Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 37-year-old man accused of raping a teenage girl once a week for the last four years.

The rapes began when the now 17-year-old girl was 13, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Jerald Watson also threatened to tell an acquaintance of the girl about their sexual encounters if she did not do what he asked, the report says. The encounters continued until Thanksgiving Day, when Watson raped the girl on her mother’s bed while her mother was at work, according to the report.

Watson, when questioned by deputies about the encounters, said he had been in a relationship with the girl for the last 10 years or so, but never had sex with her.

Watson, of 1642 N. 23rd St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of molestation of a juvenile.

Man booked in fatal Alaska Street shooting

Authorities on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old man suspected in an armed robbery that turned into a fatal shooting last month.

Tyronn Collins is accused in the killing of 34-year-old Roderick Carolina, who was found dead in his Alaska Street apartment Dec. 12.

U.S. Marshals found Collins at a home on Lynn Drive early Tuesday, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman.

Collins, of 2556 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of first-degree murder.

Discarded match, still lit, sparks house fire

A match thrown in the trash sparked a fire that caused $30,000 in damage and torched a Baton Rouge home’s kitchen on Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at 342 Wiltz Drive just after 4 p.m. Tuesday to find smoke emerging from the front of the home. But the fire’s source turned out to be at the other end, in the kitchen, said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters contained the flames to the kitchen, though some crept into the attic.

The fire started when the homeowner was lighting a candle, and threw the match in the trash without blowing out the match first, Miles said.

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Earlene Bailey, 35, 8141 Skysail Ave, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and improper lane use.

Jason Lauck, 46, 320 Lovers Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and improper lane use.

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