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Crime lights give dangerous neighborhood shining chance

2 years 2 months 1 week ago September 26, 2014 Sep 26, 2014 Friday, September 26 2014 September 26, 2014 10:14 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Residents marched against violence and in support of new street lights that they hope will cut down on crime in the Glen Oaks community.

Entergy installed more than 100 lamps on light polls shining down on homes and properties recently.  Friday, residents walked the streets, looking at the lights shining down on their streets.

"We're just hoping to change some lives and have some young people move in a new direction," Pastor Bland Washington said.

Churches and organization from around the Baton Rouge area funded the new lights, which cost about $40,000 to install.

People in Glen Oaks already see a difference.

"I think people feel safer walking down the streets with them. It's not dark around here anymore," Melinda Stevens said.

"I'm going to try and see after that neighbor and I'm going to try to make certain that that neighbor is not in harms way.. That's what we're trying to recapture," Pastor Donald Hunter said.

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