River Road wreck kills Baton Rouge man

A Baton Rouge man died in a wreck early Sunday when his car veered off River Road, slammed into the levee and rolled several times, State Police said.

Jonas E. Heath, 44, was southbound on River Road north of Ben Hur Road about 3:30 a.m. when he missed a left curve in the road, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said in a news release.

Heath’s Toyota Camry careened off the road to the right and into the levee before overturning, he said.

Heath was wearing a seat belt, Sandifer said, but still suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

Driver impairment is unknown, but a toxicology sample was taken for analysis.

Police: Teen shoots, wounds woman in arm

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 19-year-old man accused in the shooting of a woman early Saturday morning in the doorway of her northeast Baton Rouge home.

Police booked Detroit Draper, 19, 16246 London Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated criminal damage to property, booking records show.

Draper is accused of shooting the woman, 23, about 2:30 a.m. in the 16000 block of South Amite Drive, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The woman told police that Draper knocked on the front door of her home, and when she answered it, he shot her in the arm “with a long weapon,” the affidavit says.

“The bullet shattered her bone and she was transported to the hospital,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Draper and the woman told police they know each other. Draper also told police he had a fight with the woman’s husband the day before the shooting. The woman’s husband and three children were inside their home at the time of the shooting, the affidavit says.

Woman jailed for battery on female, deputy

A New Iberia woman was jailed Saturday after investigators say she grabbed a female’s buttocks while standing in line at an amusement park, then tried to start a fight and ended up punching a sheriff’s deputy.

East Baton Rouge Parish deputies booked Aleeya Angelle Alexander, 21, 2507 Brenda Drive, New Iberia, into Parish Prison on counts of simple battery, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer, booking records show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the dispute started when Alexander grabbed a female, whose age was not available, on the buttocks as both were standing in line for the Ragin’ Cajun roller coaster Saturday afternoon at the Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’ amusement parks.

The victim told deputies that after she was grabbed, her mother confronted Alexander, prompting Alexander to try and fight her mother, the affidavit says.

When an extra-duty deputy arrived and found Alexander belligerent and yelling, he tried to handcuff her, he wrote in the affidavit. This caused Alexander to punch him in the face, the affidavit says.

The deputy “then took (Alexander) down with a straight-arm take down and placed her in handcuffs,” he wrote in the affidavit.

The deputy reported that Alexander did not want to talk about the incident without an attorney present.

Woman missing after arson destroys house

Hours after her 68th Avenue home was destroyed by a fire, a Baton Rouge woman was reported missing to authorities.

A missing person report was filed Sunday morning for Robyn Jackson, 32, whose address matched that of a house fire investigators believe was destroyed by arson, authorities said.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said he did not know how long Jackson had been missing. But McKneely did confirm that Jackson’s address is 2035 68th Ave., and that a missing person report for her was filed with police Sunday morning.

When firefighters arrived at the 68th Avenue home about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the back of the house was on fire, said Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs.

Flames devoured 70 percent of the house by the time firefighters doused the blaze. The fire also destroyed an older model Honda Accord. Fire officials estimated damage at $100,000, Combs said.

No one was injured in the fire.

Combs said investigators were told Jackson may have been missing, and they advised the people who were worried about her to file a missing person report if she didn’t show up by Sunday morning.

The Fire Department asked anyone with information to contact fire investigators at (225) 354-1419, or Crimestoppers.

Officers arrest 14 on DWI charges

Authorities arrested at least 14 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:

  • Pamela Adams, 49, 5536 Parkforest Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, negligent vehicular injuring and disobeying a red light.
  • Kosgei Belion, 29, 3361 Iowa St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, simple obstruction of a highway and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.
  • Mario Caliz-Navas, 35, 760 Donmoore Ave., Apt. 202, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and improper lane usage.
  • Rongrong Chen, 28, 3262 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Aileen Dehart, 31, 4322 Rue de Belle Maison St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required, possession of marijuana and reckless operation.
  • Jeremy Eason, 26, 20301 Puligny Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and headlights required.
  • Jake Hebert, 25, 1571 West Park Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Zachrey Kelley, 21, 42631 Robinwood Lane, Hammond, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage, following too close, drinking in a motor vehicle and improper window tint.
  • Karen Kemp, 49, 16657 Planchet Road, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI, a vehicles without required equipment or in unsafe condition, motor vehicle registration exemption violation, inspection sticker switched, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, insurance required and driver’s license expired.
  • Jose-Modesto Lara-Sanchez, 26, 11157 Muriel Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and improper lane usage.
  • Lemoine Warner, 43, 2935 Webb St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, an equipment violation and reckless operation.
  • Dannah Welch, 52, 325 N. 24th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Daniel Wells, 27, 2750 Millerville Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, following too close and an open container violation.
  • Bryan Wilson, 33, 13432 Anne Cleves Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, driver’s license suspended or revoked, an equipment violation and reckless operation.

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