Two arrested in George O’Neal Lane shooting

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says deputies have arrested two men in a fatal shooting Thursday night on George O’Neal Lane.

Byron Maxson and Troy Carter Jr., both 26, are accused in the shooting of 38-year-old Ivan Molina at 16524 George O’Neal Lane, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Deputies say that around 11 p.m. Thursday, Molina answered the door to his home and stepped outside. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at that time and later finding Molina lying on his porch with bullet wounds and shell casings beside him, according to a police report.

Before Molina died at a local hospital, he was able to tell deputies that he and Maxson were in an ongoing dispute and that Maxson had shot him, the report says.

Maxson, of 4949 Stumberg Lane, was booked late Friday on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, while Carter was arrested early Saturday and will be booked on the same counts, Hicks said.

Carter also suffered a gunshot wound from the Thursday night incident that had not been treated, and deputies took him to a hospital on Friday for his injury before booking him, Hicks said. It is not yet clear how Carter was injured.

Man dies in Braddock Street house fire

A man died in a house fire on Braddock Street early Saturday morning and firefighters are investigating what sparked the blaze, Baton Rouge Fire Department officials reported.

Firefighters arriving at 1604 Braddock St., around 6 a.m. Saturday found the man on a couch inside the home, said Mark Miles, a BRFD spokesman.

The man, believed to be in his early 30s, could not be revived, Miles said. No one else was home to identify the man, but firefighters determined he did not live at the house, Miles said.

The home was heavily damaged by smoke and fire by the time the flames were extinguished. Foul play is not suspected, Miles said.

BR man injured in Callahan St. shooting

A 35-year-old man was in critical condition after he was shot Friday night while standing outside his house on Callahan Street, police say.

The man was shot once in the upper torso around 6:30 p.m. when he was at 6220 Callahan Street, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.

The man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information can call police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

12 people booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least 12 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Bradley Aymond, 20, 10745 Pinebrook Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and maximum speed limit.
  • Sophie Goodgion, 20, 141 Crape St., Covington, first-offense DWI and equipment violation.
  • Sunceria Hardesty, 27, 4415 Victoria Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license not in possession.
  • Jonquelle Henry, 24, 8507 Longwood View Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, child restraint required, drinking in motor vehicle and expired motor vehicle inspection.
  • Dalton Honore, 46, 17503 Lake Vista Drive, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI.
  • Barry Kopke, 53, 13714 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Donald Morgan, 38, 9361 Old Hermitage Parkway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, maximum speed limit and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Benjamin Phillips, 28, 1634 Bellmont Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, equipment violation and failure to yield to stop sign.
  • Victor Silva, 18, 204 Englewood Drive., Lafayette, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and hit-and-run.
  • Tyson Todd, 37, 839 Europe St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate required and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Sarah Ulm, 21, 1224 Bluewater Drive, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and disobey red light.
  • Jay Venugopal, 29, 18577 St. Andrews Court, West Prairieville, first-offense DWI, following too close, reckless operation of vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II drugs and distribution/manufacturing of Schedule IV drugs.

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