Update: The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office on Feb. 16, 2016, dismissed all charges against Donna Laird.

BR woman booked in exploitation of mom

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 53-year-old Baton Rouge woman accused of spending more than $14,000 of her 73-year-old mother’s money over six months, as well as taking her mother’s car without permission.

Sheriff’s deputies say that from September through February, Donna Laird spent $14,000 from her mother’s credit card account on various personal goods and services, according to the arrest warrant. Laird also took her mother’s Honda Accord, and when police asked where it was, Laird would only say that she left the car in New Orleans. The Honda was still missing as of Tuesday, the documents show.

Laird, 1917 Winter Ridge Ave., was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on exploitation of the infirmed and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Bullet misses man then misses two kids

A 26-year-old man watching a fight unfold in a garage is accused of firing a bullet that passed through two walls and narrowly missed two children.

On June 10, Donald Lee Woods was watching basketball on TV with a friend in a Chalmette Drive home when a third man joined them, according to the arrest warrant. The man had an argument with Woods’ friend over a debt, and the two agreed to fight each other. Woods’ friend then handed Woods his pistol, and the fight began.

When Woods fired the pistol by the man’s head, the bullet missed, went through two walls and struck the floor of a nearby room where the two children were playing, the warrant says. No one was hit by the shot.

The conflict was so heated, Woods’ intended target later told authorities he wasn’t even sure who shot at him, the warrant says.

When a woman inside the house came outside, she saw Woods leaving with a pistol, the warrant says.

Deputies booked Woods, 9314 Avis Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on Wednesday on attempted second-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property.

Craigslist iPhone robbery arrest made

A Craigslist iPhone sale in a Popeye’s parking lot on June 24 quickly turned sour when the seller was robbed of his phone at gunpoint.

The seller got a call from a man who wanted meet with him at the Popeye’s on O’Neal Lane to buy the phone. Once the man arrived, he told the seller and the seller’s brother he did not have the money with him, but he did have it at his mother’s house, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The man then walked a few hundred feet to Bonham Avenue while the pair followed him by car.

Once they arrived on Bonham Avenue, the man asked to use the seller’s phone, the affidavit says. Soon after a quick call, two more men then approached the car, and a struggle to pry the phone away from the seller and his brother began. Eventually, one of the assailants drew a pistol, according to the affidavit, grabbed the phone and the three fled to a nearby apartment complex.

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday booked Brandon Hammond, 20, 14355 S. Harrells Ferry Road, into Parish Prison on armed robbery after another suspect in the robbery used the seller’s phone to call Hammond. It remained unclear Thursday whether the two other assailants had been apprehended.

Arson suspected in Peerless Street fire

Investigators suspect arson in a fire that destroyed a house at 5656 Peerless St. early Thursday, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

The house had no electricity or gas utility service, and no one was in the home at the time, department spokesman Mark Miles said.

The first firefighters arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m. and found flames coming out of the front bedroom, he said. The blaze was under control in a matter of minutes, but the house, valued at $60,000, is considered a total loss along with about $10,000 in contents, Miles said.

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:

  • Excel Beauchamp, 64, 12467 Sherbrook Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Camron Sands, 23, 127 Jefferson St., Golden Meadow, first-offense DWI.
  • Courtney Schwing, 23, 12079 Central Park Drive, Geismar, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of vehicle, speeding and motor vehicle insurance required.
  • Dimitri Victor, 19, 288 W. Chalfont Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, drinking in a motor vehicle, underage purchase or possession of alcohol, speeding, improper lane use and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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