Continuing a more than decade-long trend, crime in Baton Rouge decreased in 2013 from 2012, with violent crime dropping 15 percent, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The Uniform Crime Reporting numbers are submitted to the FBI, which combines them with statistics from 18,000 other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. to paint a picture of crime in the country.
Overall, major crime in Baton Rouge dropped 7 percent in 2013 from 2012, with violent crime — homicides and non-negligent manslaughters as well as robberies and assaults — dropping 15 percent.
GONZALES — Bernard James, one of five men accused in the February 2012 slayings of Robert Irwin Marchand, his wife and stepson, told investigators he saw a bloodied Michael Aikens standing near the entrance of the Marchands’ home with a box cutter in his hand and three dead bodies lying on the floor behind him.
James, 27, then of 36344 Lorena Drive, Prairieville, had turned back toward the Marchand home after he and two other men loaded Marchand’s house safe into a Chevrolet Suburban.
Saints running back Mark Ingram isn’t sure about a couple of things.
He doesn’t know if his team will exercise a fifth-year option on his contract. And though it’s assumed, he isn’t truly certain how much his role will increase after the Saints traded running back Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles in March.
Ingram is, however, sure about something else he considers more important.
“I’m ... excited to be back ... getting ready to go for a championship,” he said Tuesday before participating in the Zurich Classic Capital One Bank Celebrity Shootout at the Tournament Players Club in Avondale.
Your wait for the 2014 NFL schedule is almost over.
The league confirmed Tuesday that the always-anticipated rollout will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It’s the latest announcement of the schedule since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
While the dates and times of the Saints games won’t be announced until Wednesday, it is known that the team will play home-and-away games with NFC South foes Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay plus home games against Baltimore, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Minnesota and San Francisco with road games at Dallas, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago.
A state Senate panel effectively killed legislation Tuesday that would have reduced criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana.
The 4-3 vote came after the panel shot down a compromise attempt, under which possession of an ounce or less would have been a misdemeanor.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary C action marked the second setback in recent weeks in attempts to lessen penalties for some simple marijuana possession arrests. A House bill stalled in committee in early April.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to compete for a starting spot, just like everybody on this team. ... My thing is to find my place on this team.” CHAMP BAILEY, Saints cornerback
Champ Bailey doesn’t want to prove anything to anyone except these few people: his new Saints teammates and himself.
If he does that, he’ll fight to be a first-string cornerback and carve out a valuable niche on a team he joined because he thinks he can help it win a Super Bowl, he said Tuesday before the Zurich Classic Capital One Bank Celebrity Shootout at the Tournament Players Club in Avondale.
Opponents of legislation to shift power from the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board to principals argued Tuesday that the bills are unconstitutional as written, sure to provoke litigation and if enacted would run off already overworked principals.
Speakers at the Tuesday night meeting, which attracted about 80 people to Capitol Middle School, also said the legislation has not been vetted with the general public, takes away the power of voters to change school policy, and seeks to fix a system that, far from being broken, has shown significant improvement in test scores.
The 46-year-old man on death row for fatally stabbing an elderly Baton Rouge couple on New Year’s Day 1991 falls within the borderline intelligence range but is not mentally retarded, a court-appointed expert testified Tuesday.
Psychologist Curtis Vincent’s testimony in the 19th Judicial District Courthouse came five months after a psychologist hired by Allen “Lil Boo” Robertson Jr.’s attorneys testified that Robertson is mildly mentally retarded.
“My professional opinion ... is that I don’t believe he meets the criteria for intellectual disability,” Vincent, of Baton Rouge, said of Robertson.
Another judge will have to decide the fate of a Hammond woman sentenced in 2013 to one day in jail for manslaughter, after an appeals court ruled Monday that the sentence was illegally lenient.
A Tangipahoa Parish jury deliberated for more than four hours Feb. 1, 2013, before convicting Shawn Gilmore, 44, of manslaughter in the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend, Alvin Collier, on Nov. 26, 2010.
Gilmore had claimed she stabbed Collier in self-defense after an altercation in which he refused to leave the home, shoved her in the kitchen and fought for the knife she drew against him.