Man, 35, accused of trying to kill wife

A 35-year-old man was arrested Thursday, accused of trying to kill his wife and then trying to persuade her to give false statement about the incident to police, an arrest warrant says.

The murder attempt occurred on Sept. 23 when Donald Ray Odds Jr. approached his wife while she was sitting inside a vehicle parked in front of 3166 Oswego St., the warrant says.

Odds pointed a pistol at his wife and pulled the trigger several times but the gun jammed and did not fire, the warrant says.

Odds told his wife to tell police he pointed a cell phone at her and not a gun, the warrant says. Odds’ wife had a restraining order against her husband at the time of the attempted shooting, the warrant says.

Odds, 10455 N. Harvey Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of attempted second-degree murder, violation of protective order and witness intimidation.

Beaten woman, 18, found unconscious

Police are investigating the beating of an 18-year-old woman found outside an apartment complex on Earl Gros Avenue on Wednesday, according to a news release.

Police found the woman unconscious in the parking lot of 4545 Earl Gros Ave. at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the release says.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital by Emergency Medical Services, the release says.

Police said they did not know the woman’s condition.

A man was seen driving from the area in a small, gray vehicle, the release says.

Anyone with information can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Police: Man stabbed woman in neck, back

Police arrested a 50-year-old man Wednesday in the stabbing of a woman several times in the neck and back, an arrest affidavit says.

The incident occurred about 5 a.m. Wednesday while the victim and David Blacher were driving along Lassen Drive, the affidavit says.

Blacher told police he stabbed the woman with a butcher knife he keeps in his vehicle after she stabbed him in the face with a screwdriver, the affidavit says.

The woman ran to a nearby house after being stabbed and was taken to a hospital where she was treated for life-threatening wounds, the affidavit says.

Blacher, 4578 Lassen Drive, threw the knife out of his vehicle and drove to the Police Department’s First District office where he surrendered to authorities.

He was booked into Parish Prison on one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Authorities book 9 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least nine 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:

-Misty Allen, 21, 8360 Paul Road, St. Amant, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, motor vehicle inspection required, failure to signal or improper turn.

-Alexa Bowling, 28, 10351 Spring Tree Ave., first-offense DWI and speeding.

-Heather Cady, 26, 12453 Hebert Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.

-Luke Grandin, 25, 1744 Lombard Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to signal, U-turn limitations, motor vehicle inspection required and improper turn.

-Raul Matos, 40, 16531 Blatt Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, speeding and driver’s license required or expired.

-Mitchell Montelaro, 38, 1192 Springlake Drive, second-offense DWI and speeding.

-Dieatrichia Roddy, 25, 943 N. 31th St., first-offense DWI and failure to dim headlights.

-Adam Short, 20, 14518 Brittmore Ave., first-offense DWI, failure to signal or improper turn and reckless operation of a vehicle.

-Raymond Williams, 21, 2817 Laurel Estates Court, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation of a vehicle.

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