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  • Emotional ceremony honors crime victims at tree Play Video

    April 7, 2015 10:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tree adorned with ribbons stands as a symbol of awareness and recognition for survivors and victims of crime. The tree is located on North Blvd. and Ninth Street downtown Baton Rouge, just before the interstate. The Survivor Tree has ribbons of all different colors... more »
  • New charter school aims to point children in right direction

    March 26, 2015 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ribbon cutting Thursday marked the beginning of a new era of education for one community in Baton Rouge. Board members for GEO Prep Academy officially announced the opening of the new college preparatory charter school that will host K through 3rd grade beginning of August... more »
  • BRAVE says its efforts are working

    March 24, 2015 10:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement touted successes of the BRAVE program at a special meeting Tuesday night. Since the inception of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination, or BRAVE, agencies involved say efforts are working to bridge the gap between police and the community. "When we first started... more »
  • Curbing violence the focus of 'BR Lives Matter' panel

    March 24, 2015 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE and Forum 35 are teaming up to tackle violence in Baton Rouge. The two organizations will host a panel Tuesday that will focus on steps city officials and other local organizations are taking to curb violence in the community. They will also discuss ways... more »
  • Exchange 'Gas for Guns' this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 5:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE continues to get guns off the streets of Baton Rouge through their 'Gas for Guns' program. You can exchange your firearms for up to $300 in fuel money. Since the program began, they've given out more than $40,000 in gas cards and have $40,000 more... more »
  • BRAVE to host "Gas for Guns" firearm buyback program

    February 12, 2015 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With the goal of taking more unsecured firearms off the streets of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, federal and local law enforcement, and the Circle K Corporation are teaming up for a "no questions asked" gun buyback program in which the weapons can... more »
  • Growing efforts to fight growing crime in Downtown B.R. Play Video

    February 10, 2015 8:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New development has downtown Baton Rouge growing like never before. Now you can expect the police presence there to do the same. The BRAVE Initiative is now in action there, and a new police precinct is coming soon. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the... more »
  • Murder rate drops for EBR parish Play Video

    January 2, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The murder rate in East Baton Rouge parish has dropped, according to authorities. The number of murders that happened in 2013 were 65. In 2014, that number went down to 63. Some city leaders are saying they believe that the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team,... more »
  • BRAVE expands into 70802 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2014 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRAVE is expanding their efforts into 70802 zip code in Baton Rouge to tackle crime. BRAVE officials held a ribbon cutting at the Family and Youth Services Center on Government Street to celebrate the new facility and the expansion into 70802. Residents in the area said... more »
  • BRAVE moves to south Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 24, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 36-year-old man is fighting for his life after being shot before midnight last night on the 200 block of West Johnson Street in South Baton Rouge. Now the specialized police team BRAVE is expanding its area into the 70802 zip code covering South Baton Rouge.... more »
  • BRAVE to hold 'Gas for Guns' exchange Aug. 23

    August 15, 2014 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In the continued efforts of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program to clean up the city's streets, the organization will hold a "Gas for Guns" exchange and neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, Aug. 23. The gun exchange will allow residents to safely dispose of firearms... more »
  • BRAVE holds discussion with teens check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2014 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge teens got a chance to voice their concerns about violence Monday to parish safety leaders in the BRAVE program. Mayor-President "Kip" Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III and others spoke to the teens about key issues in... more »
  • Teen Town Hall Meeting to discuss violence Monday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2014 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are hosting a Teen Town Hall Meeting Monday as part of the BRAVE (Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination) Initiative. More than 100 students from across the area will submit questions to the panel about efforts... more »
  • Rapper in anti-BRAVE video arrested

    June 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge rapper seen in a video verbally attacking the BRAVE police unit after they said he was caught with marijuana for sale in his vehicle Friday. Police charged Jason Taylor, also known as "Spitta", with drug possession and probation violation. Officers... more »
  • BRPD traffic stops lead to 8 arrests, drugs seized

    May 29, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said two days of proactive patrolling resulted in eight arrests and the seizure of large quantities of a variety of street drugs in Baton Rouge. Officers said a traffic stop in the 1400 block of N. 38th St. on Wednesday evening led to the confiscation... more »
  • BRAVE goes to school to talk to students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Students at Capitol High got a first hand look at the major players in the fight against crime, including the top law enforcement officials involved in the BRAVE program. The students held an open forum to discuss the best ways to escape street violence and lead a... more »
  • Police exchange gunfire with group, officer injured

