Unloaded gun found in school classroom

East Baton Rouge deputies are trying to determine who brought an unloaded handgun Monday to a fifth-grade classroom at Westdale Heights Elementary Academic Magnet.

The unloaded .25-caliber handgun was found at 12:30 p.m. on a classroom floor of the school, 2000 College Drive, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Members of the School Drug Task Force questioned and searched all the students in the classroom, but were unable to ascertain where the weapon came from, Hicks said.

The incident remains under investigation, she said.

Pedestrian hit by car on Nicholson dies

A man walking across Nicholson Drive just south of LSU was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries early Monday morning and later died after apparently being hit by a moving car, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services transported Carrei Johnson, 65, 4915 Alvin Dark Ave., to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries, Coppola said.

The driver who hit Johnson was there when police arrived and said Johnson stepped in front of his vehicle, Coppola said.

The accident, which occurred at 1:23 a.m. Monday where Nicholson intersects with Bob Petit Boulevard, remains under investigation, Coppola said.

LSU Lakes runners, walkers videotaped

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Monday accused of videotaping from his vehicle women running and walking around the LSU Lakes.

Police booked Peter DiBenedetto, 35, 35021 Live Oak St., Denham Springs, into Parish Prison on counts of video voyeurism and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.

Police found 43 videos of women on his cellphone after receiving a complaint about a man taking pictures of women with his cellphone, the affidavit of probable cause says.

A half-gallon of vodka and a cup that smelled of alcohol also were found inside the vehicle, the affidavit says.

Man booked in BR kidnapping attempt

Baton Rouge police arrested a 48-year-old man accused of trying to snatch a baby from its mother’s arms Sunday afternoon.

Police booked Spencer Levier, 1021 Abe Lincoln St., Opelousas, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted simple kidnapping.

The woman said Levier walked up to her, put his hands on the baby and said, “Give me the baby,” the affidavit of probable cause says.

The woman ran inside a house at 477 W. Grant St., while Levier stood outside and continued to yell, “Give me the baby,” the affidavit says.

Two booked in BREC toilet paper caper

Baton Rouge police arrested a BREC employee and an alleged accomplice in the theft of toilet paper from BREC headquarters.

The employee, Cordell Curtis, 44, 449 Carrie Drive, Apt. 1A, Denham Springs, and Curtis Matthews, 44, 658 N. 39th St., Baton Rouge, were booked into Parish Prison on April 25 on counts of felony theft.

Both men were released the next day after posting bond, online prison records show.

Police stopped Matthews in the 400 block of Florida Boulevard after watching him and Curtis load 15 cases of toilet paper into the back of Matthews’ green pickup in broad daylight, the affidavits of probable cause say.

There are 96 rolls of toilet paper in each case, BREC spokeswoman Cheryl Michelet said.

Matthews told police Curtis would steal the toilet paper and sell it to Matthews, who in turn would sell it to anyone who would buy it, the affidavits say.

Curtis told police they had done this about six times before and he had made a total of $2,652 from Matthews in return for the toilet paper, the affidavits say.

Michelet said Curtis was immediately terminated upon his arrest.

Authorities book three on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Margarett Archie, 50, 3942 W. Brookstown Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, not in possession of driver’s license and lack of required child restraint.
  • Brandon Clark, 23, 732 Jennifer Jean Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and failure to maintain control of vehicle.
  • Erica Smith, 40, 2511 Eastgate Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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