Micheal Johnson and Kelvon Jackson have only been in high school for a few days, but they already have big plans for the next four years. Micheal, a 14-year-old in 9th grade at the recently-reopened Istrouma High School, hopes college scouts will take notice of his skill on the baseball diamond.
Hundreds turned out for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program's back-to-school event which included an epic tug-of-war showdown. On Sat., Aug. 12, the event, which was a collaborative effort of the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and Office of East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, presented a free day of fun to help youth of all ages prepare to return to school.
Members of Baton Rouge law enforcement hit the court with area youth Friday at Gus Young Park. It was part of a summer pop up event hosted by the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program. "It's an opportunity for our youth to see our law enforcement guys in a different light," said Aishala Burgess with the District Attorney's Office.
BATON ROUGE - Congressman Garret Graves and Congressman Cedric Richmond called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extend the current deadline for the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination organization to use the remaining $1.6 million granted to the program.
Two Louisiana Congressmen called on the federal government Thursday to afford city-parish officials an additional year to spend $1.6 million in grant dollars dedicated to the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, saying it would be a "historic tragedy" to allow the unused funding to expire at the end of the summer.
More often than not, victims of violent crimes don't know whom to turn to for help. "Families sometimes feel alone, and they're scared." Director of East Baton Rouge Victim Services Kristen Raby said.
Beulah Bowman sat in front of Tiffany Life's kindergarten class at Progress Elementary School on Friday morning with a stack of books in her lap. The kids were quick to respond when Bowman, a corporal with the Baton Rouge Police Department, asked them what police officers do. "They take bad people to jail!"
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said Wednesday she is "completely committed" to the future success of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program after her office asked for more time to understand a request to give BRAVE more money.
The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, or BRAVE, is being well received and considered positive in Baton Rouge, according to a recent survey. "All of us on the LSU BRAVE Research Team are so pleased with the findings from...