    April 16, 2014 10:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A narcotics search warrant ended with an exchange of gunfire where a Baton Rouge Police officer was injured. The incident happened on 36th at Cain Street, near the intersection of North Acadian and Gus Young. Police said they only could release preliminary information and more is... more »
  • Rap videos show street gang in action check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of people arrested in a multi-parish raid posted several videos of themselves staging drive-by-shootings and singing about selling drugs. The Big Money Block Boys are a known street gang in south Baton Rouge. BRAVE arrested seven people involved with the group Friday morning during... more »
  • 7 arrested, weapons and drugs seized in BRAVE raids check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 7, 2014 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of law enforcement agencies are taking the next step to get rid of group-related violence in East Baton Rouge Parish. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, along with the Baton Rouge Police Department, State Police and the East Baton Rouge District Office executed a number... more »
  • Homicides down in EBR Play Video

    January 1, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Murders in Baton Rouge dropped in 2013 compared to the year before, according to official records. In 2013 in East Baton Rouge Parish, there were a total of 64 homicides, 49 of which happened in the city limits of Baton Rouge. That's compared to 2012 when there... more »
  • Gas for Guns back for third year check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 13, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The 3rd annual Gas for Guns, a drive to get unsecured guns off the streets, is scheduled for Saturday in East Baton Rouge Parish. The program is a chance for people to turn in their unwanted guns with no questions asked. The goal is to keep... more »
  • BRAVE arrest one in drug investigation

    October 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Police BRAVE unit arrested a man Thursday afternoon after they said they caught him with several bags of marijuana. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said BRAVE officers arrested Aldric Angelo Byrd, 24, around 2 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Cloud Drive.... more »
  • Man left for dead on North Foster check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for the gunmen who shot a man and left him for dead in the middle of the road on North Foster around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the 54-year old man was walking down the sidewalk when he was gunned down by men... more »
  • Another federal grant to fund BRAVE expansion

    September 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city's crime-fighting program, known as BRAVE, will receive an additional $1.4 million from the federal government to expand its anti-violence initiatives into the 70802 area. The news comes just two days after city leaders announced BRAVE would be awarded a $1 million dollar grant geared... more »
  • $1M federal grant to build on BRAVE

    September 23, 2013 2:28 PM

    Baton Rouge- A one million dollar federal grant has been awarded to East Baton Rouge Parish to build on the BRAVE effort. Mayor-President Kip Holden made the announcement Monday morning. The grant will help the efforts of BRAVE by creating a plan to address crime issues in the... more »
  • Suspected gang members nabbed in BRAVE roundup check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement in East Baton Rouge made nine arrests recently, including suspected gang members, in connection with a murder this past June and other crimes. Members of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project announced the arrests today, and said several of the suspects were believed... more »
  • Hearing for gang member in BRAVE program today check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 21, 2013 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge could determine whether a local teen convicted of gang activity has satisfied Baton Rouge Police's new anti-violence program and probation requirements, or should be sent to jail. The teen was one of four members of the "Get Off Boys" convicted of criminal street gang... more »
  • Freedom Movement seeks to lower crime check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One man has a different plan to rid Baton Rouge's streets of crime. Ron Hardy created the "Freedom Movement" along with 300 young people, ages 18 to 35, to fight the city's crime problem with rallies, crusades, and marches where crime is an issue. They... more »
  • Gang decimated in Baton Rouge Play Video

    May 3, 2013 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The gang known as the "Get Off Boys" are off the streets of Gardere after three separate sentencing phases for members of the street group. Most of the members of the gang are in middle school. "This is a young group, we don't feel like they... more »
  • BRAVE, narcotics agents make big busts check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 2, 2013 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Baton Rouge Police BRAVE unit and Narcotics Division made nine arrests and seized a variety of drugs, guns and cash during recent busts in the city. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said a series of searches and a traffic stop Wednesday netted nearly $80,000 in... more »
  • BRPD: Three arrested trying to sell cocaine

    April 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested three people this week after investigators said they were caught trying to sell cocaine. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the BRAVE unit arrested Kevin Evans, 29, Adrien Butler, 24, and Khristopher Payton, 24, around 10:20 p.m. Thursday. McKneely said the three were inside a... more »
  • BRAVE starts call-in program for violent offenders check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 5, 2013 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The BRAVE initiative in Baton Rouge announced plans today to encourage violent offenders in the city to change their lives. District Attorney Hillar Moore and BRAVE Director "Tweety" Anny described the initiative, which asked people with violent records to attend the call-in where various services and... more »
  • Friday announcement about BRAVE

    April 4, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Friday, city leaders plan to make an announcement "concerning a recent development in the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program," a city spokesperson said. BRAVE is an effort to curb crime in the city's most dangerous area, zip code 70805. Violent and drug offenders are the targets... more »
  • $1.5 million grant coming to help BRAVE area check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2013 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Baton Rouge received more than a million dollars in federal grant money to help fight crime with the BRAVE program. About $200,000 of the $1.49 million grant will go to the Healing Place Church Dreamcenter. It's located in the 70805 zip code, which is... more »
  • Solutions sought for mental illness, gun violence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers, law enforcement and health professionals met today in Baton Rouge to discuss links between mental health issues and gun violence, and how to solve them. People in Baton Rouge tell News 2 it's an issue they've had to struggle with for some time. "Nobody... more »
  • BRPD training with new military surplus weapons

