BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges. Police says the former center's director of facilities allegedlymore>>
Baton Rouge police are investigating a former employee of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on felony theft charges.more>>
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly shooting in Marrero. The incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of 14th Street. Officers arriving on the scenemore>>
Police have identified the victim in Thursday's deadly shooting in Marrero. Police say Terry Holden, 47, was shot and killed Thursday morning.more>>
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Boyz II Men have canceled Sunday's show in New Orleans for "unforeseen circumstances."
A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkmore>>
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
New Orleans Police say a different approach at battling gang violence is paying off.
"Over the last couple years, we've done a tremendous amount of work holding gang members accountable for their crimes in the city of New Orleans," said Police Chief Ronal Serpas.
Serpas says since forming the Multi-Agency Gang Unit in 2012, he's seen more than 80 indictments and eight gangs dismantled.
"There is no question in my mind that in the last 18 to 24 months they see a different police department, a different prosecution package," said Serpas.
He credits teamwork. Prosecutors, local, state, and federal law enforcement have been working together and sharing information. Serpas says even the gang members are valuable tools.
"They are also now seeing that their friends, people who they think are their friends are saying I'm not taking the L-train, a life sentence," said Serpas. "I'm going to find a way to get that off me and onto someone else."
Tulane University criminologist Dr. Peter Scharf says it all starts with police being in the know.
"The probability of deterrence, [gang members] getting caught through these information sources, they're going to be a lot more conversational," said Scharf. "A lot of these interrogation require an information starting point."
The NOPD says the murder rate is down this year over last year, and in 2013, the rate was 20 percent lower than 2012.
But those numbers don't mean much to activist Al Mims with the Victims and Citizens Against Crime. Mims says not everything is gang related, and the violence in still there.
"We can do better," said Mims. "They say less people are dying, but they're still getting shot."
And that is something NOPD says they're constantly striving for.
"We want a city of peace, a city of safety. We're really beginning to see a city that says 'that's enough' when something happens," Serpas said.
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked robber who held him and his wife at gunpoint. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of West Homestead Drive. Policemore>>
Investigators say an Algiers man shot and killed a masked gunman who attempted to rob him and his wife at their home.more>>
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The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on bymore>>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.more>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident. As a car switches lanes, a motorcyclist slams into the vehicle's rear bumper. The motorcyclists is launched into the air, flips andmore>>
Dashcam footage captures an amazingly acrobatic motorcycle accident.more>>
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