Baton Rouge Police & Fire News: Child critically injured when hit by car as he walked to school _lowres

Christopher Thornton

A 12-year-old boy walking to school Wednesday morning was critically injured when he was struck by a car, Baton Rouge police said.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a police spokesman, said a 27-year-old woman driving down Evangeline Street at about 7:35 a.m. lost control of her vehicle, swerved off the road and hit the boy.

Investigators said the woman lost control of her vehicle because of some kind of mechanical failure, McKneely said.

“I’m not sure exactly what it was,” McKneely said.

He said investigators had not determined whether the woman will be cited.

“We’re still waiting to hear from investigators,” McKneely said. “It’s still early in the investigation and that is pending.”

Twelve people displaced by apartment fire

An apartment fire Wednesday evening on Rush Avenue displaced 12 people, the St. George Fire Department said.

The St. George and Baton Rouge fire departments were dispatched to 8561 Rush Avenue about 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, St. George Fire department spokesman Eldon Ledoux said in a news release. Fire crews had the blaze under control by 5:21 p.m., Ledoux said.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter, Ledoux said.

The blaze caused limited fire damage and moderate water damage, Ledoux said.

No injuries were reported.

Suspect wanted in Dec. 18 shooting

Baton Rouge police have identified Christopher Deandre Thornton as a suspect in the Dec. 18 shooting in the 1400 block of North 44th Street, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a department spokesman.

Investigators learned from witnesses that Thornton, 20, last known address 156 S. 11th St., shot at a vehicle multiple times as it proceeded southbound on North 44th Street, Coppola said. Two men in the vehicle were injured by the gunshots. A female in the vehicle was unharmed. They were able to drive to a local hospital where they were treated and are expected to survive, Coppola said.

Thornton is wanted on charges of three counts of attempted first-degree murder, Coppola said. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Zachary man reported missing by family

A search is underway for a Zachary man last seen by his family on Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

David Telhiard Jr., 54, of 15040 Peairs Road, was reported missing to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Telhiard’s family told authorities they saw him Sunday, but had not seen him since then, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Telhiard is described as a white man, 5 feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and wears glasses, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“There is no indication of foul play at this time,” Hicks said.

Deputies ask anyone with information about Telhiard’s whereabouts to call them at (225) 389-5000.

Fire Department to hold recruiting event

The Baton Rouge Fire Department is hosting a recruitment event on Saturday where those interested in joining the force can speak with department employees.

The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the department’s headquarters just off Hooper Road at 8011 Merle Gustafson Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Anyone with questions about the event can call the department at (225) 354-1400.

Authorities book 3 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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Adrian Auguster, 36, 13959 Woodland Ridge Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

Kathryn Daigrepont, 27, 6415 Celestial Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

Lambert Louviere, 20, 10748 Callender Court, St. Francisville, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, speeding and headlights required.


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