Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for June 27, 2014 _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- St. George Fire Department and Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to a fire at Capitol Freightliner early Thursday morning. The fire was contained in the maintenance bay area, which suffered moderate to severe fire damage to the structure and its contents. There was smoke damage throughout the building. The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation.

BR man booked in beating dog to death

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested a man for beating his son’s dog with a brick — causing skull fragments to fly — soon after the man had smoked synthetic marijuana.

About 10 a.m., Charles Dumas, 39, repeatedly struck a brown-and-white pit bull, which belonged to his 10-year-old son, in the head with a brick while witnesses heard him shout, “It’s my dog, I can do it,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Dumas then carried the dog from 1300 Progress St., where the incident occurred, back to his yard 500 feet or so away, where police found blood and skull fragments, the affidavit says.

Witnesses also told police that Dumas had been smoking “mojo,” or synthetic marijuana, before the attack.

Synthetic marijuana is generally known to make some people experience psychotic symptoms, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. Police believe that was a factor in the attack, he said.

Emergency Medical Services took Dumas to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City for treatment.

Dumas, 3024 Pen St., Baton Rouge, later was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Fire damages building at Capital Freightliner

A Thursday morning fire in the maintenance bay at Capital Freightliner, 4800 Sherwood Commons, caused moderate to severe fire damage to the structure with smoke damage throughout the building, firefighters said.

Units from the St. George and Baton Rouge fire departments responded to the fire with the first arriving at 6:42 a.m. The fire was under control by 7 a.m., Eldon Ledoux, a spokesman for the St. George Fire Department, said in a news release. There were no injuries, he said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, Ledoux said, adding that St. George investigators were called to the scene.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Christina Bridges, 30, 2828 Congress Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of vehicle, improper lane use, disobeying control device, improper turns, failure to signal and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • David Cole, 33, 26212 Poplar Glen Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, insurance required, driver’s license not in possession, failure to maintain control and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Benjamin Cossich, 21, 9852 Hillyard Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane use.
  • Amanda Walker, 28, 4438 Antler Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, theft, driver’s license required or expired, motor vehicle insurance required, disobeying control device and improper lane use.

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