Man, 2 teens arrested in armed robbery

A Baton Rouge man and two teenagers accused of robbing a cellphone from a UPS truck driver at gunpoint were arrested Wednesday evening.

Joshua Gauthier, 20, and the two teens confronted the driver after he pulled up for a delivery on Sarasota Drive, according to the arrest report. One of the teens pointed a chrome revolver at the man and told him he was “not playing,” the report says.

The driver handed over his phone, and the three assailants ran toward the Mallard Crossing apartment complex, the report says.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested three suspects at 9:28 p.m. Gauthier, 12477 Canterbury Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and contributing to delinquency of juveniles. The teens, who were not identified, also were booked.

Greenwell Springs man booked on child porn

A Greenwell Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning and booked on possession and distribution of child pornography.

State Police detectives in late October retrieved pornography depicting a 9-year-old girl from the file of Alvin Pough’s desktop computer, the arrest report says.

Pough, 40, 6101 Danny Drake Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and distribution of pornography involving juveniles.

Fire damages Balis Drive home

Fire damaged a house on Balis Drive after an apparent electrical malfunction Thursday afternoon, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

No one was reported injured in the blaze at 2460 Balis Drive.

Crews arrived at 12:44 p.m. and had the fire under control by 1:07 p.m., said Mark Miles, a fire department spokesman.

The house was heavily damaged by fire and smoke, Miles said, with the damage estimated at $15,000.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • St. Clair Maiden, 49, 10480 Catherine St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, driver’s license not in possession, insurance required and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Eddie Miles, 58, 1061 Robinson St., Jackson, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and license plate switched.

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