Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, there were 67 murders within city limits in 2012. That number was slightly up from 64 reported homicides in 2011.
"We talk in numbers and this is people's lives we're talking about and whether it's a decrease in two or three or increase in three or four it's still someone's loved one," said East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore.
Moore realizes it's easy to lose sight of those affected when analyzing numbers but adds that programs like Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination or BRAVE, are designed to keep the public personally involved and are making a difference.
"The intelligence and numbers tell us that most of the homicides we have are group related, so if we attack the groups then we are going to make a significant impact," added Moore.
What is also significant according to Moore, is that of the 67 murders in the year, 55 came in the first eight months. That drop-off in homicides has local law enforcement officials optimistic.
"The numbers are up but the last four months show some promise. We can't claim any victory right now. We have a long way to go, it's a long process but we need the people themselves and that's where the change is going to come from," said Moore.
Matt Lee is a Criminology Professor at LSU and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research. Lee noted what's important for the average resident, is there has not been a major increase in the number of homicides involving people without a prior relationship.
"I think we're going to have to wait and see what happens over the next six months but that would be a very positive development if that trend does hold but at this point I think it's a little too early to put too much emphasis on," Lee said.
The downward trend in murders near the end of the year was also felt outside of the city limits in East Baton Rouge Parish. EBRSO reported 15 murders in 2012, but only two over the last six months of the year.