Someone broke into a cellular phone store at 6537 Greenwell St. on Tuesday and set fire to the business just before 4 a.m., District 6 Fire Chief Joel Hancock said.
No one was injured in the blaze, Hancock said, but the business, Big Tyme Communications, is a total loss.
Three surrounding businesses received smoke damage, Hancock said.
Firefighters from District 6 worked with firefighters from the Central and Baton Rouge fire departments to put out the blaze, Hancock said.
District 6 investigators will investigate the arson, he said.
Police arrest man in rape of 5-year-old
Police arrested a man accused of raping a 5-year-old girl on Saturday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The victim’s mother told police she saw Gerard Smith molesting her daughter at a residence, the affidavit says.
Smith ran and the mother chased him while calling police, the affidavit says.
Smith, 4390 Elm Drive, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of aggravated rape.
Authorities book man in rape of girl
A 27-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of raping a 14-year-old girl last year and impregnating her, an affidavit of probable cause says.
The incident occurred in September at a Baton Rouge residence, the affidavit says.
The girl did not tell anyone about the attack until she was sent to a hospital in May with severe stomach pains, the affidavit says.
Donald Epps, 10466 Berthan St., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of forcible rape.
Firefighters put out fire at old motel
Baton Rouge firefighters were called to a small fire Tuesday at the old Skylark Motel in Scotlandville, a Fire Department spokesman said.
A call about the fire at 1329 Snipe St. came in at 3:18 a.m., spokesman Curt Monte said. Firefighters had the blaze out nine minutes later, Monte said.
Investigators determined the fire was started by someone but are not yet sure whether it was intentional, Monte said.
No one was at the vacant building when firefighters arrived, Monte said.
Months earlier on July 15, firefighters worked an arson that gutted the abandoned motel, Monte said.
No one was injured in the fire and no arrests have been made, Monte said.
Fire set in front of man’s apartment
Firefighters are investigating a fire that was intentionally set early Tuesday in front of someone’s apartment at 1626 Jade Ave. Apt. C, a St. George Fire Department spokesman said.
Firefighters were called to the apartment near Gardere Lane at 3:17 a.m., spokesman Eldon Ledoux said. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had been extinguished, Ledoux said.
The man living at the apartment poured a pot of water on the fire, Ledoux said. It was set just outside the man’s front door, Ledoux said.
St. George fire investigators and investigators with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.
Authorities book two on DWI counts
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:
• Jared Miguez, 22, 3926 Northshore Ave., first-offense DWI, failure to signal, and improper lane usage.
• Willford Montgomery, 31, 49431 Kinchen Road, Tickfaw, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of vehicle.