Jackson, 67, 2001 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and speeding.

Brandon Oliver, 41, of 2714 Sherwood St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Thomas Wren, 23, 307 Sugarberry, Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI, speeding, driver’s license required, distributing or manufacturing a Schedule IV drug and proof of insurance required.

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