    January 30, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police started training recently with military surplus assault rifles purchased through a federal grant to help arm officers dealing with gun violence on the streets of Baton Rouge. Chief Dewayne White told News 2 earlier this month the weapons would help "outfit our officers with the... more »
  • Center for truant students working check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 24, 2013 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Family and Youth Service Center has helped nearly 1,500 families since the beginning of the school year. It's an all-encompassing facility that offers programs for the whole home to help curb truancy and save students from ending up on the streets. "This center is... more »
  • BRPD Chief to arm officers with rifles, expand BRAVE to 70802 check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White announced progressive plans that will move his department forward this year. In a one-on-one interview, White said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project will expand to the 70802 zip code this year. Officers will also be outfitted with military surplus... more »
  • BRAVE making a difference Play Video

    December 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a crime fighting program in north Baton Rouge is effective and they hope it will continue to curb violence even more next year. The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, or BRAVE, went into affect in June with the goal to lower crime in... more »
  • Family mourns loss of shooting victim check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 7, 2012 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The hunt continued today for a group police said gunned down two men in Baton Rouge. Police said 34-year-old- Derrick Marioneaux was shot and killed around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening in the 3100 block of Wyandotte Street. Another man in the area was also shot, and... more »
  • BRAVE investigation leads to federal gun, drug charges check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal and state authorities announced charges and indictments today against more than a dozen people as part of investigations in northern Baton Rouge. Authorities said 15 face federal gun and drug indictments, and all of them are in federal custody. An additional 11 arrests were made... more »
  • Crime going down in North Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 10, 2012 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crime is going down in one of Baton Rouge's most troubled areas. Since June, police say crime is down by nearly 20 percent in the 70805 area of north Baton Rouge. Police credit it to the BRAVE program, or "Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination." ... more »
  • Chief given award for BRPD community relations check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 30, 2012 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White received an award for working to strengthen police and community relations in North Baton Rouge. Chief White wasn't afraid to shed some tears in front of the congregation at Mt Carmel Baptist Church, as he explained why he wants to make... more »
  • EBR receives $1.5M federal grant for BRAVE project

    September 5, 2012 2:36 PM

    Baton Rouge- Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden has announced that the city-parish has been awarded a $1.5-million federal grant for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) Project. The grant will implement group violence reduction strategies that target juvenile offenders over a three-year period. The grant will provide up... more »
  • Suspect wanted in Ritterman Ave. shooting

    August 9, 2012 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are searching for the suspect in a late-night shooting that left one person dead. It happened in the 5300 block of Ritterman Ave., just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Officers found the body of the 25-year-old victim lying in the street with multiple gun... more »
  • Criminologist examines why crime is rising in EBR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 8, 2012 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University is joining forcing with local law enforcement agencies to help combat crime by researching and getting to the root of its growth and spread. Crime is definitely on the mind of people living in Baton Rouge, especially in zip code 70805 where five... more »
  • Hundreds looks for opportunity at North Baton Rouge job fair check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Hundreds of residents from north Baton Rouge lined up at Capital Area Technical College today, looking for a chance at work. Anthony Dent told News 2, "I came down here trying to see what options I got." The North Baton Rouge Industrial Initiative is an opportunity... more »
  • EBRSO joins BRAVE initiative check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 12, 2012 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sheriff Sid Gautreaux added some extra personnel to the BRAVE initiative, a program focusing on combating crime in the Baton Rouge area. Gautreaux said the work would use deputies already in the field and focus their efforts on statistically-proven targets that could minimize crime. "One of... more »
  • BRAVE effort also aiming to reach kids in BR through rap

    June 22, 2012 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Rappers in Baton Rouge are being targeted to sing a new tune. It's the latest attempt to stop violence in Baton Rouge. Police say they know the area's youth need guidance and a lot of them are interested in music. So they want to get kids'... more »
  • BRAVE program progressing in BR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 21, 2012 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A program aimed at curbing violence in Baton Rouge's roughest neighborhood is through it's first week. BRAVE, also known as Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination, contains six officers dedicated to bettering the relationship between police and people, in order to change the city's culture of violence. ... more »
  • BRAVE hits the streets of Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 7, 2012 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting Monday more police officers will be dedicated to a portion of northern Baton Rouge, getting to know it's residents and criminal element. "You can hear gun shots every night," says Lee Carraway. The program is called Baton Rouge area violence elimination program or BRAVE. ... more »
  • Baton Rouge to implement "BRAVE" crime fighting plan Play Video

    May 14, 2012 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Baton Rouge announced they are beginning to implement a new program to combat crime in the city called "BRAVE", short for "Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination." BRAVE is modeled after the "Cease Fire" program used in other cities. In the beginning it will focus... more »

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